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2014 Hyundai Azera

2014 Hyundai Azera Limited

Chicago radio legends Steve and Johnnie take the 2014 Hyundai Azera Limited for a video test drive. What did they think of their fully loaded test vehicle? Watch and find out.


Azera vs. Sonata

As luck would have it, the Consumer Guide test fleet contains both a 2013 Hyundai Azera and a 2013 Hyundai Sonata Limited this week. The former is Hyundai’s entry into the “near luxury” large-car segment; it competes against the Chevrolet Impala, Kia Cadenza, and Toyota Avalon. The latter is the ritziest trim level of Hyundai’s mainstream midsize car. We thought it would be enlightening to examine these stablemates side-by-side to see exactly what the Azera delivers over the Sonata.


Worst Selling Cars of 2020

Point taken: This is a strange time to try and make any sense of auto sales numbers. Pandemic-depressed auto sales plummeted 35 percent in May and were down 25 percent in June. There’s some indication that consumers are becoming accustomed to doing business in the era of social distancing however, as July sales were only down about 20 percent.

After-Market Vinyl Roof, Aftermarket Landau

The full-vinyl treatment, like the one seen here, will set you back about $1300.

They long ago vanished from new-car option lists, and now they’re fading out of the aftermarket. Per Bob of Restyling Concepts, there isn’t much market for vinyl or cloth roofs anymore, so if you want one, plan ahead. “I don’t stock the kits anymore, so I need about a week to get one.”

2015 Chevrolet Impala LTZ

Consumer Guide’s test Chevrolet Impala arrived in topline 2LZ trim. With destination, our test car came to $38,690. 

Consumer Guide Test Drive2015 Chevrolet Impala 2LZ V6

Class: Large Car

Miles Driven: 182

Fuel Used: 9.0 gallons

Driving mix: 80% city, 20% highway

Cars for Tall Drivers

The 2014 Kia Cadenza offers 45.5 inches of maximum front legroom

Are you sick of “sardining” yourself into a bucket seat? Tired of driving with your kneecaps on the steering wheel? Fed up with banging your noggin on the headliner? If you’re over 6-feet tall and need a vehicle to accommodate your large frame, look no further. We’ve got you covered.

Lexus IS Photos

2014 Lexus IS 250 F Sport

Lexus is rolling out a redesigned IS sedan for 2014, with new styling, new safety and infotainment features, and a slightly longer wheelbase. To illustrate the exterior design changes between the old and the new, we fired off some quick-and-dirty snapshots of a 2013 and a 2014 IS 250 F Sport at the 2014 IS press event.

2014 Cadenza

2014 Kia Cadenza

We mentioned in our coverage of the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show that Kia is going full steam ahead to push its products up the automotive food chain. At the 2013 Detroit Auto Show, the Korean brand unveiled the next step in that effort.


Hyundai Fuel Economy Scandal

In the wake of the Hyundai/Kia mileage brouhaha—in which the South Korean automakers stated that “procedural errors” had led to inflated fuel-economy numbers for more than 70 of their 2011-13 models (read the story)—we decided to examine the mileage that we got on our 2011-13 test vehicles. We found that Hyundai and Kia were correct: Their original numbers were much higher than what we averaged on the highways and city streets in and around Chicago.

Mystery Car, Hyundai Accent, Mystery Car Quiz

Mystery Car

1) Accent or Elantra?

Driving the redesigned 2012 Azera this weekend got me thinking: Boy, Hyundai’s cars sure do look alike, at least from the front. With that in mind, here’s a modest quiz designed to see if you can tell them apart. When creating the images for this particular test, more than once did I have to go back to Hyundai’s media website to make sure I had the correct cars. Maybe your eyes are a little sharper than mine are. Mystery car quiz.