Category Archives: Hyundai

2016 Hyundai Genesis (1149)

Overview:

This is the 2016 Hyundai Genesis. Hyundai designers took a minimalist approach to the dashboard and center console it is said. For me it brings a distinct airiness to the cabin. The interior driver cabin isn’t overwrought with buttons, controls or busy shapes. There’s everything you need, but it’s never in your way and never cluttering. I think you will like the simplicity and straightforward operation of the rotary-dial and other features.

This is truly distinctive to Hyundai and in sharp contrast to other brands, most noticeable in the German brands. Mercedes, Audi and BMW mimic an airplane instrument panel. This difference is clutter and confusion to most I’ve talked with. More importantly Hyundai has designed for more simple and intuitive user interface of all features.

General Information: It is assembled in Montgomery, Alabama, USA; Parts – US/Canadian 5%, Korea 90%; Engine & Transmission – Korea; Classification is Large Cars. Cars from Hyundai: Accent, Azera, Elantra, Elantra Coupe, Elantra GT, Equus, Genesis, Genesis Coupe, Santa Fe, Sonata, Sonata Hybrid, Sonata Plug-in Hybrid, Tucson and Veloster.

Handling & Performance:

I found the Genesis to be a confident and comfortable driving experience. It is fast and has a very smooth ride. Standard on every Genesis is a system that monitors and modifies engine throttle response, transmission shift points and steering to provide optimal unnamedperformance in a variety of road conditions. Drivers can select: Eco for conserving fuel, Normal for comfort, Sport for dynamic driving and Snow for low-traction road conditions.

The link is to view a video explaining HTRAC all-wheel drive if you’re considering the AWD option or even if you are not.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=UpJv81Zx1yc

Styling:

Nice job from the design staff at Hyundai. Clearly it is a beautifully styled automobile.

Fit and Finish:

Excellent.

Cost:

Competitive. The increase in demand for Hyundai products has pushed the pricing closer to its longer established competition. However, you may find American made Dodge and Chevrolet brands to be very aggressively priced to gain your business back. It is worth a “Look-See”. They came to the party with super competitive pricing.

Conveniences and comfort:

There are optional equipment packages that took my test vehicle to nearly $50,000. Signature Package $3,900; Tech Package $3,500; Ultimate Package $3,500. Many interesting options but the only ones I would really want include * Blind Sport detection with rear cross traffic allert, * Smart Cruise control with Stop / Start,  * Automatic emergency braking and * Lane Departure warning and lane keep assist. These noted features are included in the pakages mentioned above. I wasn’t able to reach anyone to tell me if these features could be selected individually or not. But I will tell you those packages have other stuff you may want.

Some say the seats are not as comfortable on the long rides as in some other brands. I drive 100 miles a day and haven’t noticed this criticism to be correct.

Consumer Recommendations:

You likely will own your car for a while so you will need to consider if the options packages are worth the added cost. But you will want to check that out because they enhance the driving experience and more importantly they add greatly to safety. In fact, I might even suggest you check out a lower priced model so you can afford some of those safety features.

Finally, there are only six competitors noted here and you surely will want to include all before you make your final decision. I’ve tested them all and have my favorites but they are all impressive options.

Recognized Competition:

Hyundai Genesis $40,000, Buick La Crosse $41,000, Chrysler 300 $39,000, Toyota Avalon $41,000,Dodge Charger $35,000, Chevrolet Impala $36,000.

Good News:

It’s got style, it’s comfortable, it’s powerful and good fuel economy at a competitive price.

Bad News:

n/a

Standard Equipment:

3.8 liter 311 hp V6 GDI aluminum engine, 8-speed automatic transmission, intelligent drive mode, electronic traction and stability controls, vehicle stability management control, 4-wheel ABS disc brakes with electronic brake assist and brake force distribution, 9 airbags including driver knee airbag, rain sensing wipers, heated power folding side mirrors with turn signal indicators, 12 way power (front) leather seating, leather wrapped tilt and telescoping steering wheel, proximity keyless entry and push button start / stop, 8” touchscreen navigation system with rearview camera, 4.3” color LCD multi-information display, dual zone climate control, Bluetooth hands free phone system with audio streaming, Blue Link telematics system, 18” alloy wheels, audio system with 7 speakers, Sirius XM, Steering wheel mounted audio and cruise control, tire pressure monitor.

