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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 © 2017 – 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 © 2017 – 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 © 2017 – 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
Copyright © 2017 – An Automotive Love Affair

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

2017 Genesis G80(1207)

2017 Genesis G80(1207)

An Automotive Love Affair

By Joe Mavilia

Overview:

This is the 2017 Genesis G80. If you are considering buying a new luxury car like BMW, Mercedes, Lexus, Audi or any other brand, ‘old school luxury cars’, think again about the hottest brand for today. Compare the cost of ownership and that will tell you why I suggest this luxury car option. The other ‘old school’ luxury cars cost a lot to buy and equally bad is that they are NOT cheap to maintain. If you are not stinking rich and have a need to impress others you can stop reading here. However, if you are like 99% of the population you will want to test drive Hyundai and Kia Cars like this Genesis. It’s really just that simple. Wise up. I can say that because my ownership of an automotive repair business in La Canada for several decades was a great lesson on the real world of cars.

Friend Richard has a quote that applies here: “It’s costly wisdom that’s bought by experience, and experience is the name everyone gives their mistakes”.
General Information:

It is assembled in Ulsan, Korea; Parts – US/Canadian 3%, Korea 87%; Engine and transmission – Korea; Classification is Large Cars. Cars from Genesis: G80, G90.

Opinion:

Electric Cars – Bah, humbug – (continued). Well, as a follow up to last week’s look at electric cars and yes I beat up on Tesla and company that would make us believe electric cars is the answer. NOT!

You may recall a couple of columns of discussion of the Hydrogen Fuel Cell option. First, about 10 years ago I test drove GM’s Hi-Wire Fuel Cell concept car. More recently I teamed up with a lessee of a Hydrogen powered SUV and was once again excited about the concept. It is progressing for sure but there are only 34 fueling stations presently. So it won’t be for everyone, but if you must be adventuresome the Hydrogen option is worth the time. At that time the Lease was about $500 a month including all fuel and maintenance.

My point is that in over 100 year’s electric cars have done precious little to improve on the then range of 100 miles.

GM and others have put their hope into Fuel Cell propulsion for good reason. They obviously agree with me that the limitations on battery powered cars is just too great.

Look for a complete discussion on Hydrogen Fuel Cell technology and the cars they power in the near future.

Handling & Performance:

Of course I favor Hyundai and Kia Product in today’s world, because they are great cars. I was high on Japanese cars in the early days (in 1960 I bought a Datsun), but that ship has sailed and it’s old news. You just have to test drive the Korean products and look at the price tag for purchase and then visit dealerships that sell Japanese and German cars. You’ll get a pretty good idea who pays for all that fluff.

All those high-performance cars listed as competition get 20-21 mpg average combined numbers, because it’s hard to keep your foot under control. Cars like this are exhilarating to drive. Nice.

Styling:

Lovely. New. Exciting.

Fit and Finish:

Outstanding.

Cost:

Affordable

Conveniences and comfort:

All the bells and whistles of those other guys.

Consumer Recommendations:

Take my advice. Try ‘em, you’ll like ‘em. I might add the Hyundai and Kia warranties are among the best on the market. The new kid on the block has to try harder and they have come a long way in the past two decades.

Recognized Competition:

Genesis G80 $56,000, Kia K900 $23,000, Cadillac CT6 $56,000, Cadillac XTS $56,000.

Others from Germany and Japan for comparative value: BMW 6 Series $92,000, Audi A6 $62,000, Lexus LS $80,000, Mercedes Benz GLS $68,000.

Good News:

Fun, fast, luxurious class act that is priced well and great warranties.

Bad News:

n/a

Standard Equipment:

3.3 liter GDI Twin Turbo 365 HP engine, 8-speed auto transmission, shift-by-wire, sport CDC suspension with intelligent drive mode, 19-inch allow wheels, stability management system, electronic stability and traction controls and ABS brake assist, 9-airbags, auto emergency braking with pedestrian detection, driver attention alert, blind spot detection with rear cross traffic alert, lane keep assist, smart cruise control with stop/start feature, multi view camera, front and rear parking sensors, electronic parking brake with auto vehicle hold, rain sensing wipers with auto defogger windshield, pre-active seatbelt with anti-whiplash front head restraints, proximity key with push button start, auto headlights and high beam assist, LED headlights with Dynamic bending light, Leather seating, sport front seats and steering wheel with contrast stitching, leather wrapped power tilt and telescopic steering wheel, 16 way power driver seat and 12-way power passenger seat that are heated and ventilated, climate control, full color heads up display, 7” color LCD multi-information display, 9.2” touchscreen and Navigation with HD display, Android Auto and Apple Car Play, 17-speaker audio system, AM/FM/XM/HD radio/ CD/MP3 with SiriusXM radio, Wireless charging pad in front, power rear side sunshades, hands free Smart power trunk lid.

