2011 Hyundai Sonata Long-Term Road Test

2011 Hyundai Sonata: Addressing an iPod Connection Complaint

February 16, 2011


This post is really for my friend Matt. He was complaining how Hyundai doesn't allow for people to hook up their iPhones/iPods to their cars. I was showing him our 2011 Hyundai Sonata long-termer and he listed examples how a Tuscon he rented in Arizona last year didn't allow him to connect his iPod Touch and how his brother's Elantra didn't either. "It doesn't even charge your phone," he complained.

To verify this, he plugged the charging cable that came with his iPhone into the USB port of the Sonata. Sure enough, it didn't even register. No charging and no music. It wasn't until the next day when I was digging around the car that I found the appropriate charging cable that came with the car.

Yup, after plugging in my iPhone, it was charging up and playing music. But Matt does bring up a good point. Why not allow iPod users to use the charging cable that came with their device? Everyone has that cord. I carry that cord with me everywhere just in case I have to charge up my phone while I'm out and about.

But I guess it's not too big of a deal since the connector is standard equipment and if you lose it, it'll cost you about $22 to replace.

Anyway, Matt, there you go.

Caroline Pardilla, Deputy Managing Editor

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