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Hyundai Sonata changes you'd like to see

patpat Posts: 10,421
edited March 2014 in Hyundai


  • eagle2aeagle2a Posts: 97
    Pat: I would like to see a much better center arm rest on the Sonata.(Like the one on my 92 Honda LX) If the drink holders have to be reduced, so be it. But when driver comfort must be secondary to drink holders something fundemently is quite wrong.

    Also in the same vain, all of the Sontas should have the steering wheel extenders like the Limited. Not just tilt.

    And last but not least, all the driver seats should all have eight way power.

    In a few words..."Make The Driver as Comfortable as possible."

    I would pay extra for these features instead of a "Sun Roof!"

    Maybe it is my age, but I think on a drive of any length most folks would appreciate these features!
  • miamixtmiamixt Posts: 600
    I have the Telescopic Wheel which I enjoy. Really don't understand the need for Power Pedals? However, why couldn't Hyundai put the Power Mirror/Seat memory feature in. Other 06 Hyundai Models have it. I hate when you have to re adjust everything!
  • ergsumergsum Posts: 146
    Nothing major:

    1. Deeper cup holders for a better grip of one's beverage of choice.

    2. Thicker cross section to steering wheel for improved grip.

    3. Drivers seat needs to be able to go lower by about an inch.

    4. GT suspension, steering and seating (increased bolstering) option package.

    5. Darker interior colors (not "Black") to help hide interior wear-and-tear as the vehicle ages. "Charcoal" or "Camel Tan" would be nice.

    6. A re-work of the center stack. Current layout functions well, but looks too "Buick".

    7. Better or no fake wood. I picked a grey interior to get the fake carbon fiber look trim. Think "brushed metals".

    8. Digital FM (this does not mean satellite) capable radio with MP3 player input jack as base unit.

    9. Lights for vanity mirrors need to be mounted on the visor. Current design does project the light where it is needed. Ask the wife.

    10. Red-orange (best for night vision) or amber colored lighting for instruments. Not greenish or trendy blue.

    Drive what you love, love what you drive. Ergsum
  • eagle2aeagle2a Posts: 97
    I should have said: Telescoping instead of extender on the steering wheel. "Tilt and telescoping steering wheel."
  • eric39eric39 Posts: 15
    I'd love a sport tuned suspension.

    The drivers seat to go back about an inch farther.

    Rear air vents.

    Text on radio display as far as title and artist
  • seepicseepic Posts: 7
    "all of the Sontas should have the steering wheel extenders like the Limited. Not just tilt."

    Can't agree more!
  • pekelopdpekelopd Posts: 139
    Changes I'd like to see, but even better, available for purchase so that I can upgrade my '06 GLS I4 with!

    1- folding mirrors (in NYC, lots of mirros fall off on these tight streets)
    2- audio control on steering wheel to change track/preset
    3- darker interior colors that won't show dirt as easily
    4- ability to raise/lower the seat portion of the front seat
    5- a color other than green for dash lights (too 80's ish)
    6- built in navigation system with gyroscope to predict car's position if satellite signal is lost (tunnels, tall buildings etc...)
    7- Rear seat side/torso airbags for my precious passengers (children)
    That's about all the changes/improvements I can think of, other than that, I find the car almost perfect!
  • Here is my wish list for the Sonata.

    1. Rain-sensing wipers
    2. Dual zone automatic climate control
    3. Navigation system
    4. Bluetooth
    5. 4-way power passenger seat
    6. Smart Access keyless entry with keyless ignition
    7. Auto-dimming outside mirrors
    8. Power rear sunshade

    Hopefully Hyundai can grant me these wishes :)
  • 1-Useless cupholders-perhaps some clever person could develop a dropin insert that would actually hold a cup while the car is moving?
    2-Vanity mirrors-looks like they were trying to save a buck and it shows. Had a couple of early 1990s Escorts and even they had the corporate vms w/builtin lights so bright you could get a tan from them.
    3-Center stack-would like to see air vents and radio change places.
    4-Front seat cushions should be longer. For longer-limbed people like myself, this is the equivalent of short-sheeting a bed.
    5-Hybrid model that gets 40+mpg would be nice.
    6-Suspension seems capable of going around corners briskly. Faster steering ratio would improve agility.

