Hyundai’s midsize sedan has undergone quite the transformation in the last four model years. Take the 2011, for example – radically restyled compared to the car that came before it, the previous Sonata probably had the most pronounced impact on Hyundai’s catapult rise to the American mainstream. Glancing quickly at this new Sonata, it might be easy to label it a more conservative restyling of the same basic car. But to write it off as such would be doing the 2015 model a great disservice.
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I’ve never been a huge fan of traditional hybrid vehicles. The tradeoffs between driving dynamics and efficiency are usually huge, and require a completely different style of driving than traditional gasoline or diesel vehicles to achieve maximum mileage. In many non-purpose built hybrids, the bump in price over the gasoline versions will never be realized in fuel savings because they simply aren’t that much better economy wise.
Thankfully, there are a few vehicles emerging on the market that eliminate most hybrid shortcomings. One such vehicle is the Ford Fusion Energi plug-in hybrid. Read More
When Volkswagen introduced the current North American market, US-built Passat in 2011, it was a move seen as either heresy or necessity, depending on which side of the VW enthusiast fence you sat on. After all, if the company wasn’t going to trade on its “Continental manufacturing for the mainstream” appeal, what was the point? At least, that was the counterargument to VW’s claim that a midsize sedan designed specifically for the North American market would finally allow them to compete on price, size and content with competitors from Asia and the US. Despite being three model years in, we haven’t yet covered the “NMS” Passat on these pages. No time like the present…
As I drive around in the latest iteration of VW’s American-market Passat, now featuring the 1.8 TSI engine, driving impressions of the outgoing 2014 Sonata in Hybrid guise – a car I drove the week prior – flashed into my mind. The Sonata that this 2014 Hybrid is based on was introduced back in 2009, and the newly revised 2015 Sonata will be hitting dealerships around the time you read this (though the Hybrid version soldiers on in current form until a new one bows for 2016).
The thought of hybrid loanership for a week usually fills me with the sort of dread reserved for visiting a dentist’s office with a dull ache in your jaw – the only way through the period of time ahead is to envision how much better you’ll feel when it’s behind you. It’s not that hybrids are bad cars, mind you – they certainly serve a purpose for a portion of the buying public – but very rarely are they geared toward car lovers, and instead tend to focus so single-mindedly on efficiency that the duty of actually driving becomes drudgery in their presence. Such was the case when I approached the Sonata Hybrid pictured – “here we go again”.
Obviously, here at Speed:Sport:Life we love our cars. Welcome to a new segment where I will be
beating the shit out of borrowed cars doing some car reviews. Of course, we can’t do things like everyone else so I’ve broken the review categories into things I think are interesting with a little Speed, a lot of Sport, and some Life thrown in. I’ll let the guys at Car & Driver complain about the materials used to make a domestic car’s interior –most of the racecars I drive don’t even have interiors so I don’t really have an opinion about the matter.
Our first contestant is the 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid, yes, I said hybrid. And below are the Racer Boy Review Catagories.