2011 Hyundai Sonata Long-Term Road Test


2011 Hyundai Sonata: Sturdy Center Console Bin

February 23, 2011

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Like a stout Amish lass, our Sonata's two-tiered center console bin is no slouch when it comes to milk-fed sturdiness. The bins of some cars in this price range have a flimsy, slapped-together feel -- like they're afterthoughts, almost -- but that's not the case with this one.

All parts involved feel solid and hefty and the floor of the bin is carpeted -- and it's the kind of lining that stays put, not the sort that slides around like a slippery bathroom rug. I remember driving a Volkswagen Rabbit a couple years back and being impressed with its bin for the same reasons.

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A well-constructed bin is a little thing, no doubt, but it communicates -- for me, anyway -- refinement and quality. Touches like this and the car's durable, stain-resistant seats leave me thinking that our Sonata's in it for the long haul.

The center console bin can be a heavily used part of a car's interior. How's yours holding up?

Warren Clarke, Automotive Content Editor @ ~14,100 miles

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