    Some nice things I’ve noticed about the car (and I don’t know where else to post this):

    When you take the key out of the ignition:
    There is still enough juice to close any open windows
    If the headlights are on, they go out (this is not ‘auto headlight’, power is cut to head/tail lights).

    Turning ventilation to the AC/max automatically engages the AC and recirculate buttons, rotating it elsewhere it changes to ‘fresh’ and leaves the AC on.

    If you leave the key in the ignition and try locking all the doors, the car will flip the driver’s door lock to ‘open.’ With the key still in, flipping the driver’s door button to the ‘closed’ position, it will flip it back. I suppose it’s possible to leave the key in the ignition, leave the headlights on, let the battery run down and the car wouldn’t have enough power to flip the button back. But if you’re to be that stupid, you deserve exactly what you get!
  • sjwssjws Posts: 3
    I would like to see the limited trim and 5 speed auto available for the I4. Also blue light instrument gauges like the Kia Optima's "supervision meter cluster".
  • flc2006flc2006 Posts: 81
    MY Improvements for the 2006 Hyundai Sonata
    would be mirrors that fold
    speed sensitive door locks which you dont to have program
    mp3 player auxiliary Jack
    audio controls that have seek function so i can can the change the track on the CD
    immobilizer most competitors offer this

    This is one of the best hyundais ever built but just like anything else it could be better.
  • joe97joe97 Posts: 2,248
    This is a good list and should be addressed by Hyundai when the next facelift arrives (2008?)

    First, the suspension many mentioned is easy to addresse, Hyundai has its own patented Active Geometry Control Suspension (AGCS) which is likely added on the next facelift.

    Rain-sening wiper and power rear sunshade will continue to be in the Azera and not in the Sonata, at least for the NA market.

    The rest of the list can be easily added, if Hyundai chooses to...
  • dadof6dadof6 Posts: 61
    Folding outside mirrors.
    Daytime running lights.
    Door locks programmable by owner.
    Lock program to include ability to lock doors when shifted into gear & unlock when key is turned off.
    Trunk to open a little further when first popped.
    Acc port for rear seats.
    Passenger side front door that doesn't automatically unlock by pulling inside door handle.
    A simpler maint schedule ie; 5,000 mile oil/filter/tire rotation/brake checks and major services at 30k intervals.
  • Center stack/cluster redesign.
  • 1. Optitron Gauge Cluster
    2. In-dash Navigation Unit
    3. Tire Pressure Monitoring System
    4. HID Headlights
    5. LED Tail Lights
    6. Two Person Memory for seating and side view mirrors
    7. Higher quality center console
    8. Choice of EITHER XM or Sirius satellite radio
    9. HD radio option
    10.Turn signal side mirrors
    11.Adjustable heated seating (vesus a single setting)
    12.User programmable options versus having to go to the dealer (i.e. auto locking doors)
    13.Softer plastic dash material versus HARD plastic that scratches easily
    14.Quicker shifting Shiftronic transmission
    15.6-speed tranny versus 5
    16.Advanced steering wheel controls for changing presets and controlling CD changer

    The above are not in any particular order :)
  • samnoesamnoe Posts: 731
    The above features would turn the Sonata into an Avalon, both with features AND price! No, thanks. If you want, choose the Avalon, but No Sonata with a $35,000 sticker price!

    I agree with better interior details, both the center stack, which is too plain and boring, and the gauges which could use improvement, hence, optitron gauges as in the Optima, Azera, Camry, Corolla, Civic... Need I go on? But I disagree with one of the above that orange or red are good colors. IMO they are the worst and I hate them. I would rather take green any time. But blue is much better, Like the Toyotas and Hondas (most of them). And red needles is also a must - the needles needs to be a different color than the numbers!

