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Test Driving the 2016 Hyundai Veloster

I was overjoyed when I got the assignment that I would be able to test drive a 2016 Hyundai Veloster, after all it would be my first attempt at driving a vehicle built by the manufacturer. And as they say with new thinking, comes new possibilities.

I’ve driven my fair share of Mazdas, Fords, Nissans and KIAs so I was going to pay close attention to which Veloster I choose to take on a drive. When I approached World Car Hyundai salesman Moni Peoples about my test drive he smiled and said, “Standard or automatic?” I hadn’t even given thought about driving stick shift, but decided to go with automatic for the benefit of our readers who may not know how to drive stick.

Love at First Sight

I glanced at the Hyundai parking lot and there she was smiling back at me under the lukewarm sun on a mild December day. A sweet, red 2016 Veloster Auto Turbo Veloster that was begging me to take her for a spin. Before I even got inside the Veloster, I noticed a sale tag hanging from the rear view mirror for $23,675 – a $3,950 savings off the MSRP! Wow, that is a pretty sweet deal for a great looking car.

It was no wonder that Peoples said the dealership had previously sold out of them, and had just gotten the 2016 models because they are quite popular with younger motorists. But enough of the statistics, how well does this bad boy drive on the road? I’d soon enough find out.

The Interior
As I entered the cabin and snugged myself safely with a seatbelt, behind the passenger wheel, I was taken aback by the comfy leather seats. As a bonus, the ability to heat up the seat is a must for those cold weather mornings that are fast becoming frequent.

The Veloster had plenty of room, which is great because it makes all the technology gadgets I carry around with me more accessible. As I scrolled through the large LCD touchscreen to find the adequate SiruisXM station to serve as the soundtrack to my test drive, Peoples informed me that connection options let you play Xbox in the comfort of your parked car, which is not bad if you’re into gaming and waiting for your significant other while they shop to their heart’s contempt during the holiday season.

The Drive
It was time to take this compact sporty car out for a drive. I loved the keyless startup system and it handled well on the first turn out of the dealership. As it did when I went around Shin Oak Drive in Live Oak to get onto I-35, where the Veloster gets an excellent 33 miles per gallon on the highway. Its six-speed EcoShift dual clutch transmission let me maneuver around slower paced cars headed into South San Antonio quite easily and smoothly. I hit 70 mph easily in the Veloster, and I envisioned this would make the perfect road trip, college, or first couple car.

Its exterior chiseled features give it a solid look that compliments the 138 horsepower that the engine produces quite well. In fact, Peoples was quick to tell me that the car had a five star safety rating from the U.S. Department of Transportation and sturdy roll bars within the car’s chassis, much like the vehicles in NASCAR.

If I was in the market for a new vehicle, the Veloster would be near the top of the list. Do yourself a favor and take it for a test drive of your own.
The Hyundai Accent vs. The Hyundai Azera

When drivers think of Hyundai, it is usually models like the Elantra and Sonata that come to mind. But the sedan-heavy brand has more to offer drivers looking for a vehicle with a high fuel efficiency and today’s best technology features. World Car took a look at the Accent and Azera and compared their differences in the hopes of providing our customers with their optimal driving experience.

Keeping It Simple with the Accent

The Accent has been part of Hyundai’s lineup since the 1995 model year. Several years and a few redesigns later, we have the fourth and current generation of the Accent. But since its beginning, the vehicle has maintained the perfect blend of utility, style, performance, and value.

The driving experience behind the wheel of a Hyundai Accent can be described as sophisticated simplicity. It has some get-up-and go that will help you get pass slower drivers and big rigs, but the vehicle lacks road-commanding power one would find in other Hyundai models. While this may be a deterring factor for the speed demons of the road, green-minded and budget-conscious drivers will love the powertrain’s 27/38 MPG fuel efficiency.

For 2016, the Accent maintains most of the attractive and affordable features and design of the 2015 model year. Minor changes include packaging updates and more consistent trim-level naming. The vehicle is still available in two models, a sedan and a hatchback. The hatchback option also remains available in a Sports trim, which has sportier driving dynamics and visual cues.

Creature Comforts of the Azera

Setting new standards in the luxury sedan market is the Hyundai Azera. Before the Genesis’ debut, the Azera was considered the top-of-the-line Hyundai vehicle available in the American market. These days, it continues to win honors for its bold design and numerous safety features.

