When the car rental clerk asked me if we would like to upgrade to a Hyundai Sonata, my first thought was “Hyundai?” “Isn’t that a foreign made car?” After realizing I probably needed a little more room for our trip, I said, “Sure, Why Not?”.
My first impression of the outer appearance was “WOW!” It was sleek and sporty looking. I noticed the great sunroof before I even opened the door. When I sat inside, I thought, “This is very cute.” Neutral interior with lots of room for several people. Being one of the cab-forward cars, it certainly looked bigger inside than you would think from looking at the outside.
After cranking it up and pulling out of the rental company lot, I realized the Sonata has excellent handling capabilities. It turned well and steered on short spaces with out any problems. The six cylinder motor had plenty of passing power and adequate cruising power.
I went on a 2000 mile trip over a total of 14 days. During that time driving the Sonata, I found it got excellent gas mileage and was always keeping in step with any other car on the road. Easy start up and fast warm up were also a welcome feature. Traveling through the mountains is always a challenge for any car, but the Sonata handled well throughout the journey. The cruise control was easy to manuver on standard speed roads and easy to disengage over the curvy and slower roads.
Another positive aspect of the Sonata was the driver friendly inside. The volume control for the radio is mounted in the steering wheel. It is easy to change the mode of the radio and easy to activate it with one hand. Also another standard in the Sonata is the adjusting cup holders. They are out of the path of the steering and are sized to adjust to various styles of cups. There are lots of compartments for all of your stuff. There is an eyeglass holder over your head, a small compartment on top of the middle console and then one underneath for deeper storage. It has a change holder and another holder(not sure what this one was for),nice glove box and rear seat storage and cup holders. Probably the most friendly aspect of the Sonata is the child safety seat attachments in the back window. Having all three grandchildren on this trip, the ease of connecting the child safety seats was wonderful.
Both front seats adjust to various positions. This allows for the convienence of different drivers and passengers. Lots of lights in the Sonata. Mirror lights, glove box, and more.
The Sonata is a good traveler. It has lots of amenities. The ride is comfortable and quiet. For any over the road or to own one for a daily driver, the Sonata is a winner.