2011 Hyundai Sonata GLS: Hot
July 14, 2010
Sure, the sales numbers and the buzz surrounding the 2011 Hyundai Sonata would classify this car as hot, we're talking temperature here. Inhumane temperature. Palm Springs temperature.
The Sonata and I got lost the other day and wound up in Palm Springs where the mercury burst through the top of the thermometer registering 109 at nearly 4pm. I sprinted from the car to the coffee shop and then almost immediately back to the car. The cloth seats were scorching (usually my main argument FOR cloth), the steering wheel was on fire and the shifter-- with its black accent -- was hotter than a thousand suns in a microwave. Even my camera was too hot to touch which is why the photo is so terrible. Yeah, that's why.
In any case, cars parked in the sun get hot. But for the first time in a long time dealing with new cars, the air conditioning was not up to the task of keeping me happy / alive.
After a few minutes of its full-strength wheeze, I had to-- gasp-- open the windows and just deal with the breeze. It took some time, but eventually it worked enough to bring me back to life.
Still, I've yet to see a GM that can't handle the desert.
Mike Magrath, Associate Editor, Edmunds.com