2011 Hyundai Sonata GLS: Genius Engineering
December 03, 2010
There's no question the 2011 Hyundai Sonata is a big improvement over the car it replaces, as well as a refreshing option within the midsize sedan segment. It's chock full of standard features and offers styling that helps it stand out from the crowd.
It also has a piece of fantastic engineering...
You see, many of the cars we drive these days at Edmunds.com have keyless ignition with pushbutton starting. That's great, but since there usually isn't a slot for the key fob, it means I have to find a place to store the fob in the car since I don't like things in my pockets while I'm driving (BMW's new 5 Series is a rare exception with its key fob-holder). So what usually happens is the key fob ends up rolling around somewhere in the car; you can imagine how annoying this is at the track during slalom testing. I also sometimes temporarily forget where I put the fob: was it in one of the cupholders, the center console bin or the side pocket?
Well, Hyundai has solved the key fob-holder issue with its new Sonata GLS; check out the below photo:
Yes, that's right, those crazy Koreans designed a slot on the steering column where you can store the key while you drive. Genius! But it gets better. Not only does this slot hold the key, but as you put the key in the slot you actually turn it to start the car--all in one motion. Double genius!
I wonder how long it will take other manufacturers to catch on to this technological marvel?
Mike Monticello, Road Test Editor @ 10,809 miles