Top 10 Most Overlooked New Cars

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Every year hundreds of new-car models are introduced and enter the research process for millions of car shoppers. The dizzying number of choices sometimes shrouds from the masses what are good cars.

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Here are 10 cars that Cars.com's editors agree are overlooked due to no fault of each vehicle's own substantial merits.

 

1. 2015 Mazda6

The Mazda6 is one of the rare family sedans that is both fun to drive and fuel-efficient; it's rated as high as 28/40/32 mpg city/highway/combined with an automatic transmission and the optional GT Technology Package, which includes regenerative braking and active grille shutters. But even the base automatic gets 38 on the highway. Good cabin quality, intuitive controls, comfortable seating and a striking design also fall into the Mazda's favor.

By David Thomas | July 23, 2014 | Comments (9)

2014 Hyundai Elantra Video

All three versions of Hyundai's popular Elantra got revisions for 2014, making an already good thing better, says Cars.com reviewer Kelsey Mays. The compact sedan, GT hatchback and coupe got exterior styling tweaks like snazzy-looking LED-accented headlights and revised bumpers.

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The coupe and GT along with a new sedan Sport model ride on a stiffer suspension and use a more powerful 173-horsepower, 2.0-liter engine. Inside, most versions of the Elantra will use a new touch-screen control interface. Check out the video for more.

By Jennifer Geiger | November 22, 2013 | Comments (2)

2014 Hyundai Elantra, Coupe, GT: Up Close

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Hyundai's Elantra series has been a favorite of ours since the latest redesign arrived for 2011 and wowed critics and customers alike with its style, utility, value and quality. The addition of the two-door coupe and five-door hatchback GT only furthered that respect, adding style and sass to the compact segment. Now for 2014, Hyundai has given the Elantra lineup a mild refresh, focusing mostly on the four-door sedan in terms of styling updates.

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The company seems to have followed the "if it's not broken, don't fix it" idea, as the updates to the Elantra sedan are indeed subtle. A new set of headlights with LED running lamps and concept-car-like polymer light pipes have appeared up front, along with a new bumper and grille. Optional chrome trim on the beltline at the base of the windows and new LED taillights out back round out what is now a slightly more upscale and refined look. Those light-pipe headlights are truly distinctive, however, and are sure to please more than a few shoppers.

By Aaron Bragman | November 22, 2013 | Comments (0)

What Hyundai-Kia's Latest Strike Means to Car Shoppers

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Hyundai-Kia's troubled home-turf labor relations continue. The latest chapter has Korean labor unions voting to strike over wage and benefit disputes with the South Korean automaker. The result could mean a production stoppage in its home country.

Hyundai-Kia, which together rank fifth in global sales, is the sixth on the U.S. sales pole, with year-to-date sales down 0.3%. Still, the automaker builds popular cars like the Hyundai Elantra and Sonata, as well as the Kia Optima and Soul. All four rank in the top 35 best-sellers so far this year — and although the automaker operates two assembly plants in the U.S., all Soul and a significant chunk of Optima, Elantra and Sonata vehicles hail from South Korea. A production stoppage could hamstring dealer supply in a matter of weeks.

By Kelsey Mays | August 15, 2013 | Comments (1)

2013 Hyundai Elantra GT: Family Checklist

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After my weeklong test drive of Hyundai's brand-new 2013 Elantra GT hatchback, my school-age kids were complaining about the backseat legroom and wishing I had a "different kind of job."

Whenever my family of four was in the compact Elantra GT for long stretches of time or lots of errand running, it felt smaller and smaller as time passed. While I liked the passenger room, my 8- and 10-year-old kids weren't sold on it. I had to keep moving the front passenger seat forward whenever my husband wasn't in it to make sure my son had enough legroom in the rear seat.

By Sara Lacey | May 24, 2013 | Comments (7)

Top 10 Best-Selling Cars: April 2013

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Nissan and Ford led a strong month for the auto industry, with sales up 23.2% at Nissan and 17.9% at Ford thanks to big gains among both carmakers' strongest sellers. Nissan Altima sales gained 35.4% while Ford Escape sales spiked 52% — despite similar year-over-year incentives on both and lower dealership supply for the Escape.

It may seem bizarre that the Altima, then, isn't among the top 10 best-sellers. It's been there for ninth months straight, and in March it was the best-selling car (not truck) in America. But a year ago, sales were dismal — less than 17,000 in April 2012 — so even a healthy spike kept Nissan off April 2013's top 10.

