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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 Hyundai Genesis Coupe

Here’s the good news: Hyundai’s rear-wheel-drive Camaro (and Mustang) fighter gets a significant power bump for 2013 – from both its standard turbo four and its optional V-6. There’s also a new eight-speed automatic on the roster – available with either engine. Ok, the bad news: It appears likely there will never be a V-8…

2012 Hyundai Genesis

Hyundai has proved it can build an almost BMW M5 for about half the price in the form of the 429 hp $46,500 Genesis R Spec. In fact, for $400 less than the base price of an entry-level, four-cylinder engined 5-Series (the $46,900 ’12 528i) you can buy a V-8 R Spec with four more…

2012 Hyundai Accent

If you go test-drive a new economy compact – any new economy compact – you will discover something the car industry would probably prefer to keep quiet: There are no latter-day Chevettes or Pintos. There’s nothing embarrassing about any of them. You might want to spend more to get a high-performance car, or maybe a…

2012 Hyundai Accent

If you go test-drive a new economy compact – any new economy compact – you will discover something the car industry would probably prefer to keep quiet: There are no latter-day Chevettes or Pintos. There’s nothing embarrassing about any of them and more than that  – there’s nothing shitty about them, either. You might want…

2012 Hyundai Veloster

Hyundai thinks it has solved the Access Problem that’s always been a problem for sporty coupes. The 2012 Veloster doesn’t merely have three doors – that’s been done before. It has three different-sized doors. The functional problem is the third door might be on the wrong side (the passenger side) of the car. And even…

2012 Hyundai Genesis R Spec

Want to make a BMW (or Benz) guy cry? Show him your new Hyundai Genesis R Spec. Tell him about the 429 hp 5 liter V-8 (and 5.2 second 0-60 time). Ask him about his $61,700 BMW 550i (or maybe his $59,790 Benz E550). Now show him your Hyundai’s $46,500 window sticker. Better have some…

2012 Hyundai Elantra: The Next Compact Car BMOC?

Hyundai is becoming a juggernaut. The Korean automaker isn’t content merely to be competitive. It intends to dominate. Last year, the new Sonata cold-cocked the mid-sized family car segment, with features such as a standard 200 hp engine that also delivers 35 MPG on the highway wrapped up in one of the sharpest sheetmetal suits…