    I would also like in all models a rear backup sensor (at least optional). This is a large car, and is a very important safety feature!
    Good front armrests is also very important.
  • Folding side mirrors
    Rear reverse sensor (latest model over here has got them maybe top line model)
    I have read some other messages and they have put down things on there list that my 2004 Sonata has,could some one tell me if the 2004 Sonata over in US has;
    Automatic Headlight cut out switch (when you open drivers door they turn off)
    Automatic gearbox has sport Mode
    The cup holder is in the centre console with a lid that cover them , the cupholders are different in size, (one is a little bigger)
    I have put some pictures of the dash in my carspace :)
  • luckylouluckylou Posts: 308
    While shopping for an Azera i also test drove a Sonata , My nose notice a very strange odor
    the salesman said the new models smell that way for awhile .
    For me the smell of a new car is definitively not the smell of the Sonata , on the other hand the Azera smell is the normal smell . Has anybody notice this ??
  • What you smelled is NOT that of a NORMAL Sonata. Mine didn't smell of anything but that of a nice new car :D

    I suggest you drive another Sonata ;)
  • ray_h1ray_h1 Posts: 1,134
    )) "could some one tell me if the 2004 Sonata over in US has;
    Automatic Headlight cut out switch (when you open drivers door they turn off)
    Automatic gearbox has sport Mode
    The cup holder is in the centre console with a lid that cover them" ((

    I have a U.S. model '03 Sonata and it has:

    "Battery Saver" feature - headlights automatically turn off when the ignition key is turned off and the driver's front door is opened.
    "SHIFTRONIC" automatic transaxle - allows holding a gear until shifted "manually" up or down with a forward or backward flick of the shift lever if moved laterally to the shiftronic position beforehand.
    The cupholders in my car have a pneumatically damped door that covers them when they're not in use.
  • ray_h1ray_h1 Posts: 1,134
    )) "What you smelled is NOT that of a NORMAL Sonata. Mine didn't smell of anything but that of a nice new car" ((

    Different folks' sniffers vary in sensitivity and who can dismiss that what some find really objectionable may be acting as an allergen for them?... The U.S. and Japanese automakers have indicated they're trying to control the new car cabin materials' odor with varying degrees of success, but I have the impression the Koreans haven't felt this is a priority. My '03 Sonata stank worse than any new car I remember having ever owned, especially the leather upholstery (somewhat reminiscent of several day old sun-dried mackerel during July or August...). But, the odor eventually dissapated.
  • ray - my only response would be to ask our 06-07 Sonata brethern if they had any issues with their new cars in terms of an unpleasant odor :confuse:

    I drove many a Sonata (2006's and 2007's) during my decision making process...two I4's and three V6's from three different dealerships. Never once did I encounter any type of odor but, who knows, maybe I am in the minority ;)
  • ctc1ctc1 Posts: 66
    My Korean made 2006 sonata had a strong chemical odor when new but went away quickly.
  • ctc1 - are you outside of the United States? I was unaware of any 06 Sonata's being manufactured outside of the Alabama factory for sale in the US.
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,906
    The I4 2006 Sonatas were shipped from Korea until around October 2005. So they could have the characteristic odor of the sealant that Hyundai uses on the undercarriages of cars shipped overseas, to protect from salt air. It goes away after a couple of weeks, in my experience.
  • Maybe your dealer was next door to a fish market?? :surprise:
  • billwardbillward Posts: 154
    The answers for your 2004 questions are:

    Yes, got 'em (I LOVE that feature)

    Um... If you mean does it have the Manumatic, yes. If you mean does it have a "Sport" setting for Drive, like an automatic Overdrive, no. But the Manumatic lets you drive it in a Sport Mode.

    Yes, that properly describes the center cupholders.
  • 1. heated mirrors
    2. memory seats
  • xj220xj220 Posts: 78
    I thought they had heated mirrors? If they don't then yes they need it. I don't care much for folded mirrors, but if the new Elantras have them, so should the Sonatas.

    Memory seats would be nice, but I think Hyundai made a good decision to put them exclusively on the Azeras. They need to justify the higher price tag because IMO I think the Sonata looks better and while the Azera has the bigger engine it sucks more gas and the Sonata's V6 engine is fast enough for me.
  • rhduke00rhduke00 Posts: 129
    Heated mirrors are standard equipment for all trim levels on both 2006 and 2007 Sonatas.
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