January 25, 2011
Not in any particular order:
1. smooth four-cylinder engine
2. strong brakes
3. Venetian red paint
4. Unfussy center console
5. Quiet cabin
6. Plenty of interior storage
7. Scrolling audio information display
8. Spacious trunk
9. Simple gauge cluster
10. Long range on one tank
Donna DeRosa, Managing Editor
October 18, 2010
Our Hyundai Sonata doesn't offer as much legroom as its nearest competitors, the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry. With 34.6 inches of rear legroom, it falls third to Honda's 37.2 inches and Toyota's 38.3 inches. It has the same amount of rear headroom as the Camry at 37.8 inches. But both are less roomy than the Accords 38.5 inches.
The Sonata has the largest trunk of the three, though, with 16.4 cubic feet of luggage capacity. The Camry offers 15.0 cu.ft and the Accord only 14.7 cu.ft.
October 08, 2010
I forget to bring the video team's heavy-duty dolly back with the Raptor on Tuesday, so I decided to see if it would fit in the Sonata. The pass through is not very big and it was just barely sufficient to fit the dolly through. Lifting it up without destroying something was tricky, but nothing appears to be destroyed. Doing this would've been easier with a hatchback, but a midsize sedan is what I had and it worked just fine.
James Riswick, Automotive Editor @ 7,706 miles
September 15, 2010
This a top view of the center console in our Sonata. Notice the packaging: Three small-items bins, two cupholders and a shifter elegantly organized into the available space. And this is in a car whose shifter moves laterally into a manual gate. Nice packaging, Hyundai. But why didn't you use the space behind the shifter?
Josh Jacquot, Senior Editor
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
August 25, 2010
The Hyundai Sonata's driver seat is mounted too high -- I'm practically staring at the visor when behind the wheel. It's a little like the old Ford Taurus/Five Hundred, which had an elevated driving position intended to be SUV-like but ultimately was just suited for little old ladies who'd otherwise have to rely on the Yellow Pages. If our Sonata had a sunroof, I'd imagine my hair would be grazing headliner.
It's not the sleek roofline either, the seat's just too darn high. I would like to see Hyundai lower its bottom-most travel, and increase the upward movement for the little old ladies.
James Riswick, Automotive Editor @ 5,679 miles
August 23, 2010
I'm not usually a passenger but as I was loading my laptop bag and other stuff into the passenger side of the Sonata this morning, I noticed this pocket. I like hidden stuff like this. OK, it's not exactly hidden but it is discreet.
It reminds me of when I was a kid and dreamed about secret passageways in the walls of my house. I used to create little hiding places all over, then I'd put silly stuff in them like notes or pictures or toys and wait for people to find them. This one would be more appropriate for a map or tissues or our fuel log.
Or I could hide my Stig doll in there and see how long it takes for people to notice him.
August 16, 2010
A quick trip to the grocery store didn't yield much but look how much space I had in the trunk of the Sonata.
That's 16.4 cubic feet.
Is this class-leading?
I ran the Sonata through the Edmunds comparator. It offered up the following cars:
August 06, 2010
Another example of Hyundai sweating the details on the 2011 Sonata is the sedan's damped glove compartment door. Nice touch.
Scott Oldham, Editor in Chief
July 29, 2010
Hyundai certainly put some thought into giving the new Sonata a lot of interior storage. There's plenty of space for your stuff, whether its cell phones, MP3 players, drinks, etc. Almost all of these locations are lined or rubberized to keep items from sliding around or rattling. Of the recent long-term cars we've had, the Sonata certainly ranks at or near the top for interior storage design. Photos of the Sonata's storage areas in action follow after the jump.
Up front, you a cubby that works well for electronics (phones, iPods); a small holder next to the cubby (not really pictured) that's good for little items or spare change; a lidded storage slot for items like CDs; and a sunglasses holder (which is good as long as you're not wearing huge Hollywood-style glasses).
July 12, 2010
Can't resist a trunk opening video can you? I shot it to highlight the Sonata's release that actually opens the lid when you push the fob button. Nice feature for a $23,000 sedan.
On the flip side, there's no cargo net, or at least not one that I could find. So it's easy to load groceries, just not easy to keep them from rolling all over.
Ed Hellwig, Editor, Edmunds.com @ 1,089 miles