Hyundai asserts luxury standards while maintaining economy, value benchmarks
February 5, 2014 11:30AM
Updated: February 5, 2014 11:36AM
The 2014 Hyundai Accent adds some subtle niceties with a driver’s-side blind-spot mirror, sliding sun-visor extensions and a one-touch triple turn signal. The SE Premium Package adds a tilt/telescopic steering wheel, projector-style headlights with LED accents and a driver’s-side auto-up window. Accent is a stylish entry-level model featuring a 4-cylinder engine, a long list of standard features and a comfortable, cozy cabin. The $15,000 base and 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty is a huge selling point.
The Hyundai Tucson compact crossover SUV compares well to the top names in the class. The 2014 Hyundai Tucson adds direct-injection technology to its two engine choices. The SE trims get a 4.3-inch LCD touch-screen radio with rearview camera, while Limited trims receive Blue Link telematics. Tucson provides contemporary styling and a long list of standard equipment with FWD or optional AWD. Cargo-hauling space is a huge plus for a compact SUV.
The Elantra sedan cabin gets some tweaks and a new 2.0-liter engine replaces the 1.8-liter in the GT, Elantra Coupe and Sport sedan. More changes such as Driver Selectable Steering, Hill Start Assist, revised wheels and updated navigation radio with Pandora app. With an impressive meshing of power, cabin space and warranty, Elantra manages resale values that rival the top competitors. Look for 38 mpg with this compact with comfort and charisma, not something present in most of this segment.
The 2014 Hyundai Equus luxury gets a notable 2014 refresh with subtle exterior modifications, major interior upgrades and new safety features. The larger, more luxurious Equus tops the Genesis offering with posh cabin surroundings that equal luxury sedans costing thousands more. Equus is a world-class sedan and with Hyundai’s “At Your Service” program, which includes free maintenance for five years/60,000 miles, its impossible to beat the value at a base of $61,920 - $68,000.
The 2014 Hyundai Santa Fe competes against one of the deepest segment lineups in the industry. The 7-passenger Santa Fe has big cabin spaces, extensive list of standard comfort and safety features and the most powerful V6 engine in the segment. The Santa Fe offers FWD and AWD along with Blind Spot Detection for each trim and the Technology package adds rear-parking assist. Other new options include HID headlights and LED.
The 2014 Hyundai Sonata spotlights 50 improvements this year. Most notable are the refreshed interior/exterior styling, standard Driver Selectable Steering Mode, available Blind Spot Detection system, optional ventilated seats and a new navigation system with an 8-inch color monitor. There’s no denying Sonata is one of the most refined and distinctively styled sedans in the class. This affordable 4-door midsize sedan touts the 10-year/100,000-mile warranty and a choice of three 4-cylinder engines, including a hybrid. The Sonata offers a stunning contemporary cabin space.
The 2014 Hyundai Veloster is a racy coupe-like compact that has an eco-minded base and a hyperactive turbo treatment. The 2014 Veloster news is highlighted by the addition of a new Turbo R-Spec trim that features distinctive visual cues, a B&M short-throw shifter, red leatherette cloth seating, beefed up suspension and steering tuning, and the lowest price point in the Turbo lineup. The base Veloster gains a rearview camera, a driver’s blind-spot mirror and daytime running lights. A loaded Veloster can be had for just over $26,000.
For 2014, Hyundai Azera gets a $1,300 price cut and adds a new base model touting standard 6-inch color LCD audio display, driver’s blind-spot mirror and a rearview camera. The Limited trim gains a new 8-inch navigation system and power-folding side mirrors. Azera offers the same distinctive exterior styling as its siblings with an appreciated mix of soft-touch interior surfaces and powerful and fuel-efficient engine configurations. The cabin is spacious and high-tech with fuel economy at 20 City/29 Hwy with a $32,250 base price.
The Genesis is a luxury-performance sedan from Hyundai that really does make the top luxury-performance models take notice. At a base price of about $35,095, the Hyundai Genesis gets Assurance Connected Care telematics (for models equipped with the available Hyundai Blue Link) that provides roadside assistance, collision notification and Hyundai car care. The 3.8-liter V6 engine mated to an automatic transmission is a solid performer with comparable handling and an interior space that blends fine materials and high-tech offerings to create a posh, but fun, space.