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.

2013 Hyundai Elantra Coupe

TORREY PINES, Calif. — Have you ever fancied yourself as an auto executive because you feel you can make decisions as well as they can? Here’s your first question as the new MBEO (Make Believe Executive Officer) of Hyundai Motor America: What would be the natural progression for your Elantra sedan that was the winner of the North American Car of the Year? The answer is simple; remove the two rear doors, sport it up and make it a coupe.

2013 Hyundai Veloster Turbo

TORREY PINES, Calif. — The main complaint about the iconic three-door, four-passenger Hyundai Veloster hatchback after its introduction last year was its underwhelming performance.  That complaint has been very adequately addressed with the 2013 Veloster Turbo that infuses the little sporting car with 201 horsepower.

2012 Hyundai Azera

LAS VEGAS — There’s a hit song by the Eurythmics called "Sweet Dreams" that has a line, “Sweet dreams are made of these.” After test-driving the all-new 2012 Hyundai Azera it sounds like lead singer Annie Lennox must have just driven one, too.

Hyundai Genesis — Updated with more power, luxury

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

Hyundai’s first foray into the premium sedan market was the 2009 Genesis, proving that the South Korean maker of low-budget economy cars could build a premium sedan. It was received favorably as a true luxury car at a price that undercut virtually all competition.

It no longer sits atop the Hyundai family tree, replaced in 2010 with an even more upscale model, the Equus.

The original Genesis is still very competitive against such stalwarts as the Lexus ES 350, Acura TL, Mercedes E-Class and Cadillac CTS. But Hyundai decided not to wait until the next complete remake before seriously upgrading the sedan. And for 2012 the Genesis gets more powerful engines, an eight-speed transmission, and exterior and interior styling updates.

2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe

LAS VEGAS — Hyundai has unveiled its significantly redesigned 2013 Genesis Coupe. The sporty looking two-door has not only been refreshed with more aggressive exterior design, but has received a host of new technologies and a pair of new powerplants including a 348-horsepower V-6 that puts the it in the five-second 0-to-60 class and in competition with the segment's best vehicles.

Hyundai Accent — A pleasant surprise

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

 For nearly a decade we have recommended the sub-compact Hyundai Accent to people who desired a new car over a used car, but were strapped for cash and couldn't afford much of a monthly payment.
The second and third generations of the Accent were no-nonsense plain-Jane vehicles that offered a low purchase price, excellent gas mileage, enough creature comforts and amenities to make driving life bearable, and enormous monetary peace of mind with a gargantuan 10-year, 100,000-mile drivetrain warranty.

2012 Hyundai Veloster

PORTLAND, Ore. — Veloster as a word means absolutely nothing. Think of it as a vehicular Seinfeld show. But get behind the wheel and you’ll be asking yourself, “Is there anything these Koreans can’t do?” A recent get-together with Hyundai’s all-new 2012 Veloster three-door coupe shed more light on this question and the answer is a qualified “no.”