First Impressions: 2011 Hyundai Sonata – Changing our perceptions of the carmaker in a good way

Friday May 28th, 2010 at 7:55 AM
Posted by: AKramer

2011 Hyundai Sonata
By Alex Kramer

Pros:

  • Eager 198 hp 4-cylinder engine
  • Surprisingly agile chassis
  • Eye catching exterior
  • Excellent value

Cons:

  • Could use a bit more power
  • Design borrows a bit much

Midsize sedans have long been a bread and butter product for car manufacturers, not to mention a great way to gain brand loyalty with customers, as well as earn recognition from the critics. It’s no surprise, then, to see Hyundai go all out with its recent redesign of the Sonata. As one of the few automotive success stories of these tough economic times, Hyundai is on the verge of shedding its value-oriented, second-tier status and becoming one of the world’s top-tier automotive brands. With any luck, the new Sonata will do for Hyundai what the Accord and Camry have done for Honda and Toyota.

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2011 Hyundai Equus Includes an iPad to Replace Paper Manual

Wednesday April 14th, 2010 at 10:44 PM
Posted by: michael.leroy

Apple iPadBuy one iPad and for an additional $49,500 get an Equus

Hyundai announced at this year’s New York Auto Show the 2011 Equus will come with an Apple iPad preloaded with a digital copy of the owner’s manual.

The all-digital owner’s manual will be a fully interactive application. Could this be the end of the traditional paper owner’s manual sitting unread in our gloveboxes or a marketing ploy riding on the success of Apple’s new product?

An iPad as an owners manual comes with its own set of problems. Imagine having to change the tire or replace a headlight bulb and realizing you left the iPad at home so Junior could play Scrabble on it. What happens the first time you drop the “digital manual?” Spending another $499 just to read your manual will be a pain unless Hyundai offers other methods of viewing the manual.

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2010 Hyundai Tucson Review

Friday March 26th, 2010 at 3:33 PM
Posted by: Derek

What we like:

  • Almost perfect compact suburban get-it-done family mover
  • Most of the road noise stays outside
  • Sharp-dressed interior
  • Good fuel economy
  • Available XM Nav traffic with live updates

What we didn’t like:

  • Position and angle of display screen gets a lot of glare from sun
  • iPod interface and controls reset to default settings every time the ignition is turned on
  • To maximize fuel economy the automatic transmission up-shifts too early, which causes engine to  fall out of power range and bog
  • Tight cargo hold limits “utility” function

Ruling: it’s fuel-efficient, stylish and high-rent — but limited on utility

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Hyundai to debut plug-in hybrid concept at NAIAS

Thursday January 7th, 2010 at 10:11 AM
Posted by: michael.leroy

Hyundai Blue-Will Concept
Could the Blue-Will kill the green Prius?

Hyundai has announced that its first ever plug-in hybrid concept will make its U.S. debut at next week’s North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The concept is called the Blue-Will and was shown first at the Seoul Auto Show in March of last year. The car has a long list of technology that is new for the Korean automaker.

The Blue-Will will feature lithium-ion-polymer batteries that will allow the car to have a range of 40 miles in full electric mode. After the 134-hp electric motor runs out of juice, a 152-hp, 1.6-liter direct-injection four-cylinder will help power the car. Hyundai claims the Blue-Will will achieve 55 mpg in standard hybrid mode and 106 mpg plug-in mode. A continuously variable transmission, which is now the de-facto transmission for fuel efficient cars, is included.

Much like the Prius, the Blue-Will will have solar panels mounted on its panoramic glass roof to help cool the cabin and recharge the vehicles batteries. The dye-sensitized solar cells will not hinder visibility as you look out the panoramic roof.

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2010 Hyundai Genesis Coupe 2.0T R-Spec

Monday November 2nd, 2009 at 11:1111 AM
Posted by: tonyb

Hyundai Genesis Coupe 2.0T R-spec

Hyundai’s Genesis Coupe garnered a lot of good press and gearhead interest from the get go. And it seems to be fully justified and also understandable. The Hyundai Genesis is well styled (enough), rear wheel drive, and above all, reasonably priced. It’s a car that a young tuner-oriented kid can sink their teeth into, and there’s already a pretty decent aftermarket for the car.

And Hyundai just added a new wrinkle to the mix with its announcement that it will be making a Genesis Coupe 2.0T R-Spec for 2010. With a starting price of just $23,750 and hitting the dealer showrooms fairly stripped down, that way being all the better for future customization by the end user, the R-Spec promises to be even more of what the aftermarket tuner wants.

Photo gallery of R-Spec after the jump
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SEMA 2009 – A Stampede From the East

Thursday October 15th, 2009 at 7:1010 AM
Posted by: ggaillard

Hyundai Genesis Coupe

American muscle is dead. SEMA 2009 is quite possibly the final sunset into which the American pony car will ride. While it may be hard to see daylight fading in SEMA’s glare of eight customized Camaros sponsored by GM, or the usual herd of V8 tuners ready to add more excess, if you step outside the corral, you will find that the American pony car’s muscle no longer fits its market or our times.

