43 search results for "Sonata"

2016 Hyundai Sonata

'16 Sonata Eco lead

It used to be pretty easy to pick a mid-sized family car. The best – as defined by the general niceness of the thing as well as a reputation for value as impenetrable as the armor belt of a battleship – were basically two: The Toyota Camry and the Honda Accord. Everything else was a…

2016 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid

'16 Sonata lead

No matter how hard I tried – and I tried really hard – I never succeeded in reducing the Hyundai Sonata hybrid to less than 34.6 MPG. Average. Running 80 MPH. Full throttle jackrabbit starts. Doing my best to make it use as much fuel as possible. The car serving as Rocky Balboa to my…

2015 Hyundai Sonata

'15 Sonata lead

Should Toyota be worried? I think so, yes. Because anyone who takes the time to cross-shop the new Hyundai Sonata will find it harder to justify buying a Camry – which though still a good car is no longer the obviously best car in this class. People are beginning to notice this. It’s not merely…

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…

2016 Kia Optima

'16 OPtima lead 2

How good are the Koreans at making cars? Here’s a metric: They successfully (hand over fist) sell two versions of the same basic car in a segment (mid-sized family sedans) that’s hard for other car companies to do ok in with just one entrant. There is the Hyundai-badged Sonata and – for something a bit sportier-looking but…

2016 Kia Sorento

'16 Sorento lead

Remember Harvey Dent – aka, Two Face – from the Batman comics? Half good – half evil. Split personality. Conflicted, confused. I had such thoughts while test driving the Kia Sorento minivan. Well, ok, it’s technically a crossover SUV. But except for the absence of sliding doors, this is a minivan. A sporty minivan. Quick. Wants…

2016 Kia Sorento

2016 Sorento SXL

Getting to market first definitely helps. It explains the rush, the ever-shortening model year vs. calendar year. You’ll get attention if only because the others aren’t there to look at yet.  But you need more than “new” …  more than “2016” rather than “2015” … to keep people’s attention. Has the 2016 Kia Sorento got…

2015 Toyota Prius

'15 Prius lead

The 2015 Prius is “new” – in the sense that it’s not  a 2014 Prius. But it is pretty much the same Prius as last year’s Prius. Meanwhile, there will soon be a new Prius. Not just another calendar year newer – but a new model, a total overhaul. It’s coming next calendar year (2015) as…

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…