2014 Hyundai Elantra Sedan

Mar 27th
“Sport” as applied to the revised-for-2014 Hyundai Elantra sedan’s trim level should not be misconstrued. An Elantra Sport is not a sports sedan. It isn’t even a sporty sedan, really, despite boasting “sport-tuned” suspension and steering. Instead, the 2014 Elantra Sport is a label that denotes the four-door model with the Elantra lineup’s biggest available engine, a 173-hp 2.0-liter four-cylinder…
2015 Hyundai Sonata

Mar 26th
Over its life span, the Hyundai Sonata has rarely made a powerful styling statement. (We’re not counting the powerfully ugly ones.) But the last Sonata stood as the looker in its set until it was eclipsed by its elegant Kia Optima stablemate and Ford’s new David Brown Fusion-Martin. For 2015, Hyundai has dialed back the radical in favor of an…
2014 Hyundai Tucson

Mar 23rd
News flash! Compact crossovers are a big showroom draw. We’ve begun to warm to this previously pedestrian segment thanks to excellent and fun-to-drive products such as Mazda’s CX-5, Ford’s Euro-sleek Escape, and the funky new Jeep Cherokee. Lost in this clamor is Hyundai’s current-generation Tucson, which hasn’t seen a freshening in nearly four years, the very period during which many…
2014 Hyundai Elantra GT

Mar 18th
At one point, the letters GT stood for gran turismoand were attached to cars that weren’t quite suitable for racing but were fast and stylish nonetheless. They usually had two doors, seating for four in a two-plus-two layout, and elegant interiors. A number of James Bond DB-series Aston Martins come to mind, as do a number of Ferraris, Maseratis, and…
2015 Hyundai Genesis Sedan

Mar 11th
Hyundai might be aiming this second-generation Genesis sedan directly at the Mercedes-Benz E-class. And it might plagiarize from another European luxury carmaker, Audi (see its tailpipes, interior trim, and grille). But what Hyundai has actually built here is the spiritual successor to the first Lexus LS400. That’s especially true of the rear-drive, V-8–powered Ultimate version we’ve just tested.We mean that…
2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport

Mar 8th
The five-passenger Hyundai Sonata wagon—er, Santa Fe—is Hyundai’s ticket to the bountiful buffet of the crossover market that represents much of America’s current car spending. And like its many, many competitors, the Sonata-based Santa Fe can be moved upscale PDQ from its $25,275 base price.Just by checking one box for the Technology package ($2700) that includes an eight-inch navigation screen, a…
2013 Hyundai Santa Fe

Mar 6th
Given its corporate penchant for Hispanic-style names, Hyundai’s passing up the opportunity to differentiate its two Santa Fe variants by appending a simple Grande to the larger of the two siblings is a little surprising. But Hyundai kept the simple Santa Fe moniker for the larger, three-row version while dubbing the smaller, two-row variant the Santa Fe Sport. Go figure.The…
2016 Hyundai Tucson

Mar 6th
Forgive us for a second if we talk stick-and-ball sports, but the National Football League recently announced a new headline automotive sponsor, dumping General Motors for Hyundai. Indeed, despite the league’s ongoing domestic-violence woes, Hyundai is dropping $50 million of its marketing budget on the NFL, in large part because the carmaker’s sales have flattened over the last three years…
2017 Hyundai Elantra Sedan

Mar 6th
There’s an unfair attitude that has developed in the car-reviewing business known as the “Korean curve.” It’s a reaction to the comparatively rapid progress that Hyundai and Kia have made in evolving their lineups from a collection of truly awful little cars into ranges of products that can compete with the best in the business. This transformation is undeniably impressive.…
2016 Hyundai Tucson

Feb 23rd
We have lavished praise upon Hyundai’s current-generation Tucson compact crossover, which manages to do most things well. Looks are subjective, we know, but the wagonoid vehicle is fairly handsome; the interior is a model of ergonomic simplicity; and the quality feel is evident. We even found plenty to like in our drive of a front-drive base-model Tucson SE. The Tucson…
2013 Hyundai Elantra GT

Feb 16th
Hyundai’s Elantra is a solid player in the crowded compact-car competition, but it has faced self-imposed limitations, lacking the nifty hatchback variants offered by competitors such as the Ford Focus, Mazda 3, and Subaru Impreza. The deceased Elantra Touring wagon nibbled at this turf but lacked the svelte looks and desirability of many of its five-door rivals.One of three body…
2013 Hyundai Veloster Turbo

Feb 15th
Life is full of unexpected detours, and here’s a good illustration: We set out to quantify the performance distinctions between two new Hyundai Veloster Turbos, one equipped with a manual transmission, the other with an automatic. But we seem to inadvertently have also conducted a tire test. Or, more accurately, a demonstration of the difference between performance rubber and the…