2011 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Video Review by Driving Sports TV

Tuesday November 2nd, 2010 at 2:1111 PM
Posted by: Derek

Hyundai’s first hybrid could offer efficiency above 30 mpg, for thousands below the competition. The all-new 2011 Sonata, a sedan that has so far delivered the kind of styling, efficiency and low MSRP that sends consumers scrambling for their checkbook. Now Hyundai offers the Sonata as a hybrid model that comes loaded with nearly all of the latest and greatest tech to keep fuel consumption at a minimum. Watch Ryan as he delivers a behind-the-wheel review of the Sonata Hybrid.

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Hyundai says that the Sonata Hybrid can cruise on battery power alone at speeds of up to 62 mph. How do they do it? Under the hood, Hyundai has converted its 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine to the Atkinson Cycle and added a 40-horsepower electric motor. The duo is good for a combined 206 horsepower and 193 pound-feet of torque, but the real star of the show is the car’s battery pack.

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2011 Hyundai Sonata Review – That's when I fell for the Leader of the Pack

Monday September 13th, 2010 at 11:99 AM
Posted by: anson

By Anson Tse

Pros:

  • Gutsy 4-cylinder with V6 power
  • Lots of value for the money
  • Huge interior space

Cons:

  • Styling has a bit too much going on
  • Navigation system could be improved
  • Missing a V6 option

Hyundai continues to improve its product line up in the US by leaps and bounds. Typically it takes an automaker several generations to make some serious headway in to the US market and Hyundai has been at it for over 20 years. However, the latest generation of products that have come from Hyundai are homegrown–designed in California and built in Bama. The Hyundai Sonata has been getting progressively larger just like the average American. Is this another Korean game changer?

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2010 Hyundai Santa Fe Review

Thursday July 22nd, 2010 at 9:77 AM
Posted by: peter

By Peter Newton

Pros:

  • Radio controls integrated into steering wheel (and integrated very well!)
  • Bluetooth® phone controls
  • iPod support
  • XM® Satellite Radio
  • Lots of storage compartments
  • Elegant trim touches
  • Good mileage for gas SUV at 22 mpg

Cons:

  • Dated styling
  • Uninspired driving
  • Acceptable freeway on-ramp power

First Impressions
Over the last decade, Hyundai has made huge strides in improving their reputation for safety and quality. In 2006, they passed Toyota in the JD Powers and Associates quality ranking – a major change for a brand that had once been the poster child for low quality. Note that this was way before Toyota started recalling everything – they used to be the standard for quality! With the better reputation, long warranties and their low prices, Hyundai has grown sales in North America from about 250,000 cars in 2000 to 435,000 in 2009, grabbing share from their established rivals. The biggest part of that success has been the Santa Fe, a crossover SUV that has become commonplace here in import-friendly California. The gist of all of this background is that I was interested to check out the most popular SUV that the up-and-coming Hyundai has to offer.

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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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2009 SEMA Photo Gallery – Day 1

Wednesday November 4th, 2009 at 5:1111 PM
Posted by: thomas@microcarmag

The 2009 SEMA show started off with a lot of energy and optimism for the new year that is almost at our door. New ideas, renewed enthusiasm, and the penchant for going bigger while being eco-conscious all in the same breath. Below are a few photos that our friends from Microcarmag.com sent us. The full set can be found in the CarReview photo gallery.

More interesting tidbits and a lot more exciting stuff to follow in the next few days. Click on the thumbnail  below to view the fullsize image.

2009 SEMA smart carKen Block Monster Subaru2009 SEMA show car
Ken Block Monster Subaru

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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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