Ho-hum outward styling could be redeemed if Hyundai had knocked it out of the park on the inside. But Hyundai minded the same general interior styling as the previous-generation Sonata. The steering position and center stack have changed design, but overall it looks essentially similar to last year’s model.
It’s a safe and conventional design but it’s nothing different. Hard plastic can be found anywhere you put your hands, and switches aren’t of the foremost quality. Again, this is all acceptable at $23,000 but disappointing if you’re spending $33,460.
There is a tip to this utilitarian style, though. As per usual, Hyundai’s infotainment gifts are on point. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are both on board, accessed entirely the company’s well-designed infotainment system. There are also physical buttons for entire lot essential — think climate control and audio controls — which is sustenance.
Finally, the seats are quite literally a sore spot. Within the cardinal 30 minutes on a three our jaunt to Detroit, both my friend Zach and I were grumbling about how uncomfortable the seats were. If you do a lot of long-distance driving, the Sonata puissance not be for you.