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2018 Hyundai Ioniq Electric Limited

2018 Hyundai Ioniq Electric Limited

An Automotive Love Affair
By Joe Mavilia

Overview:

This is the 2018 Hyundai Ioniq Electric Limited. Boy, does “Limited” takes on a whole new meaning when it comes to ‘all electric’. A year ago, I reviewed the Ioniq plug in Hybrid. Fuel economy is great on that and it has an engine to boot. That is a ‘big’ or BIG difference.

Commercials are hot and heavy recently pushing Electric Vehicles and I can’t help but take exception to this mode of propulsion.

Example to consider regarding “All Electric”: I travel 50 miles one way. I begin with a full charge of 136 miles. I get to my destination with 76 miles remaining. Because the journey was uphill it uses much more juice than downhill or level ground. It takes 12 hours to get back to near full charge. When I travel downhill to the office 50 miles away battery miles will be less than actual miles traveled, thus it took only 41 battery miles to go 50 actual miles. But now it will require all day charging just to get enough charge to get back home.

Contrast that with: If I live under 20 miles from work I can be assured to get there and back easily, and I don’t even need a recharge facility at my job, unless I must buzz around during the day, then I may need some charge time. I return home plug in, which will require all night to get back to full charge.

SO – a little old lady from Pasadena who drives very few miles MAY be able to adjust to the all-electric option.

General Information:

It is assembled in- Ulsan, Korea; Parts- US/Canadian 1%, Korea 9%, Japan 1%; Engine and transmission- Korea; Classification is- Midsize Cars; Cars from Hyundai- Accent, Azera, Elantra, Elantra GT, Ioniq Hybrid, Ioniq Electric, Santa Fe, Sonata, Sonata Hybrid, Sonata Plug-in Hybrid, Tucson and Veloster.

Handling & Performance:

Good acceleration but it will drain the battery very quickly. In my youth we’d burn the tires off, just because we could. But there was a gas station on every corner to refuel in a matter of minutes. With All Electric I become very conservative and so gun shy about running out of charge I felt I’d better turn off anything that consumes power. That means, no A/C on a 95-degree day, no navigation system and I even turned off the radio.

In all fairness, however, I was able to make the 53-mile trip, uphill both ways, in the snow and return home. No joke (except the both ways and snow). That wasn’t the case the last time I tested an All Electric car. That car promised a range of 95-miles, but it barely made the 53-mile trip with only 4 miles on the charge meter remaining. I was not a happy camper.

The performance good news is that the cost for a full charge is said to be between $2.40 and $4. Ok, I’ll accept that, but it does not consider there are hybrids that will deliver 100 miles for about the same money. So, I’m not convinced (for most people’s use) the inconvenience of plugging in everywhere you stop is going to appeal to very many.

Styling:

Very Hyundai and that is a very good thing.

Fit and Finish:

Very good job on the seams.

Cost:

More money than I (personally) could justify paying for an all-electric car. “MY” driving needs is many miles and instant need, and I want to go without major planning on where I’ll run out of charge. When I feel like taking a trip I want to go to the gas station, fill up and GO. Ain’t happening with All-Electric.

Conveniences and comfort:

This Ioniq is well equipped and I even got brave enough to turn on the radio and Air Conditioning, both at the same time. It simply is not convenient to have to figure out how far I can drive before stopping to recharge.

Consumer Recommendations:

Consider your driving habits and if it allows for travel of no more than 50 miles out, you should feel comfortable being able to return home without a long stop to recharge. If you go 75 miles you won’t make it back without staying the night with a minimum of 8 hours charge time.

Final recommendation: DO NOT INVEST MONEY IN TESLA. Remember why I say that? I’ll repeat it: 1903 Electric cars had a range of 100 miles. Let’s see, 1903 to 2018 is 115 YEARS with no significant breakthroughs in battery technology. Look for my upcoming review of a Hydrogen powered car. The first time I reviewed a hydrogen car was the GM Hy-Wire in 2002 and was impressed. 16 years later they still haven’t solved all the problems. BUT, a good indication they will come on strong is that when I tested a Hydrogen Hyundai about 5 years ago there were 9 hydrogen fueling stations in all of California. Today there are over 35.

Recognized Competition:

Brand $$$ Cost MPG Avg Seating Doors Country of Origin Assembled
Hyundai Ioniq Electric 37,000 136 5 4 Korea Korea
Nissan Leaf 37,000 112 5 4 Japan USA
Chevrolet Bolt 37,000 119 5 4 USA USA
Ford Focus 30,000 107 5 4 USA USA

Good News:

Economical commuter for short distance commutes.

