2020 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid
2020 Hyundai Sonata
The 2019 New York Auto Show was not a very exciting event this year, perhaps because it clashed with the Shanghai Auto Show. But out of the few positives from the show, the 2020 Hyundai Sonata managed to hog a lot of limelight. Hyundai has taken a big stride in terms of the design and technology of the Sonata, and the results are evident. There is nary a thing that goes wrong with this car. So, will Hyundai be able to tip over the rivals with this new sensation?
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The Hyundai Veloster N Heads to the U.S. to Take On the Volkswagen Golf and Ford Focus
The all-new Veloster will be introduced to the world at the Thunderhill Raceway track in Northern California, before its official market launch later this year. What makes this Veloster special is that it’s the first ‘N’ model from the South Korean brand here in the U.S. The Veloster N has been developed at Hyundai’s facility at the Nurburgring, and it poses a serious threat to the hot-hatch market.
Hyundai has come a long way. Like, a really, really, long way. Remember the old Hyundai Accent? It was a strangely underwhelming machine even when new. Last night I was strolling through the streets and suddenly came across the new Hyundai i30 (the Elantra GT.) It was dark outside, the car was black, and you know what, the new i30 did not look underwhelming. Not a bit. It’s a hatch I wouldn’t mind driving, owning or, in its most potent N form, racing. Now, the Europeans get a new version of the i30 to spice the things up a bit. The N Line! I did not use “spice up” only by chance. Hyundai actually titled the press release with “Spice up your driveway,” and I get them. With body additions inspired by the top of the line i30 N, the new i30 N Line feels lively and rambunctious. Especially in red.
When Hyundai debuted the 2019 Hyundai Veloster at the Detroit Auto Show jaws hit the floor, stars glowed a little brighter, and robes in hotels all around Detroit opened for high-level Hyundai execs. Okay, that’s a little extreme, but it was pretty jaw-dropping, and it grabbed a ton of attention. The Veloster was back, and it came back with a vengeance, sporting a whole new look, more powerful drivetrains (including an N-tuned model,) and a pretty nice interior for a car coming from a company that was once known for economy cars. This time around, the Veloster is here to serve as a very strong proposition in the hot-hatch market, aiming to put cars like the Volkswagen Golf and Ford Fiesta to shame. Power output comes from a 2.0-liter that’s good for 147 ponies or a turbocharged, 1.6-liter mill that’s good for 201 horsepower. And, now that we’ve had a chance to look back on it, we thought it was a good idea to pay it a little tribute and make it our wallpaper of the day. Check out our hand-picked favorite below.
2018 New York International Auto Show - Worst In Show
We saw loads of good stuff at the New York International Auto Show this year, including a variety of sultry luxury machines like the Cadillac CT6 V-Sport and Audi RS5 Sportback, not to mention the stunning new Essentia EV GT concept from Genesis. However, as is inevitable these days, we found plenty of less-than-desirable debuts as well, five of which we’ve listed here for your communal derision.
Continue reading for the worst debuts from the 2018 New York International Auto Show.
2019 Hyundai Santa Fe
Hyundai has been made its Santa Fe SUV since 2000. When it was first introduced, the Santa Fe was a compact crossover, but these days, its grown a bit closer to mid-size territory. Three generations have come and gone since the original 2001 model year, with the second-gen appearing at the Detroit Auto Show in 2006, and the third-gen debuting at the New York Auto Show in 2012. We last saw the Santa Fe in its refreshed third-gen form at the 2016 Chicago Auto Show, but now, there’s a fourth-gen arriving to tempt buyers. Recently introduced at the Hyundai Motorstudio in Goyang, the 2019 Santa Fe brings with it a fresh exterior aesthetic, new gear in the interior, a premium cabin layout, extra passenger space, and a new eight-speed automatic transmission to boot.
