Vehicle Reviews

2011 Hyundai Elantra
This was our 3rd Hyundai (2nd new) and we are really quite happy with it. My wife drives it every single day during the week going to various bookkeeping jobs and it gets her around just fine. We got winter tires for it last year and it just goes any...
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2006 Lexus GX470
When Lexus does something, it's always with passion. But what if you live a dual life. With the Lexus GX470, they crafted a vehicle that is comfortable and at home driving to the theatre downtown on a Friday night. And Saturday morning you ar...
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Adding a bunch of fancy features to a car in any given model year is nothing new, but offering a less expensive stripped down version really gets my attention, which is one of the reasons I requested this particular trim level in the sporty Hyundai Veloster, a car that can now be had for a sweet and low $17,999 plus $1,695 in freight and pre-delivery prep charges (plus a $878.34 no-haggle discount at the time of writing). That's a lot of sports coupe for the money, starting at a price more akin to compact four-door models. It wouldn't be much of a story if Hyundai had left it stark naked,...
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As far as four-door sedans go the Sonata is hardly the most important in Hyundai's five-model Canadian lineup. Its entry-level Accent and second-rung Elantra combine to outsell their mid-size counterpart by more than five to one, yet this reality has nothing to do with the Sonata's desirability within its own mid-size segment, as a similar scenario also gets played out within other mainstream volume brands. Still, while the majority of Canadians purchase smaller cars there's a place in our market for larger family sedans, and the competition between brands for those buyers who step up t...
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Do you want to try and guess which subcompact car Canadians liked the most last year? You guessed it: the Hyundai Accent (as if I'd start off a Hyundai review by talking up a Chevy or Ford). You might be surprised at the rate we bought up Accents compared to its direct competitors, however. Last year Canadian retail and fleet buyers purchased 23,173 Accent hatchbacks and sedans, and that wasn't even a record-breaking year (29,751 units in 2008). The next best selling subcompact was the Kia Rio (a Korean brand owned by Hyundai and a model based on the Accent, incidentally) that didn't ev...
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If I had to attribute one element to Hyundai's impressive rise up through the sales charts over the last half decade I'd choose styling. Of course, there's been a great deal more than that. From its impressive interiors filled with more features than most competitors, advanced drivetrains that leave the majority of rivals in clouds of archaic dust, improvements in build quality, reliability and fuel economy, to a Hyundai attribute that's been around since day one, value, the single detail that's caused more people to sit up and pay attention to the Korean automaker's cars is how the...
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 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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