Bad News:

All Electric is a very limiting factor. Expensive small car, Huge recharge times – 24 hours to full charge and not a practical road car.

Range:

136 City and Highway MPCharge

Pricing:

MSRP $36,000.

Your comments are welcomed. My e-mail is joe@autolove.com
Copyright © 2018 – An Automotive Love Affair

2018 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid Blue

2018 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid Blue

An Automotive Love Affair
By Joe Mavilia

Overview:

This is the 2018 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid Blue. I had tested the Limited Plug-in Ioniq last year, but it is worth another look at Hyundai – this time the Blue, that is NOT a Plug-in. That’s just fine with me since I’m not thrilled with the plug in anything automotive, especially if it is All Electric.

Mark my words, all electric will not impress the world at large and they will not turn out to be the dominant mode of transportation, unless there is some miraculous breakthrough in battery technology. I repeat that Hybrid is, however, a good option. OK, but what about the fuel economy numbers of the Plug-in Hybrid? That is impressive for sure, but you must remember electricity at your house is NOT free. At least it isn’t at my house.

In the meantime, this Hybrid was easy to love. I took a trip up the coast of California from LA to Pismo beach to meet family and friends. At over 51 mpg that 400-mile round trip cost me about $25. Now that’s what I’m talking about. Two people with sleeping bags, tents (just in case), cooler with food and drink, suit cases, pillows, blankets, camp chairs etc. Trust me, we didn’t forget anything but it all fit easily in this hatchback with the rear seats folded flat. You gotta love it, especially when you fly by all those gas stations. It doesn’t get much better.

General Information:

It is assembled in- Ulsan, Korea; Parts- US/Canadian 1%, Korea 91%; Engine and transmission- Korea; Classification is- Midsize Cars; Cars from Hyundai- Accent, Azera, Elantra, Elantra GT, Ioniq Hybrid, Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid, Santa Fe, Sonata, Sonata Hybrid, Sonata Plug-in Hybrid, Tucson and Veloster.

Handling & Performance:

Great handling size car and I’m impressed with the acceleration and highway speeds that is a very stable feeling ride. No complaints with this one.

Styling:

Styling is very commonplace in a computer design sort of way. It has simple lines that are easy on the eyes. Older folks will recall how radical designs were in the early years.

Fit and Finish:

Very good attention to detail in assembly.

Cost:

I mean, really, it is amazing that you can have a car like this so affordably. In a word it is an ‘offer you can’t refuse’. That’s how they put it in my family.

Conveniences and comfort:

The ride is comfortable, not lush, but as priced this is an impressive ride.

Consumer Recommendations:

In this very economical class there are very few players. In this case only Toyota and Hyundai. My vote is Hyundai because I never warmed up to the Prius. It was more interested in the technology rather than how it looked. Ever known a nerdy suitor like that?

Recognized Competition:

Brand $$$ Cost MPG Avg Seating Doors Country of Origin Assembled
Hyundai Ioniq Blue 23,000 58 5 4 Korea Korea
Toyota Prius C 24,000 46 5 4 Japan Japan
Hyundai Ioniq Plug-in Hybrid 26,000 119 5 4 Korea Japan
Toyota Prius 24,000 43 5 4 Korea Japan

Good News:

Economical, well priced, 5 passenger family car, handles well and is fast.

Bad News:

N/A.

Standard Equipment:

1.6 liter gas 4-cylinder engine, synchronous motor (32 KW), combined system power 139 horsepower, 6-speed automatic transmission, 240 volt lithium – ion polymer battery system and hybrid starter generator (lifetime Hybrid Battery warranty, stability management with traction control, 4-wheel disc brake with integrated regenerative braking, ABS electronic brake force distribution with brake assist, front, front side curtain airbags, rearview camera, tire pressure monitor, 16” alloy wheels, automatic headlights, bodycolor side mirrors with blind spot indicators, proximity key entry with push button start, 4.2” color trip computer display, power windows and locks, climate control, tilt and telescopic steering column and steering wheel with cruise, audio and phone controls, cloth seating with 6-way adjustable front seats, 60/40 split folding rear seatbacks, 7” color touchscreen audio display, AM/FM/MP3 audio system with USB and Aux input jacks, HD Radio technology, SiriusXM, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay integration, Bluetooth hands free phone, emergency tire puncture repair kit (no spare tire).