Gas Stats:

$2.95/ Gal avg. July 16, 2016

www.fueleconomy.gov

for more information.

18 City and 29 Highway MPG

Pricing:

MSRP $38,750.

2017 Hyundai Elantra ECO (1147)

Overview:

This is the 2017 Hyundai Elantra ECO (for Ecology).  There is a growing appreciation for Korean cars. The new kid on the block is usually not quickly accepted, but Hyundai and Kia cars are so good they have quickly weaved their way to the top. Avis said it best a few decades ago when they advertised “We’re number 2, we try harder” when competing with number 1 Hertz. Well, being relatively new to the world market, Hyundai had to try harder and it shows. Thus, they have thoughtfully made cars backed by the best Warranty in the industry.

This Elantra features upscale interior finishes and can be equipped with a host of features more commonly found in pricier cars. The Elantra competes directly with the highly ranked Honda Civic and the lower ranked, but popular Toyota Corolla.

General Information: It is assembled in Montgomery, Alabama, USA; Parts – US/Canadian 29%, China 1%, Korea 70%; Engine & Transmission  – Korea; Classification isMidsize/Compact. Cars from Hyundai: Accent, Azera, Elantra, Elantra Coupe, Elantra GT, Equus, Genesis, Genesis Coupe, Santa Fe, Sonata, Sonata Hybrid, Sonata Plug-in Hybrid, Tucson and Veloster.

Handling & Performance:

Engines get smaller to give better fuel economy but the Turbocharger gives that extra punch when needed. Keep the pressure off the gas pedal and you can get pretty fantastic mpg up to 40. Now that’s what I’m talking about and it is simply gas injected – so no hybrid complication possibilities to drive the price up.

It can be powered with either a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine in the SE and Limited or the turbocharged, 1.4-liter four-cylinder that I had in this test vehicle. It produces 128 horsepower. That doesn’t sound like much but the Turbo is an equalizer that makes it very responsive.

Styling:

Nice. What more can you say. Some cars jump out at you ugly, but this Hyundai model lineup are all pretty nice looking cars.

Fit and Finish:

Very good and it is normal for Hyundai cars.

Cost:

Pricing starts at $17,150 and this Elantra ECO with features noted is $20,650. Outstanding value.

Conveniences and comfort:

It comes standard with a good features and my test car included some of the most important features for my money, including blind spot detection and brake force distribution. As you may recall, EBD automatically varies the amount of force applied to each of a vehicle’s wheels, based on road conditions, speed, loading, etc. for very effective stopping that makes it much safer than traditional brake systems of years past.

Consumer Recommendations:

The Elantra is a good option in this segment of the market. You may want to also test drive the Sonata that is a step up from the Elantra. If your budget can take another leap up, the Genesis is pretty special. I’ll tell you more about the Genesis after testing it next week.

Recognized Competition:

Hyundai Elantra $23,000, Chevrolet Cruze $24,000, Honda Civic $25,000, Mazda 3 $24,000, Kia Forte$22,000.

Good News:

Great pricing coupled with exceptional fuel economy. Turbo fast and comfy ride.

Bad News:

Some electronics / technology frustration but it is minor compared to the usually intuitive interface with the user.

Standard Equipment:

1.4 liter Turbo GDI engine, 7-speed eco-shift dual clutch automatic transmission, drive mode ECO, Normal and Sport, electronic traction and stability controls, ABS electronic brake assist and brake force distribution, front, side curtain air bags, driver knee airbag, blind spot detection with rear cross traffic alert, rearview camera, 15” alloy wheels, audio system with 7” touchscreen and 6 speakers, Sirius XM, android audio and Apple CarPlay support, dual zone climate control, Bluetooth hands free zone, Steering wheel mounted audio and cruise control, leather wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, heated front seats, 60/40 split folding rear seat, proximity key and push button start and smart hands free trunk.

Gas Stats:

$3.05/ Gal avg. July 2, 2016

www.fueleconomy.gov

for more information.

32 City and 40 Highway MPG

Pricing:

MSRP $20,650.

