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QUALITY | 8 out of 10
cabin exudes a fair amount of quality
trunk space is ample...abundant interior storage
The 2010 Hyundai Sonata has a roomy interior, with plenty of padded surfaces and a good, high-quality look and feel to interior details. Overall, the Sonata transmits refinement beyond its affordable price tag.
Like the Honda Accord, the 2010 Hyundai Sonata qualifies as a large car by EPA standards. There's a "greater distance between the driver and windshield pillar [that] enhances the sensation of roominess," according to Cars.com. ConsumerGuide 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." Leftlane News notes "amazing legroom," but ConsumerGuide says that the seats “could use slightly firmer padding for best comfort.”
With a large trunk, plus a rear seatback that's split 60/40 and folds flat to expand cargo space, the 2010 Hyundai Sonata is surprisingly versatile. Yet some sources criticize the lack of small storage spaces. According to ConsumerGuide, “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."
With last year's interior redesign, materials in the 2010 Hyundai Sonata were significantly upgraded, with fit-and-finish improvements to match. “The look and feel of these components are so much better and more harmonious,” Motor Trend observes. ConsumerGuide reports “the cabin is assembled with care from nicely textured materials. ConsumerGuide also notes that "engine noise rises with speed, but it isn't annoying," and Motor Trend points out that interior noise was substantially improved with the improvements made for '09, “particularly the white noise and engine sounds that used to creep in from the center stack/IP area.”
With large-car interior space and an excellent, high-quality interior ambiance, the 2010 Hyundai Sonata has the goods to impress.