Last post on Dec 03, 2013 at 4:29 PM
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Hyundai Sonata, Toyota Camry, Honda Accord, Nissan Altima, Volkswagen Passat, Mazda MAZDA6, Ford Fusion, Chevrolet Malibu, Kia Optima, Car Comparisons, Sedan
#19270 of 20187 Re: Edmunds On The 2013 Sonata [kyrpto]
Sep 16, 2013 (12:44 pm)
Whether serving family car or commuter car duty, the Hyundai Sonata is a nice place to be thanks to its spacious cabin, COMFOTABLE SEATING, solid build quality and quiet highway ride.....
Apparently they never sat in the front passenger seat. It may be comfortable, but for me at 5' 10" it sits too low. For my wife of 5' 3" it is absurd! FWIW - The optima suffers from the same problem with the passenger seat.
#19271 of 20187 Blind spot monitor lack
Sep 17, 2013 (4:10 am)
Wouldn't go with current Sonata-- I'm assuming it lacks those blind spot monitors that light up in the side mirrors. Wouldn't get a car without those-- very useful.
#19272 of 20187 Re: Blind spot monitor lack [ral2167]
Sep 17, 2013 (11:00 am)
In 11 years of driving on the interstate (I've logged 350k miles in those 11 years), I've never needed them. I can see a use if you have trouble turning your head over your shoulder, but it seems little bit like overkill to me.
Now, back-up cameras I like. I wish I had one in my Ram!
#19273 of 20187 Re: Blind spot monitor lack [thegraduate]
Sep 17, 2013 (11:52 am)
They're certainly a nice feature, but totally not necessary. Even with them I still turn my head and glance. And if you adjust your mirrors properly you won't have a blind spot to begin with.
That said, I do like having them as a backup/convenience.
#19274 of 20187 Re: Blind spot monitor lack [akirby]
Sep 17, 2013 (12:09 pm)
To the OP credit, the current body style of both the Sonata and Optima are harder to see out of than some of their competitors (I'm 6'5"). The raked bodies allow for less glass and higher beltlines. My old Sonata (a 2009) was much easier to see out of; the new Accord and Altima both had easy sightlines also. I haven't driven any of the other competitors currently on the market.
#19275 of 20187 Re: Blind spot monitor lack [akirby]
Sep 17, 2013 (2:04 pm)
I have to agree with thegraduate here. The Sonata and the Optima are particularly hard to see out of in the back.
It is darn near impossible to back-in my Optima in w/o first adjusting my side mirror all the way down, and then using the line painted on the space as a guide. Also, the Optima is really, really low to the ground. My neighbors Camaro is higher off the ground. That, combined with the low seating position and it's slow steering and large turning radius makes it hard to place the wheels, further hindering parking maneuvers. I love my car in a lot of situations...the parking lot is not one of them.
I have had a ton of cars, and this is the only car I have had this much trouble with in close quarters parking situations.
#19276 of 20187 Re: Blind spot monitor lack [cski]
Sep 17, 2013 (2:42 pm)
The Optima/Sonata have a smaller turning radius than any of the cars they are usually compared to.
It looks like the Fusion has the widest. It does have a long wheelbase and you can get some large tires.
#19277 of 20187 Re: Blind spot monitor lack [explorerx4]
Sep 17, 2013 (3:36 pm)
Try the turning radius in reverse. No fun. Guaranteed. The slow steering and the long wheelbase combined with the limited visibility make backing in a chore.
I back mine in when I get home because at 5:00 AM I don't want to back out while sleepy and whack the neighbors Gigantoburban or Mallfinder or whatever.
#19278 of 20187 Re: Blind spot monitor lack [cski]
Sep 18, 2013 (4:18 pm)
No backup sensors or rear camera? You should have got those.
Sep 18, 2013 (6:18 pm)
Our 2013 Sonata Ltd. is the first car we have owned with a rear view camera.
Works flawlessly and is really helpful.
Hyundai's Blue Link package is also as good as any other on-board nanny available; remote start, tracks your teenager, and turns on the heated seats in cold weather too.