2016 Hyundai Sonata Plug-in Hybrid Limited (1127)

Overview:

This is the 2016 Hyundai Sonata Plug-in Hybrid Limited. Well, if you read my column you know I’m not thrilled with Electric (EV) Vehicles. See opinion below for the why. That being said, the performance, look and feel and comfort this car delivers is still impressive. More important is that although it has a plug-in feature it also is a Hybrid with the comfort of knowing you still have a good old reliable gas engine to make the car of value. Electric only is not quite there yet and likely never will be if you consider history. Fact: in 1903 electric vehicles had a range of 100 miles and we still have not eclipsed that performance for most EV’s. Sad but true. The $140,000 plus Tesla EV is a case in point. You must spend that kind of money for an extra 100 miles of range. The boast 250 miles but only one thing is less useful than an electric car out of charge. TP that is wet.

Opinion:

More and more evidence from studies tell us the hype over all electric powered vehicles aren’t all they’re represented to be. The pollution to the planet is said to be no better than conventional internal combustion power plants. The panic “stuff” our government spews is a way for them to get you, the consumer, to pay for the development of new technology.

http://shrinkthatfootprint.com/electric-cars-green – Go to this link to read an article on the subject. “The Electric Cars aren’t Green – Myth debunked”. In short, “Electric cars have higher manufacturing emissions than normal cars.  Electric cars also use electricity that has its own footprint.  And put together these two factors are a ‘dirty little secret’ that negate any climate benefit of electric cars!

Do your own research and you’ll be informed about just another lie to get you to buy into the Myth. Is there no limit to the lengths to which people will go to advance their biased agenda? The corruption of our elected officials speaks to the decline of values and morals in today’s world.

General Information: It is assembled in Asan, Korea; Parts – US/Canadian 1%, Korea 92%; Engine and transmission – Korea;Classification is Midsize Cars. Cars from Hyundai: Accent, Azera, Elantra, Elantra Coupe, Elantra GT, Equus, Genesis, Genesis Coupe, Santa Fe, Sonata, Sonata Hybrid, Sonata Plug-in Hybrid, Tucson, Veloster.

Handling & Performance:

Fast and a joy to drive. Sure the pollution is no better than existing propulsion of our cars. But if it’s just as good I like the great fuel economy.

Styling:

Lovely.

Fit and Finish:

Excellent.

Cost:

A little pricey. You can do better with conventional cars where the fuel economy is nearly as good and the purchase cost is far lower. Then you have to consider potential negative issue of battery replacement. Example: a friend has a Toyota Prius that needs a new battery pack. Cost: upwards of $3,600. When does that become necessary? When you reach 100,000 miles you can expect the hammer to fall any time. So as the word gets out you’ll have difficulty selling it.

Conveniences and comfort:

Wonderful if cost is not an issue for you. Look at the features and you’ll see the most advanced including Smart Cruise Control and Lane Departure and Blind Spot warnings. If I can justify the cost I simply won’t own a car without such safety and convenience features.

Consumer Recommendations:

This is Hyundai. Not only does it have the best warranty in the industry this hybrid has a “Lifetime Hybrid Battery Warranty”.

Recognized Competition:

Hyundai Sonata Plug-in Hybrid $39,000, Chevrolet Volt $38,000, Lincoln MKZ $37,000, Volkswagen Jetta $32,000, Ford Fusion Plug-in Hybrid $35,000, Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid $36,000.

Good News:

Comfortable ride, great fuel economy, best warranty in the industry.

Bad News:

A bit pricey.

Standard Equipment:

2.0 liter gasoline direct injection (GDI) 4-cylinder hybrid 202 combined horsepower engine, permanent magnet synchronous motor -50 KW, 9.8 kWh Lithium-ion Polymer Battery system, 120volt charge cable, 6-speed automatic transmission, stability management, traction control, 4-wheel ABS disc brakes with integrated regenerative braking, brake force distribution and brake assist, front front side impact, side curtain and driver knee airbags, forward collision warning and lane departure warnings, blind spot detection, rear cross traffic alert, rearview camera and rear parking sensors, 17” alloy wheels, rear spoiler, proximity key entry, push button start, leather heated and ventilated seating, power front seats with memory system for driver seat and side mirrors, heated steering wheel with cruise, audio and phone controls, 4.2: color LCD trip computer, smart cruise control with stop/start capability, electronic parking brake with automatic hold, navigation system with 8” touchscreen display, Infinity speakers, Sirius XM travel link, Bluetooth hands free phone system.

Gas Stats:

$2.45 Gal avg. February 15, 2016

www.fueleconomy.gov

for more information.

