Proving paying more doesn't automatically equate to safer, some midsized cars do better than luxury models in the new frontal offset crash test conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).
Hyundai and Kia today announced that the companies are revising their fuel economy estimates downward after the EPA spot-checked several models and found that the results did not live up to Hyundai's and Kia's claims.
The Highway Loss Data Institute (HLDI) recently released their claims data showing which vehicles have the highest and lowest overall insurance losses. The safety research organization found that even though many vehicles now do well in crash tests, the role of vehicle size is important.
Hyundai is taking a two-pronged approached with its redesigned Santa Fe SUV, offering it in two- and three-row configurations. The Veracruz is history for 2013; hence the Santa Fe will be offered as two different models - the regular version and a long-wheelbase model. To see how it measures up, we recently borrowed a Santa Fe to live with for a week and captured our first impressions on video.
Hyundai is recalling two of its popular models, the Santa Fe sport-utility vehicle and Sonata sedan, for issues with their air-bag safety systems.
Redesigned for 2012, the Azera improves over its predecessor in many ways, with better fuel economy and overall performance. Yet, the stylish sedan also has a few notable shortcomings.
With Comic-Con transforming the San Diego Convention Center into a fan boy's fantasy land this week, there are numerous movie, book, and video game announcements pouring out, teasing near-future projects. Mixed within are abundant marketing tie-ins. Before getting caught up with the latest super-hero film trailer, it is important to make sure the flashy sponsorship doesn't sway your zombie apocalypse preparedness.
It's been interesting to watch the evolution of Hyundai as it increases its market share. Most previous-generation Hyundais were nice cars with somewhat unimaginative styling. But the current crop of redesigns, starting with the Elantra and Sonata, bring much more dynamic and eye-catching styling. Same goes for the Elantra GT.
Honda savored the spotlight when it announced that it was reimagining the fondly remembered CRX hatchback as a 21st-century hybrid. Fun and frugality in one sleek, affordable package, what's not to love? Well, it turns out plenty, creating an easy target for Hyundai. We've completed our testing on the rival Veloster, so let's see how these budget sportsters stack up.
In the wake of the sudden unintended acceleration (SUA) crisis that rocked Toyota's safety reputation in 2009 and 2010, automakers have sped up implementation of smart-throttle technology, also known as brake override. With this safety feature, should a stuck throttle problem occur, the driver can intuitively apply the brake pedal and the engine management system will reduce the power, allowing the vehicle to quickly stop. The full Hyundai line starting with May production will come standard with brake override.
We just took delivery of a new 2012 Azera, a complete redesign based on the accomplished current Sonata. Positioned above midsized family sedans, the Azera competes most directly with the Toyota Avalon, and both updated cars strive to bring more character to class that aims at baby boomers. Just as Buick has been doing.
At a time when all automakers are offering small, fuel-efficient cars, they are mostly stamped out from the same cookie cutter. Familiar shapes and boring personalities are commonplace. But then there is the Hyundai Veloster, a three-door couple-like hatchback that dares to put fun in the mix. We just finished testing the Veloster, finding it funky, efficient, and with some compromises.
As gasoline prices creep closer to $4 a gallon nationwide, fuel economy has become a paramount concern for most drivers. Consumer Reports has tested a fleet of new, small-cars looking for those that deliver good all-around performance. And the results show it is not smart to buy based on brand reputation alone.
A recall of 2011-2012 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid cars has been issued by the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. More than 14,700 of the Hyundai hybrid vehicles have rear center seat belts which fail to meet federal safety standards. However, Hyundai believes it doesn't need to fix the seat belt issue with all Sonata hybrids—or notify all affected Sonata owner, as required by the usual federal safety recall procedures.
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