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Hyundai Sonata Interior

Automotive journalists agree that the redesigned 2015 Hyundai Sonata exudes class and elegance and has more upscale cabin materials than many cars in its class. The Sonata has a large trunk for an affordable midsize car, and reviewers write that it has a spacious back seat and a very quiet cabin. They add that the 2015 Sonata also has a logically arranged center stack and two easy-to-use touch-screen infotainment options.

  • "No miracle has been accomplished to make you believe that you're in a Jaguar, but the all-new Sonata still makes the other cars in its class look dowdy." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "As in most Hyundai products of late, there's an obsessive cohesiveness to the interior design that shames many aspirational brands; every piece of text or readout in the car shares the same attractive font and resolution, whether it adorns a button or space on a touch screen." -- Car and Driver
  • "Materials, as well as fit and finish, are impressive for a vehicle in this price range - again, trickle-down from the Genesis - but also required to maintain competitiveness." -- Autoblog
  • "Possibly the most striking characteristic of the Sonata's character - across all trims - is the utter silence with which it goes about its business. This is a quiet car." -- Edmunds

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Seating

The 2015 Hyundai Sonata seats five and comes standard with cloth upholstery. Available features include leather upholstery, power-adjustable front seats (with driver memory function), heated and ventilated front seats, heated rear seats and a heated steering wheel. Test drivers report that the Sonata’s front seats are spacious. Most say that its rear seat is extremely large, adding that it easily accommodates 6-foot adults. However, some reviewers point out that the Sonata’s rear seat isn’t quite as vast as the rear seats in cars like the Honda Accord and Volkswagen Passat.

  • "Put simply, it's huge inside. You'll likely never feel like you need more space. Large adults will be comfortable in the backseats, and the Sonata's class-leading front head- and legroom speaks for itself." -- Edmunds
  • "In back, the rear seat room is downright cavernous -- four genuine six-footers fit so well you'll wonder why Hyundai even needs bigger models." -- AutoWeek
  • "It still isn't the roomiest car in the segment, but we doubt anyone except NBA forwards will feel cramped inside." -- Left Lane News
  • "Placing my 5'11" frame in the rear seat, the changes aren't enough to make the Sonata feel limo-like, unlike the current Volkswagen Passat and Honda Accord, but legroom is noticeably improved and I was able to get plenty comfortable." -- Motor Trend

Interior Features

Standard features in the redesigned 2015 Hyundai Sonata include a six-speaker audio system, satellite radio, Bluetooth and a USB/iPod input. Available features include rear parking sensors, a panoramic sunroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, a nine-speaker Infinity sound system, adaptive cruise control (which can bring the car to a full stop), proximity key, push-button start, a rearview camera, blind spot monitoring, forward collision warning, lane departure warning, a 5-inch touch-screen infotainment system or an 8-inch touch-screen infotainment system with navigation. The Sonata is also available with Hyundai’s subscription-based Blue Link telematics system, which can use a built-in cellular connection to provide point-of-interest searches from Google and emergency assistance. You can also start and lock or unlock your car using Hyundai’s Blue Link smartphone app.

Critics write that both the 5- and 8-inch touch-screen infotainment systems are attractive and easy to use. The 8-inch system comes with navigation, which auto writers say delivers straightforward driving instructions. Test drivers like that many navigation, radio and climate settings are adjusted with user-friendly buttons and knobs instead of being integrated into the touch screen.

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  • "The array of controls on the center stack has the kind of logical organization that makes operation intuitive, plus there's an 8.0-in communication screen in some models." -- Automobile Magazine
  • "The control layout is straightforward and easy to use, with dedicated buttons for primary functions like navigation, phone, radio and media. Climate control is handled with knobs, and Hyundai's intuitive touchscreen interface remains." -- Edmunds
  • "The optional 8-inch touchscreen with navigation is easy on the eyes and delivered directions in a clear, concise manner. Climate controls are straightforward and within arm's reach while the media controls sit above it and are also displayed in a simple manner." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "It's worth pointing out that the Sonata's two optional Blue Link touch-screen infotainment systems-one being a 5.0-inch screen, the other an 8.0-inch unit with navigation-are both excellent. The units are intuitive, although the larger version is easier to manipulate, and-gasp of all gasps-both come with actual tuning knobs, as well as hard buttons for pertinent menu selections like radio, navigation, phone, and more." -- Car and Driver

Cargo

The 2015 Hyundai Sonata’s 16.3-cubic-foot trunk is large for the class, and the Sonata comes standard with a 60/40 split-folding rear seat. The 2015 Sonata is available with Hyundai’s Smart Trunk feature, which opens the trunk when a proximity key is within 3 feet of the rear of the vehicle for more than three seconds. Critics agree that the Sonata’s trunk is quite spacious, though some note that it has a narrow opening.

  • "At 16.3 cubic feet the Sonata's trunk ties the also massive Volkswagen Passat for sheer volume." -- Edmunds
  • "Trunk space is big, too, but the opening is a bit narrow." -- AutoWeek
Review Last Updated: 10/8/14

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