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FEATURES | 8 out of 10
All trims get a CD/MP3 audio system with XM Satellite Radio
impressive equipment list
Kelley Blue Book
Since the Sonata is already fairly well equipped, options are few
Car and Driver
The 2009 Hyundai Sonata offers a great deal in terms of standard features.
Experts at TheCarConnection.com find the list of standard equipment to be impressive, as does Kelley Blue Book, which calls it "one of the Sonata's key selling points...the base Sonata features a sophisticated 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine mated to a five-speed manual transmission, air conditioning, AM/FM/CD/MP3 sound system, cruise control, keyless entry, power windows and door locks, heated power side mirrors and leather-wrapped tilt steering wheel." For 2009 this list includes “USB, AUX and iPod inputs for the audio system,” MyRide.com reports. The SE adds “alloy wheels, power driver’s seat, steering-wheel audio controls and leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob,” while the Limiteds “get pretty much everything available: standard leather seats with heated fronts, more chrome outside, automatic climate control inside, and a sunroof.”
Car and Driver notes that since the Sonata "is already fairly well equipped, options are few." Options are grouped into packages, according to Automotive.com: "The Popular Equipment Package adds automatic headlights, chrome window belt moldings, upgraded interior accents, power driver seat with adjustable lumbar support, steering wheel audio controls and a trip computer,” while the Premium Package “adds an Infinity AM/FM/XM/6CD/MP3 audio system with six speakers, subwoofer and component amplifier; power tilt-and-slide sunroof; and an electrochromic auto-dimming rear view mirror with HomeLink and a compass.”
For 2009 the Sonata adds an optional navigation system with voice control. MyRide.com reports the nav system “offers up a sharp but slightly small screen, and we found it easy enough to use during our short time with the car.” Even better, CNET proclaims, is the new voice command system: it “really floored us…It doesn't take much time with the onscreen help to figure out some useful commands. It also recognized our spoken commands with good accuracy, working just as well as the system we've used extensively in the Honda Civic.” CNET is disappointed that their Sonata “doesn't have Bluetooth cell phone integration as an option, especially as a hands-free law is about to come into effect in California,” but noted “Kia and Hyundai models will be getting a Microsoft system similar to the Ford Sync.” A vehicle tested by TheCarConnection.com sported a headliner-mounted Bluetooth speaker, a late running change for the 2009 model year.
The 2009 Hyundai Sonata base model has enough features to satisfy most drivers, now that Bluetooth’s arrived.