Gas Stats:

$3.05-Gal avg. September 11, 2017

www.fueleconomy.gov

for more information.

17 City and 25 Highway MPG

Pricing:

MSRP $55,250.

2017 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid Ltd

2017 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid Ltd

An Automotive Love Affair

By Joe Mavilia

Overview:

This is the 2017 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid Ltd. To sum up all information below, this is a not-to-miss option in your search for a good replacement for that worn-out car in your driveway. If your budget for transportation is stressed, this Ioniq will be a welcomed relief.

General Information: It is assembled in Ulsan, Korea; Parts – US/Canadian 1%, Korea 85%; Engine and transmission – Korea; Classification is Large Cars. Cars from Hyundai: Accent, Azera, Elantra, Elantra GT, Equus, Ioniq, Santa Fe, Sonata, Sonata Hybrid, Hyundai Sonata Plug-in Hybrid, Tucson and Veloster.

Opinion:

Electric Cars – Bah, humbug. I must repeat my disdain for electric only cars. Do a little research and you’ll find that over 100 years ago, electric cars had a range of 100 miles. Of all the electric cars I’ve tested over the past 25 years they have not improved on that century old fact. The conclusion is, as GM has agreed, going down that Electric (only) propulsion system, road is not likely to bear good fruit.

Not only is today’s average range 100 miles, the frustration of planning a simple trip to the finding many hours and even days to fully charge those batteries. Ok, so you say what about Tesla. What about it? Just because they have a lot of money, you will have to pay up to $140,000 for the very expensive banks of batteries and still only get about 200-mile range. And you will always be sweating running out of charge as you climb uphill and watch the needle plunge perilously.

Handling & Performance:

This Ioniq is one of the best examples of the use of Hybrid technology. The power is so seamless it is nearly undetectable that it is, in fact, a hybrid. It was with reluctance that I felt I had to add gas as it just ran and ran and ran. Back and forth from Pasadena to Acton (100 miles) and then off to San Diego (200 miles down and back) for a little R&R (rest and relaxation) I knew the range was dependable. We were 4 total passengers and all our luggage and it purred like a kitten.

Styling:

Very Hyundai in look and is becoming more recognizable as it pops up on the highway like mushrooms in a moist forest. It is for good reason – just ask any owner and they will agree with me that it is still one of the best buys on the market – and good looking all at the same time.

Fit and Finish:

Very good.

Cost:

Very Competitive in class.

Conveniences and comfort:

I’d prefer to be able to afford a Genesis, but for the economy afforded by this Ioniq, it is hard to beat all the comforts and features for the money.

Consumer Recommendations:

I give this a big encouraging rating of 10 – mostly because gas is always at a premium and can be a huge part of our budgets – Yours and mine. I hate ‘electric’ cars, as noted above, BUT, Hydrogen cars are still in development and eventually will win the war of technology, in my view. 10 years ago, I tested GM’s Hydrogen car and was promised it would be on the market in 5 years. Wasn’t going to happen, but it will. In the meantime, Hybrid is the best option and this Hyundai is surely at the top of my list of recommendations.

Recognized Competition:

Hyundai Ioniq $23,000, Toyota Prius C $23,000, Kia Niro $24,000, Toyota Prius Prime $28,000.

Good News:

One of the hottest products on the market, great fuel economy, priced well.

Bad News:

n/a

Standard Equipment:

1.6 liter gas injection 4-cylinder hybrid engine, 139 HP hybrid system power, permanent magnet synchronous motor (32KW), 240 V Lithium-ion Polymer Battery & hybrid starter generator, 6-speed Eco dual clutch automatic transmission, stability management and traction controls, 4-wheel ABS electronic with Brake force distribution and brake assist, with integrated regenerative braking, Blind spot detection with rear cross traffic alert and Lane Change Assist, rearview camera, front, side and side curtain airbags and driver knee airbag, 17” Eco-spoke alloy wheels, high intensity headlights, LED daytime running lights and LED taillights, power tilt and slide sunroof, proximity key entry with push button start, 7” LCD instrument cluster display, climate control and heated front seats, leather seating, with power driver’s seat with lumbar support, 60/40 split folding rear seat with rear center armrest, 7” color touchscreen audio display, AM/FM/MP3 audio system with iPod USB and Auxiliary input jacks, HD radio technology, Sirius XM, Android Auto and Apple car Play integration, BlueLink telematics system, Blue link connected care and remote package, emergency tire puncture repair kit in lieu of spare tire.

Gas Stats:

$2.95-Gal avg. September 2, 2017

www.fueleconomy.gov

for more information.

