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2013 Veloster Turbo Review

Hyundai Pumps Up The Fun With Veloster Turbo

2013 Hyundai Veloster Turbo Review: Hyundai wasn’t happy to leave well enough alone, and added a turbo to its sporty coupe/hatch, the Veloster. That makes for a sporty car with reasonable power and an attractive entry price. The Veloster Turbo starts at $21,950 with a twin-scroll turbo that creates up to 201 horsepower from the rather tame 138 the base model offers. It’s the same 1.6-liter direct-injected engine, but with …


Ford Fiesta 1.0 Ecoboost

Startling Fiesta Adds 1.0 EcoBoost Power

Ford Fiesta 1.0 EcoBoost Review SANTA MONICA, CALIF. — For decades, U.S. car buyers have been conditioned to buy cars and engines on the basis of “bigger is better,” which makes it a challenge to change mindsets and accept higher performing but smaller displacement engines, which will still provide peppy performance but with vastly improved fuel economy. Ford has taken clear control of the progressive technology with its EcoBoost engines, …


Honda Fit EV 1

2013 Honda Fit EV

2013 Honda Fit EV Review: If the 2013 Honda Fit EV were a fictional character, it could be Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, or the Hulk and Bruce Banner. Either way, it would way more fun than frightening. Credit that to the Fit EV’s three drive modes. The EV is the new electric car from Honda, which also has been poking around in hybrids and fuel cell vehicles. In fact, …



Hyundai Elantra GT Both Sporty and Practical

Hatchbacks are fantastic and Hyundai’s Elantra GT proves the point. Sporty, useful, practical and bordering on fun to drive, a hatchback often gives you more for your money than any other car design. Hyundai’s hatch, based on its Elantra sedan, provides room for four adults and has 23 cubic feet of cargo space under the hatch. Compare that to most coupes and sedans that have 12 to 15 cubic feet. …


Elantra Coupe side

2013 Hyundai Veloster; 2013 Hyundai Elantra

2013 Hyundai Veloster Review: In Milwaukee and Atlanta, Henry Aaron’s nickname was Hammerin’ Hank, for his ability to hit baseballs out of the park. Now we’re witnessing a rough equivalent in the automobile industry, Hammerin’ Hyundai, for its ability to advance base runners into scoring positions. There are two at the moment: The Veloster three-door sports hatchback and the Elantra compact. When the South Korean manufacturer introduced the innovative 2012 …


Elantra Coupe, GT

Hyundai Adds Veloster Turbo, Elantra GT and Coupe

2013 Hyundai Elantra and 2013 Hyundai Veloster SAN DIEGO, CA. — Hyundai has introduced so many impressive new vehicles in the last two years, you’d think the Korean auto-maker might sit back and enjoy the rewards. Instead of resting on its laurels, Hyundai is adding to them. Since the 2011 Sonata, which thrust the company into the spotlight, two of the more interesting vehicles from Hyundai are the compact Elantra, …



Kia Rio SX Has A Sporty Feel

2012 Kia Rio SX Review: The 2012 Kia Rio SX is a fine small, entry-level car. The test Rio comes in a 5-door or hatchback version. The car has a sporty feel created by a stiff suspension and contoured seats. The Rio’s interior is youthful and delivers an understated performance look. These features give Rio a stiffer, more performance oriented feel. The Rio comes with a 1.6-liter direct-injected 4-cylinder engine …



2013 Acura RDX

2013 Acura RDX Review: Actually, you can walk that cat back. Just ask Acura about its sport-oriented crossover utility vehicle, the RDX. Added to the lineup just six years ago, it complemented Acura’s upscale, full-size crossover, the MDX. But it never quite caught on. Its best year was 2007, its first full year on the market, when 23,356 were sold. In 2011, sales totaled just 15,196. The RDX’s driving dynamics …


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