The Toyota Camry and Honda Accord had higher-profile struggles. The Camry's sales drop could signal plateauing demand for Toyota's seventh-generation family sedan, whose year-over-year sales have declined for three straight months. The new Accord, meanwhile, is just 7 months old, and shoppers found significantly lower discounts versus the 2012 Accord a year ago. It's a factor that could affect Accord sales through autumn. Still, Ford didn't seem to have a problem with that. Anyone considering the new Fusion found a similar situation — lower discounts versus year-ago levels — but it didn't stop shoppers from flocking toward the popular sedan, whose sales boomed 23.7%.

By Kelsey Mays | May 1, 2013 | Comments (8)

Cars.com's Mileage Tests of Hyundai and Kia Vehicles In Line With EPA Results

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In the wake of today's news that Hyundai and Kia will reimburse owners for bad mileage estimates, we've compiled the results of our mileage tests from Shootouts and other challenges we've conducted over the past few years that involved the affected cars and SUVs.

In September 2011, we took the previously 40-mpg-rated Hyundai Elantra and pitted it against special "fuel-saving" trims from the competition designed to eke out a few mpgs more to hit that vaunted 40 mpg highway figure. The Elantra's new highway rating is 38 mpg, and its combined rating dropped to 32 mpg from 33.

Our results put the Hyundai in last place.

By David Thomas | November 2, 2012 | Comments (5)

Hyundai, Kia to Pay 900,000 Owners for Bad MPG Estimates

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Hyundai and Kia announced today they would reimburse owners of about 900,000 vehicles for misstated mileage ratings.

The news came after an investigation by the EPA into complaints from consumers that the two companies' mileage claims were inflated. As a result, the stated mpg ratings for 75 different trim levels over three model years will be changed, and window stickers of cars on sale will be replaced to reflect the new numbers.

Cars.com's Mileage Tests of Hyundai and Kia Vehicles In Line With EPA Results

The investigation began when the EPA received complaints from owners of the 2012 Hyundai Elantra compact sedan who said that they were not seeing gas mileage near the stated numbers. Once the EPA’s investigators confirmed a discrepancy, they broadened the audit to the rest of the vehicles.

Hyundai and Kia are owned by the same parent company in South Korea but operate separately in the U.S. Both have seen phenomenal growth in the past few years, not just because of improved styling and quality, but also for their exceptional fuel economy.

The changes affect the 2011-2013 model years with mileage ratings dropping from 1 to 6 mpg on the highway. Combined mileage ratings were more accurate with seven of the 43 Hyundai models and four of the 32 Kia models seeing no change in combined mileage after the audit. Twenty-four of the 43 Hyundais showed a difference of 1 mpg combined, while 11 of the 32 Kias were within 1 mpg of the original rating.

The company explained the error this way: "The fuel-economy rating discrepancies resulted from procedural errors during a process called 'coastdown' testing at the companies’ joint testing operations in Korea. Coastdown testing simulates aerodynamic drag, tire rolling resistance and drivetrain frictional losses and provides the technical data used to program the test dynamometers that generate EPA fuel economy ratings."

The two brands will announce a reimbursement program for current and former owners of the vehicles. A personalized debit card will be issued that will calculate the difference based on fuel prices and miles driven, plus 15% as a mea culpa from the automakers.

Will it be enough to satisfy consumers? That’s a question that will be asked nationwide as owners digest the news.

Below are the breakdowns of every vehicle impacted in the change, provided to Cars.com by Hyundai/Kia. We’ll have much more on this story as it develops throughout the day and coming weeks. If you have a question you’d like answered, leave it in the comments below or email us at editor@cars.com.

By David Thomas | November 2, 2012 | Comments (62)

What Does This Button Do?

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Hyundai’s Blue Link is a feature-heavy communications system with services such as emergency response, voice-activated navigation and the ability to remotely operate the door locks or start the engine through a smartphone application. Blue Link could have many more confusing buttons than the one puzzling center button on the rearview mirror.

Among the system’s three buttons on the 2013 Hyundai Elantra GT is a center icon showing a star at the end of a road. Were the Three Kings in the age-old Christmas-time story driving a Hyundai hatchback when they found baby Jesus beneath a star?

Nope, but it could help you find a store for holiday shopping. The button activates the navigation features of BlueLink.

By Joe Bruzek | September 18, 2012 | Comments (2)

Cars.com Reviews the 2013 Hyundai Elantra GT

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The GT replaces the Touring in the Hyundai Elantra lineup for 2013. With the redesign, Hyundai's hatchback went from weird looking and lazy to stylish and sporty, according to Cars.com reviewer Joe Bruzek. It impressed with an interior full of premium materials and a fun-to-drive nature. It's not as roomy as the Touring, however, and costs considerably more than the sedan version, Bruzek says.

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By Jennifer Geiger | September 17, 2012 | Comments (0)

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