HYUNDAI New Car Model Guide
Hyundai of South Korea skews vehicles directly toward the American market, thanks to an array of production facilities in the United States, such as Hyundai's Alabama assembly plant, studios for research and design in California, and a technology and engineering center in Michigan. Hyundai's 2009 line includes a new flagship sports sedan — Genesis.
Hyundai's subcompact cars segment as a four-door sedan and three-door coupe. Each stocks safety equipment like curtain-style air bags. Trim levels run from the sedan's well-equipped GLS to the coupe's GL and special edition SE packing a sport shifter. Power for all stems from Hyundai's 1.6-liter four-in-line engine scored to 110 hp with a standard five-speed manual transmission or optional four-speed automatic.
Hyundai's mid-size sedan has premium features and lots of safety equipment — like ESC and six air bags including curtain-style inflators concealed in the roof. For 2009, Sonata shows fresh body styling and a revised cockpit design with new seats and instrument panel. Powertrains also get upgrades. The 2.4-liter four-pack with CVVT (Continuously Variable Valve Timing) gains dual cams and increases the output to 175 hp, while a 3.3-liter V6 rises to 249 hp. Three trims continue with GLS, sporty SE and deluxe Limited, although the SE edition receives sport-tuned springs, shocks and stabilizer bars.
The premium performance sedan is sculpted with aerodynamic sheetmetal and crafted with a five-seat cabin lined in leather. The cabin applies front buckets and a rear bench with split folding seatback. Azera offers trims of GLS and Limited. Engine for all is a dual-cam 3.8-liter V6 delivering 265 hp through a five-speed automatic Shiftronic transmission. For 2009, all Azeras carry a new instrument cluster with electroluminescent gauges. Safety features like ESC (electronic stability control) and eight air bags apply to every issue.
A new flagship sedan for Hyundai brings sporty performance characteristics and lots of on-board luxury features. Constructed on a new rear-wheel-drive (RWD) platform, Genesis offers two powertrain options — Hyundai's 3.8-liter Lambda V6 for 290 hp coupled with an Aisin six-speed automatic transmission and a new 375-hp 4.6-liter V8 tied to a ZF six-speed automatic. The lengthy equipment list for Genesis ranges from front and rear seat-mounted side air bags and roof-mounted curtain-style air bags to electronic front head restraints, automatic headlights, leather seat upholstery with heated front buckets, XM NavTraffic and Lexicon audio gear.
Hyundai's front-wheel-drive (FWD) CUV (crossover utility vehicle) comes with powertrain choices and class-leading standard safety features. A base 2.7-liter V6 produces 185 hp, while the 3.3-liter V6 runs up to 242 hp. Electronically controlled all-wheel-drive (AWD) traction is optional with the larger V6, and safety equipment includes an anti-lock brake system (ABS) with electronic brake distribution (EBD) plus ESC skid controls and curtain-style air bags. The spacious cabin for Santa Fe structures enough space for three tiers of seats with an optional third-row bench. New paint shades for 2009 include Pearl White and Medium Silver Blue.
The seven-passenger CUV from Hyundai looks different from right-angled and top-heavy SUVs. Its lower body seems substantial and strong like a SUV but the upper section with tipped-back windshield and sweeping roofline may be more reminiscent of a classic sports car or racy GT-style coupe. There are three trim steps on Veracruz with entry-level GLS, the SE edition with more on-board gear and top-tier Limited. Veracruz's powertrain is a 3.8-liter V6 pumping 260 hp with a sophisticated, electronically controlled, six-speed automatic transmission featuring Hyundai's Shiftronic manual shift mode. Traction choices are FWD or Hyundai's electronically controlled AWD system.
Hyundai's small-class CUV, riding on a car's platform and packing lots of safety equipment, shows a shapely sheetmetal package and a flexible passenger compartment with seats for five plus room at the tail for cargo. Tucson brings four-cylinder and V6 powertrain options distributed across three levels of trim — base GLS, upgraded SE and deluxe Limited. Tucson GLS gets Hyundai's 2.0-liter four-in-line CVVT with 140 hp and a five-speed manual or optional four-speed Shiftronic automatic. Tucson SE and Limited rate Hyundai's 2.7-liter V6 for 173 hp. The CUV also supports two traction formats with FWD or AWD.
Hyundai's minivan rides on a FWD platform with a long wheelbase and broad wheel track to set up spacious quarters for the passenger compartment. There's room for seven riders with front-row bucket seats, second-row seats that flip and fold and a third-row bench that folds down to form a flat floor in the cargo bay. A dual-cam 3.8-liter CVVT V6 motivates Entourage with 250 hp and ties to a five-speed Shiftronic automatic. Standard safety features range from curtain-style air bags for outboard seats to four-channel ABS with EBD and ESC.
Hyundai's compact-class cars show striking body styling on an expanded package with more standard safety gear aboard. For 2009, the Elantra Touring emerges as a five-door wagon that's fun to drive and quite functional. There are two rows of seats — buckets in front of a three-seat bench — and a generous cargo bay, which expands to 65 cubic feet with rear seatbacks folded down. Engine is Hyundai's 2.0-liter four-cylinder plant with CVVT and a power rating of 138 hp. Stock safety gear lists ABS with EBD and six air bags including curtain-style air bags.
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