All told, it’s a solid lineup of features, but that’s what you need these days keep pace with the horde of competition already out there. Hyundai doesn’t seem too worried, though. The Santa Fe is the brand’s best-selling SUV in the U.S. market, moving as many as 1.5 million units. Look for further SUV models from Hyundai in the future, but for now, read on to find out what makes the Santa Fe so desirable.
Continue reading to learn more about the 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe.
2018 Hyundai Elantra GT – Driven
The Hyundai Elantra GT is completely new for 2018, bringing with it a very European flair to the longstanding Elantra GT nameplate. But despite its Elantra name, the GT version isn’t a hatchback version of the current Elantra sedan. Rather, the 2018 Elantra GT is a renamed 2018 i30, which is sold around the world. The i30/Elantra GT rides on a shorter wheelbase and have different interior stylings than the Elantra sedan.
So what’s that mean for Hyundai-shopping Americans?
It means the 2018 Elantra GT is a surprisingly classy and solid hatchback. Its fit and finish are impressively upscale, and its long list of features reiterates Hyundai’s value proposition. The GT even does hatchback things well, slotting between the Volkswagen Golf and Honda Civic Hatchback in cargo volume behind the second row. Fold the 60/40-split seats down, and the GT outdoes the competition by no less than two cubic feet.
Keep reading for the specifics and driving impressions of the 2018 Elantra GT.
Hyundai i30 N Creates Smashing First Impression As First Edition Models Sell Out In Two Days
If there were any concerns about Hyundai’s N performance division’s goal of conquering the ultra-competitive world of hot hatchbacks, those questions and concerns should be put to bed. Not only did Hyundai make a smashing first impression with the i30 N, it created a vacuum of demand and interest in the hot hatch that culminated with the first 100 First Edition models of the hot hatch selling out in Germany in a matter of two days.
Two days. That’s all it took for German customers to scoop up all 100 units of the i30 N First Edition models. It may not sound too impressive at first glance, but considering that the i30 N is a completely new model that’s looking to break ground in a market dominated by so many competitors, and the narrative surrounding the surprisingly hot-selling hot hatch starts to change. The truth is that while the i30 N has been developed to compete against the best of the best in its segment, there are no assurances that it would be successful from the get-go. That’s how competitive the hot hatch market is. Turns out, the i30 N is more than up to the challenge as shown by the demand for the 100 First Edition models. There’s no word yet on whether Hyundai Deutschland plans to add more First Edition models to accommodate this who missed out on it, but it is offering the same people the chance to have their names on a waiting list for the hot hatch in the event one of the 100 models becomes available.
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2018 Hyundai i30 Fastback
The third-generation Hyundai i30 arrived in 2016 as a significant makeover of the previous model. Redesigned inside and out, the hatchback gained Hyundai’s latest design language, as well as a host of new features and tech that moved the i30 a bit closer to the premium market. As usual, the hatchback also received a longer, wagon version, but for the very first time since its introduction in 2007, it also got a higher performance variant developed by the company’s N division. Come 2017 and the i30 also gained its first-ever sedan version.
Dubbed i30 Fastback, it’s not a traditional four-door sedan, but it’s the closest thing to a three-box design to wear the "i30" badge. The Fastback rounds off the i30’s largest vehicle lineup in history and enables the nameplate to better compete with the sedan version of the Ford Focus, as well as extremely popular four-door compacts such as the Toyota Corolla and the Honda Civic. Find out how it compared to some of the world’s best-selling vehicles in the review below.
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2017 Hyundai Elantra Sport – Driven
The Hyundai Elantra is completely new for 2017, including its chassis, suspension, powertrain, and interior. But Hyundai didn’t stop there. The Korean automaker added two distinctive trim levels atop the standard Elantra compact sedan. In fact, it might be more appropriate to consider them sub-models thanks to their deep changes and laser focus. They are the fuel-sipping Elantra Eco and this, the road-hugging Elantra Sport. I recently spent two weeks with the Elantra Sport, driving it around familiar roads along my daily commute and throwing it around corners on quiet country roads.