Gas Stats:

$3.49-Gal avg. August 18, 2018g

www.fueleconomy.gov
for more information.

57 City and 59 Highway MPG

Pricing:

MSRP $23,210.

Your comments are welcomed. My e-mail is joe@autolove.com
Copyright © 2018 – An Automotive Love Affair

2018 Hyundai Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid Limited

2018 Hyundai Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid Limited

An Automotive Love Affair
By Joe Mavilia

Overview:

This is the 2018 Hyundai Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid Limited. Although I believe All Electric is not a viable power plant solution (for the next several years, if ever) Hybrids, like this Ioniq, are here, now and available at reasonable prices to buy or lease and economical to operate. The important thing to consider between all electric and hybrid is which one is a more reliable option. Well, with the Hybrid your chances of being stranded are far less likely than electric only battery powered cars. Further, I have not seen or heard of any significant negative press on Hybrid technology over the many years they have been on the market. (if you have had a different experience please write and tell me your story).

I have driven several ‘all-electric’ or ‘electric only’ cars over the past 20 years when they first came on the scene with a range of 25 miles. Whoopie ! I’ll remind you that electric cars were tried well over 100 years ago and never caught on, even though they had a range of 100 miles back then. I have a keen sense of the obvious that the Tesla crowd fail to exercise. History simply does not bear out electric only technology. OK, so it is possible there will be a breakthrough that will change the narrative. Until then, my recommendation is to stay clear of ‘electric only’ propulsion systems.

General Information:

It is assembled in- Montgomery, Alabama, USA; Parts- US/Canadian 1%, Korea 98%; Engine and transmission –Korea; Classification is- MidsizeCars; Cars from Hyundai- Accent, Azera, Elantra, Elantra GT, Ioniq Hybrid, Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid, Santa Fe, Sonata, Sonata Hybrid, Sonata Plug-in Hybrid, Tucson and Veloster.

Handling & Performance:

When I look at the fuel economy numbers my interest perks up. But even though you don’t expect a rocket ship for such low horsepower performers this ride is no slouch. It has good power and generally OK handling. Most often lighter, lower cost cars are not as solid handling as the big boys or small super sport cars. If I were commuting coupled with mostly local driving needs, this is the ticket. If I put on a lot of long highway / road mile trips I would opt for larger models. Need over want applies here.

Styling:

Hyundai has maintained a conservative approach in design and that suits me just fine. I like the overall look of Hyundai.

Fit and Finish:

Good attention to detail, especially at this price point.

Cost:

Well, this is a car I would hope my kids would embrace, especially as we watch gas prices soar.

Conveniences and comfort:

The listing of standard features noted below is quite good and includes a fair compliment of safety assist features for the money. Moderate comfort level for a midsize car.

Consumer Recommendations:

If you are looking for a good all-around economical 5 seat sedan in this price range, I believe this covers your need very well. It is curious why there aren’t more players in this category. It is a great commuter, but not so great for long hauls. If you are looking for a little heavier model and want the plug-in hybrid design, I suggest you look at the Hyundai Sonata Plug-in Hybrid, that will cost about $10,000 more.

Recognised Competition:

Brand $$$ Cost MPG Avg Seating Doors Country of Origin Assembled
Hyundai Ioniq 29,000 52 5 4 Korea Korea
Toyota Prius 29,000 52 5 4 Japan Japan

Good News:

Economical commuter and fine example of a young family starter car.

Bad News:

No bad news that comes to mind.

Standard Equipment:

1.6 liter gas 4-cylinder engine, synchronous motor (44.5 KW), combined system power 139 horsepower, 6-speed automatic transmission, 8.9 kw/hour lithium – ion battery system, 120 volt charge cable, stability management with traction control, 4-wheel disc brake with integrated regenerative braking, ABS electronic brake force distribution with brake assist, front, front side curtain airbags, blind spot detection with rear cross traffic alert and lane change assist, rearview camera, 16” alloy wheels, LED headlights and taillights, heated power side mirrors with turn signal indicators, proximity key entry with push button start, 7” color display, leather seating with power driver seat with memory system, 60/40 split folding rear seat with center armrest, climate control, heated front seats, AM/FM/MP3 audio system with iPod/USB and Aux input jacks, HD Radio technology, SiriusXM, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay integration, Bluetooth hands free phone.

Gas Stats:

$3.63-Gal avg. May 7, 2018

www.fueleconomy.gov
for more information.

52 City and Highway MPG

Pricing:

MSRP $29,185.

