2015 Hyundai Sonata: Blind-Spot Audio Alert Promotes Bad Habits
by Carlos Lago, Road Test Editor on October 27, 2015
Normally, blind-spot monitoring systems provide a subtle and welcome alert. I'll always recommend proper side-mirror placement first, but I'm happy to have the additional safety layer. Except when driving our 2015 Hyundai Sonata. Its system is not subtle. And its effects will make you use the turn signals less, further worsening the world as a place to drive in.
When you flip the turn signal while alongside another car, a small light flashes around the side-view mirror. This is how it's supposed to work. This is helpful. Our Sonata goes one step further and plays an audio alert when it catches something. This is also tolerable.
But the audio alert doesn't stop.
If you use your turn signals like you're supposed to, you activate them to show where you intend to be well before you plan on going there. You leave it on until you're there, even if there's a car you have to move around or wait for. If you do this in the Sonata, the loud alarm goes on and on. The only way to make it stop is to turn off the turn signal.
See the problem? You're being punished for good driving. If the car keeps beeping an alert at you, you're less likely to activate the thing causing the alert.
Actually, there's another way to turn the alarm off. It's in a digital menu in the gauge cluster. The problem is you can't change it when you're moving (thanks, Legal Department). So during a 90-minute slog through rush hour traffic last week, I dutifully suffered through the alarm.
For about five minutes.
Carlos Lago, Road Test Editor