This isn’t my first foray into Hyundai’s newest Elantra. Actually, it’s my third, having driven both the 2017 Hyundai Elantra Limited and 2017 Hyundai Elantra Eco soon after the car’s launch. These three cars couldn’t be more different despite being cut from the same cloth. As their titles suggest, each has its intended function, with the range-topping Limited trim being the swankiest and most plush, the Eco being the most frugal with fuel, and the Sport being, well, the most willing dance partner of the trio. The 2017 Elantra Sport is up against some stiff competition, found mostly in the Honda Civic Si and Nissan Sentra NISMO. But perhaps the Elantra Sport’s biggest rival will be its own recognition in this niche segment. The Civic Si rules with the weapon of a household name – something Hyundai will have to establish for its compact sports sedan. Thankfully, the Elantra Sport has all the right makings for success. Keep reading to see what I mean.
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Four Key Differences of the 2017 Hyundai Elantra Sport
The Hyundai Elantra has seen some big changes for 2017. It’s completely new, in fact, with its new chassis having more high-strength steel and structural adhesives than before, new looks inside and out, and more trim options to choose from. One of these is the Elantra Sport– a surprisingly heavily upgraded version of the Elantra that focuses on providing a fun ride without killing its everyday livability.
I’ve spent two weeks with an Electric Blue Metallic example, racking up mile around town and rolling down the interstate. I’ve hauled people, drum equipment, and groceries like any average consumer, all the while getting a feel of how Hyundai engineered the Elantra Sport to behave. But I’m leaving most of my driving impressions for the Elantra Sport’s full review. Right now, I’m looking at what makes the Elantra Sport different than its non-Sport counterparts. There’s actually some surprising differences – not just some cosmetic revamp with Sport badges slapped on.
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2018 Hyundai Kona
The crossover craze continues unabated, which means any automaker worth its salt is getting in on the action with all varieties of the reasonably priced, high-riding utility vehicle body style. The compact crossover segment in particular would appear to be rather lucrative, and as such, Hyundai just released a new competitor dubbed the Kona. Recently revealed in the metal in Seoul, the Kona fits between the Santa Fe and Tucson in the automaker’s lineup. Featuring sharp exterior styling, an upscale interior treatment, a wide variety of technology for infotainment and safety, plus an efficient drivetrain lineup, the Kona looks like it might have all the right stuff for a successful worldwide bid.
“With the Kona, we have created a stylish and highly functional compact SUV, perfectly suited to the needs of customers who pursue challenging, action-filled lifestyles,” says Euisun Chung, Vice Chairman of Hyundai Motor Company. “We aim to set new standards for the compact SUV segment, with appealing design, cutting-edge connectivity and class leading safety features.” Cut out the press releasisms, and what’s clear is the brand has high hopes for the Kona. Not only is Hyundai seeking to be the number one Asian automaker in Europe in less than five years, but this latest addition should also add a nice bump to its presence stateside as well. But this segment is rife with competition – does the Kona have what it takes to hang?
Updated 06/15/2017: Hyundai has officially revealed the Kona compact crossover! Check out our updated review below.
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2017 Hyundai I20 Turbo Edition
The second-generation Hyundai i20 was launched in 2014 with significant updates over its predecessors. New features include a redesigned exterior, a more modern interior with new tech, a longer wheelbase for improved legroom, and revised gasoline and diesel engines. Praised for its revised equipment lines that include more standard features, higher quality interior, and attractive design, the new i20 was somewhat criticized for its uninspiring drivetrains and more expensive sticker.
Come 2016 and Hyundai updated the i20 with a brand-new engine in the form of a turbocharged, 1.0-liter, three-cylinder unit. Although not the first three-pot available with the i20, it’s the first turboed gasoline unit to find its way into the supermini. In order to celebrate the new introduction, Hyundai launched a special-edition model in the United Kingdom. Dubbed Turbo Edition, it comes with a significant discount over the trim level it is based on and with a new advertising campaign for the i20.