Your comments are welcomed. My e-mail is joe@autolove.com
Copyright © 2018 – An Automotive Love Affair

2018 Hyundai Elantra GT

2018 Hyundai Elantra GT

By Phil Shuyler

The all-new 2018 Hyundai Elantra GT comes in 2 flavors, GT and GT Sport. On the exterior there are few differences, however the GT sport gets sprinkles on its sundae, with a 1.6L inline 4-cylinder turbo GDI engine, which produces 201 horsepower and 195 lb-ft of torque. The standard GT receives a 2.0L inline 4-cylinder GDI engine with 161 horsepower and 150 lb-ft of torque.

Both engines come standard with a 6-speed manual transmission, and for around $1,000, the GT can be paired with a 6-speed automatic and the GT Sport with a 7-speed dual clutch with paddle shifters. Fuel economy is in the low 30s for highway driving and mid to upper 20s for combined driving. We experienced a pleasant 29.2 mpg for the week with mixed driving.

Our test car was the 2.0L inline 4-cylinder, and we were never really lacking power. Of course those yearning for more should lean toward the Sport. The automatic transmission is quiet and smooth, with natural shift points.

Styling

In a segment where many people do not care too much about how their car looks, the Elantra GT brings some style to the table. It’s by no means flashy or sporty, but it sure is easy to like. Simple lines and a big grille up front help give it an attractive appearance. The blacked out rear spoiler and rear diffuser help break up the color from the rest of the car, and the big taillights help to reduce what can often be too much sheet metal on the hatch.

Great looking 17” wheels are standard on the GT, and 18” wheels are standard on the GT Sport. Again, something you wouldn’t think you’d be impressed with on a base car in this segment.

Interior

The inside of the Elantra GT is comfortable and packed with available features many will enjoy. The panoramic sunroof (included in the Tech Package) brings in tons of natural light, and the 7-speaker Infinity premium audio system with integrated subwoofer filled that bright space with deep rhythmic sound. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard on all Elantra GT and GT Sports, and an upgraded navigation system (which uses the same 8” infotainment screen) is available, but definitely not necessary.

Two-tone seats are available (and look really good), as are heated and ventilated driver and passenger seats and dual-zone automatic climate control.

Once you dive into the menus, all Hyundai vehicles give you many ways to customize your vehicle. Through the infotainment screen and instrument cluster’s settings menu, we encourage you to check them out. GTs equipped with navigation can turn on and off traffic data, posted speed limits, change rerouting preferences, and more.

Additional features for the tech savvy include wireless phone charging and Amazon Alexa Blue Link remote starting.

Safety

To help keep you safe out there on the road, the Elantra GT has a wide variety of available safely tech including Blind Spot Detection and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, Lane Change Assist, Forward Collision Warning, Smart Cruise Control, Lane Departure Warning, Driver Attention Alert, Lane Keep Assist, and Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB) with Pedestrian Detection. A backup camera comes standard.

Starting price for the Elantra GT is $19,350, and the GT Sport starts at $23,250. While not the cheapest wheels, it’s a car that you’ll enjoy inside and out.

2018 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.0T

2018 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.0T

An Automotive Love Affair
By Joe Mavilia

Overview:

This is the 2018 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.0T (for Turbocharged).

As we progress in the automotive industry we see such seeming advances in promised miraculous leaps into ‘green’ electric cars or ‘autonomous’ driverless cars. Can we really believe the claims? Well, we should be reminded that advances claimed simply don’t happen overnight. It will be 2038, in my estimation, before you see these promises become even remotely a reality.

Before it can happen, you and I will be expected to be the Ginny pigs who’ll have to be convinced we should gladly be on the cutting edge of technology and innovation. Yep, it is the consumer who will pay for any and all misguided moves in this industry or any industry for that matter.

In the meantime, if you don’t want to bear the cost, I suggest you enjoy the drive of real cars that are here, Now, and are reliable and have been for over 100 years. They have been and will be for the foreseeable future simply amazing vehicles for work and transportation.

General Information:

It is assembled in : Montgomery, Alabama, USA; Parts : US/Canadian 38%, Korea 51%; Engine and transmission – USA; Classification is : Large Cars. Cars from Hyundai : Accent, Azera, Elantra, Elantra GT, Santa Fe,Sonata, Sonata Hybrid, Sonata Plug-in Hybrid, Tucson and Veloster.

Handling & Performance:

Drive Mode select: This is a system to monitor and modify engine throttle response, transmission shift points and steering to provide optimal performance. There are three modes: Normal (general comfort setting), sport (dynamic driving) and ECO (conserving fuel) all by the push of a button on the console.

