2015 Hyundai Sonata: Mottled Seat Design
January 12, 2015
"I think the seats in this 2015 Hyundai Sonata are what they call mottled," my friend said to me (I know, it's strange, but she quite often talks in a way that has her listing the year, make and model of the car I'm driving, almost as if she knows that later when I write my update I'll need to drop in a hyperlink).
"Modeled, what do you mean they're modeled," I asked?
"No, not modeled with a D, you dumbo, mottled with two Ts," she said.
This was followed by me stating that either a) "mottled" was not a word, or at least b) she was using it incorrectly. We settled on our usual $1 bet to see who was right. I've lost many a dollar to my friend. It's annoying.
To the dictionary we went (in truth it was an online version, since we were driving, but whatever). Turns out "mottled" is a word, and it's a pretty good choice for describing the seemingly random display of lines on the Sonata's seat fabric. This photo may not show it overly well, but the way certain sections of the stripes on the seat inserts are arranged makes it look like there are raised surfaces.
It's actually pretty neat that Hyundai put the extra effort in to make an interesting design out of, well, a seat.
And credit to my friend, as she's apparently not only more observant (I hadn't even noticed the odd striping), but also more of a wordsmith.
She has more money than me, too.
Mike Monticello, Senior Road Test Editor @ 1,365 miles