The Hyundai sonata is an attractive choice if you’re looking for a mid-sized car with plenty of passenger space and an exciting engine lineup that combines speed and efficiency. But once you’ve familiarized yourself with these headline features, don’t forget to take a closer look at this car’s excellent range of infotainment and technology offerings. Here are some of the Sonata’s key strengths in these areas.
The basis for the Sonata‘s infotainment system is an 8-inch touch screen that gives you access to all its features. In terms of connectivity, you can take advantage of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, which allow you to pair your phone so you can access its contacts and apps through your infotainment screen. Bluetooth connectivity and a USB port also come standard.
Several upgrades are on offer in terms of entertainment. You can opt for a 10.2-inch infotainment screen, satellite radio, and a second-row USB port, which is sure to come in handy for back-row passengers. There’s also a 12-speaker stereo on offer, together with wireless device charging and a 12.3-inch digital instrument display.
The sonata’s infotainment system is equipped with a Blue Light Filter feature. This is designed to remove the harsh effects of blue light, which is often used on computer and phone displays but can cause eye strain. By turning on the Blue Light Filter in your infotainment system’s settings, you can prevent the discomfort the light might cause after extended use.
Since the Sonata can be equipped with satellite radio and HD radio, you shouldn’t have a problem finding something to listen to on long or short drives. Once your phone is paired to the infotainment system, you can also stream music or podcasts saved on it.
In case you’ve run out of ideas for what to listen to, you may want to check out the entertainment system’s Sounds of Nature feature. This allows you to choose from a selection of sound effects, including waves, rain, and forest sounds. These can be great options if you’re trying to get your kids to relax or take a nap during your journey.
Headlights and Interior Lighting
The Sonata’s automatic high-beam headlights are well suited to highway driving and driving in poor weather, because they provide you with the extra power you need to ensure good visibility. The headlights are surrounded by gradient LED lighting to create a cool effect. The LED lighting blends in with the chrome accents around the headlight to produce a modern, sporty appearance unique to the Sonata.
There are also interesting features to discover for this car’s interior lighting. The Ambient Lighting option in the infotainment system allows you to customize the brightness of the lighting in the cabin. If you’re trying to create a relaxed feel, you can turn the lighting down low, or increase its power for reading or other activities. The Ambient Lighting option also allows you to change the lighting’s color. You can choose from various pre-programmed colors or select your own choice from the color wheel.
Driver Assistance and Safety
The Sonata stands out thanks to the wide range of driver assistance technology that comes as standard, even with the base trim. The forward collision warning and pedestrian detection systems help you avoid collisions with people and objects on the road up ahead. These systems give you an audio and visual warning when they detect obstacles. If you fail to react in time, the forward automatic emergency braking system can kick in and bring your Sonata to a swift stop.
When you’re on the highway, the Sonata’s adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, and lane keep assist features are on hand to help. Adaptive cruise control adjusts your speed so that you maintain a safe distance between your Sonata and the traffic up ahead. Lane departure warning cautions you if you slip too close to the highway’s lane markings, while lane keep assist will gently steer you back into the middle of your lane.
The Sonata’s driver attention warning system is another highlight among its tech features. With the help of several cameras located around the cabin, this system can detect when your driving starts becoming careless or erratic. It then gives you a warning so that you can take a break if you’re feeling tired or pay more attention to the road ahead if you’ve been distracted.
The Sonata can also be equipped with front and rear parking sensors to help you maneuver in and out of the tightest spots around town. If you want an even more advanced parking experience, you may want to opt for the surround-view parking camera. It presents you with an aerial view of your Sonata on the infotainment screen, so you can maneuver safely without striking obstacles in a tight spot.
Comfort and Convenience
Several tech features in the Sonata provide you with a touch more convenience that can make a big difference. With proximity keyless entry, you can easily access your car, even when your hands are full with shopping bags. The Sonata’s dual-zone climate control will help all passengers stay comfortable during the ride, whatever the temperature is outside.
The remote start feature can prove helpful on particularly hot or cold days. If you remotely start your car, you can give your climate control system five minutes or so to adjust the internal temperature in the cabin to a more comfortable level before you get inside.
We hope that this rundown of the Sonata’s top tech features has proven helpful in convincing you that Hyundai has the perfect mid-sized car for your needs. If you have any questions about the infotainment or driver assistance features, or if you’d like assistance in using any of them, feel free to contact us. At Huffines Hyundai Mckinney, our team of Toyota experts will be happy to assist you. If you’d like to discover more about our Toyota lineup, check out our online inventory or drop into our showroom to inspect our selection of Toyota vehicles in-person.
Image via Hyundai.com