My dealer already has what looked like a 2011 Sonata. I didn't get up
close to it as it was in the garage undergoing, I'm surmising, dealer
prep. It did look better in person than in the pictures, but it is
going to take some getting used to.
It looks like the visibility will be much poorer than my 2006, but then
almost all new cars seem to have visibility that sucks. I guess
everyone is copying the "gangster" look that Chrysler started with the 300.
I much prefer a lower beltline and taller windows than appears to now be
in vogue on new cars.
It also has to do with side impact crash standards. It is easier to put the
needed strength in the higher doors. I've not been in one of the Chrysler
cars, but to me, they look ugly with the short windows
Yes, I suspect that is one of the reasons, but I think simply style is
the other. I think almost all of the cars with the short windows look
ugly, although the cars like the Camaro and Challenger look OK that way.
The new Hyundai isn't as ugly as the Chrysler, but it sure has shorter
windows than my 06, at least judging from a distance.
The color of the car makes quite a difference too. My silver blue was much
cooler in the summer than the two previous cars, a dark green and burgundy
one. In the southwest, white is a very common color. I've never had a
black car, nor do I want one. Present car is dark cherry. Sure shows the
dirt more too.
As for tint, some states do have restriction on the front windows as to how
dark they can be. Police want to be able to see you and be sure you have no
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