Much like most special-edition Hyundais, the Turbo Edition is far from fancy, but a good way to promote a new drivetrain. There’s no word as to how long it will be on sale, but the offer shouldn’t last more than a few months. If you live in the U.K. and you’re in the market for a supermini, you might want to have a closer look at it.
Continue reading to find out more about the Hyundai i20 Turbo Edition.
2017 Hyundai Elantra Sport
Hyundai has done pretty well for itself in the entry-level compact segment and as a company as a whole. In fact, Hyundai has come a long way from when the South Korean company first came to U.S. shores. Take the Hyundai Elantra (or the Hyundai Avante as it’s known in its home country,) for instance. The first generation was about as ugly as it gets, and the following generation wasn’t much better. Fast forward to 2016 and the Elantra has been redesigned again to usher in the fifth generation. If you were to look at each generational model side-by-side, you would see that it got better with each generation, and the fifth generation has been the sportiest and best-looking Elantra yet.
Now, the Elantra is about to get a little better, as Hyundai is slated to launch a new trim level called the Elantra Sport (or Avante Sport in South Korea.) The Elantra Sport is said to offer the best performance ever for the Elantra from a 1.6-liter turbocharged engine. Furthermore, it offers a sportier look up front, and some extra goodies to differentiate it as the range-topping model in the Elantra lineup.
Hyundai’s blog, which is translated from Korean, claims that the Avante Sport is already available in the South Korean market. That means the U.S.-spec Elantra Sport should hit U.S. dealerships by the end of this year and, as the range-topping model, will start out higher than the $22,350 starting price of the 2017 Hyundai Elantra Limited. So, now that we know all of that, let’s take a closer look at the new Elantra Sport and see what makes it worthy of being the range-topping Elantra model.
Updated 07/12/2016: Hyundai officially announced the U.S.-Spec version of the Elantra Sport and, as expected, it is nearly identical to its South Korean counterpart. It will hit showrooms in the fourth quarter of this year with more details to be released closer to launch.
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2016 Hyundai Veloster Turbo Rally Edition Review
There’s a secret recipe to creating a successful sporty compact coupe. It’s all about striking just the right balance, between attitude, style, practicality, performance and economy. The Hyundai Veloster Turbo aims to hit that perfect balance, while still remaining affordable enough for the average entry-level buyer.
Of course, the bar for "entry-level" has been moved up in recent years, thanks to dramatic improvements in quality and materials for price-leading cars. The Veloster has risen with the tide as well; it’s rolling with a high-efficiency, high-output engine, excellent interior materials and even high-fashion matte paint jobs, in certain models. The Veloster Turbo Rally Edition adds a level of exclusivity to the scheme, with a production run of 1200, improved handling and high-visibility styling. That’s not a bad deal for just over $20,000.
Affordable, sporty compacts that aren’t just hot-hatched versions of existing economy cars are surprisingly thin on the ground; the Veloster and Scion tC are just about the only ones in this price bracket. With so little competition, does the Veloster Turbo have to work that hard?
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2016 Chicago Auto Show – Best And Worst In Show
The gates are open at the 2016 Chicago Auto Show, and with those pesky journalists finally out of the way, the public can now enjoy all the vehicular goodness that North America’s “largest” auto show can muster. Special editions, refreshes, and brand-new models all dropped cover this year, with crossovers and SUVs served up as the main course, and new sedans and sports cars added as a tasty side dish. Picking winners and losers here is not exactly easy, but hey, this isn’t some elementary school talent show. Time to be ruthless.
There were a few clear standouts for Best In Show right from the start, but cutthroat competition to fill the remaining slots quickly followed. Picking vehicles for Worst In Show was also pretty tricky, but that’s why they pay me the big bucks.
So, without further ado…
Continue reading for the Best and Worst In Show at CAS 2016.
