2018 Hyundai Kona, Road-Test.org, Iain Shankland

2018 Hyundai Kona 2.0L & 1.6L Turbo – Road Test

2018 Hyundai Kona, Road-Test.org, Iain ShanklandText: Iain Shankland / Images: Hyundai

At this years’ AutoShow in Toronto my wife and I came away more than impressed with the entirely new Hyundai Kona, and when we heard it was going to be available as an EV we were even more excited that it could go to the top of our next future car list. We were drawn to the Kona at the show by the unique look and the incredible paint colour – Acid Yellow (Lime Twist in the U.S.). Continue reading

All-New Hyundai Accent Makes Global Debut In Toronto

First worldwide premiere for Canadian International AutoShow

2018 Hyundai Accent, Toronto #2017CIAS, @HyundaiCanada, Road-Test.org, Iain Shankland

The Canadian International AutoShow will feature its first-ever global vehicle premiere on February 16th when Hyundai pulls back the cover on its all-new 2018 Accent.

The unveiling of the subcompact Hyundai Accent adds to an already strong lineup of 41 cars and trucks being seen in Canada for the first time at the Media Preview Day of the Canadian International AutoShow. Continue reading

2013 Hyundai Genesis Coupe

Hyundai has released more information on the updated Genesis Coupe for the North American that we saw at last month’s Detroit Motor Show.

As with previous models, the 2013 model continues to be available with two engine options. The new 2.0-litre turbocharged four now produces 274 h.p. (+64 hp) and 275 lb-ft. (+52 lb-ft) of torque, and the 3.8-litre V6 gets direct-injection – upping the output to 348 horsepower (+42 hp) and 295 lb-ft (+29 lb-ft).

Both engines are now available with an optional eight-speed automatic transmission, and all models get a re-tuned suspension.

Additionally, the 2013MY Genesis Coupe also gains a new front fascia (there seems to be a pattern here – is this the new face of Hyundai?), a hood with heat extractors, modified LED taillights, a new rear wing, plus a redesigned center console along with an updated interior.

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2012 Hyundai Elantra GLS – Road Test

Road Test: 2012 Hyundai Elantra GLS
Text: Iain Shankland / Images: Iain Shankland/ Hyundai
Iain Shankland, Road-Test.org

I’ve never been a fan of budget-priced cars and have always done my best to stay away from them if I could afford a better one — even if it cost more money. That changed when I set my eyes on the all-new 2011 Hyundai Elantra. Even the ugliest of chicks will have construction workers doing a double-take, and whistling at her (car) when she drives by.

This is a looker from every angle. I have two questions:1) Why did it take so long for a budget-conscious vehicle to look this good, and 2) Until now, why have cheap/reasonably-priced cars been so ugly?

It doesn’t cost more money to design a good-looking car, so why are the Nissan Versa/Juke/Leaf so ugly that they give Stevie Wonder the shivers? How many people have become violently ill when a Citroen drives past? Don’t tell me it’s all about cost, because the smaller and cheaper all-new 2012 Hyundai Accent (coming soon) looks just as good as the Elantra! Continue reading

2011 Hyundai Tucson GLS AWD – Road Test

Road Test: 2011 Hyundai Tucson GLS AWD
Text: Iain Shankland / Images: Iain Shankland & Hyundai

2011 Hyundai Tucson GLS AWD, Road-Test.org, Iain Shankland

For the last year or so Hyundai have been on a bit of a tear with new models coming out every few months – each one significantly better looking than the model it replaces. The Santa Fe was the first model to get the new treatment followed by a completely new model line-up in the case of the Genesis Coupe and Sedan, followed by the all-new Sonata that has earned numerous awards around the world. More new vehicles are coming in the next few months, but this week’s Road Test is the highly anticipated small CUV, the Tucson. Continue reading

2011 Hyundai Sonata Limited & 2.0T Limited – Road Test

It’s been said that it costs the same amount of money to create and build an ugly car as it does to produce a beautiful one and certainly Hyundai designers have taken it to heart (unfortunately somebody forgot to memo Citroen). In a world of bland econoboxes that can barely register a pulse, let alone raise it to excitement levels, Hyundai are doing their bit to clean up the automotive landscape.

Probably the hottest car company around right now is Hyundai, with last year’s launch of the amazing Genesis Coupe (my favourite sports car of 2010) and the Genesis sedan, then along came the Sonata and Tucson, followed by the 2012 Equus & Elantra … and there’s the soon to be released Azera – can they do no wrong? Continue reading