55 City and 54 Highway MPG

Pricing:

MSRP $27,500.

2017 Genesis G90 RWD 5.0 Ultimate(1176)

2017 Genesis G90 RWD 5.0 Ultimate Review

Overview:

This is the 2017 Genesis G90 RWD 5.0 Ultimate. Well you’ll notice they are now referring to the Hyundai Genesis and simply Genesis and there are currently only two models, the G80 and G90. It replaces the Equus top of the line model for Hyundai.

Most recently you may recall that Chrysler spun off the Ram from Dodge to a separate entity named Ram and the truck is simply Ram.

It is curious why such a distinction from the link to Hyundai that has such a good name in the minds of the industry and the consumer.

Right after receiving the car for review I had the occasion to go from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara for a memorial for a friend. Not only is the coast route 101 a fabulously beautiful drive the car made the journey stress free. I can’t ‘stress’ too much how comfortable a long ride can be with two features I especially appreciate. Smart Cruise (that includes Crash Avoidance) and Lane Assist when they are well engineered are fabulous. When you can drive 100 miles without stopping and never putting your foot on the gas or brake pedals it’s a good day. One day, of course, these two features will be standard equipment on all cars. Another feature that adds to these two is the Smart Blind Spot Detection and warning.

Only one complaint I found very quickly is the difficulty in setting up a new destination on the Navigation system. My phone works much better. I literally, in frustration, gave up trying to enter an address, city and state. I had to use a POI (point of interest) approach to put in a recognized place and that was relatively easy. Had it not been in the system the address entry was horrible… to me. I figure in the hundreds of reviewed Nav systems over the years that I’ve used I know when one is good and not so good.

General Information:

It is assembled in – Ulsan, Korea; Parts – US/Canadian 2%, Korea 89%, Engine and Transmission – Korea; Classification is Large Cars. Cars from Genesis: G80 and G90.

Handling & Performance:

Outstanding handling with that special feel of quality. Fuel economy is much the same across the board with the Genesis coming in a couple of mpg less than the rest of the field noted below.

The performance is wonderfully fast and smooth. Really nice.

Styling:

The first thing I found people asked, “is it a Bentley”. No, of course it isn’t but it has that appearance of a car of distinction. You will observe a lot of looks partially because it is a newcomer to the field of luxury cars.

Fit and Finish:

Excellent job of assembly that I have found in Hyundai and Kia products.

Cost:

On the lower end of price in this class and competitors.

Conveniences and comfort:

Outstanding level of features that make the driving experience very special. The list will knock your socks off – it did me. I’m impressed.

Consumer Recommendations:

If you’re looking for a luxury sedan you must include this in your search. You’ll be glad you did, and to boot, the warranty is the best of the bunch noted here with a 10 year, 100,000-mile powertrain coverage.

Recognized Competition:

Genesis G90 $71,000, Audi A7 $72,000, Audi A8 $83.000, Lincoln Continental $64,000, BMW 6 Series $81,000, BMW 7 Series $82,000.

Good News:

Well priced, great value for luxury car buyers, fantastic ride, powerful and a pure delight to drive.

Bad News:

Nav system ticked me off because if it isn’t super easy I’m not a happy camper.

Standard Equipment:

5.0 liter GDI DOHC Turbo V8 420 hp engine, 8-speed automatic transmission with shiftronic paddle shifters, adaptive control suspension with electronic damping control, intelligent drive mode with smart shift, 19” Alloy Wheels, Smart cruise control with stop / start feature, heads up display, stability and traction control and brake assist, 9-airbags including driver’s knee airbag, emergency braking with pedestrian detection, blind spot detection and rear cross-traffic alert, lane departure warning and lane keep assist, driver attention alert, multi view camera with front and rear parking sensors, leather wrapped dash, door trim and genuine wood interior trim, full LED headlights with dynamic bending light, high beam assist and LED daytime running lights, Nappa Leather seating surfaces and microfiber suede headliner, 22-way power driver seat and 16-way front passenger power seat, 14-way power right rear seat and 12-way power left rear seat, heated and ventilated seats, ?Electroluminescent cluster with 7” Color HD LCD multi-informational display, Lexicon 17-speaker 7.1 surround sound audio, Quantum Logic Surround and Clari-Fi music Restoration technology, AM/FM/HD radio, MP3 audio,Sirius XM radio with 90 day trial, front seat wireless device charger, 3-zone climate control and CO2 sensor, power tilt and slide sunroof and acoustic laminated windows, power rear side window sunshades and power rear sunshade, power door closure and hands free smart power trunk with auto open.

Gas Stats:

$2.69/ Gal avg. January 15, 2017

www.fueleconomy.gov

for more information.

16 City and 24 Highway MPG

Pricing:

MSRP $69,700.