With 120 cubic feet of interior and trunk space and dimensions that place it as one of the larger mid-size sedans, the 2013 Hyundai Sonata promises—and delivers—plenty of seating comfort and family usability.
Considering the Sonata's exterior size, it's probably no surprise that there's plenty of space for adults in back as well as in front. The back seat sits at a good angle of recline, with enough headroom for all but the tallest passengers, and there's decent legroom. The only exception is brought about by the smoothly arcing roofline—getting in and out for some of the tallest passengers will require that to duck their head when getting in or out. Front-seat lower cushions are a bit on the firm-and-flat side—they tend to look better-bolstered than they are.
Both of the upholstery options are pleasing, but we like the textured fabric, and its soft-but-rugged sportswear feel, a bit better than the heavily processed leather--and it serves to help hold you in place.
Trunk space is abundant; with 16.4 cubic feet, the trunk is as large as that of any rivals, practically speaking, and you can tap into more space by flipping the rear seatbacks forward. A deep center console and glovebox hide valuable goods, and there's a nook 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, like a radar detector. Details like coat hooks, dual power points, and eight cupholders cover the rest of the bases, whether doing the daily commute or taking the family to Wally World.
Compared to other mid-size sedans, the Sonata's ride quality tends to be quite firm; but road noise is well isolated. Those who live around a lot of potholes will probably want to steer clear of the SE model, as its monotube shocks and 19-inch wheels do add some harshness.