99 Electricity combined City / Highway, 40 Gasoline only City and Highway MPG

Pricing:

MSRP $38,600.

2016 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid SE (1123)

Overview:

This is the 2016 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid SE. The thought occurred to me that as time marches on, different people and companies rise to the top of the heap or King of the hill in their specialty. Remember when everything in the auto industry was measured by the quality of Cadillac. If something was the Cadillac it meant it was the best it could be. Well those days are gone and that term is just a remnant of that past.

In the scheme of things it is clear now that Japan took over as the favored car maker and the Big 3 American Car makers and Detroit became little more than a ghetto. Today it looks more like a war zone – and it would appear America lost that war.

The new kid on the block however in the current market is Korea. Hyundai and Kia (sister company’s) have catapulted themselves into a position of prominence in the automotive market. They have done that because they had to prove themselves just as Japan had to half a century before.

I believe they have succeeded in capturing the hearts and minds and more importantly the pockets and purses of American car buyers.

Opinion:

Relative to my opening comments about the growth of Hyundai in the auto market, I have made a few other observations.

Remember when the Hertz was number one in the car rental business and Avis was number two?  Well they launched an ad campaign stating: “We’re number 2 – We try harder”. Being Numero Uno is sometimes a handicap. Number One is a tough place to be because everyone is shooting at you. Everyone is clamoring to beat the best to become the best. And the best seldom remain ‘best’ for very long….. relatively speaking. Well, that fact is what the Hyundai companies are taking advantage of. They have been ‘wanna-bees’ and they have also been doing a pretty good job at finding how to be best.

Friend Richard has a saying, “Faint hearted men are the product of a luxurious society, the same soil will produce neither luxuries nor heroes”. It simply means, to me, that when a company or even a society rises to the top they get complacent and they will fall because its people get lazy and over confident. They lose their good reputation and place of importance and become irrelevant and inept.

We all like winners and the Korean’s are at the forefront of their own “Industrial Revolution”. They can thank America and American lives lost during the mid-20th Century Korean Conflict. It wasn’t even deemed a war but many died protecting the 38th Parallel. That is the place that marks the spot or demarcation of North and South Korea. Go to Google Earth and look at both sides of the 38th Parallel and you will see the difference between Capitalism and Communism (Socialism).

That picture is worth volumes of books on the success and failure of the two ideologies. The North is a land the world forgot. It is a century behind the times while the South is a vibrant thriving half of the country heavily invested in the 21st Century. It is booming with industry. Those in the North continually risk death or imprisonment fleeing the oppression of the Communist government.

General Information: It is assembled in Asan, Korea; Parts – US/Canadian 1%, Korea 91%; Engine and transmission – Korea;Classification is Midsize Cars. Cars from Hyundai: Accent, Azera, Elantra, Elantra Touring, Equus, Genesis, Genesis Coupe, Santa Fe,Sonata, Sonata Hybrid, Tucson, Veloster, Veracruz.

Handling & Performance:

I happen to hate all-Electric cars because they are unreliable in range. Hills will drain the batteries 12 times faster than on level ground from my experience. On the other hand, Hybrids are “SAFE” since there is always a backup engine to guarantee you won’t get stranded or need a layover to recharge the batteries.

What impressed me most with this Hyundai Hybrid was how seamlessly and truly fast the car accelerated. Getting on and off the freeway was easy. And on top of that the car averaged 37.8 mpg even though I was driving very aggressively.

Styling:

Lovely design in and out in my opinion.

Fit and Finish:

Very nice.

Cost:

At around $25,000 you get a lot for the money.

Conveniences and comfort:

The Smart Trunk Opener after being activated will automatically pop open the trunk when you approach the car.

Hyundai Blue Link is a fully integrated connected vehicle system using an embedded telematics to gather vehicle Car Care information such as Monthly Vehicle Health Report and Automatic Crash Notifications. The system utilizes mobile apps to allow the customer to Remote Start, Stop, Lock or Unlock their Hyundai.

Consumer Recommendations:

Recognized Competition:

Hyundai Sonata Hybrid $26,000, Ford Fusion Hybrid $26,000, Toyota Camry $27,000.

Good News:

Good value to buy and operate with exceptional fuel economy, Best warranty of all the competition.

