Hyundai Shows New Sonata In Korea


The current Hyundai Sonata changed how many car shoppers viewed the brand in the U.S., and in just a few weeks the company will unveil the next generation at the New York International Auto Show.

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But today the company unveiled the global version of the new sedan in Korea. Final U.S. specs, trim levels and prices will have to wait, but for now we can tell that the car gets a new, more angular look versus the curvy lines of the current car.

By David Thomas | March 24, 2014 | Comments (4)

Top 10 Used Cars for $10K


Although new cars offer the latest design, tech and safety features, shoppers buy more of their used counterparts: about 2.7 used cars for every new car sold in 2013, according to CNW Marketing Research. It's hard to blame shoppers. The average new car sells for around $30,000. By contrast, the average used car sold in early January 2014 for $10,843 at franchised dealerships (e.g., Bob's Honda) and $9,513 at independent dealerships (e.g., Bob's Used Cars), according to CNW.

Top 10 Cheapest New Cars You Can Buy

The age of paying $10,000 for a brand-new car is in the rearview mirror. So what are the best used cars for $10,000? We crunched a lot of data, and from a pool of more than 60 candidates, here are our top 10 cars, listed alphabetically.

By Kelsey Mays | March 17, 2014 | Comments (13)

Hyundai Announces 2014 Sonata Hybrid Pricing


The 2014 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid will start at $26,810 for the base model and $31,560 for the Sonata Hybrid Limited, both including an $810 destination charge. Prices are only up slightly compared to the 2013 model, but the 2014 version adds more standard features.

2014 Hyundai Sonata: What's Changed

Both versions of the Sonata Hybrid use last year's 35-kilowatt electric motor and 47-kilowatt lithium-ion battery pack, powering a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that’s good for 199 horsepower and an electric-only top speed of 74 mph; the engine pairs with a six-speed automatic transmission. The hybrid drivetrain uses all-electric mode during less strenuous driving and the gas engine for startup and more demanding conditions, enabling an EPA-estimated 36/40 mpg city/highway for both models, unchanged from the 2013 version.

By Matt Schmitz | March 6, 2014 | Comments (3)

Hyundai Teases 2015 Sonata


Hyundai promises an "all-new" midsize sedan for 2015. The automaker released a teaser photo of the redesigned Sonata and confirmed that the U.S. version will debut in April at the 2014 New York International Auto Show. The Sonata was last redesigned for model-year 2011, and the new version comes on the heels of a revised-for-2014 Elantra compact sedan.

Hyundai plans on unveiling the Korean-spec model later this month. Stay tuned for details.

Manufacturer photo

By Jennifer Geiger | March 4, 2014 | Comments (4)

Camry, Impala Top Most-Stolen List


Among midsize and large cars, the Toyota Camry and Chevrolet Impala proved most popular among thieves, according to a new report from the crime-stats crunchers at the National Insurance Crime Bureau in Des Plaines, Ill. The report is based on National Crime Information Center vehicle-theft records for a period spanning Jan. 1, 2009, through Dec. 31, 2012, and limited to the 2010, 2011 and 2012 model years. Researchers culled the top 10 list from the 16 makes and 20 models of the midsize class, and the nine makes and 10 models of the large-vehicle class.

During the counting period, a total of 31,586 vehicles were stolen from both car classes combined, with the midsize group comprising the vast majority, with 22,090 thefts, or 70 percent.

The top 10 large/midsize vehicle thefts by make and model are:

By Matt Schmitz | December 5, 2013 | Comments (7)

2013 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Review


When it comes to driving a hybrid, perhaps the highest compliment one can pay is how un-hybrid-like it is — until it comes time to pay at the pump. Then, of course, "hybrid-like" goes from pejorative to preferable in a single fill-up. reviewer Kristin Varela is pleased to report that the 2013 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid blurs the line between gas and hybrid driving dynamics while clearly defining itself as the latter where fuel economy's concerned. Read Varela’s review below.

2013 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Review

By Matt Schmitz | November 13, 2013 | Comments (5)

2013 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid: Family Review Checklist


The 2013 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Limited sedan looks good, has lots of features and gets a combined 37 mpg for $32,490 (including destination). But how far will those features, beauty and efficiency go in winning over my family? For the most part, they go pretty far, but the smaller trunk might be a problem for shoppers with families.

With its 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine that's paired with a 35-kilowatt motor, the Sonata Hybrid accelerated quickly. The 2013 hybrid has 7 fewer horsepower than the 2012 model year, but I didn't miss them. The Sonata Hybrid drove smoothly over city streets and on the highway, but the brakes were a problem. They were grabby and I struggled to get used to them. I felt like I was constantly slamming on the brakes no matter how I finessed the pedal.

When it comes to hybrids, it's all about the fuel-economy numbers. The Sonata Hybrid gets an EPA-estimated 36/40/37 mpg city/highway/combined. But I didn't get anything near those numbers during my weeklong test drive: I averaged 26 mpg and drove a lot of uncongested highway and city streets.

By Sara Lacey | October 30, 2013 | Comments (1)

2014 Hyundai Sonata: What's Changed


Most significant changes: A face-lifted exterior joins a new touch-screen audio system and updated navigation system 

Price change: Base GLS models start $155 higher than 2013 versions

On sale: Now

Which you should buy, 2013 or 2014? 2014 for shoppers interested in SE or Limited, 2013 for GLS buyers

Hyundai's midsize sedan is already pretty competitive, and an updated for 2014 version should only make the Sonata more appealing. Along with a modest price increase, the 2014 Sonata gets revised exterior styling, more convenience features and a new touch-screen audio display unit; its powertrain carries over.

Outside, the sedan wears a more fluid looking grille, new 17- and 18-inch wheels, and optional high-intensity discharge headlights and LED taillights. Hyundai says the new 17- and 18-inch wheels have also been designed to reduce road noise. The SE version now also gets a standard body-colored spoiler.

By Jennifer Geiger | October 8, 2013 | Comments (14)

2013 Hyundai Sonata and Sonata Hybrid: Car Seat Check

Families looking for a midsize sedan will find a lot to like about the Hyundai Sonata. It's roomy, comfortable and full of features yet still affordable. Fuel efficiency is another high point. The hybrid model we tested is EPA rated at 36/40/38 mpg city/highway/combined. The Sonata and Sonata Hybrid have the same amount of passenger room, so our results can be applied to both cars.

One big bonus for families is how well the Sonata's backseat accommodated two child-safety seats. Check out our Car Seat Check below.

By Jennifer Geiger | October 8, 2013 | Comments (1)

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


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)

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