2011 Hyundai Sonata: Steal My iPod
August 26, 2010
Hyundai and Kia seem to think that keeping its auxiliary audio device connections out in the open is a good idea. While our Sonata has a nice little bin for the iPod to live, it's visible for all to see. As such, you'd need to unplug it every time you park in a public place. Of course, if you live in a civilized place, this is less of a problem. But in a big city like Los Angeles, hoodlums are rampant and you're a busted window away from a stolen iPod and whole heap of glass on your passenger seat. That's annoying.
The best place for such audio device connections is in the center armrest bin, so that it's secure and so that you can still easily access it should you use something other than an iPod (see Audi system which is secure, but you can't easily access).
James Riswick, Automotive Editor @ 5,700 miles