Unfortunately, attention is in the details. If there are so many small issues like this, then the question is what big things might have been an oversight? I am not trying to detract from the Sonata. These little things may simply prolong my decision until the other 2011s come out for comparison. In my short test drive, I found these minor issues:
1. Seat height is too high for me at 6'
2. Entertainment system is severely lacking
3. Small screen NAV system
4. Horn sucks
5. No HID
I could probably get used to #1. Leaning the seat back a little further will help. The Dimension system is mediocre at best (#2). I do not want to have to drop $600-$1000 for an aftermarket entertainment system. If I could have the dealer roll it into the purchase price, it may be worth it. Can I live with it, probably. Do I want to? No. The NAV window is slightly bigger than my Garmin. Since it is the HUB of the entertainment system, you would expect it to be bigger. #4 has been discussed to death. There are better horns on a Hoveround or Rasdal. An old lady in a walker had a louder squeaky horn. #5 is a common item now at relatively low cost. I would much rather have it as an option than an after-market add on. '
I may have to wait longer than I planned. That is not a bad thing. I will be able to experience the MyFord Touch system in a few months when it is rolled out to the Flex. I want to see the design and capabilities. It is an extremely high differentiator for vehicles now.
If I am going to pick up a $400 car payment, I want to have no after thoughts about the purchase. I do not want to have these lingering problems that make me question the purchase when I am in it 1.5-2 hours a day.