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QUALITY | 8 out of 10
enough interior room to meet the EPA's definition of a large car
trunk space is ample...abundant interior storage
cabin exudes a fair amount of quality
The 2009 Hyundai Sonata is reasonably quiet and comfortable, and it makes a big leap forward in the quality of its cabin materials and feel, in the opinion of reviewers from around the Web and those at TheCarConnection.com.
The 2009 Sonata, like the Honda Accord, qualifies as a large car by EPA standards. Automotive.com says that means it’s “roomier in almost every dimension than most of its mid-size competitors, with a full-size edge in creature comfort." Cars.com observes a "greater distance between the driver and windshield pillar [that] enhances the sensation of roominess." Consumer Guide lodges some complaints, however, reporting that some testers "have difficulty finding a comfortable driving position. Taller adults in particular may feel that they sit too close to the steering wheel, even with the telescopic steering column set to its furthest forward position." They admire the “redesigned front seats [that] have a longer bottom cushion for better long-distance comfort and support. Getting in and out of any seat is easy thanks to ample door openings, but rear-seat headroom is trimmed for taller passengers when the optional sunroof is ordered. A few sources complain that the Sonata’s seats were fine, but “could use slightly firmer padding for best comfort,” as Consumer Guide finds, though LeftLaneNews notes “amazing legroom.”
Storage and cargo room aboard this Hyundai is generous and well done, according to Automotive.com: "the rear seatback is split 60/40 and folds to allow the transport of long objects, such as skis and snowboards or gardening tool, [but] storage bins and cubbies are about average for the class." Consumer Guide agrees: “the door pockets and two-tiered center console bin are on the small side. A large, covered bin located under the climate/audio control stack compensates.” Cars.com reports "cargo volume totals 16.3 cubic feet...maximized thanks to strut assists that open the trunk from the sides, as opposed to the arm-style hinges many competitors use, which encroach on luggage space when shut."
Fit and finish have been substantially upgraded in the 2009 Sonata. “The look and feel of these components are so much better and more harmonious,” Motor Trend observes. Consumer Guide reports “the cabin is assembled with care from nicely textured materials. Closer inspection reveals some cost cutting, with hard plastics in many spots.” "Wind and road noise is decently muted," says Automotive.com. Consumer Guide notes that "engine noise rises with speed, but it isn't annoying," and Motor Trend points out a “substantial lowering of noise levels, particularly the white noise and engine sounds that used to creep in from the center stack/IP area.”
Hyundai also backs the 2009 Sonata with a five-year/50,000-mile basic warranty plus a 10-year/100,000-mile warranty on the powertrain. This excellent warranty coverage goes a long way toward addressing quality concerns over this Korean mid-size sedan and shifting consumer opinions.
The 2009 Hyundai Sonata has large-car room and a noteworthy boost in interior quality.