Category Archives: Hyundai

Photos and articles about the Hyundai corporation and their vehicles.

Hyundai Accent Starting At $9,970

The Hyundai Accent is now available with pricing starting at under $10,000. The Accent is a compact car that offers big value with it’s standard features, fuel efficiency, and safety features. Competing with other compact cars, the Hyundai Accent leads the pack for the price with a ton of standard features.

Hyundai Accent SE Standard Features

[ad#Google Adsense]A Hyundai Accent SE comes standard with things like a 170 watt stereo system, A/C, power most everything, sun-roof, and even a leather wrapped steering wheel.  Whether you are small or large, getting behind the wheel of the Hyundai Accent becomes a comforting experience, thanks to it’s 6 way power adjustment.  Oddly enough, the new Hyundai Accent also provides an amazing 92.2 cubic feet of interior space.  Because of this space the Hyundai Accent is classified as a compact, yet priced like a smaller Sub-Compact.

Hyundai Accent Performance

Small cars don’t require throaty V8’s to get up to speed, so while the 110 horsepower engine may seem undersized, it’s more than sufficient to get around town safely.  Because the engine is so small and efficient, the Accent is capable of getting 36 miles per gallon.  The Accent is peppy enough to get in and out of traffic and getting up to speed via on-ramps is no problem.  It’s the perfect car for city driving or hitting the interstate for cross country trips.

Hyundai also prides itself on it’s attention to detail which contribute to the longevity of the engine.  The Hyundai Accent engine is called Alpha Series and the result of a multi-million dollar research and development phase.  Each engine is checked thoroughly before leaving the Hyundai plant and guaranteed for 10 years or 100,000 miles.  So, whether you pick the smooth automatic or sporty 5-speed transmission, you know your car will last longer than any other car in it’s class, or at least be repaired under warranty if not. 😉

Hyundai Accent Safety

Just because the Accent is small, doesn’t mean it has to skimp out on features so important as those that protect the passengers.  The Accent provides 6 air bags, which coupled with the Accent’s other safety features reduces fatalities by up to 45%.  Also standard safety highlights are Anti-Lock Brakes, and a chassis designed to absorb impact and protect passengers.

Accent Review

If I were to purchase a compact car, I think I’d strongly consider what Hyundai has to offer.  They’ve made leaps and bounds in development and design that appeals to buyers of all types.  Their cars have proven reliability and safety certifications and for the money it’s hard not to keep the Accent on the table of possible compact car purchases.  Furthermore, it’s almost impossible to go wrong when buying a brand new car for under $10,000 which comes with a 10 year warranty.

2010 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS SUV

Hyundai has been doing a lot of the right things lately to attract consumers and possible first time Hyundai buyers.  However, the Santa Fe appears to be absent of any special design or technology, like the Sonata.  This isn’t to say that the 2010 Hyundai Santa Fe isn’t solid, it’s just lacking in appeal in a competitive market.

The 2010 Santa Fe does the basics right, meaning it has plenty of room and is affordable.  However, those who have experience driving mid-size or larger SUVs are probably going to be left wanting in the power department.  The standard offering is a 4 cylinder, that has been described as sluggish, especially when approaching interstate speeds.  There is a V6 alternative, but even then it’s not setting any kind of horsepower records.

Older Hyundai Santa Fe’s always had a great shark skin feel to the exterior body lines.  They were large, swooping, and were unique amongst the sea of SUVs on the highway.  For 2010 it looks like Hyundai took a step backwards, the 2010 version looks plain jane.  There is a hint of the swooping fenders in the front, but now the ass-end looks just alike any other SUV on the market.

I’m willing to bet there will be plenty of happy 2010 Hyundai Santa Fe buyers out there, it just doesn’t have the same appeal as years past.  Perhaps they are waiting for a radical all new redesign for 2011 and the 2010 Santa Fe is only there to buy time.

2011 Hyundai Sonata SE

Hyundai has started releasing a plethora of new advertising campaigns showcasing the new 2011 Hyundai Sonata SE .  From what I’ve seen it’s with good reason too, no wonder Jeff Bridges signed up to be the voice of Hyundai.  The new lines of the Sonata are what grabs your attention first, but wait till you hear what potential buyers have to look forward to.

First the options are what will up sell potential customers, like a touch-screen navigation system.  And my personal favorite a push button starter, which makes me feel like I’m starting a race car every time behind the wheel.  I know Hyundai isn’t the first, but it’s a nice touch to a sleek new model and looks right at home nestled in the dash.

Standard feature flare include iPod functionality and USB inputs.  This is standard attire for any Sonata SE buyer, so whether you are an avid Apple fan or just have a USB flash drive it’s easy to bring your tunes along for the ride.

The 2011 Sonata SE is going to be the most performance oriented Sonata of the 3 wearing the Sonata badge.  Although a lot of the description of ‘sport’ model relies on visual cues, fact is it’s only 2 horsepower more potent than the base GLS model.  Total power output for the 2011 Hyundai Sonata SE is 200 horsepower and 186 ft lb of torque.  It’s ample numbers to push the sedan up to speed and get your pass on when need be, but not likely to impress your Mustang friends.

To help with the Sonata’s shortcomings in power they have equipped it with a 6-speed transmission.  It’s an automatic, but also comes outfitted with paddle shifters to allow some interaction between the driver and machine.  Also, slamming through the paddles makes the Sonata SE feel a lot faster than it really is, just like any manual vehicle.  All in all, it’s looks will sell and options will get these cars moving off the lot.  I think Hyundai is doing a lot of things right, but with 300 horsepower engines making 30 miles per gallon with other manufacturers, perhaps it’s time to step up the power offerings.

You may remember the Sonata spy pics posted in May of last year, they did a great job of hiding the actual body lines.  Below are pictures of the 2011 Hyundai Sonata SE.

What’s Selling Cars?

Hyundai Assurance Gas Lock

Hyundai Assurance Gas Lock

In this economy all manufacturers are struggling to sell new cars and all are trying some new angles to bring the customers in.  Recently we’ve seen such deals where a manufacturer will buy your car back if you lose your job or even another will make your payments for you if you lose your job.  The latest gimmick is from Hyundai and it might make you choose them over the other players in the field for your next new car purchase.

Hyundai has announced the Hyundai Assurance Gas Lock which will fix your gas price at just $1.49 per gallon for 12 months.  This assurance program is being offered to all new Hyundai buyers or the option of taking $1000 cash.  Estimates put the number of new Hyundai buyers at 1/3 that take the cash over the gas card.  But why?

Because most Hyundai vehicles get such good gas mileage it will be very difficult to save more than $1000 in gas savings.  Industry analysts believe gas will remain below $3.00 per gallon for the next year.  This means your savings per fill up will be less and less and most estimates put the figure around $580 in a year.  Well, the $1000 sounds a lot better than $580, which is average if you are driving around 12,000 miles per year.

Whichever incentive you choose it’s still thinking outside the box and if prices hit $5 per gallon you know you’ll be covered. 😉

2009 Hyundai Genesis Pics

The 2009 Hyundai Genesis is this manufacturers answer to the luxury market at an affordable price.  Further more, performance enthusiasts will approve of it’s engine options, including a V8 above an already potent v6 setup.  This coupled with a 6-Speed transmission and luxury accessories make it a real contender, no matter the market.

According to recent reviews, the most appealing aspects of the 09 Genesis is the strong motor, rear wheel drive, 17 speaker audio system, and it’s ability to be well priced.  Hell, most even European reviewers are claiming that Hyundai has a serious contender amongst big luxury manufacturers like Lexus and Mercedes.  But will consumers be able to justify a $40,000+ Hyundai?