2015 Hyundai Sonata: Blinded by the Light
by Mike Magrath, Features Editor on November 30, 2015
By most any measure, our 2015 Hyundai Sonata is a very pleasant and competent family sedan.
Except that it's constantly trying to blind me.
This is without a doubt the most difficult shot I've ever tried to take for the long-term blog. So if it's not overwhelmingly clear what's going on, read the words. If it's still not clear, go read something by Monticello. There's probably a bike involved.
Right. So. The blinding.
This is what the interior of the Sonata looks like at night. Pretty normal right? Except for that bright light at the top right. That's no moon, friends, that's an LED. Its purpose is to illuminate the cupholders so that when it's dark out, I can periodically check on my cups to make sure they haven't evaporated.
In practice, it just sits there, dangling at the edge of my peripheral vision about 16 inches from my eye being the brightest thing in the car.
Look at how much light it casts on my phone.
If this was mine, I'd throw a piece of gaff tape on it. And then, after a few days, I'd get annoyed at how the tape looks and then I'd dismantle the overhead console and disconnect the light. And then because I'd inevitably break one of the stupid clips, I'd have to take it to the dealership to have them fix the rattle from the overhead console.
They'd then reconnect the light, starting the whole thing over again.
Mike Magrath, Features Editor