Reliable, comfortable and good- looking car.
Our 2009 Hyundai Sonata is a comfortable and reliable car. It is a good looking car for which we've received many compliments. It is roomy inside and passengers in the backseat have room for their legs. The trunk is large. We've had very little trouble with it. Problems (very few) are these: the paint. A little spot on each side in front of the rear wheel about an inch square appeared when it was still under warranty and I asked the Hyundai serviceman where we regularly had it serviced (we've moved since then) what to do about it. He suggested using fingernail polish on it. (which I never did). Some time later, after a fender bender, the car was at a body shop and I asked about it. The body shop person said it was a flaw in the paint job that is common on Sonatas. But by the time I heard that, the car was out of warranty, so I did nothing about it. Another problem that we found even as we were buying the car was a problem that all the sedans in our price range had at that time. That is that the headrest both in the front and back seats are very uncomfortable. The front seat headrest pushes the person's head forward, and is not adjustable in any way to compensate for that. This seems like a design that would cause serious injury to a person's neck in a head-on accident, especially for a tall person. The one thing we found that we did do for this horrible problem (that all the makes of cars had) is that we turned it around. However, the headrests in the back seat are also terribly uncomfortable (I am 5'8" tall) for my height. The back seat headrests also push the passenger's head forward uncomfortably and yet there is no way to change that in the rear seat. The rear seat headrest does move up and down but not enough to compensate for the way it pushes the top of the passenger's head forward. A few times, we have had an elderly friend with us in the car and would let her have the front passenger's seat. And if I had to sit in the back seat for a half hour drive, I would get a headache from the badly designed headrest.