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Daily green without the groan

Tested: Five Great Everyday Hybrids

From miserly compacts to full-sized fuel-sipping sedans, you can have your cake and eat it, too, with both style and a serious salute to the environment. These five excellently executed everyday hybrids meld style and sensibility.

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Hyundai Makes a Comeback

World Rally Championship Finland, An Underdog Returns to Racing

The old-wood pine forests and gravel roads of the Neste Oil WRC Finland made for gorgeous scenery in early August. And Team Hyundai, plus two of their Finnish drivers, made for a great story.

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When more is way too much

The Business of Busyness

Nissan’s third generation Murano bowed at the New York Auto Show this spring. The reason you didn’t see it in our Ten Best list from the show is because I hate it the way my architect wife hates attached garages and vinyl siding. Car design is trending toward overbearing, thanks in no small part to the tastes of drivers. But there’s still hope out there.

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It takes two to fan dance

The Arrival of the Korean Luxury Sedan: Kia K900 & Hyundai Equus

Not that long ago, “Korean Luxury Car” sounded a lot like “Hardee’s Beef Wellington”. Something was clearly lost in both translation and execution — but those days are gone now. Both Kia and Hyundai have brought their own versions of luxo barges to our shores in the form of the K900 and the Equus. Sure, the snob factor isn’t nearly as present as in the German or Japanese offerings, but that could be just what the doctor (or lawyer) ordered. The Korean luxury sedan has arrived in a big way without making a big move for your bank account.

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10 Concepts We're Praying Find their Way to Production

Geneva 2014 Concept Cars: Beautiful, Daring and Downright Awesome

Watching concept cars bow at international auto shows is like watching the festivities at Paris Fashion Week: displays are daring, beautiful and sometimes just downright petrifying. The world gets to see bold, shocking statements or captivating ones that might just make it to market. The best examples are fuel for dreams of what may come. This year, the Geneva Motor Show proved to be fertile ground. From a student-submitted sports car to a practical van, here are our 10 favorite concept cars from the show.

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Big guns for those haulin' runs

Pack ‘Em In: 5 Great 7-Passenger SUVs

It’s no longer enough for a big SUV to transport seven; it has to look good and feel good (for both driver and passengers) while doing it. Our intrepid Octane crew drove five of the best seven-passenger SUVs out there and found a flavor for just about anyone. While none of these five SUVs are perfect, each is grand in its own right by virtue of style, quality and utility.

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Making Detroit Shine

Detroit 2014: In a Sea of Unveilings, 10 Cars That Matter

The North American International Auto Show is one of our favorite events of the year. It’s a time when just about every carmaker descends on Detroit, and the moment is a golden one. Picture it with us: gleaming steeds — SUVs, sports cars, sedans, pickups and more — as far as the eye can see, a field that’s tough to whittle down to our favorites. But we’ve done just that with these ten beauties, the best of NAIAS.

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Big grilles, rich thrills

Want This, Get This: Mercedes-Benz S550 or Hyundai Equus Ultimate

Executives require executive rides, but perhaps you’re the new CEO of a startup and you’re strapped for cash. You can’t exactly plunk down for a six-figure european limo while you’re trying to figure out how to cover the new office expansion. We’ve got two rides that cradle you in luxury and deliver you with speed: the Mercedes-Benz S550 and the Hyundai Equus Ultimate. Both are opulently appointed despite a very noticeable $25k difference in price; one says that you’ve arrived, and the other, that you’re comfortably on your way.

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It's hot to hatch

Hatchback Comeback: Taking On 5 Great Hatches

In the States, we know that size still matters. And just like dinner portions, Americans love their bigger cars and trucks. But times, they are a changin’, and the current crop of hatchbacks just goes to show that manufacturers are putting in a lot more thought, time and money into developing small cars that work big. Driving a hatchback no longer makes you look like you were holding the door when they were handing out real cars. The combination of solid styling, creature comforts and great fuel economy (and, sometimes. wickedly good performance) has young and old alike turning to 5-doors options. We drove five of the best for a month and came away with a new appreciation for the hot hatch.

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Great, in concept

Best Concept Cars at Detroit 2013

As nearly every auto show evidences, status quo just doesn’t cut it — and concept cars, as crazy as they can sometimes be, give us a glimpse into the realm of automotive possibility. The concepts of NAIAS 2013 were no exception. Some were radical new designs for existing models and others are new to the…

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Accountants in search of flair, take note.

Quick Spin: 2013 Hyundai Azera

The original Hyundai Azera wasn’t exactly sure what it wanted to be, despite Hyundai’s goal of slotting it between the Sonata and Genesis sedans. The placement made sense, given the huge gap in pricing between the two aforementioned cars. And though the Azera was a practical bargain with its roomy interior and V6 engine, it…

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Semi-hot hatched at birth

Quick Spin: Hyundai Veloster Turbo

Love ‘em or hate ‘em, Hyundai is making some serious waves in the automotive industry. With a new design language pervading the lineup and cars that compete in just about every segment (Hyundai pickup truck, anyone?), Hyundai is seeing monumental growth. Last year, the Korean automaker came out with the radically styled Veloster; now they’ve…

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The Land of the Morning Calm shakes things up

In Depth: The Rise of Hyundai

A number of years ago, a Hyundai Motor Company executive was quoted as saying something along the lines of, “We want Hyundai to make the kind of car you want to buy, not the kind of car you have to buy.” As a teen, I distinctly recall the emergence of the South Korean automaker’s first…

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Veloster Raptor

2013 Hyundai Veloster Turbo

We covered the handsome 2012 Hyundai Veloster at the beginning of last year. And though we are fans of the aggressive hot hatch look, this hatch has been less than hot in the performance department. Well, Hyundai listened and has just revealed the 2013 Veloster Turbo. Even though it’s a mere 1.6 liter displacement engine,…

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Krispy Korean

2012 Hyundai i30

The Frankfurt Motor Show is just around the corner, and we’re pretty psyched about it. More toys, more power, more everything. But sometimes, less is more. For example, the all new 2012 Hyundai i30. What you see above you is an early reveal of what the production car should look like, and we’re chomping at…

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No impostor

2012 Hyundai Veloster

Not long ago, the president of Hyundai North America stated, “We want Hyundai to be the kind of car you want to buy, not the kind of car you have to buy.” Well, with the release of the Genesis, Genesis Coupe and the new Sonata, Hyundai can claim both improved quality AND eye-catching design. Their…

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2010 Hyundai Genesis Coupe 3.8 Review

By Mike Solowiow | The Truth About Cars In comparison to the Genesis sedan, the Genesis Coupe has appeared on dealer lots like a Stealth bomber sliding into Whiteman. Either Hyundai thinks their new two-door makes such a strong impression it doesn’t need a huge marketing campaign to jump-start the public imagination, or they blew…