Build a Camaro SS add the RS package along with a couple of options and soon you’re in the $40K stratosphere; hardly a reflection of the original pony car ideal of taking an inexpensive sedan chassis, adding some sporty lines with a powerful engine and keeping the price point accessible. Even though we see the current Mustang GT does a reasonable job of holding on to this heritage, it’s still a top end model and priced accordingly. The Challenger SRT may be retro fabulous, but is ultimately a ridiculous machine. Sure, these are halo models intended to help shift secretary specials, but something has been lost in translation so that the fast and furious versions are now priced to be garage queens and the intended market will look elsewhere for practical rear drive performance with flair.

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2010 Hyundai Genesis Coupe Review – A Pony Car From the Far East

Tuesday October 6th, 2009 at 9:1010 AM
Posted by: anson

2010 Genesis Coupe
By Anson Tse

Pros

  • Performance and value
  • Solid chassis and suspension tuning
  • Lots of standard features

Cons

  • Manual transmission setup needs more polish
  • V6 seems a bit more powerful on paper

Introduction

Hyundai has been making a pretty strong statement with its products lately. Remember the days of the Hyundai Excel? Well, times have changed. The new Genesis sedan has received accolades for going toe to toe with the best luxury sedans from Japan and Germany. Interestingly enough, Hyundai is on a mission to have pony car drivers watch out for the Genesis Coupe creeping up in their rearview mirrors. Being one of those rear wheel drive fanatics, it was time to see how the Genesis Coupe measures up.

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Hyundai Equus Limousine

Thursday October 1st, 2009 at 7:1010 AM
Posted by: tonyb

Hyundai Equus

Looks like Hyundai is getting more and more serious as time moves along. Their upcoming Equus, a big sedan with a big engine, is pretty serious in and of itself, and has garnered lots of positive press attention. And now Hyundai is already rolling out variants on the upcoming flagship. In this case we’re talking about a Hyundai Equus Limousine that features not only a longer wheelbase but will also boast a new 400 HP 5.0-liter V8 engine under the hood.

This new Equus limo, will also sport different exterior styling and enhanced safety, comfort and convenience features, which only makes sense, since limos are all about comfort and convenience, right. The Equus Limousine has it’s wheelbase stretched a whopping 11.8-in., which brings the overall length to a yacht-like 215-in., longer than its rivals like the Mercedes S500L and BMW 750iL. Wow, Hyundai is now rivals with Mercedes and BMW?

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Moms Speak Out About Safest Cars

Thursday May 7th, 2009 at 7:55 AM
Posted by: m35man

In honor of Mother’s Day (it’s this Sunday, so don’t forget people) I thought I’d do a mom-related car posting. In my search, I found a great Web site called motherproof.com. Let’s face it, mothers do a lot of driving. A group of women on motherproof.com take a look at the vehicles, road-test them for two weeks at a time, and then evaluate them based on performance and values. It’s a great idea. Who knows more about car safety than mothers do?

“We load the kids in, test out the latch connectors and the car seats, and the cargo space, and to really ensure that the car that we’re driving would really be a perfect vehicle for the people who visit our website,” said Sara Lacey, a mom-reviewer.

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Four New Cars From The Foreign 4 Knocking at the Door

Monday February 23rd, 2009 at 2:22 PM
Posted by: m35man

Acura-Mazda-Hyundai-Kia

Who would have dreamed a year ago that the big names at the 2009 Chicago Auto Show would be Acura, Hyundai, Kia, and Mazda? Who would have ever imagined that a U.S. auto show would be dominated by companies from Japan and Korea?

Everyone thought the Chicago Auto Show would be a great opportunity for the Big 3 to pull out the stops and put a positive spin on a bad situation. But, instead of a much-needed infusion of confidence, all the Big 3 got was an old-school whuppin’ at the hands of the Foreign 4.

While the Big 3 was busy taking private jets to Washington D.C., closing production facilities and laying off workers at an alarming rate, it seems that the Foreign 4 has been hard at work.

Sure, the Big 3 did unveil some great new cars. But, questions still remain. How quickly can they get these vehicles to market? Are they earmarking bailout money for these projects? (They must be.) But, while the Big 3 wonders, the Foreign 4 plunders, and that’s the name of that tune.

4 new cars from the Foreign 4: The 2010 Acura TSX V-6, the 2010 Hyundai Genesis coupe R-Spec, the 2010 Kia Forte, and the 2009 Mazda MX-5 were displayed at the Chicago Auto Show.

Read the article from Kirk Bell, contributing author to CarReview and Search Chicago, after the jump:

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