Bad News:

n/a

Standard Equipment:

2.0 liter gasoline direct injection 4-cylinder engine combined with a Hybrid system 193 horsepower, permanent magnet synchronous motor (38 KW), 270 volt Lithium Polymer Battery and Hybrid starter generator, 6-speed automatic transmission, Stability Management and traction control, 4-wheel ABS disc brakes with integrated regenerative braking and Electronic Brake Force Distribution and brake assist, front, front side impact and side curtain and driver knee airbags, rearview camera, tire pressure monitor with individual tire pressure indicator, 16” alloy wheels, auto headlights and LED daytime running lights, rear spoiler with LED tailights, heated mirrors with turn signal indicators, driver blind spot mirror, proximity key entry system with push button start, hands free smart trunk opener, dual climate control, color LCD trip computer with Hybrid technology display, cloth seating, tilt and telescopic steering wheel with cruise and audio and phone controls, 5” color touch screen audio display, AMFM/CD/MP3 audio system with iPod and USB / Auxiliary input jacks, Sirius XM radio, Bluetooth hands free phone system, Hyundai Bluelink telematics system.

Gas Stats:

$2.85 Gal avg. January 23, 2016

www.fueleconomy.gov

for more information.

40 City and 44 Highway MPG

Pricing:

MSRP $26,000.

2016 Hyundai Tucson SE FWD (1120)

Overview:

This is the 2016 Hyundai Tucson SE FWD. The Tucson has always been a nice, middle-of-the-road small crossover. For 2016 it is longer, wider, lower, and more mature. It’s got a new, more powerful engine, and it gets better fuel economy. It’s loaded with more features depending on how much money you’re willing to spend.

The consumer, I believe, although many like fancy and glitz, they really seek a competent ride with a trouble-free ownership experience. (That everyday reassurance is what made Toyota the powerhouse that it is). Now Hyundai is following the same path and has gone even further with the best warranty in the business. That is possible because they provide a basic quality car and that is a good thing because even a good warranty is a pain in the rear to have to use. Better it is a good reliable car that needs no dealer intervention. Finally the Tucson’s 2016 redesign simply means it has grown up.

General Information: It is assembled in Ulsan, Korea; Parts – US/Canadian 0%, Korea 93%; Engine and transmission – Korea;Classification is Small SUV. Cars from Hyundai: Accent, Azera, Elantra, Elantra Touring, Equus, Genesis, Genesis Coupe, Santa Fe,Sonata, Sonata Hybrid, Tucson, Tucson Fuel Cell, Veloster.

Handling & Performance:

Two powertrains are available: the 2.0-liter four-cylinder with a six-speed automatic transmission that I tested. It comes only on the base SE trim and a 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic comes with three up-level trims. Although the Turbo is a smaller engine, the turbo makes it a better performer.

The SE does 0-60 mph in 9.7 seconds, so it will strain a bit to get up to freeway speed. You may prefer the Turbo, as I do, but the SE gets better mileage, tying the Subaru Forester at 26 mpg overall.

Handling is, non-the-less responsive enough as it absorbs most bumps and ruts pretty well and perhaps more important braking is excellent.

Styling:

I prefer a bit larger car, but in class this is competitive. It feels roomy and spacious for a compact SUV. The cabin offers easy access and a family-friendly rear seat. Head and knee room are generous; even short drivers can sit up high with a good view out the front. The interior is quiet in a segment that is typically not so hushed.

Fit and Finish:

The cabin trim is simple but neat. All of the door-panel plastics are hard; the dashboard has some soft-touch material beneath the windshield. Components fit together well, with minimal gaps. Not flashy, just competent.

Cost:

Very well priced.

Conveniences and comfort:

The seats are sufficient for short travels but some feel the bottom cushioning needs more support on longer trips. My typical commute is 50 miles so I made no observation that may be evident if you drive all day.

The cargo area can swallow three large suitcases.

In a time when the infotainment systems are becoming super capable Hyundai’s controls are a model of simplicity. Setting up the Bluetooth hands free is very intuitive and tuning the radio or operating the NAV system is light years better than many cars.

The Hyundai Tucson is an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Top Safety Pick Plus, thanks to good crash-test results. They also have available crash-avoidance features.

Drive Mode Select adjusts both engine mapping and steering effort to match your driving style. Select from three modes: Eco, Normal or Sport by simply touching a button on the center console.

