in 2009 Affordable Midsize Cars

Avg. Price Paid: $8,575 - $11,548
Original MSRP: $18,700 - $26,550
MPG: 21 City / 32 Hwy
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2009 Hyundai Sonata Interior

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Reviewers say the 2009 Hyundai Sonata inches closer to the class leader -- the Honda Accord -- when it comes to cabin quality, features and comfort. Like the Accord, the Sonata's interior dimensions have grown so much that the EPA now classifies it as a large car.

  • "The Hyundai Sonata receives … an all-new interior for 2009, giving it one of the most upscale cabins in the midsize sedan class." -- Edmunds
  • "The Sonata has a new, more refined interior that is quite pleasant and classy. The center console and instrument panel show up very nicely now." -- Austin American-Statesman

Front Seats

Hyundai reconfigured the front row of the Sonata to better accommodate larger drivers and those interested in a more spirited ride, and most critics like the changes.

  • "Seats are comfortable, with adequate bolstering for the style of driving to which the Sonata aspires." -- New Car Test Drive
  • "It helps that seats are not only well cushioned, but also longer and wider and lean back 2 more degrees to relieve pressure on back and thighs." -- Chicago Tribune

Rear Seats

The 2009 Hyundai Sonata's rear quarters are especially spacious, but there are minor complaints about the padding for the bench seat.

  • "Very nice head, leg and arm room in the back seat, where a pull-down armrest offers two cupholders." -- Chicago Tribune
  • "We loaded a 6-foot, 3-inch gent into the center and still had headroom to spare and some headrest protection; with a sunroof headroom will drop a bit." -- New Car Test Drive
  • "Headroom and legroom are sufficient, as is foot space. The bench seat is hospitable, but it could use slightly firmer padding for best comfort." -- Consumer Guide

Interior Features

Auto writers have nothing but good things to say about the Sonata's redesigned instrument panel and cabin materials. They especially like the blue backlighting for the gauges.

  • "With these changes, the Sonata now looks considerably more refined, especially from the driver's perspective." -- Chattanooga Times Free Press
  • "Materials seem to have more depth, as even the hard plastic trim common on lower door and console panels looks better." -- New Car Test Drive
  • "The instrument panel in the Sonata is very uncluttered, with a high-resolution LCD and plenty of nicely inset buttons." -- CNET


For the first time, Hyundai provides the option for a navigation system with the Sonata Limited trim. Its price and usability are universally praised by test drivers, who especially appreciate the easy-to-see high resolution screen and the accurate voice-command system.

  • "Other interior upgrades include… a touch-screen and voice-activated navigation system that allows drivers to input a destination without taking their eyes off the road or stopping their vehicle (and it's a bargain at only $1250)." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "We found it easy to use and the screen easy to view." -- New Car Test Drive
  • "We were pleased with the Sonata's voice command system. In general, the voice commands are intuitive." -- CNET


The majority describes the Sonata's trunk as voluminous, and praise the now-larger cupholders and extra slots available for incidental storage.

  • "As before, the 2009 Hyundai Sonata boasts an especially spacious backseat and a trunk that measures a class-best 16.3 cubic feet. If interior space and perceived quality is a top priority, it's hard to beat the Sonata." -- Edmunds
  • "The Sonata's stubby back end constrains the opening. In other words, the trunk holds a lot of stuff but can't take big boxes." -- New Car Test Drive
  • "Nice touches include covered cubbyholes in the dash to hold CDs or cell phones…and a USB port and power plug under the center armrest and another power plug in the console." -- Chicago Tribune

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