2015 Hyundai Sonata: Hands-Free Smart Trunk
February 2, 2015
I was reading through the Monroney (or window sticker) of our long-term 2015 Hyundai Sonata Sport and noticed that, as part of the $1,700 Premium package, our car has a Hands-Free Smart Trunk Opener.
I asked Road Test Assistant Cameron Rogers if he knew anything about this. Not because he's our resident Hyundai Sonata expert or anything, but rather because he was the nearest person to me at the time.
"Nope," he said. "Let's go find out."
Off to the Edmunds parking garage we went.
I had used what I figured to be a similar system during a Hyundai Genesis press drive once, and was pretty sure all we had to do was walk up to the rear of the car with key fob in pocket and, voila, the trunk would open.
After a few variations of unlocking, locking, walking away, walking back and then standing behind the car like a couple of stooges (which we're quite good at, incidentally), we gave in and read the dang owner's manual. Turns out the Smart Trunk system needs to be activated, which we clearly hadn't done.
While Cam sifted through the car's Settings Mode to turn the hands-free system on, I checked my Facebook notifications to see if anyone had "liked" any of my recent posts. I pretty much can't function without near-constant affirmation that everyone loves me, as well as anything I post online.
With the system all set up, we once again locked the Sonata, walked away, waited 15 seconds, then walked to the back of the car and waited a couple seconds. You know the system is working when the hazard lights flash four times while a chime goes off, and then the trunk magically pops open on its own.
But the trunk just barely cracked open. So if you had both hands full of groceries, you'd need to give it a good "knee" or something to open it enough to put anything inside.
The next day when I did the same thing for the purpose of taking photos, wouldn't you know it, the trunk opened significantly further, to what you see in the above photo. Instead of a knee, a minor elbow nudge should open it the rest of the way. It certainly opened enough to get the job done.
What was weird was that both times the car was parked on level ground, so I'm not sure why it opened different amounts. Maybe the trunk is breaking-in with use and eventually it will open all the way when the hands-free is activated.
Mike Monticello, Senior Road Test Editor @ 2,944 miles