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Avg. Price Paid: $9,763 - $13,253
Original MSRP: $18,700 - $26,550
MPG: 21 City / 32 Hwy
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2010 Hyundai Sonata Interior

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Reviewers say the 2010 Hyundai Sonata is not far from the class leaders when it comes to cabin quality, features and comfort. Like the Honda Accord, the Sonata's interior dimensions have grown so much that the EPA now classifies it as a large car.

  • "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

Last year, 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
  • "Mindful of the seemingly ever-increasing girth of U.S. drivers, Hyundai made the seat cushions wider and longer." -- AutoWeek
  • "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 2010 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. Both rear outboard seating positions have adjustable head restraints, as do the front seats." -- 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 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. Apparently Hyundai's stylists used the dash design from the big Veracruz sport utility vehicle as inspiration and it works especially well here." -- 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. Hyundai seems to be taking a stance against knobs, for the most part, as even the temperature controls are rocker switches." -- CNET


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.

  • "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. ... It also recognized our spoken commands with good accuracy, working just as well as the system we've used extensively in the Honda Civic." -- CNET

Additional Features

Reviewers are impressed with the cabin technology found in the Sonata. It carries a long list of electronics for a reasonably priced car.

  • "The sedan also gets a first-ever touch-screen navigation option, dual-zone climate control, an auxiliary input jack for music players, and an ionization system that's supposed to prevent mold growth. If that's really a concern, we're all for ionizing whatever we can." -- Car and Driver
  • "Climate and audio controls become more easily managed and intuitive. ... While we didn't have a chance to fiddle with all the functions it appears to be at least the equal of US competitors, which in my view means much simpler and more easily managed than the Germans." -- The Auto Channel
  • "Part of the reason for all these tech features was apparent in the cabin where Infinity logos abound. The subwoofer grille on the rear deck proclaimed Infinity, as did the faceplate for the navigation and audio system. We could see that Hyundai had been hanging out in the right company." -- CNET


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

  • "As before, the 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
  • "Even the front cupholders have been updated with larger capacity." -- Motor Trend
  • "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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