The Azera is one of the only in its class to offer standard features such as a hands-free smart trunk and blind spot detection technology. Like its competitors, the vehicle has a backup camera, heated front and rear seats, and an available panoramic sunroof. It has the best total interior volume in its class at 123.3 cubic feet. The vehicle is powered by a V6 engine that delivers 293 HP, a six-speed transmission, and front-wheel drive, reaching a 20/29 MPG fuel efficiency.

For 2016, Hyundai focused on taking the Azera to the next premium sedan level. The new model offers more technology conveniences, such as smart cruise control and electronic parking brake systems, on select trims. But all 2016 Azeras have best-in-class front head and leg room, beating competitors such as the Nissan Maxima and Ford Taurus.

Final Thoughts
The Hyundai Accent is a great first car for a teen driver or college graduate. It’s an inexpensive, safe, and dependable option that parents would be comfortable with. Drivers looking for the bare essentials with a few nice added features may also benefit from owning this vehicle. But families looking for a ride with space for strollers, toys, and car seats may not identify this Hyundai model as their perfect fit.

But for drivers looking for more technology and comfort, the Azera is definitely worth a test drive. The vehicle may be more costly than the Accent, but the large amount of available features makes it worth the additional dollars. It still may not be the right vehicle for young families with strollers and car seats in tow, but the Azera will work great for the driver looking for a luxury vehicle on a reasonable budget.

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Hyundai’s Hold: United States vs. Korea

Before taking its products worldwide, Hyundai started manufacturing vehicles for the Korean automotive market. What started as a new venture for a then ship manufacturer turned into a worldwide love for budget-friendly yet classy vehicles. These days, Hyundai’s two largest, most loyal fan bases are in its native Korea and the United States. World Car took a look at how the brand is represented in both countries so that our customers can better understand the company and the products they see on the road.

Humble Korean Beginnings
Hyundai first opened for business in 1947 as Hyundai Engineering and Construction Co., a dream from Chung Ju-Yung. Ju-Yung, the descendent of a peasant farming family of North Korea, then established Hyundai Motor Company in 1967. Through his company, he hoped to make Korea an economic powerhouse and reunite North and South Korea.

Now, nearly 50 years later, Hyundai is the fourth largest automotive brand in the world. More than 1.6 million Hyundais are sold in 193 countries and 6,000 dealerships worldwide. The company prides itself on keeping up with modern trends while maintaining simple elegance. And to further reflect trustworthiness and sophistication, the brand designed its logo to symbolize a handshake between Hyundai and its worldwide customer base.

When it comes to Korea’s automotive market, Hyundai is a dominate force. More than 650,000 Hyundais were sold in Korea alone in 2010, and that number continues to increase yearly. And not only does the company put thousands of vehicles on the road, it also employs thousands of workers at its three manufacturing plants and office headquarters.

Making It in America
It was in 1986 that Hyundai first came to the United States with its subcompact Excel model and in just seven months, the company sold 100,000 cars. Back then and even now, the brand is known to American drivers as a go-to for cars that meet the needs and economic means of families.

Hyundai Motors America continues to achieve sale success, recently reporting its best November in history. The brand sells thirteen models in this country and accounts for more than two percent of the U.S. auto market. The Elantra, Santa Fe, Tucson, and Genesis are just a couple of the vehicles that have seen a large increase in yearly sales between 2014 and 2015.

But it’s not just in sales where Hyundai sees success. The company has more than 800 dealerships, four regional offices, a parts distribution, several port facilities, and an assembly plant scattered across the nation. The assembly plant, located in Alabama, is responsible for creating 300,000 vehicles annually. The company also helps find advancements in pediatric cancer research through its non-profit Hope On Wheels.

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Hyundai’s Shift:
A Look at the Dual Clutch

Hyundai is always looking for new ways to make its vehicles more fuel efficient and enjoyable for driving. The manufacturer accomplished both with the introduction of it dual clutch transmission technology. World Car took a look at the system and how it works so that our customers can get the most out of their Hyundai vehicles.

The Nuts and Bolts of DCT
Vehicles with a dual clutch transmission (or DCT) have the convenience of an automatic transmission as well as the efficiency of a manual transmission. The main benefit of this technology is an increased fuel economy.

Here’s how it all works. The transmission runs on two clutches, one responsible for the odd gears and the second for the even gears. Your vehicle knows which of the clutches to use with the help of a computer that runs the gear shifting. And even with the use of the two clutches, gear shifting is smooth just like an automatic transmission. Just shift to whatever gear you need, and the vehicle will take it from there. If you want to be in control, you can also shift into the manual transmission and take over.