The Hyundai Tucson may not have traditionally been anyone’s first choice in the compact crossover segment, having been introduced in 2005 as a budget-friendly CUV with looks only its mother could love. But things began to change when the Tucson got its first redesign in the 2010 model year. A more upscale interior, a funky exterior and powertrains fed with direct fuel injection pushed Hyundai’s smallest crossover into a higher category level without losing its budget-minded appeal.
Now Hyundai has expanded on that premise with the all-new 2016 Hyundai Tucson. The crossover is 3 inches longer, an inch wider, and has a 1.2-inch longer wheelbase than the outgoing model, but still sits squarely in the compact crossover segment. It boasts Hyundai’s more mature six-sided grille with horizontal chrome slats, LED daytime running lights, and the automaker’s latest iterations of infotainment and connectivity features. The upper trim level Tucsons are powered by a 1.6-liter turbocharged engine derived from the 2015 Hyundai Sonata Eco. As in that application, it comes mated to a seven-speed dual clutch automatic transmission. AWD is also available.
I recently flew to the rolling hills of Asheville, North Carolina where the Blue Ridge parkway sprawls through dense forests and up to an altitude of some 6,600 feet – the highest elevation east of the Mississippi River – for a first taste of the 2016 Tucson. The design improvements are instantly recognizable, and the interior doesn’t take any longer to show off its upgraded materials, design, and new technology.
Continue reading for my full review of the latest Tucson.
Hyundai is vying to enter the highly competitive European van market with its all-new H350 van. Sporting a familiar face borrowed from its consumer vehicle lineup, the H350 offers configurations as a cargo van, passenger van, and even a flatbed truck. While the H350 isn’t likely to hit U.S. shores anytime soon, the fact Hyundai is taking on the likes of Mercedes-Benz, Ford, Fiat, and even Nissan is big news.
The Korean automaker started with a clean sheet of paper when designing the H350. High-strength steels make up a majority of the van’s construction and much attention was paid to its powertrain options. Even the level of interior refinement seems above par for the segment. Hyundai has a lot to prove, after all.
Hyundai gives customers the choice between two separate tunes of the same 2.5-liter, turbo-diesel engine, with the more powerful of the two producing 167 horsepower and 311 pound-feet of torque. The turbo-diesel is mated to a six-speed manual transmission that powers the front wheels.
The H350 comes equipped with a host of safety and driver convenience functions as well. A 4.2-inch TFT display keeps the driver informed on vial stats while a high-strength steel passenger compartment ensures occupant safety. A full suite of electronic nannies help keep the top-heavy H350’s shiny side up.
While Hyundai is currently releasing the H350 only in European and other world markets, a large success there could see it arriving on U.S. shores within a few years. Holding back the process would be diesel development and passing the U.S. emissions standards.
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You may recall my first drive experience with the all-new 2015 Hyundai Sonata. It took place in the heartland of Alabama, along I-65 at Hyundai’s Montgomery Assembly Plant. There I spent time in with all three Sonata models: the 1.6-liter, I-4 Turbo in the Eco model, the 2.4-liter, I-4 volume engine, and the sportier, 2.0-liter, I-4 Turbo. All three made a positive impression during the short routes over the busy afternoon. A more extended test was in order.
I recently spent a week behind the wheel of a Sonata 2.0T painted in Urban Sunset, much like the tester I had in Montgomery. Even the options list — or lack thereof — looked the same. Carpeted floor mats costing $125 was the only added extra my recent ride had. That’s not altogether terrible, as the Sonata comes with a healthy list of standard features, including the proximity key entry and push-button starting, Blind Spot Detection with Rear Cross Traffic Alert, a five-inch touchscreen in the dash with SiriusXM and Bluetooth connectivity, HID headlights, and LED taillights. The most noticeable feature missing is navigation, but it is available.
The Sonata proved to be a helpful tool in the week’s chore list — a list that included a trip to IKEA, hauling four other passengers around town, and jaunting down the highway while riding solo. So how did the Hyundai handle the week? Click past the jump to find out.
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