The New Hyundai Sonata Takes Home Another Award
Hyundai Sonata Award
Someone other than me appreciates Hyundai’s ergonomics, and Wards is that someone. The new highly equipped Hyundai Sonata just received an award for being in the top ten User Experiences. Wards recently awarded the new Hyundai Venue with one of the Top Interior awards, so it is great to see Hyundai continuing to get the recognition it deserves in terms of interior styling but, most importantly, ergonomics.
What Impressed the Judges?
The Wards team was rather impressed with the 10.25” LCD infotainment along with the 12.3” gauge cluster. Funny enough, in my review, I stated it was difficult to use in comparison with Hyundai’s previous infotainment setup and gauge cluster, which worked perfectly in my opinion.
But this still makes sense because out of all the cars I have tested, Hyundai and Kia always do the best job of incorporating tech inside vehicles, the Sonata even with all the screens is no exception. I was just in a Mercedes S Class, which also uses screens to control a majority of the car’s functions, and I could not for the life of me figure it out. Hyundai gives you near S class levels of tech while making it manageable.
The Wards judges continue to express similar thoughts to what I stated about how easy the safety technology is to access, phone connectivity is simple, the interface is pleasant, and navigation is easy to program. And, Wards also liked how easy it is to relay text messages and other phone alerts reliably to the driver while on the move without being distracting. I certainly agree Hyundai excels in all of these infotainment features, but I still believe Hyundai’s previous tech, which you can get in the 2021 Kia K5 I just reviewed, is a tad simpler.
Hyundai Sonata Interior Award Conclusion
It’s always great to see Hyundai getting recognition for the good that it does. For me, having basic buttons and knobs with minimal use of black piano plastic will make me happy. I’m overall still very pleased with what Hyundai is doing in it’s latest cars, and I like that continual improvements are getting implemented for the most part. I am excited to see what Hyundai has in store next.
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Kevin Meyn is an automotive journalist for Torque News concentrating on Hyundai content. Kevin is the founder of Exhaust Sports Auto Youtube channel, where he does professional car reviews on new and used vehicles. Through the use of various resources and extended Automotive expertise, Kevin documents the latest in automotive news revolving around Hyundai. Kevin graduated from NC State University studying Supply Chain Management but has had a passion for cars since he was a child. Follow Kevin on Twitter and Instagram @exhaustsports.