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I want to replace the manufacturer seats for something more comfortable. I used to have a 2016 sonata hybrid and the seats were phenomenal for long drives.

i know it will void. The warranty but I drive for almost 5 hours per day in traffic and buying seat cushion don’t help my legs and lower back issues.

Any recommendations?
 

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See if the sonata seats will adapt? You may have an airbag issue if they have bags in them.
 

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I called a Hyundai service center and was told other than voiding the warranty, they weren’t sure about the compatibility of the air bags
 

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To be clear, it would only void the warranty for the seats and their components. They can't deny warranty service for something unrelated to, or not caused by your modification.
 

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May I ask what you find so bad about them?

I too spend 5 to 6 hours at a time in my car at least 4 times a week and at 6'2", (my bicycle shop say if my body was in correct proprtion to my legs I'd be 6'5") weighing more than I should, with the seat slid right back and the backrest fairly upright, I find the driving position and comfort really good. After 5 hours I get out without any aches and pains and I'm 56 with arthritis in both feet, ankles, knees, wrists and hands.

My car is a 2020 UK spec 1st Edition so the seats are manual with cloth trim. The lumbar support is electric but I never use it.

What I benefited from, many years ago, was attending a workshop run by a local motoring group where they had a car ergonomics expert come in and give a talk about sitting correctly in your driver's seat. It was the best hour I've ever spent and has really helped me over the last 30 years and 1.2 million miles! Big squidgy sofas are not the answer, and you should never use a cushion on a modern seat with all the active and passive safety features they contain. It's all about lining your spine, neck and arms up correctly using the seat and steering wheel adjusters, so your body naturally relaxes allowing you to drive for hour after hour without any physical stress on your skeleton or supporting muscles. Lots of people are suprised at how upright that requires you to be, but with all your bones and muscles in alignment, the feeling is one of calm comfort.

If you do decide to change the seats, would they even fit as the Sonata is a much bigger car all round, keep the original ones to put back at sale time otherwise your car will be worthless without them.
 

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I want to replace the manufacturer seats for something more comfortable. I used to have a 2016 sonata hybrid and the seats were phenomenal for long drives.

i know it will void. The warranty but I drive for almost 5 hours per day in traffic and buying seat cushion don’t help my legs and lower back issues.

Any recommendations?
What is your trim level? If you have the base model fabric seats, I agree, they are horrible and hard as a park bench. I thought they will soften over time, but no such luck. The easiest way is to upgrade to upper trim leather seats, which should be plug and play for the most part.
 

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I have the base model trim of the ioniq. The blue version. I could sit for 6 hours straight in the Sonata hybrid seats with zero issues. I guess I have to find out if the seats will fit and if the airbags will still work properly.

i looked at the dimensions of the two vehicles Sonata and ioniq and the size difference is off by one inch on almost everything
 

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I often spend 6 hours behind the wheel of my Ioniqs and honestly don't find any discomfort
 

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While I have the higher trim with leather seats, when I was test driving, I test drove the Ioniq and Elantra, both with leather seats, back to back and I found the Ioniq to be much more comfortable than the Elantra for me.

I have also had no problems with discomfort on long drives.

Out of curiosity @Batman , you mentioned you have the Blue trim of the Ioniq with non-leather seats. What kind of seats did you Sonata Hybrid have? Also, as noted by @Steel188 , finding the correct seat position can make a huge difference. Might even be worth having an ergonomics specialist help you find the ideal position for your existing seat, rather than shelling out to have the seat replaced with that of another model.
 

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Unfortunately, addressing my conditions are not something that can be treated but simply made tolerable.
I’ve tried several varying types of cushions with no luck

the sonata hybrid was the base model and had the basic seats in them.
 

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Unfortunately, addressing my conditions are not something that can be treated but simply made tolerable.
I’ve tried several varying types of cushions with no luck

the sonata hybrid was the base model and had the basic seats in them.
thats probably what big pharma has you to believe...
 

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Jesus Christ.
If anyone has any constructive feedback, regarding wether or not switching the seats out is even possible, I would very much appreciate it. Thanks
 

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One thought may be to have a look at the salvage yards for an Ioniq Limited seat. They have all the adjustments and are electric. You will need to run power to it, but the fit, airbag sensor and airbag should be compatible. at car-part.com you can search by model, year and trim level. You may be able to get one with a return policy if you cannot make it work as well. Be sure to get the matching electrical pigtail from the car for the power seat. It will need a 12V source, which there is plenty in the car. Good luck.

I agree this forum has gotten way out of hand with improper comments.
 

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Jesus Christ.
If anyone has any constructive feedback, regarding wether or not switching the seats out is even possible, I would very much appreciate it. Thanks
Anything is possible if you are not restrained by financial limitations.
 

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Jesus Christ.
If anyone has any constructive feedback, regarding wether or not switching the seats out is even possible, I would very much appreciate it. Thanks
I'm sorry if nobody has given you a satisfactory response . It's probably because no one on the forum ( to my knowledge ) has replaced the seats . Most likely it can be done but no one has any experience of doing so . :)
 

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Thank you all for the great responses. I’ll start with the limited trim seats and that website. Thanks again!!
 

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One thought may be to have a look at the salvage yards for an Ioniq Limited seat. They have all the adjustments and are electric. You will need to run power to it, but the fit, airbag sensor and airbag should be compatible. at car-part.com you can search by model, year and trim level. You may be able to get one with a return policy if you cannot make it work as well. Be sure to get the matching electrical pigtail from the car for the power seat. It will need a 12V source, which there is plenty in the car. Good luck.

I agree this forum has gotten way out of hand with improper comments.
Absolutely awesome. Thank you for the guidance!!!
 
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