Sedatives and Stimulants - 2011 Hyundai Sonata Long-Term Road Test

2011 Hyundai Sonata Long-Term Road Test

2011 Hyundai Sonata: Sedatives and Stimulants

February 25, 2011

Hyundai Sonata center stack.jpg

I got back into the Sonata after spending some time in the 2011 Camry. The thing that struck me most is that both cars don't seem to be vying for the same shopper; they seem to have completely different ideas of what their buyers want.

Nowhere is this reflected more clearly than in each model's center stack.

The Sonata's center stack (shown above) is a fitting match for its more connected handling and ride quality. It's lively and engaging -- check out that bold-ish design and all those bright colors clamoring for your attention on the display screen.

Toyota Camry center stack.jpg

The Camry (above and below) takes a more sedate approach. Monochrome grays and a clean layout. It's a design scheme that asks very little of you and doesn't impose -- just like the car's ride and handling.

Toyota Camry cs night.jpg

At night, the Camry lights up in the gentlest shade of blue. Dull? Well, yeah, but I appreciated the soothing nature of it all while cursing at gridlocked traffic on my way home from work.

If I had to choose one over the other, I'd go with the Sonata, hands down. But I can understand why the Camry is popular with so many buyers.

"Soothing" certainly has its place.

Warren Clarke, Automotive Content Editor @ ~14,110 miles

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