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2011 Hyundai Sonata Limited Review

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Rewind to 15 years ago, and it would have been embarrassing to drive a Korean car. This is referenced in the media. In the Fast and Furious Tokyo Drift film, Han gives Sean a Mitsubishi Evo, and he says, “What, you think I’m going to let you roll in a Hyundai?”. Top Gear’s Jeremy Clarkson says your life has hit rock bottom if you drive a Hyundai Accent Diesel. A long time ago, a girl asked me what car she should get, and I said, “You should get a Hyundai”. Big mistake. She never talked to me again. Point is that Hyundais and Kias (Hyundai owns Kia) have always been burdened with the reputation of being cheap and mediocre cars. It’s funny how things can change in time. The Hyundai Sonata always had been a left field contender rivaling the likes of the Toyota Camry and Honda Accord. But the Sonata was redesigned in 2006, and it became a decent family sedan with a roomy interior and civilized road manners. It sold well, but it still trailed the better family sedans. Enter the sixth generation Hyundai Sonata. The Sonata attempts to build on the fundamentals of the earlier sonatas while using eye catching styling and fuel efficiency to garner sales.

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2011 Hyundai Sonata Limited Teaser

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Review coming soon!

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2010 BMW 328i Review

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“Don’t fix it if it ain’t broken”

That’s the expression that crossed my mind when I was driving the E90 generation. I kept thinking of the 2012 328I F30 version that I drove as a courtesy car. I kept wondering, how did they manage to make the F30 so different than the E90. The E90, in my mind, is almost perfect (the E46 is my favorite).  The BMW 3 Series is the leader of the compact luxury class, and within good reason. When you drive the BMW, Ultimate Driving Machine springs to mind. The one virtue I’d like to have in a car handling wise is decent steering feel. And the Beemer has exemplary feedback. I can literally tell when the road changes just from the feel of the front wheels. There is a stereotype that BMW drivers are douchebags on the road which I can relate to as the engine note of the inline six cylinder engine is addictive. I have a hard time resisting the urge to push the engine to its redline. I prefer it when I can feel the bumps in the road, but not to the point it gets intrusive. The ride quality in the BMW is firm and comfortable at the same time. I don’t know any other car manufacturer that does this. Maybe Honda? But BMW is still miles ahead. I drove on a narrow twisty road, and the car turns so quickly I was able to corner relatively quickly. On a twisty road, this car makes me smile with the alluring engine note and the car’s ability to carve tight turns so well. Continue reading

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