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2011 Hyundai Sonata

When the 2011 Sonata appeared in my driveway, shiny black and handsome-looking – I initially thought it was the Genesis, Hyundai’s top-of-the-line sedan. It’s that easy to mistake the $19k (to start) Sonata for something a lot more expensive. That’s just one measure of how far Hyundai has come since the Excel Era – a…

2014 Hyundai Sante Fe

'14 Sante FE GLS

Having two versions of the same crossover is pretty smart. Not everyone needs three rows – and room for seven. Some, on the other hand, have got to have that third row. The Hyundai Sante Fe is the only medium-small crossover that comes both ways – take your pick. WHAT IT IS The Sante Fe is…

2014 Toyota Camry Hybrid

'14 Camry hybrid lead

Does the Camry hybrid – vs. the regular Camry – make economic sense? Or is it an emotional (and political) thing primarily – as in: Hey, look how much I care about the environment? Hmmmm . . . On the one hand, the Camry hybrid will cost you $3,460 more to buy than an otherwise…

2014 Kia Cadenza

2014 Cadenza road two

The Kia Cadenza and Hyundai Azera are fraternal rather than identical twins. They both spring from the same corporate loins (Kia is a subsidiary of Korean mega-conglomerate Hyundai) and both share a lot of “DNA” – including identical powertrains. But, there are significant functional as well as cosmetic differences between these two that give each…

2014 Toyota Camry

2014 Camry lead 2

Is bland bad? Ask yourself how many gallons of vanilla ice cream get sold in a given year. Or Toyota Camrys. For the past 12 years, it’s been the best-selling mid-size/family car in America. There are more exciting “flavors” available now – but for literally hundreds of thousands of people every year, the Camry has…

2014 Hyundai Azera

2014 Azera lead

Growing up in the ’70s and ’80s, my family had one not-quite-Cadillac after the next. A succession of Oldsmobiles that had many of the same features, but cost my folks less to buy because an Oldsmobile wasn’t a Cadillac – even if only in name. The Hyundai Azera is a modern take on this idea.…

2013 Hyundai Sante Fe

Hyundai Santa Fe Elite

If GM’s board had simply hired away the entire management team at Hyundai back in ’08 – and fired everyone at the Renaissance Center in Detroit – it would saved taxpayers a lot of money. Those guys – the Hyundai guys – know what they’re doing. One brilliant design after the next. It’s almost boring…

2013 Hyundai Veloster Turbo

2013 Hyundai Veloster Turbo

The obvious often isn’t until someone makes it so. For instance, adding a real-sized rear door to a sporty coupe – as Hyundai has done with the Veloster. Much better than one (or even two) quarter-sized rear doors, as in cars like the  old Saturn Ion – and more recently, the Mazda RX8. It’s as…

2013 Honda Accord coupe

The two-door layout might just do it. Buyers who in past years would probably have never considered a Kia or Hyundai – much less a Ford or Chevy – over a car as blue chip as the Honda Accord now frequently do consider it. Toyota’s got the same problem as far as the Camry. People…