Hyundai Elantra — Another extra base effort

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

Hyundai hit a home run with the stylish 2011 mid-sized Sonata that offers eye-candy styling inside and out, outstanding fuel economy from a healthy four-cylinder engine, and resale value in the same ballpark with Honda and Toyota.
So when the equally stylish compact 2011 Elantra reached us we were poised to proclaim another base-clearing blast. But after considerable seat time over a couple of weeks on the East and West coasts we think it falls short; Elantra is a solid two bagger at best.

2012 Hyundai Genesis

LAS VEGAS — In the 2009 model year Hyundai took one giant step without saying “Mother May I” and entered the rarified air of full-sized mid-luxury sedans. It was already crowded with such inhabitants as the Lexus GS and ES350, Infiniti’s M, BMW 5-Series and Mercedes-Benz E-Class.

Hyundai Equus — Moving on up

 By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

Hyundai broke into the U.S. car market with a roar in 1986 when it sold more than 100,000 sub-compact Excels at a bargain-basement price.

Although the South Korean automaker — which starting building cars in the late ’60s — had gained an instant foothold, its North American existence was threatened with shoddy build quality and unreliability. Hyundai eventually got things sorted out, and in an effort to overcome its dubious reputation it initiated an unprecedented-for-the-time 10-year, 100,000-mile drivetrain warranty.

2012 Hyundi Accent

LAS VEGAS — What do you call a vehicle that competes head-to-head in a segment with the likes of the Toyota Yaris, Honda Fit, Nissan Versa, Ford Fiesta, Mazda2 and Chevrolet Sonic? Confident comes to mind. The real answer is the 2012 Hyundai Accent.

Hyundai Sonata Turbo — A step up to sensible performance

By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

Fans of the Hyundai Sonata were no doubt thrilled last year when they first caught a glimpse of the stylish, trend-setting 2011 sedan. But for some, their enthusiasm may have waned when they learned there would be no V-6 engine available to compete with the bigger engines in the Honda Accord, Toyota Camry, Ford Fusion and Nissan Altima.

2011 Hyundai Equus

RALEIGH, N.C. — Perhaps Hyundai's biggest mistake with its all-new 2011 luxury sedan is the name. The car is indeed worthy of comparison to the Lexus LS 460 and the S-Class Mercedes. The Equus is nothing short of astounding considering it is Hyundai's first foray into the premium-luxury segment.

2011 Hyundai Elantra

SAN DIEGO — The Korean onslaught continues with the introduction of the all-new 2011 Hyundai Elantra. It’s only been four years and four months since the launch of the last generation Elantra but appearance-wise it might as well have been a decade.

Hyundai Sonata — Fast becoming a mainstream power

 By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

Hyundai designers threw out the playbook and started with a fresh sheet of paper with the 2011 mid-sized Sonata. It breaks new styling ground inside and out in a segment loaded with “me-too” designs.

Hyundai Tucson — A 21st Century station wagon

 By Jim Meachen and Ted Biederman

South Korean automaker Hyundai has accomplished much over the past couple of years including the creation of the new mid-sized Sonata sedan that has become a benchmark for its segment.

Another rabbit-out-of-the-hat trick is the creation of a small crossover that has taken center stage in the extremely competitive segment. The all-new 2010 Tucson can unapologetically stand toe-to-toe with such industry stalwarts as the Honda CR-V, Toyota RAV4, Ford Escape and Nissan Rogue.

Hyundai Sonata – Making the good life affordable

By Al Vinikour 

The largest vehicle segment in North America are midsize cars and to play in this neighborhood you have to not only be tough but offer more than the next guy. Thus is the case with the all-new 2011 Hyundai Sonata, the six-generation of the midsize sedan. It’s not only mixed in with a gang of vehicles that’s the best of the best…it’s becoming the leader of the pack.