Styling:

You’ve gotta love the look and feel that will remain stylish for many years to come. That is important for any significant investment.

Fit and Finish:

I have found Hyundai and Kia cars always fit together very well. They are still the ‘new kid on the block’ and have to try harder to please us.

Cost:

Very well priced. Thirty grand is very fair for the value provided by this large family sedan.

Conveniences and comfort:

One of my favorite features is smart cruise control, but be aware they are not all the same. Be sure you get the best available, like this Hyundai Sonata version. It has a Stop/Start capability that, for example, Toyota products don’t. It has been my observation that it a distinction not to be lightly taken. In the case of Toyota, the system cuts out at 25 MPH and disengages, which to me is dangerous. Watch for the difference when you test drive the car.

Another feature to look at closely is the proximity key and push button start. It is a great convenience you will love and I believe you too will want to include in your next car.

Consumer Recommendations:

Following is a great field of competition and only you can find the best fit for your need. Not so many that you can’t look at them all.

Recognised Competition:

Brand $$$ Cost MPG Avg Seating Doors Country of Origin Assembled
Hyundai Sonata 33,000 26 5 4 Korea USA
Ford Fusion 33,000 23 5 4 USA Mexico
Acura TLX 34,000 27 5 4 Japan USA
Chevrolet Malibu 32,000 26 5 4 USA USA
Kia Optima 31,000 25 5 4 Korea USA
Toyota Camry 35,000 26 5 4 Japan USA

Good News:

Affordable, comfortable large family sedan, powerful yet drive mode select allows you to go from economy driving to sport speed and handling.

Bad News:

N/A.

Standard Equipment:

2.0 liter 248 horsepower 4-cylinder turbo direct injection engine, dual continuous variable valve timing, 8-speed automatic transmission, drive mode select, smart cruise control with stop/start capability, electronic parking brake, 18” Alloy wheels, power sunroof, rear window sunshades, leather sport seats, proximity key entry with push button start, heated and ventilated front power seats and heated steering wheel, dual zone climate control, 8” touch screen/ Navigation system, stability control, traction control, 4-wheel ABS power disc brakes with brake force distribution, front, side and side curtain airbags, driver knee airbag, rear view camera, blind spot detection and rear cross traffic alert, dual climate control, AM/FM/HD radio system with 6-speakers, Sirius XM radio, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, Blue Link Connected services, steering wheel mounted audio controls.

Gas Stats:

$3.49-Gal avg. April 1, 2018

www.fueleconomy.gov
for more information.

23 City and 32 Highway MPG

Pricing:

MSRP $32,450.

Your comments are welcomed. My e-mail is joe@autolove.com
Copyright © 2018 – An Automotive Love Affair

2018 Hyundai Elantra Ltd

2018 Hyundai Elantra Ltd

An Automotive Love Affair
By Joe Mavilia

Overview:

This is the 2018 Hyundai Elantra Limited. The last time I reviewed the Elantra was 2015. It’s like visiting an old friend. Hyundai remains a favorite of mine. Daughter Jenny is on her third Kia (a Hyundai company) and she swears by the product. There are some things that children take a parent’s advice on. This is one of those, and I’m happy she has been happy with my recommendation. I was confident she should but you know kids.

Hyundai / Kia have matured well over the past decade, and although they have come up in price somewhat, they are still a good value. You’d expect price to rise over time, as consumers embrace the brand. The warranty is still at the top end of the competition. What has changed is that they’ve added high end luxury cars that rival the best of the best. As you probably know, Genesis was spun off as a separate brand in the past couple of years.

Fuel economy has improved since my last review but the competition was and is still a bit better. And finally, another bit of good news for US consumers is that it is made in the USA instead of Korea.

General Information:

It is assembled in: Montgomery, Alabama, USA; Parts: US/Canadian 46%, Korea 19%; Engine and transmission – USA; Classification is: Midsize Cars. Cars from Hyundai: Accent, Azera, Elantra, Elantra GT, Santa Fe, Sonata, Sonata Hybrid, Sonata Plug-in Hybrid, Tucson and Veloster.

Handling & Performance:

No turbo and for smaller engines I prefer that capability. But no real complaints otherwise because it handles well at freeway speeds.

Styling:

The interior cockpit has improved in appearance and functionality and it just seems more substantial and higher quality for this model since 2015.

Fit and Finish:

Very good.

Cost:

Still a great value even though the price has edged up a bit in the past few years.