Consumer Recommendations:

Recognized Competition:

Hyundai Tucson $23,000, Kia Optima $23,000, Subaru Forester $23,000, Mazda CX-5 $24,000, Jeep Patriot $24,000, Ford Escape $24,000, VW Tiguan$26,000.

Good News:

Affordable, decent fuel economy, well made and best warranty.

Bad News:

A bit underpowered (Turbo better if rapid acceleration wanted).

Standard Equipment:

2.0 liter 165 hp 4-cylinder engine, 6-speed auto transmission, drive mode select, stability and traction control, 4-wheel power assist ABS disc brakes with brake force distribution, downhill brake control and hillstart control, front, side and side curtain airbags with rollover sensors, tire pressure monitor with individual wheel sensors, 17” alloy wheels, driver’s blind spot mirror, front solar glass and rear privacy glass, rear spoiler with LED brake light, variable intermittent windshield wipers, remote keyless entry with alarm, 60/40 split folding rear seat with recline and center armrest, power windows and locks, heated side mirrors, air conditioning, 2 – 12 volt power outlets with one in the cargo area, 3.5” LCD multi-information display, tilt and telescopic steering wheel with audio, cruise and phone contols, bluetooth hands free phone system, 5” color touchscreen audio display with rear view camera, AM/FM/CD/MP3 audio system, iPod & USB and Aux input jacks, Sirius XM radio with 3 monthstrial, intermittent rear window wiper washer.

Gas Stats:

$2.85 Gal avg. December 27, 2015

www.fueleconomy.gov

for more information.

23 City and 31 Highway MPG

Pricing:

MSRP $22,700.

2016 HYUNDAI SONATA SPORT 2.0 T (1117)

Overview:

This is the 2016 Hyundai Sonata Sport 2.0 T. T for turbocharged and perhaps the most useful and efficient boost to power yet devised. In the Navy we had JATO for Jet Assist Take Off but that was rather expensive solid fuel rockets really. They’re only good for one use, but this Turbo version is good for unlimited use. More importantly you use it only when you want or need it so you control the fuel economy. Lead foot folks will experience some fuel stop discomfort. Just saying….

Sonata is a sure winner in my book and driving a different car virtually every week allows me to say that with confidence. But at the end of the day only you can make the final determination unless you’re married, of course, and then the boss will have to agree. But that being said take that test drive. You’ll be glad you did. And when you see the warranty which is double what the rest of the field offers you will find a lot of value for your hard earned dollar.

General Information: It is assembled in Montgomery Alabama, USA; Parts – US/Canadian 48%, Korea 45%; Engine and transmission – USA; Classification is Large Cars. Cars from Hyundai: Accent, Azera, Elantra, Elantra Touring, Equus, Genesis, Genesis Coupe, Santa Fe, Sonata, Sonata Hybrid, Tucson, Veloster, Veracruz.

Handling & Performance:

Excellent driving machine. Turbo power is great and handling is special.

Styling:

Most models have that Hyundai look that is classy and simply smooth flowing lines. When I began the test I was reminded of the first Genesis I had tested. All models have matured and get better every year. Point being is that this Sonata is only one short step up to the Genesis which is perhaps my all-time favorite for value. Nice improvement.

Fit and Finish:

Hyundai good.

Cost:

Competitive in class.

Conveniences and comfort:

Good. It has the basics and even includes one of my very favorite features – the Blind Spot Detector. I find this to be one of better safety features for every car to have. I suspect it will be a required feature in time. So many times I have activated the turn indicator only to be warned there was a car in the intended direction of travel. It is such a good feature I feel helpless without it and the stress level goes up. The number one feature of all time is the Collision avoidance system that will stop your car if you fail to. Fabulous stuff. So much so that I expect the accident rate to drop because of it.

Consumer Recommendations:

I love the Genesis but this Sonata is more affordable and it is very close in stature. The competition is all good but I’ve been impressed with this car for some time now. Give it a test drive and I believe you will see what I mean. Give me a call if you disagree.

Recognized Competition:

Hyundai Sonata $29,000, Kia Optima $28,000, Subaru Legacy $22,000, Nissan Maxima $32,000, Buick Regal$30,000, Toyota Camry $19,000, Chrysler 200 $30,000.

Good News:

Great styling and ride quality, powerful Turbo, great handling and comfort.

Bad News:

None worth mentioning.

