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STYLING | 8 out of 10
the most elegant environment one can inhabit for less than $25,000
interior “looks a lot like the Veracruz”
“revamped interior moves Hyundai upward into premium territory”
The 2010 Hyundai Sonata comes in three trim levels, all with essentially identical styling: GLS, SE, and Limited. Last year the Sonata got a light touch-up at the front and rear, with most of the sedan's sheetmetal carried over; that's fine as the Sonata is nicely proportioned, if a bit conservative. Last year, the Sonata also got a more substantial redo inside, with new soft-touch plastics and padded surfaces, plus a matte-metallic finish.
From the outside, “most casual observers would be hard-pressed to tell the difference" from the recent exterior face-lift, opines Leftlane News. Kelley Blue Book comments "some might argue the Sonata design is also somewhat generic"; however, they praise "the Sonata's new styling, even if it's squarely on the conservative side" and "don't see any single design feature likely to turn anybody away from the car."
Meanwhile, there are plenty of proponents of the exterior. MyRide.com thinks "the Sonata remains refreshingly clean and spare, with sharply angled headlight housings and a quiet, clean-cut grille topped with a sliver of chrome," while Cars.com notes that "jeweled projector headlights sit up front," and "chrome-tipped dual exhausts are installed with the V-6 engine," adding that "the horizontal taillights look a lot like those on the previous-generation Honda Accord."
Last year, the Sonata gained a completely reworked interior, and reviewers are enthusiastic about the look and feel. Leftlane News thinks the “revamped interior moves Hyundai upward into premium territory,” and Edmunds says that the Limited improves upon base Sonatas, describing it as "particularly upscale," and "certainly the most elegant environment one can inhabit for less than $25,000.” It reminds MyRide.com of Hyundai’s seven-passenger Veracruz crossover, and CNET notes that the cleaner design—with the radio and climate controls moved much higher on the dash—leaves “so much leftover space…that Hyundai places two small storage areas in the center stack, below the navigation unit.”
The 2010 Hyundai Sonata isn't anything special from the outside, but it has a top-notch interior.