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QUALITY | 8 out of 10
The cabin is airy with generous space for the driver, and there is plenty of leg and head room under the domed roof. The console’s shape slightly impairs knee room though. The rear seat is one of the roomiest in the class.
As with most cars, five will fit, though the rear middle passenger won't be as comfortable as the others. Headroom is just barely adequate front and rear, however, as 6-footers will likely find their heads uncomfortably in the ceiling.
At 16.4 cubic feet, the trunk's capacity is a few cubes larger than an Accord's and there is no problem accommodating our rolling carry-on bag and golf clubs
The trunk-mounted battery pack drops cargo capacity from 16.4 to 10.7 cubic feet, but the rear seatbacks still fold down for long items.
You’ll find plenty of room even for large adults in the Sonata, as we did during a driving route that curled through the hills east of San Diego on one of many Sonata drives we’ve enjoyed this year.
Already a big car, the 2011 Sonata is officially a “large” car by EPA rules, with 120 cubic feet of interior and trunk space. In the class, only the Honda Accord passes that hurdle. The driver and front passenger have plenty of knee and head room; we liked the Sonata’s cloth seats for their bolstering better than the optional leather buckets, and the textured fabric’s almost Nike-sportswear feel probably will be durable. The leather seats in front feel a bit flatter up front. The back seat sits at a good angle of recline, and only the tallest passengers will touch heads against the fabric headliner and the hard-plastic front seatbacks.
The 16.4-cubic-foot trunk is about as large as that in the Ford Fusion, and the trunk gets larger when the rear seats are flipped forward. In the cabin, a deep center console and glovebox hide valuable goods; there’s a niche near the audio controls for cellphones, a flat open bin in front of it for clutter, and a bin hidden behind a flip-down lid to conceal other goods—perhaps a radar detector?
The Sonata also has dual power points, eight cupholders for those frequent cross-Sahara side trips, and coat hangers to keep your blazer looking sharp.
Ample interior room meets comfy cloth seats, with noticeable plastics kept out of touch.