Hyundai Genesis — Getting it right

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

The first-generation Genesis, introduced in 2008 as a 2009 model, offered a nice blend of features and performance for the money, but it lacked the polish and maturity of European rivals. That’s all changed for 2015. The all-new second-generation Genesis has found a new level.

2015 Hyundai Sonata

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — More than four years ago Hyundai answered the criticism that all mid-sized sedans look the same by stepping away from the stereotypical styling with the 2011 Sonata, a car so daringly different that it set a new tone for the design future of the popular segment. It was a smash hit not only for its good looks, but for its above-average performance, generous standard features, and improved build quality.

2015 Hyundai Genesis

GREENVILLE, S.C. — At the introduction of the 2015 Hyundai Genesis here we never got a chance to drive the V-8 version, spending 150 miles behind the wheel of the 3.8-liter V-6 in rear-wheel and all-wheel drive formats. And we were impressed with every aspect of the newest Hyundai, a noteworthy update of the first-generation Genesis.

Hyundai Equus — Bang for the buck

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

The Hyundai Equus is as feature-laden as such stalwarts of the full-sized luxury ranks as the Lexus LS 460, Mercedes-Benz S-Class, BMW 7-Series and Audi’s A8, but for many thousands less making it perhaps the number one automotive value that virtually no one knows about, offering more bang for the buck than any car sold in America.

Hyundai Elantra GT — A stylish five-door

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

If you like the styling of the compact Hyundai Elantra sedan, you should like the all-new for 2013 Elantra GT hatchback, and especially the additional cargo space it brings. Its extra edge of practicality should appeal to a wide variety of buyers.

Hyundai Santa Fe Sport — Stylish crossover

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

For 2013 Hyundai's popular sport utility gets a complete makeover that lifts it into the top tier of the mid-sized ranks in styling, performance, interior comfort and usability. And it now comes in two sizes that might be confusing on first blush, but gives consumers a clear choice for their individual needs.

Hyundai Veloster Turbo — Pleasing performance

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

We were intrigued by the futuristic looking Hyundai Veloster with its sporty demeanor, hidden third door and useable hatch when we first saw it; but after 30 miles behind the wheel our excitement over this unusual car was melting faster than a snowman on a warm spring afternoon.

What cooled off our enthusiasm was the 1.6-liter 138-horsepower four-cylinder engine, the only one available. Adequate, yes, but we felt the small four was more suited to the entry-level Accent in which it also resides, not a car that looks like this with such sporty pretensions. The performance didn't match the persona. To Hyundai's credit it wasted little time upgrading the Veloster with an engine that should have been available from the get-go, a turbocharged version of the 1.6-liter pumping up horsepower to 201 and torque to 195 pound-feet — running on 87-octane gas.

Hyundai Azera — All the luxury you need

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

We were impressed with the totally redesigned Hyundai Azera during a short driving event earlier this year. Our admiration increased after a 1,300-mile road trip that included long stretches of interstate highway as well as miles of winding, narrow mountain roads.

It delivered everything we want and expect in an entry-level luxury sedan  — comfort over long stretches of road, a quiet cabin, pleasing performance for all eventualities, respectable gas mileage, and generous room for four adults and luggage.

2013 Hyundai Santa Fe

PARK CITY, Utah — Suppose you were Hyundai Motor America and you wanted to hold a media ride and drive to show off your all-new, third-generation Santa Fe family CUV. Where would be the most logical place to hold it? That’s’ right, Park City, Utah, home of the 2002 Winter Olympics. The Olympics are all about activity and so is the new Santa Fe. And just like the Olympics have two versions (winter and summer), so, too, does the 2013 Santa Fe.

Hyundai Elantra Coupe — Attractive and fuel efficient

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

If you like the styling of the compact Hyundai Elantra sedan, you will like the all-new Elantra coupe. If you like the performance, ride and handling of the sedan, you will like the coupe. If you like the excellent gas mileage of the sedan, you will like the coupe. If you like the interior design....well, you get the picture the coupe is very nearly an exact copy of the sedan, but with two fewer doors.