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2019 Hyundai Sonata Walk Around

The recently restyled Sonata presents a fresh face to the world that strikes a nice balance between showy and sedate. In the comparatively fancy front end of the Sonata, faired-in headlights flank an expansive, stylish six-sided grille. LED lighting is included on top trim levels.

Reaching toward the ground, the grille tucks neatly into the hood. Sonata bodies are defined by a low profile and long roofline.

Interior

Though admirably roomy, the Sonata cabin suggests a modest approach. It’s not extravagant, nor is it overly expressive. It is attractive and cohesive. What stands out most, atop the dashboard, is the big touchscreen.

Impressively spacious up front, the Sonata should entice tall occupants. Seats are not only comfortable, but offer multiple adjustments.

In most Sonatas, seats are height-adjustable. Front seats in the Sonata Sport contain firmer cushions, and snug in at the waist.

The Sonata’s low roofline makes it harder to get into the rear compartment. Back-seat comfort could be a bit better. Leg clearance and knee room are appropriate for two adults, but a third person may balk at longer trips. If they sit upright, heads of taller passengers might hit the headliner.

Fit/finish is adequate, but no more. Cloth upholstery goes into lower-priced Sonatas. Sport models get leather-trimmed bolsters. Only Limited trim includes full leather.

With 16.3 cubic feet of space, the trunk can hold a couple of roller suitcases. Low liftover to the cargo floor eases loading. Plug-In Hybrids are less spacious, with a trunk pass-through that’s considerably smaller.

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