Hyundai Sonata Interior
The Sonata's five-passenger interior cabin is praised for being both spacious and equipped with a surprising list of standard features. Kelley Blue Book asserts, "The Sonata treats front and rear passengers to a cabin that is spacious and comfortable." An auto reviewer at BusinessWeek adds, "Nowhere is this more evident than in the rear seat. Although I'm far from diminutive, I voluntarily commandeered the rear seat for a 50-mile trip comprised of highway and big-city traffic. I seldom have experienced this much legroom in the first-class cabin of an airliner." Time and time again, auto writers point out that thanks to its vast interior space, the Sonata is classified by the US government as a "large car" -- despite the fact that its exterior dimensions firmly plant it in the midsize category.
The front seat of the Sonata is seen by almost every test driver as pleasantly spacious, well laid-out, and comfortable. Cars.com reports that "greater distance between the driver and windshield pillar enhances the sensation of roominess," and that although "cushioning may be a tad short for full comfort," front passengers "enjoy good seat support" and "there's ample headroom, legroom and elbowroom in front." Consumer Guide adds, "Thin roof pillars, upright driving position contribute to excellent outward visibility." In the front cabin, interior dimensions include 40.1-in. of headroom, 43.7-in. of legroom, 57.4-inc. of shoulder room, and 55.5-in. of hip room.
Reviewers experienced the backseat being just as spacious, albeit slightly stiffer. Cars.com explains, "Entry and exit is especially easy. The center rear seat is passable, and the outer rear spots are quite roomy, but their cushions are slightly hard." Consumer Guide observes that "wide door openings, expansive footwells ease entry/exit." In the rear cabin, interior dimensions include 38.2-in. of headroom, 37.4-in. of legroom, 56.9-in. of shoulder room, and 55.3-in. of hip room.
Across the board, test drivers made note of the wide array of standard features found on the Sonata. According to Kelley Blue Book, "One of the Sonata's key selling points is its impressive equipment list." Auto writers at Motor Trend also note the car's interior quality, adding, "Just about everyone on our staff has commented on the quality of the Sonata's interior; high-end plastics, including the soft-touch dash, along with large, easy-to-operate controls for both the HVAC and radio."
Standard interior features on the 2007 Hyundai Sonata include non-CFC air conditioning, power windows, a leather wrapped steering wheel, and 6-speaker AM/FM/XM/CD/MP3 stereo system.
Additional standard features for the Sonata Limited include leather upholstery, heated front seats, a power driver seat, and an automatic temperature control/air quality system - which automatically re-circulates air within the cabin when high levels of outside pollutants are detected. While Edmunds found the heated seats to be "on the weak side" and cloth seats to be "more comfortable" than leather, Kelley Blue Book listed Sonata's Automatic Air Quality System as one of its "Favorite Features."
Every 2007 Hyundai Sonata offers 16.3 cu. ft. of cargo space. "It's huge and swallows a bag of golf clubs like a Mafia hit man eating pasta," boasts Edmunds. Consumer Guide Automotive agrees, describing its trunk space as "ample," and paying particular attention to its "lockable, split folding rear seatbacks."