Vehicle Reviews

Photo: Karen Tuggay, Canadian Auto Press I'm going to go out on a limb here and say that you've probably already considered purchasing a hybrid if you don't own one already, but before seeing this review you might not have put Hyundai on your HEV shopping list. Ahead of delving any further into details, I'm going to recommend you do. Hyundai was a bit late to the HEV game, but its single entry is no less impressive than what green sector leaders Toyota, Honda and Ford have developed. It goes up against these brands' respective Camry Hybrid, Accord Hybrid and Fusion Hybrid models ...
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Photo: Karen Tuggay, Canadian Auto Press If you ask anyone to name a budget car brand the name Hyundai will often come up in the conversation. Many will have either owned or know someone who owned one of the automaker's earliest entries into our market, such as the Pony or Excel, or possibly even the brand's first "luxury" car, the Giorgetto Giugiaro designed Stellar. Over the decades the South Korean brand has become a serious player in the mainstream auto sector, filling almost every key segment with a competitive offering and also offering some very creative niche vehicles, but n...
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Photo: Karen Tuggay, Canadian Auto Press There must be some kind of law. Or at least a clause in the small print of Peter Schreyer's old Audi contract that stipulates he's not allowed to design a car for Hyundai that is better looking than the "competing" model at the four-ringed German luxury brand he used to work for. But even if his past employer could do something about the latest Genesis sedan's stunning new styling, the sheer goodness in its engineering and impressive value proposed by its full feature set and comparatively down to earth pricing would ultimately win out in the...
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Photo: Karen Tuggay, Canadian Auto Press The new Genesis sedan is leading the charge, with the boldest statement of premium intention the South Korean company has ever made, not to mention a seriously capable performance oriented luxury car to back up its good looks, so it only makes sense that the mid-size Sonata, Hyundai's best-selling North American model, gets some similar styling revisions as part of its scheduled redesign. Rather than evolving from generation to generation like some mid-size competitors, the Sonata's regular redesigns have bordered on the radical. The first Sona...
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Photo: Simon Hill, Canadian Auto Press Crossovers may seem to rule the roads these days, but sedans are still the bread and butter for many automakers. Hyundai's mid-size Sonata sedan accounts for over 25 percent of the Korean-based company's North American sales, with the compact Elantra selling an even greater share over the past couple of years. That means over half the company's sales here have four doors and a trunk, before you even count the subcompact Accent sedan, U.S.-only Azera, premium-level Genesis sedan, and top-tier Equus. It therefore wouldn't have been be surprising if...
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Hyundai's current-generation Elantra was introduced for the 2011 model year and has been a solid top-three seller in Canada's compact market ever since thanks to a well-rounded personality that combines good looks, a pleasant driving experience, decent fuel economy, and plenty of available equipment for the money. Now, three years into its production run and with only a year or two to go before a rumoured redesign under the styling direction of Peter Schreyer, Hyundai has given the Elantra a bit of a mid-life refresh to ensure it remains competitive with rivals including the Honda Civic, To...
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Now this is one great looking car. I'm starting to see more and more Elantra GTs on the road, and each time one drives by it takes control of my eyeballs, fixating them on its backside and leaving me wondering why few other brands can manage as attractive a hatchback design. The problem with the 2013 Elantra GT, the first year of the new model, wasn't its styling, and to be true its 1.8-litre engine was only a problem if go-fast performance was your aim when purchasing. The 1.8 was a good engine with reasonable acceleration thanks to 148 horsepower and 131 lb-ft of torque, but this new 2.0-...
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2011 Hyundai Elantra
This car uses its cargo space very efficiently. It is very spacious without looking boxy from the outside. It is great for camping and for any other equipment intense activities. It handles well and the standard transmission is peppy enough and very ...
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The first book of the Bible is called Genesis. Most people know that. Similarly, the first true Hyundai luxury car was also called Genesis. And no, this wasn't a coincidence. When Hyundai released that car back in 2008, the company's management team was well aware of the model's potential to be the beginning of a whole new story for the company. And so it came to pass. In fact, the Genesis was so successful that Hyundai's executive team was encouraged to go even farther up market. Thus, it can be said Genesis begat Equus, and Equus begat a whole new level of respect for the Korean auto...
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The redesigned Hyundai Genesis recently earned the IIHS Top Safety Pick+ award; with a good rating in the small overlap front crash test and a superior rating for front crash prevention. It also earned good ratings in the moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraint evaluations. In the small overlap test, the driver's space was maintained well, and injury measures recorded on the driver dummy indicated a low risk of any significant injuries in the crash. The front airbag stayed in its correct position during the crash,   allow...
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