• Feb 9th 2008 at 1:32PM
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Hyundai has quickly developed a full range of products in its US lineup, and quality scores from companies like JD Power show those vehicles now rank among the best in the industry. For all of Hyundai's progress the past few years, the South Korean automaker has taken its time getting navigation systems into its fleet of cars and trucks.

For '08, the Azera, Santa Fe, and Veracruz all get nav systems, the Genesis sedan receives a separate high-end interface, and the bread-and-butter 2009 Sonata will get the tech as well. The folks over at Kicking Tires proclaim the interface to be bright, clear, and easy to use. It's about time. With Hyundai raising the price of entry for the Sonata to match (or exceed) the competition, it's important that the midsize sedan has everything the competition offers. It's just a shame that it took until now for them to do it.

[Source: Kicking Tires]

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      • 7 Years Ago
      reply to Brian W.

      "The only reason Hyundai has caught up so fast is they copy everyone and they live in a cheap country.
      The Big Three could move there and export cars back here ..... oh wait they don't allow that."

      S. Korea is about the 12th largest economy in the world, and costs there are no longer "cheap." Seoul, the capital, actually has one of the highest costs of living of cities in the world.

      Also, um, the Sonata and Santa Fe are produced in Alabama.
      • 7 Years Ago
      We are suppose to hold the Big Three for their past but not Hyundai.
      The only reason Hyundai has caught up so fast is they copy everyone and they live in a cheap country.
      The Big Three could move there and export cars back here ..... oh wait they don't allow that.
      • 7 Years Ago
      The truth is unfortunate, really. Many customers who shop the Azera, Santa Fe, and Veracruz demanded an in-dash navigation system. Even media publications constantly picked on Hyundai for not offering one as an option. Adding to that, anti-Hyundai enthusiasts right here on Autoblog scolded Hyundai for not offering one. Now that Hyundai has granted the wish, I'm seeing people stating that an in-dash navigation system is useless. What does Hyundai have to reach to satisfy you guys?
      • 7 Years Ago
      Did I just use ''down the road'' twice? Gah.... it's too cold today :(
      • 7 Years Ago
      Hyundai will never satisfy the obstinate skeptic . And yet I find the most obstinate skeptics aren't very well informed. Just talking and not touching. Always pointing to a past that no longer exists as if yesterday was today. Dragging us back decades to something when we live in the now and are heading to our future. Skeptics are myth perpetuators and ignore obvious progress. Progess in such a short period of time is actually remarkable. Big ships usually take a great deal of time to turn around. So... such ignorance and skepticism proves to be that which ought to be criticized. I'd rather they just live in their past and let the progressive thinkers, and more importantly, those who prove they can bring about change lead us to our future. When they no longer can progress, let another stand up and take us there. This is the cycle of progress and change. Fools and small minds can't grasp such things.
        • 7 Years Ago

        Goodness, could you come off more self-centered? Might as well make a counterargument though. Without skepticism we would be living in a world similar to that of 1984. With your superior intellect you should be able to draw the link, I don't feel like making a complete theory argument on an automobile blog. Also your argument stops making any sense at "Skeptics are myth perpetuators and ignore obvious progress" (I believe you mean perpetrators); skepticism may often hold us back, but it also keeps us off the wrong path and the wrong path is often far worse than the status quo. Just think of how the economy would be doing if people were more skeptic about the idea of Iraq having nuclear weapons.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Damn, that's entertaining, do a complete unadulterated rip off of lexus, fall out effect? now the original lexus interior feels cheap... and the new hyundai feels 'acceptable'. odd.
      • 7 Years Ago
      It appears that Shaaman is either blind or has no taste.

      While not saying all the Hyundais are beauts - the Santa Fe is WAAY better looking than the CR-V (please - that fugly thing).

      And the new Accord copied elements of its front fascia from the Sonata (not to mention BMW regarding the roofline) - while not exactly pretty, it is still a lot better than the monstrosities that Honda has been putting out.

      The Genesis sedan is better looking than the LS and the Genesis coupe is better looking than pretty much anything Honda or Toyota/Lexus has put out.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Hyundai actually listens to its customers Last Sonata's interior was dull and boring they changed that
      People complained about Sonata not having an optional Nav...they changed that also
      Great work Hyundai
      Keep it up!
      • 7 Years Ago
      I am not familiar with these integrated NAV units, but I do know that most manufacturers offer map updates every so often. If they could make the updates available via the Internet, then burned to a DVD and able to be updated by the customer that would make it even better.
      • 7 Years Ago
      To the imbecile called Brian W,

      Are you what, ch*nk? Brian Wong or whatever. Saying "cheap" for a country that is the 12th biggest economy in the world and is hi-tech and surpass US, Japan and European countries in many areas leading in semiconductors, construction, shipbuilding, and many other areas you must be pretty pathetic a* hole to say such ignorant idiotic thing.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Wtf is your problem, resorting to racial slurs now? You're making yourself look like an asshole, and making autoblog commenters look like idiots.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Let's not get racist here. Obviously, anyone that calls Korea a cheap country is not up to date on recent economic developments and should not be taken too seriously.

        Korea is a far from a cheap country and the average Hyundai Motor manufacturing employee makes around $65k a year...not too bad for someone with only a high school degree. I know that is not as much as the $85k or so UAW workers in North America make, but it is still a heft amount. I heard Korean auto manufacturing wages are very similar to Japanese auto manufacturing wages.
      • 7 Years Ago
      If your your into foreign cars, why buy a Lexus when a Hyundai is this nice?
      Hyundai makes Toyota look like a joke. Soon the novelty of owning a Toyota will wear off then they`re in trouble.
      Good job Hyundai!
        • 7 Years Ago
        Probably because you want your car to still be reliable in 5 years.
          • 7 Years Ago
          Most Toyota Owners don't even own their car's past three, also, lot's of newer (1998-200+) are having engine issues, among other things.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Yeah, integrated nav units are overpriced and get obsolete fast.

      Nonetheless, there were too many ill-informed consumers who demanded it.

      And as for the center console (and the dash overall), it looks better than the one found in the RX.
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