Conveniences and comfort:

A little light on the high-tech features for the standard items as priced, but the test vehicle included the ‘ultimate package’. It includes Nav, premium audio, power sunroof, emergency braking system, smart cruise control and lane keep assist system which adds $4,475 for a total of just over $27,000 with delivery and handling.

Consumer Recommendations:

Of course, I suggest you test drive all these players and as for me it’s a toss-up because I like ‘em all.

Recognised Competition:

Brand $$$ Cost MPG Avg Seating Doors Country/Origin Assembled
Hyundai Elantra 21,000 27 5 4 Korea USA
Mazda 3 21,000 31 5 4 Japan Japan
Chevrolet Cruze 22,000 31 5 4 USA USA

Good News:

Good pricing, roomy nice-looking commuter and family sedan.

Bad News:

On the lower end of fuel economy in this segment.

Standard Equipment:

2.0 liter 147 hp 4-cylinder engine, dual continuous variable valve timing, 6-speed automatic transmission, stability control, traction control, 4-wheel ABS power disc brakes with brake force distribution, front, side and side curtain airbags, driver knee airbag, 17” Alloy wheels, rear view camera, blind spot detection and rear cross traffic alert, dual climate control, AM/FM/HD radio system with 6-speakers, Sirius XM radio, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, Blue Link Connected services and remote start, steering wheel mounted audio controls, power driver’s seat , leather seating with heated front seats, proximity Key and push button start and hands free smart trunk.

Gas Stats:

$3.39-Gal avg. March 1, 2018

www.fueleconomy.gov
for more information.

28 City and 37 Highway MPG

Pricing:

MSRP $27,460 as equipped with options noted above.

Your comments are welcomed. My e-mail is joe@autolove.com
Copyright © 2018 – An Automotive Love Affair

2018 Hyundai Sonata ECO

2018 Hyundai Sonata ECO

An Automotive Love Affair
By Joe Mavilia

Overview:

This is the 2018 Hyundai Sonata ECO. I have to remind all that there is little reason to be without personal transportation. Relative to the cost of living generally, cars have really decreased in cost to own. Of course, I’m referring to life in the United States and more specifically all of the country with the exception of city living where population is jammed in to a small area (New York City for example) Public transportation is easily justified in those areas, but when you grow up or live in rural parts of the country (90% or more of the USA) public transportation is impossible.

So, this friendly sedan from Hyundai, is a great solution to your transportation needs at an unbelievable price of ownership.

General Information:

It is assembled in: Montgomery, Alabama, USA; Parts: US/Canadian 34%, Korea 57%; Engine – Korea and transmission – USA; Classification is: LargeCars. Cars from Hyundai: Accent,Azera, Elantra,Elantra GT,Ionig, Santa Fe, Santa Fe Sport, Sonata, Sonata Hybrid,Hyundai Sonata Plug-in Hybrid,Tucson andVeloster.

Handling & Performance:

With drive mode select you can go from ECO performance to turbo fast acceleration.

Styling:

This 2018 version has bold sharper edges, which by-the-way, reflects the general move to such design changes across most brands. What do you think?

Fit and Finish:

Very good quality from a great South Korean company.

Cost:

Incredible value of all in this class.

Conveniences and comfort:

In today’s high-tech world, Sonata wisely comes standard with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support. For those who use their iPhone in the car, Apple CarPlay is a convenient and safer way to access Music, Maps, send messages, make calls and more with Siri and touch screen.

In addition, Sonata has more interior space than any vehicle in class to provide a comfortable ride.

Consumer Recommendations:

If you are in the market for a great family sedan you only have a few test drives to take with a very nice grouping of ultra affordable cars listed here.

Recognised Competition:

Brand $$$ Cost MPG Avg Seating Country/Origin Assembled
Sonata ECO 24,000 31 5 Korea USA
Ford Fusion 23,000 25 5 USA Mexico
Chevrolet Malibu 24,000 30 5 USA USA
Toyota Camry 24,000 34 5 Japan USA

Good News:

Affordable, super value, nice handling family sedan.

Bad News:

N/A.

Standard Equipment:

1.6 liter 4-cylinder 178 HP engine, 7-speed ECO Shift auto transmission, stability and traction controls, 4-wheel ABS power disc brakes with brake force distribution, front, side and side curtain airbags, blind spot detection with rear cross traffic alert, rearview camera, tire pressure monitor, 16” alloy wheels, keyless entry with push button start and alarm, power windows and locks, cloth seating, tilt & telescopic steering wheel with Cruise and audio controls, 7” color touchscreen display, AM/FM/MP3 with iPod, USB and Auxiliary input jacks, Apple Car Play and Android Auto, Bluetooth hands free phone system.

