2015 Hyundai Sonata: Car Seat Check

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The Hyundai Sonata has a new look — both inside and out — for 2015. This midsize family sedan leaves its curves behind in favor of sharper angles. For families with young kids, this redesigned Sonata made easy work of car-seat installation thanks to its exposed Latch anchors, and it managed to improve on its previous generation's scores. The 2015 Sonata nearly fit our three child-safety seats across its backseat. Narrow car seats might allow parents to fit three across.

How many car seats fit in the second row? Two

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By Jennifer Newman | September 9, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 Hyundai Genesis Video

If the notion itself of a luxury car from Hyundai weren't jaw-dropping enough back in 2009 when it debuted, the Genesis also went on to win Cars.com's inaugural "Best Of …" award for Car of the Year that year. Will the 2015 Genesis earn similar lip service from Cars.com reviewer Joe Wiesenfelder, or will he be inclined to keep his mouth shut? Watch the video.

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By Matt Schmitz | August 26, 2014 | Comments (0)

2014 Hyundai Elantra Coupe Review

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"The Hyundai Elantra Coupe is a youthful car chock-full of features for the tech-savvy, budget-sensitive, BC (before children) consumer," said Cars.com reviewer Kristin Varela. Check out what else she had to say.

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By Matt Schmitz | August 22, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 Hyundai Elantra Sedan: What's Changed

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Most significant changes: New option packages for the sedan; Elantra Coupe discontinued for 2015

Price change: Base prices are $50 higher on the base SE and top-shelf Limited models and $100 lower on the Sport

On sale: Since early July

Which you should buy, 2014 or 2015? 2015

The compact Elantra is Hyundai's best-selling model but was last redesigned for 2011, so its sales are falling at the same time that the midsize Sonata (redesigned for 2015) is on the upswing. That and the competitive nature of the compact car market mean that suggested retail prices on 2015 models are about the same as comparable 2014s.

Starting prices are $17,250 for the SE, $21,600 for the Sport and $21,700 for the Limited, not including the $810 destination charge (unchanged from 2014).

By Rick Popely | August 15, 2014 | Comments (1)

2015 Hyundai Sonata Review

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"With its redesigned 2015 Sonata sedan, Hyundai has focused less on distinguishing design statements, and more on a clean, timeless, sophisticated design with detailed engineering and thoughtful features," said Cars.com reviewer Kristin Varela. Check out Varela's review for more.

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By Matt Schmitz | August 14, 2014 | Comments (24)

2014 Hyundai Veloster Review

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"Even a nifty multimedia system and a Lady Gaga-sized helping of uniqueness can't distract from the fact that the 2014 Hyundai Veloster is slipping behind its competition," said Cars.com reviewer Kelsey Mays. Check out Mays' review for more.

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By Matt Schmitz | August 13, 2014 | Comments (0)

Hyundai Discontinues Elantra Coupe for 2015

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It may be difficult to find a 2014 Hyundai Elantra coupe on dealership lots right now, but it will be impossible to find a 2015. The Korean automaker is discontinuing the two-door Elantra after the 2014 model year. Hyundai spokesman Jim Trainor confirmed the coupe's departure from the Elantra lineup for 2015, saying in an email that the automaker always considered the coupe a niche vehicle and it was going to focus attention on the sedan and GT models.

Related: 2013 Hyundai Elantra Coupe Expert Review

Cars.com currently lists 21,533 2014 Elantras in its national new-car inventory, 20,193 of which are sedans and 1,340 are coupes. Despite the low volume, we still thought the coupe was a well-put-together package. Cars.com reviewer Mike Hanley wrote in his review when the car debuted: "The new 2013 Hyundai Elantra coupe provides the same fuel-efficient driving experience as its sedan counterpart, and it doesn't sacrifice much backseat comfort or cargo room."

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By Joe Bruzek | August 12, 2014 | Comments (5)

Feds Fine Hyundai $17.35 Million for Late Recall on Genesis

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Hyundai has agreed to pay $17.35 million to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for failing to report in a timely manner a safety defect on the brakes of the 2009-12 Genesis.

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The penalty comes after the agency determined that Hyundai was aware in 2012 that the brake fluid wasn't up to snuff when it came to stopping corrosion on certain braking components in the Genesis. That, in turn, could decrease the car's stopping power. Rather than issue a recall, Hyundai told dealers to change the brake fluid without explaining to customers the gravity of the situation, according to NHTSA's press release. An investigation by the agency prompted the Korean automaker to recall the Genesis in October 2013.

This latest fine is about half of NHTSA's $35 million maximum. The agency has stepped up its civil penalties in recent months, and Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx asked Congress earlier this year to increase the agency's cap to $300 million. That would certainly push automakers to step up their own recall scrutiny. For car shoppers it could increase the number of recalls but also could bring more transparency from an industry that's already seen a record number of callbacks this year.

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By Kelsey Mays | August 8, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 Hyundai Sonata Video

Cars.com reviewer Joe Wiesenfelder said the previous-generation Hyundai Sonata went a long way in raising the esteem of the Korean automaker, holding its own against the likes of the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord. Can the 2015 redesign continue that momentum? Watch the video.

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By Matt Schmitz | August 4, 2014 | Comments (2)

Recall Alert: 2011 Hyundai Sonata

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Vehicles Affected: More than 133,000 model-year 2011 Hyundai Sonata sedans manufactured between Dec. 11, 2009, and Sept. 1, 2010. See when your vehicle was built by checking the manufacturing sticker on the driver's-side doorjamb.

The Problem: The affected vehicles may experience a brake fluid leak from the two brake lines that connect the brake system's master cylinder to the hydraulic electronic control unit due to insufficient seal between the inner brake hose and metal brake line fitting. If the brake lines leak enough hydraulic fluid, the brake warning lamp in the instrument cluster will illuminate and a longer stopping distance will be required, increasing the risk of a crash.

The Fix: Hyundai will notify owners, and dealers will replace the brake hoses with a revised service part free of charge.

What Owners Should Do: The recall is expected to begin by the end of September. Owners can call Hyundai 800-633-5151, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's vehicle-safety hotline at 888-327-4236 or go to www.safercar.gov for more info.

Need to Find a Dealer for Service? Go to Cars.com Service & Repair to find your local dealer.

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By Aaron Bragman | August 1, 2014 | Comments (1)

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