2011 Hyundai Sonata Long-Term Road Test


2011 Hyundai Sonata: Beige Seat Fabric Impervious to Editorial Grime

January 31, 2011

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The editorial staff here has been criticized by some of you, our gentle readers, for not treating the cars in our long-term fleet with the proper amount of care. The implication is that our editors are masters of disaster, cutting wide swaths of damage and destruction fueled by negligence, carelessness and just plain stupidity as we drag our knuckles from one hapless car to the next. And hey, maybe there's some truth to that.

Which is why it's so surprising that our Hyundai Sonata's beige seats are still spotless after seven months and over 13,000 miles. Pristine. Unblemished. And did I mention that they're beige? We had a Hyundai Azera with beige seats a few years back and it didn't take long for them to take the shame-walk from unsullied to soiled. I blame denim jeans, which, I suspect, somehow bled into the seat fabric.

Anyway, we're still wearing denims but this fact hasn't defiled our Sonata's pure beige butt-cradlers - not yet, anyway. Perhaps Hyundai has learned a thing or two about seat fabrics since our time with the Azera.

What kind of luck have you had with your car's seat fabric?

Warren Clarke, Automotive Content Editor @ 13,197 miles

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