Hyundai Ioniq — A modern hybrid

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

We were already convinced the all-new Hyundai Ioniq hybrid was a gas-sipping compact car we could live with, but it took a 600-mile round trip mostly on the rough and tumble world of interstate highways on the east and west coasts to really appreciate Hyundai's efforts in building a gas-electric vehicle that rivals anything in the segment — including the industry standard, Toyota Prius.

Hyundai Santa Fe — Impressively refined

By David Finkelstein

Impressively refined! That's what comes to mind the very moment you get behind the wheel and drive the award-winning 2018 Hyundai Santa Fe, three-row Crossover. As a building block, the '17 version had already received a number of notable enhancements such as a reworked exterior design, upgraded safety features plus attractive LED signature lighting and additional infotainment and audio improvements.

2018 Hyundai Sonata

CHARLESTON, S.C. — In 2011 Hyundai brought its Fluidic Sculpture design language to its mid-sized Sonata sedan deviating from the pedestrian styling of many of the other mainstream mid-sized offerings with flowing, coherent lines, a large expansive grille and swept-back headlights. Interior styling was also groundbreaking. And the sixth-generation Hyundai resonated with buyers.

Genesis G80 — Inexpensive luxury

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

Hyundai has been getting positive reviews from critics and customers alike for its upscale Genesis sedan, especially since the inception of the much-improved second-generation car in 2015. Perhaps that helped the South Korean company decide to create Genesis as a new, stand alone upscale brand dropping the Hyundai nameplate. It's not a new idea coming decades after Nissan/Infiniti, Toyota/Lexus and Honda/Acura.

2017 Hyundai Ioniq

DURHAM, N.C. — Automobiles, not unlike other products or events, are, from time to time, recognized and lauded with superlative citations: the fastest, largest, class-leading, most advanced, first, and so on. Some are even strange or bizarre: The first crash-test dummy came to be back in the 1930s, replacing a live human with a cadaver.

Hyundai Elantra Sport — Big gain in performance

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

Manufacturers are starting to give small car buyers a choice of powertrains. As an example it’s something that both Nissan and Hyundai have done for the 2017 model year. The standard Nissan Sentra gets a 1.8-liter, 130 horsepower engine while the Hyundai Elantra comes with a 2.0-liter making 147 horsepower. They both display excellent mileage and are adequate for the job assigned. The uptick is better.

2017 Genesis G90

INDIANAPOLIS — I remember when Hyundai occupied a little erector set of a display in the basement of Cobo Hall during Detroit’s North American International Auto Show.  Clearly, the Korean automaker has traveled great distances in the past couple of decades; it’s now one of the most respected global players.  It’s also come a long way since it launched the Genesis sedan in 2008 with a sub-$35,000 sticker.  Now a separate brand, Genesis goes after an elite class of luxury buyers with the G90.

Hyundai Santa Fe Sport — Popular crossover refreshed

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

Hyundai's popular Santa Fe Sport SUV got a complete makeover in 2013 lifting it into the top tier of the crossover ranks in styling, performance, interior comfort and usability. Now, four years later, the Santa Fe has been refreshed in several areas keeping it relevant in the exploding segment.

Hyundai Elantra — A stylish compact

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

This is the best of times for compact car shoppers. Never have there been so many good products with technology and features that were only available for cars far above this class just a few short years ago. And this may be the worst of times for compact car shoppers because manufacturers are charging — big time — for these desirable options sending the price of a small family sedan soaring toward 30 grand territory.

Hyundai Santa Fe Sport — Many advancements for 2017

By David Finkelstein

With celebrated improvements in a number of areas, the award-winning and Montgomery, Ala., manufactured two row Hyundai Santa Fe Sport continues to dramatically be updated and enhanced for the 2017 model year. The advancements span everything from fuel mileage breakthroughs to a fresh exterior design and attractive LED signature lighting.