Hyundai Sonata Interior
The automotive press agrees that the cabin of the 2014 Hyundai Sonata looks contemporary and is built very well. Though most say the Sonata has high-end interior materials, some think they are simply class-appropriate. The Sonata has plenty of trunk and passenger space, according to reviewers, but taller riders may find back-seat headroom in short supply because of the sloping roofline. Most reviewers like the Sonata’s high-tech features, saying they’re easy to use.
- "Like its dynamic exterior, the 2014 Hyundai Sonata's interior is a work of art." -- Kelley Blue Book
- "In all Sonatas, the dash and center stack meld together in a seamless flow, while trapezoidal vents and sharp blue backlighting create a modern, upscale environment." -- Edmunds
- "The look continues inside, where a flowing center stack and fluid lines create an attractive appearance. Fit and finish is excellent, although material quality is only average. …" -- Left Lane News
- "Classy interior and smooth-operating, firm-feeling controls were more like you'd expect in a near-luxury car. Even just operating the turn signal stalk or pulling the shift lever into gear could generate a tiny shiver of delight." -- USA Today (2011)
Auto critics say the five-seat Sonata has lots of passenger space, even in the back seat, though they note that taller passengers may not have enough headroom due to the car’s sloping roofline. Leather seats, heated front seats, a cooled driver seat, heated rear seats, sport seats and an eight-way power-adjustable driver seat are available as options or on higher trims.
- "From a comfort standpoint, our Limited trim level's seats were very comfortable, and all but the tallest test drivers found the rear-seat headroom and legroom to be exceptional." -- Kelley Blue Book
- “… passenger space is more than adequate." -- Left Lane News
- "As expected in this segment, the Sonata offers ample legroom for four adults on a long trip, and their luggage should fit fine in the 16.4-cubic-foot trunk. However, headroom both front and rear is merely adequate, in our experience, and 6-footers in back may find their heads rubbing the ceiling due to the Sonata's dramatically sloped roof line." -- Edmunds
- "Sonata's seats are comfy and reasonably supportive, trimmed in a combination of good-quality vinyl and textured fabric." -- Motor Trend (2011)
The 2014 Hyundai Sonata comes standard with Bluetooth, auxiliary and USB audio jacks and satellite radio. Hyundai’s Blue Link telematics system is also standard, which features automatic crash notification, roadside assistance, remote start, stolen vehicle slowdown (enables police to gradually reduce engine power if the car is stolen) and recovery, speed and curfew alert (which help parents set limits on their teens’ driving habits) and turn-by-turn directions. The Sonata can be equipped with features like a rearview camera, blind spot detection, a panoramic sunroof, a Dimension sound system, an Infinity sound system, HD Radio, a 4.3-inch touch-screen audio system or an 8-inch touch-screen audio and navigation system.
Most test drivers appreciate that the Sonata’s audio and climate controls are intuitive, and they say the controls and buttons have a logical layout. Some think the available 8-inch navigation system is high-tech due to its large screen and modern interface.
- "On the infotainment front, the new 4.3-inch touchscreen isn't very big, but it does provide deeper functionality for Sonatas that lack the optional navigation system. The nav system doesn't come cheap, but its exclusive 8-inch touchscreen and enhanced interface give the Sonata's cabin even more of a cutting-edge feel." -- Edmunds
- "We also lament the loss of the cool ‘sitting man’ control panel for the ventilation controls when upgrading to the navigation system." -- Kelley Blue Book
- "In general, Sonata's controls are simple to use and easy to reach. Though most basic audio settings are controlled with buttons on the steering wheel or center of the dashboard, the available navigation system absorbs some audio functions. The gauges and other displays are easy to see and read at a glance." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
- "The driving environment is easy enough to adapt to, with straightforward controls and clear gauges housed in the currently voguish deeply hooded twin binnacles." -- Automobile Magazine (2011)
At 16.4 cubic feet, the Hyundai Sonata’s trunk space is very good for the class. Reviewers agree that the amount of cargo space is great, but are somewhat disappointed with the small opening and hinges that intrude into the trunk.
- "There is plenty of trunk space, but a fairly small opening and sickle-shaped hinges that intrude into the cargo area when the trunk is closed can complicate loading larger items. The 60/40 split rear seat backs easily fold down to increase cargo room, but the aperture between the trunk and passenger compartment is on the small side." -- Consumer Guide (2013)
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