Standard Equipment:

2.0 litre 245 horsepower Turbo Gasoline Direct injection 4-cylinder engine, dual continuous variable valve timing, 6-speed automatic transmission, stability management, traction control, 4-wheel ABS power disc brakes with brake force distribution, front, side and side curtain airbags, driver knee airbag, tire pressure monitor, blind spot detection, LED running lights, rearview camera, 18” alloy wheels, HID headlights and LED rear tail lights, hands free smart trunk opener, proximity key entry with push button start, sport leather seating with heated front seats, power driver seat, leather wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, cruis audio and phone controls on steering wheel, dual climate control, 7” color touch screen, AM/FM/HD, CD/MP3,  Sirius XM radio, bluetooth hands free phone.

Gas Stats:

$2.85 Gal avg. December 7, 2015

www.fueleconomy.gov

for more information.

23 City and 32 Highway MPG07

Pricing:

MSRP $28,925.

2016 Hyundai Elantra GT A/T (1114)

Overview:

This is the 2016 Hyundai Elantra GT A/T four door hatchback midsize. The standard equipment is good and there are two options packages: Style and Technology. . . with just about any feature upgrade you’d want or need. The style package, for example, will add $6,000 to the price tag.

I was rather ok with it just the way it was appointed. The seatbacks flip forward to provide 51 cubic feet of maximum capacity for the cargo area that is excellent for a car of this type and class.

Of course most people are aware that Hyundai warranty coverage is among the best in the industry. And of course that also means the product is rock solid and therefore the warranty is incidental. If other manufacturers have weaker warranty plans could it be because their products  tend to require more fixes? Just asking. There may be other ways to look at warranty. It can be more of an indicator of what you can expect from a reliability point of view. Your thoughts?

Although the fuel economy numbers are good some of the competition are better in class but still in the hunt, so to speak.

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 Touring, Equus, Genesis, Genesis Coupe, Santa Fe, Sonata,Sonata Hybrid, Tucson, Veloster, Veracruz.

Handling & Performance:

Great performance. No complaints for what the car purports to be. I prefer the turbo for smaller engines but I got used to the marginal horsepower. With a load it could be a bit more of a struggle getting up to highway speeds quickly. It does it but with the pedal to the metal.

Styling:

It is in a segment of the market that is all about economic performance and no nonsense transportation. They are therefore designed for efficient operation on a computer and all brands look very similar. Not a bad thing, but variety is more to my sensibilities.

Fit and Finish:

Very good.

Cost:

Great value.

Conveniences and comfort:

Voice recognition is included but this feature (across the board for every car I have tested) is nearly useless. Someday it will work well but for now I am unable to use it effectively. So I get very frustrated.

Consumer Recommendations:

Great buy, great value under $20,000. Seats 5, has a lot of cargo handling space with rear seats folded flat. Definitely has to be in your test drives. Remember this is the new kid on the block, relatively speaking, so they do more for the consumer.

Recognized Competition:

Hyundai Elantra GT $20,000, Ford Focus $24,000, VW Golf $22,000, Mazda 3 $20,000, Fiat 500 Abarth $23,000, Toyota Corolla $19,000, Scion iM $20,000.

Good News:

Versatile small car for low cost to buy and operate.

Bad News:

Not as good fuel economy in this segment.

Standard Equipment:

2.0 litre 173 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, tire pressure monitor, daytime running lights, 16” steel wheels, solar glass with windshield shade band, rear window wiper, air conditioning, power heated mirrors, AM/FM/ CD/MP3,  audio system with 6-speakers, Sirius XM radio, iPod / USB and Auxiliary input jacks, bluetooth hands free phone with voice recognition, remote Keyless entry and alarm, power windows and locks, trip computer, steerinng wheel mounted cruise and audio controls, tilt and telescopic steering column, heated front seats, 60/40 rear split fold down seat, rear center armrest with cupholders.

Gas Stats:

$2.79 Gal avg. November 14, 2015

www.fueleconomy.gov

for more information.

24 City and 33 Highway MPG18

Pricing:

MSRP $19,800h.

2016 Hyundai Veloster Rally Edition M/T (1112)

Overview:

This is the 2016 Hyundai Veloster Rally Edition M/T Turbo. When I questioned the meaning of Veloster it made total sense when Hyundai said it was just a combination of “Velocity and Roadster”.

