Recall Alert: 2009-11 Hyundai Genesis, 2011 Equus

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Vehicles Affected: Approximately 43,000 model-year 2009-11 Hyundai Genesis vehicles manufactured between April 30, 2008, and Nov. 21, 2010, as well as model-year 2011 Equus sedans manufactured July 31 to Nov. 21, 2010

The Problem: A circuit failure could cause the brake lights to not illuminate, increasing the risk of a rear-end accident. There are no reports of accidents related to this recall.

The Fix: Dealers will inspect and repair affected stop lamp switch circuits for free.

What Owners Should Do: Hyundai has not yet provided an owner notification schedule. Owners can call the automaker at 800-633-5151 or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration at 888-327-4236 for more information. 

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

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By Jennifer Geiger | December 9, 2014 | Comments (0)

2015 Hyundai Sonata Photo Gallery

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The 2015 Hyundai Sonata finished first in our $27,000 Midsize Sedan Challenge. "Rather than fixate on the redesigned 2015's looks, inside and outside, shoppers should explore a car that does many things well, has loads of space, more refinement than most of the sedans in the test and still offers plenty of value," said one of our judges. Check out our Sonata photo gallery below.

Click on any image for a larger version.

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By David Thomas | November 16, 2014 | Comments (2)

2015 Hyundai Accent: What's Changed

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Most significant changes: Bluetooth available at lower cost

Price change: $100 increase on all models

On sale: Early- to mid-November

Which should you buy, 2014 or 2015? 2014

For 2015, the subcompact Hyundai Accent gets a midlife exterior freshening and new option packages for GLS sedans with the optional automatic transmission that make Bluetooth hands-free capability available at lower cost.

Bluetooth is included in the new $600 Popular Equipment Package with cruise control, a tilt/telescopic steering wheel with built-in audio controls and a sliding armrest storage box. Previously, those features were lumped in the $1,400 Option Group 2 with 16-inch alloy wheels, rear disc brakes, projector-style headlights, upgraded interior trim and other items. Those latter features are now available in the new $800 Style Package, and you have to buy the Popular Package to get them.

By Rick Popely | November 11, 2014 | Comments (3)

2015 Hyundai Santa Fe, Santa Fe Sport: What's Changed

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Most significant changes: Available hands-free, automatically opening power lift gate

Price change: Zero to $600 higher depending on model

On sale: Since late October

Which should you buy, 2014 or 2015? 2014

One reason to buy a new 2015 Hyundai Santa Fe or Santa Fe Sport is to get a new hands-free power liftgate. Unlike Ford's, which requires a kicking motion under the rear bumper, Hyundai's opens automatically when someone with a proximity smart key comes within a few feet of the rear bumper. Sounds good, but it comes at a hefty price.

By Rick Popely | November 5, 2014 | Comments (2)

Department of Justice Fines Hyundai-Kia $100 Million

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Two years ago, after an EPA investigation spurred by consumer complaints, Hyundai and Kia announced they would reimburse owners of about 900,000 vehicles for misstated fuel economy ratings; today the Department of Justice is leveling a related $100 million civil penalty against the Korean automakers. They have also agreed to spend approximately $50 million on programs to prevent future violations as well as forfeit 4.75 million greenhouse gas emission credits that the companies previously claimed. The EPA estimates the credits, which can be used to offset emissions from less fuel-efficient vehicle models, to be worth more than $200 million. 

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

According to the EPA, the fine is the largest in Clean Air Act history, which the automakers violated when they sold close to 1.2 million vehicles that will emit approximately 4.75 million metric tons of greenhouse gases in excess of what they certified to the EPA.

The discrepancy stems from the erroneous coastdown procedures that resulted in the automaker's adjustment of the fuel economy ratings of around a quarter of its model-year 2011-2013 vehicles; combined city/highway ratings were reduced by 1-2 miles per gallon, bringing them in line with the EPA's numbers. 

By Jennifer Geiger | November 3, 2014 | Comments (3)

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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Cars.com photo by Kristin Varela

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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