2011 Hyundai Sonata Long-Term Road Test


2011 Hyundai Sonata GLS: Interior Design Critique

December 21, 2010

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I like our Sonata's interior. From the organic shapes to the praiseworthy materials, I think Hyundai did a great job. The controls are well placed and the buttons have a good solid feel about them. If I were to buy one, however, I'd pick a different color scheme.

In my opinion, there are few cars that can pull off a two-tone color interior. This isn't one of them. It just seems to throw me off a bit, like when someone wears brown shoes with a black suit. Over the weekend, my girlfriend test drove an R-Spec Hyundai Geneis Coupe that had a red and black interior. That suited the car just fine. The red and black color scheme also showed up in a BMW M Coupe that used to occupy my driveway. That too, worked.

For me, the only black and tan I like includes Guinness and Bass. For the Sonata, I'd go with the standard black interior. Boring? Maybe. But the black seats will probably age a lot better than the lighter seats (which are already looking a little scruffy). On the plus side, I like the brushed dark metal trim. I've rarely been impressed by wood trim -- real or simulated.

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What do you think? Fashion hit or miss?

Mark Takahashi, Associate Editor @ 11,656 miles

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