2015 Hyundai Sonata: Nice Light for Dark Driving
by Philip Reed, Senior Consumer Advice Editor on September 2, 2015
Photo by Mark S. Chevalier
Driving around Los Angeles at night there is so much light that I hardly notice the effectiveness of a car's interior lighting. But recently I drove to Las Vegas after dark, and on the long stretches of unlit interstate I came to appreciate the design of the 2015 Hyundai Sonata lighting. Two features in particular were especially thoughtful.
In this photo, you can see lighting that guides you to the USB and AUX connections. What you can't see from this photo is that these connections are so deep in the storage of the center console there is no way you could find them without this highlighting. It's a nice touch.
The second thing I really appreciated was impossible to photograph. It's a tiny pin light in the Sonata's roof that shines down on the storage areas in the center console. Once I cleared Los Angeles and was out in the desert, I noticed this light and appreciated the subtle illumination it provided. I didn't need to grope around blindly for things I needed.
I pictured some Hyundai designer, sitting in a test car, looking around and thinking, "Hmmmm, now where can we put a light where it won't be distracting, but it will be very, very useful?"
Philip Reed, Senior Consumer Advice Editor @ 13,408 miles