Gas Stats:

$3.27-Gal avg. February 19, 2018

www.fueleconomy.gov
for more information.

28 City and 37 Highway MPG

Pricing:

MSRP $22,650.

Your comments are welcomed. My e-mail is joe@autolove.com
Copyright © 2018 – An Automotive Love Affair

2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.0 T, ULT, FWD

2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.0 T, ULT, FWD

An Automotive Love Affair

By Joe Mavilia

Overview:

This is the 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport 2.0 T, ULT, FWD (front wheel drive). Yet another of my favourite Hyundai products. I don’t have a dog in this fight or even have a bias toward the Korean people per se, (although the one’s I’ve met at the factory have been delightful people), the product they produce is reflective of people who care about their trade. I do believe Kudos where justly due.

Oh, incidentally ULT is short for Ultimate.

General Information:

It is assembled in West Point, Georgia USA; Parts – US/Canadian 45%, Korea 55%; Engine and transmission – USA; Classification is Small SUV’s. Cars from Hyundai: Accent, Azera, Elantra, Elantra GT, Ioniq, Santa Fe, Santa Fe Sport, Sonata, Sonata Hybrid, Hyundai Sonata Plug-in Hybrid, Tucson and Veloster.

Handling & Performance:

You know, I don’t think I’d ever want another car without it being Turbocharged. This Santa Fe is a delight to drive and doesn’t take a back seat to most cars on the road. This 4-cylinder develops 240 horsepower. You’re going to love this, not so small, SUV.

Styling:

Hyundai is becoming more recognisable on our highways as each day passes. No longer is Toyota the Dominant player in the market. South Korea is putting out some fantastic looking cars.

Fit and Finish:

Excellent.

Cost:

Hyundai and Kia came to play in a serious way. You have to be as impressed with the product and its people as I am. I believe you’ll get what you pay for.

Conveniences and comfort:

Aside from the sunroof and the remote start features, which I can always do without, it was equipped just the way I like it. By the way, if I lived it a cold climate I take back my comment about the ‘remote start’. In a cold climate, I have found that feature very desirable.

Consumer Recommendations:

Nice nice SUV. It rates high on my satisfaction meter.

Recognised Competition:

Hyundai Santa FE Sport $32,000, Kia Sorento $33,000, Volkswagen Atlas $33,000, Subaru Outback $33,000.

Brand $$$ Cost MPG Avg Seating Doors Country/Origin Assembled
Hyundai Santa Fe 32,000 23 5 4 Korea USA
Kia Sorento 33,000 23 5 4 Korea USA
Volkswagen Atlas 33,000 20 7 4 Germany USA
Subaru Outback 33,000 28 5 4 Japan USA

Good News:

One of the hottest products on the market, good fuel economy, priced well, and this one was Turbo FAST.

Bad News:

N/A

Standard Equipment:

2.0 Liter 240 horsepower Turbo Gas direct injection 4-cylinder engine, 6-speed automatic transmission, stability management, traction control, tire pressure monitor, front, side and side curtain airbags, 19” Alloy wheels, roof side rails, fog lights, auto on/off headlights, heated power mirrors with turn signal indicators, Panoramic sunroof, parking sensors, hands free rear liftgate with auto open, proximate key with push button start, manual rear side window sunshades, heated and ventilated front seats, heated rear seats and steering wheel, leather seating, steering wheel and shift knob, 40/20/40 split folding rear seats, dual climate control, multi-view camera system, power front seats, 8” NAV with android Auto and Apple CarPlay, AM/ FM/HD Radio with Sirius XM/ CD,MP3 with infinity premium audio with Quantum Logic Surround Sound and music restoration technology, Color multi information display, Blue Link (3 yr.) connected services, remote start, multimedia / Map .

Gas Stats:

$3.05-Gal avg. January 6, 2018

www.fueleconomy.gov
for more information.

20 City and 27 Highway MPG

Pricing:

MSRP $35,650.

Your comments are welcomed. My e-mail is joe@autolove.com
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2017 Hyundai Sonata Plug-in Hybrid Ltd.