I also understand they will only produce 1,200. But then I agree there aren’t that many folks that fit the profile of owning this kind of car. The car’s springs and shock absorbers are tuned, and its six-speed manual transmission has a short-throw linkage from B&M Racing. That spells performance and if that is your thing and you live in the LA area you’re going to love this car. I test most cars over the roads in the mountains of Southern California because it is the best way to quickly reveal a car’s handling characteristics. You can’t get that driving the freeways of LA that most often look more like parking lots and wrecking yards.

I couldn’t have asked for more, since I love fast cars and not so fast women. This week’s testing reminded me of that old nursery rhyme that goes “Jack be Nimble Jack be quick…..”. I think you’ll be impressed with how quickly and smoothly it negotiates the curves. The turbo gives just the boost you need to get that old feeling of a serious sport car.

General Information: It is assembled in Ulsan, Korea; Parts – US/Canadian 2%, Korea 94%; Engine and transmission – Korea; Classification is Compact Cars. Cars from Hyundai: Accent, Azera, Elantra, Elantra Touring, Equus, Genesis, Genesis Coupe, Santa Fe, Sonata, Sonata Hybrid,Tucson, Veloster, Veracruz.

Handling & Performance:

Outstanding in class with sportier springs, dampers and stabilizer bar. I never once felt vulnerable to the road but rather it gives a commanding stance and performance on the most challenging of road contours. It simply carves its own way confidently.

The 6-speed manual transmission is marvelous with a short throw shifter that is also hugely intuitive. It is, however, pretty common of today’s manual transmissions to direct your hand to shift into the right gear each and every time. You’d have to work hard to miss a shift or be in the wrong gear. If you’re under 50 years old you likely won’t relate to that statement but if over 50 you know exactly what I mean (if you’ve driven manual transmission cars of ‘yesteryear’.

Styling:

It’s not me in the style department but it is sure to excite the youthful driver and to boot it will fit most budgets. Kudos to the design people regarding the instrument cluster. Very nice and easy to read.

A recent review I did had a horribly hard to read speedometer and tachometer. I mentioned it as a weakness because people notice the small things. In this case it was difficult to read what speed you were driving. If it was an irritation after a few days of driving it would drive me crazy if I owned the car. That is NOT the case here with this Hyundai Veloster. In fact it was the prior car that made me appreciate how good this Hyundai’s instrument cluster was in contrast.

Fit and Finish:

Very good workmanship I find typical of all Korean made cars.

Cost:

Wow pricing (in a good way).

Conveniences and comfort:

To generalize it is obvious to me the demographic Hyundai is trying to reach is the youthful buyer. One indication is the 450 watt Dimension Premium audio system with external Amp and Subwoofer, AM/FM/ CD/ MP3 with 8 speakers to satisfy the need for noise. Some call it music.

Consumer Recommendations:

If you’re into performance this is truly a fun car to drive. Fiat is also very good in the performance / handling department. All the competitors are well priced and this is a small field of cars for you to test drive. All are well priced and economical to operate.

Recognized Competition:

Hyundai Veloster $24,000, Ford Focus $20,000, VW Golf $21,000, Mazda 3 $20,000, Fiat 500 Abarth $23,000.

Good News:

Priced well, fun fast sport car and good fuel economy.

Bad News:

More difficult to enter and exit than I like.

Standard Equipment:

1.6 liter Turbo GDI 201 hp 4-cylinder engine, twin scroll turbocharger, 6-speed manual transmission with B&M  Racing sport shifter, 18” lightweight alloy wheels, leather seating, Carbon Fiber look accents, stability and traction controls, ABS Electronic Brake force distribution with brake assist, TVC / Torque Vectoring Control,  4-wheel disc brakes Front side and side curtain air bags, tire pressure monitoring, front fog lights, rear spoiler, LED taillights, rear wiper, air conditioning, 450 watt Dimension Premium audio and external Amp with Subwoofer, AM/FM/ CD/ MP3 with 8 speakers, Sirius XM radio, 7”Multimedia touchscreen with rearview camera, remote keyless entry with alarm, steering wheel mounted cruise, audio and phone controls, Bluetooth hands free phone system, leather wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, 60/40 split folding rear seat, emergency tire puncture kit in lieu of spare.

Gas Stats:

$2.77 Gal avg. November 1, 2015

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for more information.

25 City and 33 Highway MPG

Pricing:

MSRP $23,950.

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