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.