2015 Hyundai Sonata: I Still See You
by Reese Counts, Vehicle Testing Assistant on November 27, 2015
I'm a big fan of our long-term 2015 Hyundai Sonata. It's quiet, comfortable and fairly decent at the wheel. I agree with Ed about the user-friendly interior design and the generous rear-seat legroom. Brent summed up why the Sonata is great as a daily commuter, including the excellent driver's seat and sound system. I don't have many bad things to say about the car.
The one glaring issue I have is the single, blue LED that illuminates the cabin at night.
Phil wrote a post back in September about this very same light. While he seems to appreciate the blue glow that the light provides at night, I find it a nuisance and a distraction.
When I'm cruising on the highway at night, I like to turn all of the dash lights to their dimmest setting. This allows me to focus on the road and not on the myriad of buttons and knobs that fill modern cars. As long as I can still read the gauge cluster, I'm fine with the low light. The Sonata even allows you to turn off the infotainment display without actually turning off the HVAC or radio.
Still, that blue LED shines in the corner of my eye. It's not bad enough to stop me from driving the Sonata, but it's not my first car choice if I'm out at night.
Maybe it's my seating position that places the light right at the edge of my vision. Maybe the light is reflecting off of my glasses. I can't say for certain why it bothers me more than others, but that little blue LED has made me appreciate little things like illuminated cupholders and consoles. Personally, I think they're a better solution for brightening a darkened interior at night.
Reese Counts, Vehicle Testing Assistant