2015 Hyundai Sonata: Does Details Better than Accord
June 2, 2015
You know what doesn't much matter in the grand scheme of things, but bugs me anyway? A lot of stuff, actually, but in this case, it's when a high-resolution central infotainment display is paired with a back-to-basics trip computer in the gauge cluster.
I'm looking at you, Honda Accord.
In fact, the 2015 Accord's standard 8-inch central display can be supplemented with a separate touchscreen that slots in below it. Dual screens, dude! But you get the same simple trip computer either way, with a circular housing that reminds me of those digital Casio watches I used to collect in seventh grade. They were pretty cool. In 1993.
Happily, our 2015 Hyundai Sonata gets this detail right.
It's worth noting that our test car's 8-inch touchscreen with navigation (above) and 4.2-inch color trip computer are part of the optional Tech Package for Sport, so not every Sonata comes this way. But on models so equipped, these interfaces are in perfect sync.
They use the same smooth font and the trip computer even has some graphically interesting icons up top to tell you what mode you're in. You can immediately tell that both screens are part of the same sophisticated system, as opposed to an Accord-style technological mismatch.
It may not matter much to most people, but it's one of those nice little touches that could clinch a conquest sale for Hyundai.
Josh Sadlier, Senior Editor @ 7,742 miles