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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

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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…

2017 Hyundai Sante Fe

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What makes Crest better than Colgate? Pity the copywriter whose job it is to come up with … something. And the car journalist whose job it is to explain what makes crossover A superior to crossover B. The theme song from Weeds plays… . But, every now and then, they throw you a bone. Something…

First They Came for the V8s…

could have had a V8!

First they came for the V8s. They were common, once. Most cars – ordinary family cars – usually had one under the hood. High school kids drove V8-powered used cars. Anyone Gen X or older will remember. And then they were gone. Well, not entirely. V8s are still around –  but they’re no longer common.…

2016 Chevy Malibu

2016 Chevrolet Malibu

History does repeat – in unexpected ways. When Japanese (and later, Korean) car companies challenged the family car hegemony of Detroit’s Big Three back in the ‘70s ands ‘80s, they did so with smaller-engined/high-efficiency/value-priced (but still very nice) cars. Cue Role Reversal. While Japanese family cars like the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord still come…

2016 Toyota Camry Hybrid

Camry lead

It is no easy thing going from a 500 horsepower Challenger R/T to a no-horsepower Toyota Camry hybrid. Well, ok, that’s not fair. The Camry hybrid does have horsepower. But only about a third as much as the Challenger R/T I reviewed last week. Then again, the Challenger only gives you about a third of the…

2016 Kia Optima

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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…