A Few Minor Glitches
Just like every piece of technology, Hyundai’s dual clutch transmission has its minor flaws. Most of them are due to the transmission not being a traditional automatic. For one, you may hear some clicking noises coming from the engine. This happens at the beginning and end of a drive as the system does a self-test. These clicks may also occur with downshifting gears.

Another thing that may take some getting used to is how the vehicle accelerates. Because of the efficient connection between the transmission and the engine, your acceleration may seem a little abrupt when going from really slow speeds. And with the system’s habit of automatically presetting to higher gears for quick shifts, your vehicle may feel a delayed response when a rapid acceleration requires a downshift.

If the acceleration tendencies are annoying to you or cause any discomfort, there is an easy solution to the problem. In scenarios as the ones described, switch to the “Sport” drive mode of your vehicle and/or to the manual shift mode. You will be able to direct the gears yourself and whenever you want, you can turn switch back to automatic and/or turn off the “Sport” drive mode.

Where to Find DCT
At this time, the dual clutch transmission is only available on a few of the vehicles in Hyundai’s lineup. The first vehicle to have it was 2011 model year Veloster. That vehicle has since continued to offer the technology to drivers. The 2015 and 2016 Sonata have an optional dual clutch transmission, as well as the all-new 2016 Tucson.

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Hyundai’s Hold: United States vs. India

Hyundai’s Korean roots are being stretched worldwide as the brand continues to grow. The company is relatively young compared to its competitors, but its products remain a top choice for drivers in the United States, Canada, and its native Korea. And despite its almost 20 years in India, Hyundai still finds itself pushing for a larger presence on the country’s road. World Car took a look at how Hyundai is represented here in the United States and in India so that our customers can better understand the company and the products they see on the road.

Living the American Dream
Hyundai sold their first car in the United States in 1986. They entered the market at a time when other manufacturers were focusing their efforts on high-end vehicles. Hyundai was able to provide the adequate vehicles that met the essential needs and economic means of buyers such as college students and young families.

The first model Hyundai brought to America was a subcompact Excel model and in just seven months, the company sold 100,000 cars. Sales continued to soar despite Hyundai only having a presence in 31 of the 50 states. After the growing success of the Excel, Hyundai expanded their reach in America by focusing on the central portion of the country and opening a regional office near Chicago.

Today, the company, nationally headquartered in California, has more than 800 dealerships across the nation and accounts for more than two percent of the U.S. auto market. It has four regional offices in New Jersey, Texas, Georgia, and Illinois as well as a parts distribution center in New Jersey. It has several port facilities along the East and West coasts and an assembly plant in Montgomery, Alabama.

And in addition to countless jobs and proving drivers with 13 models to sport in their driveway, Hyundai continues to give back to America with its Hope On Wheels non-profit. The charity raises funds for pediatric cancer patients and research. More than $101 million has been raised since the charity’s start in 1998. It’s no wonder that Hyundai drivers are known to be lifelong brand loyalists!

Coming to India
Before Hyundai broke into India’s automotive market, Suzuki was the biggest name selling passenger vehicles and nearly created a monopoly. These days, Hyundai is the second largest auto manufacturer in the country and continues to see increasing sales with its lineup of eight sedan and SUV models.

While Hyundai has had a presence in India since 1998, the brand has been releasing new models and supporting local causes in the hopes of increasing that presence. The latest model to debut: the Creta, a compact SUV available in five trims and with one of three powertrain setups. The vehicle is winning over drives with its smooth handling, bold design, and strong stance.

Hyundai also has two manufacturing plants in India, providing jobs in addition to putting vehicles on the road. The manufacturing plants produce a combined total of 630,000 vehicles annually, among them the i20 Active, Neo Fluidic Elantra, and the Eon. These vehicles are sent to local dealerships and exported to countries in Europe, Latin America, and Africa.

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The Hyundai Santa Fe vs. Tucson

The Hyundai lineup is filled with fuel-efficient, budget-friendly compact sedans that keep customers coming back for more award-winning quality. While these vehicles stand out, Hyundai still has a few crossover SUV models that also stand head and shoulders above their competition. World Car took a look at the 2016 Santa Fe and 2016 Tucson, and we compared the two models so our customers can find the perfect ride for their family.

The Spacious Santa Fe
Arguably the best feature of the Santa Fe is its space. And there is lots of it to work with! One moment, you can haul several passengers around the Alamo City and the next, fold the seats down and transport loads of cargo. There is also plenty of room to transport both at the same time.

