Vehicle Reviews

 It came as no surprise to see countless Hyundai Elantra sedans during a recent trip to Asia, and I'm not talking about my brief two-stint sojourn to Seoul, Korea's Incheon International Airport, where the Avante (the Elantra's home-market name) has been the best-selling car for four years running, but rather Quezon City (Manila), Philippines, where it gets the Elantra name if not as powerful an engine or as many standard or optional features as we enjoy here in Canada. Comparatively to the one offered in Las islas Felipenas, even our base Elantra is outfitted like a luxury car....
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Photo: Karen Tuggay, Canadian Auto Press I've had a number of opportunities to get behind the wheel of the Hyundai Santa Fe this year and each stint has been a pleasure. From the near full-size Santa Fe XL in nicely outfitted Luxury AWD trim to an even more lavishly appointed five-seat Sport SE model, I've found them comfortable, accommodating, feature-filled, and enjoyable to drive, not to mention great looking. I've got to admit to liking the Sport's styling more, its rear quarters displaying one of the best looking sets of taillights in the crossover sector. Up front its brigh...
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Photo: Karen Tuggay, Canadian Auto Press One look at the Accent Hatchback is all you'll need to realize that performance is part of the equation, but zipping away from stoplights and taking to the corners is only part of what Hyundai has on offer with this stylish five-door. The Accent, whether in hatch or four-door form, is an impressive subcompact, easily capable of mixing it up with the bevy of Japanese and domestic entry-level offerings currently available. Along with its sporty styling and strong performance it delivers a nicely finished cabin with high style, good materials...
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Photo: Karen Tuggay, Canadian Auto Press I recently drove a fully loaded Accent Sedan GLS and must say I was extremely impressed, so when opportunity knocked and a mid-grade Accent Sedan GL asked me if I could come out to play I happily agreed. Yes, while classy looking for a subcompact four-door, there's a playful attitude residing inside. It comes from one of the most powerful standard engines in the compact class, not to mention an advanced set of standard six-speed transmissions. That direct-injected, 16-valve, DOHC 1.6-litre four-cylinder engine puts 138 horsepower and 123 l...
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Photo: Karen Tuggay, Canadian Auto Press Earlier this year I had opportunity to test Hyundai's refreshed 2014 Tucson, but in mid-grade GLS AWD trim. This time around a top-line Limited model made itself available, and this model truly hits the high life. It wears most of the same exterior upgrades as the lower priced GLS, such as the better looking hexagonal grille with upscale chrome trim, beautifully detailed headlight clusters with their strips of premium-like LED DRLs, updated front and rear fascias, and newly shaped tail lamps, although over and above these shared changes th...
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Photo: Karen Tuggay, Canadian Auto Press What you're looking at here is the last of a dying breed. Don't get me wrong, Hyundai won't be giving up on the 2+2 sport coupe segment, but like its four-door Genesis luxury sedan the Korean brand's next generation Genesis Coupe will grow into a more sophisticated premium-level car. The first sign of this will come in model year 2015, when the 2.0-litre turbocharged model tested in this car will no longer be available. Some will find this a shame, as the 2.0T is lighter than the 3.8-litre V6 and therefore the car is a bit nimbler while st...
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Photo: Karen Tuggay, Canadian Auto Press Up and comers take more chances. Everyone knows that. If you've got more to lose then you play it safe, or at least that seems to be the way of the world. Still, nobody can call Hyundai a wannabe mainstream player anymore. They're way too successful than that, and therefore it came as a bit of a surprise when they introduced the unorthodox Veloster sport coupe a few years ago. I say unorthodox because of its unique styling and even more unusual body configuration, which shows the sleek sportiness of a two-door on the driver's side and the ...
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Photo: Karen Tuggay, Canadian Auto Press Back in 2007, Hyundai entered the near-luxury crossover segment with its 2008 Veracruz, and while I wrote the CUV up after a particularly impressive national press launch, the Veracruz completely rewrote the auto sector rulebooks about exactly what connotes a luxury vehicle. Since then the South Korean brand has continued to shake up the premium status quo with cars like the Genesis sedan and Equus, while the Veracruz was replaced last year with the even more enticing Santa Fe XL. I must admit I was a bit concerned when I heard that Hyunda...
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Photo: Karen Tuggay, Canadian Auto Press Just one look will tell you the Accent is no ordinary subcompact car. From nose to tail it's endowed with truly attractive lines for the entry-level segment. It's not trying to be the class clown or weird just to get attention, but rather delivers a level of sophistication small cars don't usually pull off, their dimensions too small to emulate a given brand's key design elements effectively, the result being a disproportionate oddball that looks about as natural as a Rolls-Royce grille on the front of a VW Beetle. Not so for the Accent, h...
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Photo: Karen Tuggay, Canadian Auto Press The Hyundai Santa Fe and I go back a long way together. We both started in our respective positions within the auto sector at the same time in 2000, the Santa Fe as a new breed of crossover SUV and me as a new media breed of auto journalist. It has since grown in size and sophistication and I've since found my work printed in newspapers and magazines as often as online, but one thing about the two of us is very different, the Santa Fe has been a great deal more successful than I. It's also aged much more gracefully, the current 2014 Santa ...
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