2017 Hyundai Sonata Plug-in Hybrid Ltd.

An Automotive Love Affair

By Joe Mavilia

Overview:

This is the 2017 Hyundai Sonata Plug-in Hybrid Ltd. I support Hybrid technology in today’s world. But I cannot buy the hype about “All-electric” battery powered cars. I must remind you of a bit of history. In 1903 all electric cars were available and they provided a range of 100 miles. That technology has made very modest improvement in a staggering 120 years. That tells me Tesla and others are on the wrong track with All Electric propulsion.

Consider that when you make short trips or around town All electric works fine, but not if you must go over 25 miles, remembering you must go back home another 25 miles. I have been stranded commuting 50 miles, charging all day and not being able to get back home. You see, home was uphill and that draws a huge amount of current.

The hype Tesla makes has been bought by many. Recall in late October 2016, Elon Musk made the bold prediction that his fleet of Tesla vehicles would pick someone up from their residence in Los Angeles, and drop them off in New York without the need for a single charge, and that would be done by the end of 2017. Many were skeptical about his claim, but Musk was confident since his Tesla vehicle was planned to be outfitted with powerful sensors, an updated computer system, GPS, and inertial measurement unit to aid in object detection. All Model S, X, and 3 sedans were predicted to include this updated technology. However, the CEO has walked back this prediction. In early August 2017, Musk lowered expectations by delaying the cross-country road trip.

Hybrids work today but all electric is doubtful to take over any time soon. On the other hand, you may recall my review of Fuel Cell hydrogen cars. It is still exciting and has a chance of making electric powered cars practical. If you attended the LA Auto Show this year you had a chance to see the technology up close. Be wise in how you spend your hard-earned money. Hybrid will be solid for the next 20 years. Then? beam me up Scotty.

General Information:

It is assembled in Asan, Korea; Parts – US/Canadian 1%, Korea 89% ; Engine and transmission – Korea; Classification is Midsize Cars. Cars from Hyundai: Accent, Azera, Elantra, Elantra GT, Ionig, Santa Fe, Santa Fe Sport, Sonata, Sonata Hybrid, Hyundai Sonata Plug-in Hybrid, Tucson andVeloster.

Handling & Performance:

I did not use a plug-in cable but the charge maintained at ¼ capacity in normal driving conditions for the entire week – because I had a gas engine. I experienced 300 miles travel using only ½ tank of gas. Had I plugged in at night to charge the batteries that performance would have been far better. Impressive. This technology has my vote.

Styling:

Very nice, clean neat lines.

Fit and Finish:

Very good.

Cost:

Competitive in class.

Conveniences and comfort:

Excellent standard features as priced.

Consumer Recommendations:

Brand $$$ Cost MPG Avg Seating Country/Origin Assembled
Sonata Hyb 39,000 39 5 Korea Korea
Fusion Hyb 40,000 42 5 USA Mexico
Volt Hybrid 38,000 42 5 USA USA
MKZ Hybrid 41,000 40 5 USA USA
Accord Hybr 37,000 48 5 Japan USA

If you’re happy with 40 MPG this is a great option. As noted above, I didn’t plug in, but if I owned this and it were parked in my garage regularly I would have a cable conveniently placed to plug it in when I returned home.

Recognized Competition:

Hyundai Sonata Plug-in Hybrid $39,000, Ford Fusion Hybrid $40,000, Chevrolet Volt Hybrid $38,000, Honda Accord Hybrid $37,000, Lincoln MKZ $41,000.

Good News:

Affordable higher tech car with very good fuel economy.

Bad News:

N/A

Standard Equipment:

2.0 liter 4-cylinder hybrid 202 HP combined engine, 6-speed auto transmission, 120 volt charge cable, electric motor, lithium-ion polymer battery system, stability and traction controls, 4-wheel ABS power disc brakes with brake force distribution, front, side and side curtain airbags, blind spot detection with rear cross traffic alert, forward collision warning and lane departure warning, rearview camera and rear parking sensors, 17” alloy wheels, keyless entry with push button start, Xenon headlight with auto high beam assist, leather seating with heated and vented front seats, power front seats with memory system, leather wrapped steering wheel with Cruise and audio and Bluetooth controls, 4.2” color LCD trip computer display, Smart cruise with stop/start capability, electric parking brake, 8” color touchscreen display with Navigation system, Infinity speakers with amplifier, Sirius XM travel link, Bluetooth hands free phone system.

Gas Stats:

$3.15-Gal avg. December 3, 2017

www.fueleconomy.gov
for more information.

City and Highway Combined 39 MPG

Pricing:

MSRP $38,600.

Your comments are welcomed. My e-mail is joe@autolove.com
Copyright © 2017 – An Automotive Love Affair