Depending on which trim level you go with, your Santa Fe will have room for either six or seven passengers. The Santa Fe SE has three rows of seating, allowing a third passenger to buckle up in the middle row. And thanks to the easy-to-use fold and slide technology in the second row, getting to the third row is no trouble at all. The more luxurious Santa Fe Limited has two captain’s chairs in the middle row and space between those seats to get to the third row.

Simple Elegance of the Tucson
While the all-new Tucson comes with a laundry list of great features, our dynamo sales teams still recommend this model over the Santa Fe for customers looking for a simpler vehicle to navigate. Standard features don’t include rearview cameras and navigation systems with a touchscreen, but there are plenty of gadgets on there to keep your ride safe and enjoyable. And you’ll also find them less distracting than others!

Some standout standards include an individual tire pressure monitoring system. Using the menu commands on your steering wheel, you will be able to look at your dashboard and see which tire has the lit up the low pressure signal. Also available is a driver’s blind spot mirror, which will alert you if there is a vehicle in the lane you wish to switch into. Your Tucson also comes with drive mode selection (normal, eco, and sport), hillstart assist control, and stain-resistant cloth seats.

Final thoughts
Both CUVs have incredibly smooth handling and despite their larger size, the driver won’t feel like they’re driving a tank down the road. Both vehicles have sharp turning radiuses, making navigating into and out of tight parking situations easy.

Hyundai designed the Santa Fe for “families who know how to roll,” which is why World Car thinks families of any size may find the Santa Fe a better fit for their needs. First-time car buyers, college grads, and drivers looking for just a little extra room will tend to lean towards the Tucson. But no matter what vehicle you end up with, it will be a reflection of Hyundai’s high-quality standards. And buying the vehicle new from your local Hyundai dealer also means it’s protected by Hyundai Assurance.

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Test Driving the Hyundai Tucson

The Hyundai Tucson was added to my test driving list after learning of all the changes the vehicle went through for the 2016 model year. With more stylish features, foot room and the list of available safety features, it was hard to look away from the crossover SUV.

Coming from a family of loyal Hyundai sedan drivers, I never really considered the offerings the brand’s CUV lineup had to offer. But my curiosity went into full swing after reading about the 2016 Tucson, and I had no choice but to give the vehicle a chance to impress me in person.


At the Dealership Walking
into the showroom of World Car Hyundai North off I-35, I felt some jitters about the test drive. I currently sport a 2006 Hyundai Elantra in my driveway, much smaller and simpler than the Tucson. But the sales team settled some of those nerves with their friendly hellos and eagerness to help me.

After requesting to test drive a 2016 Tucson, it took just a few minutes for the team to drive an Ash Black one to the front of the dealership. But another color had my eye in the row of Tucsons, ruby wine. This sounds cliché, but that color caught my attention like a moth to a flame. It’s absolutely gorgeous and while the 2016 Tucson comes in eight different exterior colors, there is no way I would consider anything else but the ruby wine. For a test drive though, I could work with the Ash Black.

It didn’t take long after getting into the driver’s seat for me to get some of those large vehicle jitters back. There is a lot of room inside the Tucson, and the seats are so comfortable (and also happen to be ventilated and stain-resistant!). But I was ready to put this vehicle in motion and see just what all the fuss was about.

The Test Drive
Before putting the Tucson in drive, I asked salesman Hector Sepeda how this vehicle sells in comparison to the Santa Fe. He said that he tends to sell more of the Santa Fes due to their larger size and additional features. But when customers come in looking for more space yet simpler features, he directs their attention to the Tucson.

Despite the vehicle being larger than a Hyundai compact sedan, the CUV’s size wasn’t overwhelming while driving. It didn’t feel like I was driving a tank down the Interstate 35 frontage road. It handled smooth with every turn and stop while having the small turning radius of a sedan. The CUV also has plenty of get-up-and-go for being larger and powered by a four-cylinder 2.0-liter engine.

Going down the road, I heard the strangest beeping noise and couldn’t figure out where it was coming from. The stereo was off, and no one was using a cell phone. Eventually, Hector and I figured out it was the Lane Change Assist feature, which comes standard on the 2016 Tucson Sport and Limited. This feature uses radar technology to sense when a vehicle is too close to you and it’s not safe to change lanes. I’m not sure if I would ever get the hang of using that feature, but I do see the benefits of it.

Pulling back into the dealership parking lot, I didn’t want to get out of the vehicle. It was comfortable and had a lot of nice features without overwhelming the driver. I could see this vehicle being great for any driver, from a college grad or family, and perfect for any type of commute. Personally, I would take advantage of the vehicle’s size, using it to haul visiting family and friends around town or roller derby gear to practice three times a week!

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