Blue Lighting Still A Bad Idea - 2011 Hyundai Sonata GLS Long-Term Road Test
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2011 Hyundai Sonata Long-Term Road Test

2011 Hyundai Sonata GLS: Blue Lighting Still A Bad Idea

August 17, 2010

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Blue-lit instrumentation was a bad idea in our Veracruz and Genesis sedan, and it continues to be so in our longterm 2011 Hyundai Sonata.

The reasons haven't changed and nor has Hyundai's implementation. Simply put, you can't turn down the brightness far enough when it's well and truly dark outside. Plus, since blue-lit text has crummy edge definition, the afflicted buttons are nigh unreadable. And you really don't want to crank up the brightness to compensate, else the speedo and tach end up blinding you.

Also, the PRND is way bright, too, even at fully dim.

Something tells me Hyundai is steadfast in continuing this silly lighting habit.

Jason Kavanagh, Engineering Editor


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