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As other OEMs drop out of the compact sedan segment to focus more on larger vehicles like SUVs, Hyundai is re-upping its efforts, completely redesigning its long-trusted Elantra sedan for 2021 in hopes to gain market share in an area of the auto market that is shrinking but still has a significant amount of fans, both domestic and worldwide.

Hyundai has jazzed up the styling on the Elantra, ramped up the technology and safety features, and even offers a performance-level version this year. I recently spent time in a 2021 Elantra and I’m back with a full report.

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The redesigned look of the Elantra for 2021 features a bold and futuristic appearance that stands out in a segment where many options are pretty ho-hum. The sprawling, in-your-face front grille in particular gets your attention quickly.

My test vehicle’s exterior featured a sharp blue paint scheme, 17-inch alloy wheels, a sun roof, LED headlights and heated side mirrors with turn signal indicators

Going into the Elantra, you’ll find a roomy vehicle in both front and back seats, so you’re not cramped even with a full load of people. That’s another thing you can’t say about every vehicle in this segment, but Hyundai clearly recognizes that compact doesn’t have to mean dreading getting into the back seat.

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  • Vehicle 2021 Hyundai Elantra
  • Price as tested Price as tested: $26,600 (starts at $19,650)
  • Best feature Driving experience, tech features, fuel mileage and price
  • Rating 4 out of five stars 
  • Who will want this vehicle? Compact sedan buyers seeking a vehicle that outpunches its weight class
Posted On Sunday, 09 May 2021 19:18 Written by
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You don’t get to be a NACTOY Car of the Year nominee by slouching. That’s the first hint that the Genesis G80, a relatively new vehicle getting its first overall redesign for 2021, is a luxury sedan worth noticing.


With more powerful engines offered, and more plentiful and improved tech features to enhance the experience, the G80 continues to be a surprisingly strong contender in the very stacked midsize luxury sedan segment.

While the Genesis brand — an offshoot of Hyundai — is still relatively new and lacks the cachet of many longstanding luxury brands, it’s one that continues to turn heads, and could soon find itself on the rise.

I recently spent some time in a 2021 Genesis G80, and I’m back with a full breakdown.

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  • Vehicle 2021 Genesis G80 
  • Price as tested $60,575 (starts at $47,700) 
  • Best feature Powerful performance, luxurious design
  • Rating 4.5 out of five stars
  • Who will want this vehicle? Luxury sedan buyers seeking a new alternative that is more affordable than established brands but equally impressive
Posted On Wednesday, 24 March 2021 23:03 Written by
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As someone who loves to drive, I’ve never truly understood why the sales charts are the way they are when it comes to nonluxury family sedans.

Far too often, vehicles that are actually fun to drive are left behind by the sedan buyer in favor of more humdrum experiences behind the wheel.

Whatever the reason, I’m happy to report that for people who are focused on stronger performance from their sedan, options still exist. 

One such option is the 2021 Mazda6, a sedan that both looks sharp and drives impressively. I recently spent some time in a Mazda6 and I’m back with a full report.

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  • Vehicle 2021 Mazda6   
  • Price as tested $36,795 (starts around $25K) 
  • Best feature Sporty and fun to drive, strong design, tech features  
  • Rating 4 out of five stars
  • Who will want this vehicle? Sedan buyers who want to skip more humdrum options and get a ride they’ll remember
Posted On Thursday, 25 February 2021 22:31 Written by
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Reaching the 40-year mark is a major achievement for any vehicle, and the Nissan Maxima reaches that ripe old age in 2021, leading the way as the Nissan brand’s flagship sedan.

Currently on its eight edition, the last major upgrade to the Maxima came in 2015, but for 2021 there is a limited-production 40th Anniversary Edition with some attractive design additions.

Even after all this time, and despite tough competition, the Maxima remains an attractive full-size sedan with a level of sportiness rarely found in the segment.

I recently tested a 2021 40th Anniversary Nissan Maxima and I’m back with a full report.

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  • Vehicle 2021 Nissan Maxima   
  • Price as tested $45,850 (starts at $37K)  
  • Best feature Lots of get-up-and-go; High-end interior  
  • Rating 4 out of five stars
  • Who will want this vehicle? Sedan buyers seeking a high-class, performance-focused vehicle 
Posted On Friday, 29 January 2021 00:12 Written by
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Maintaining a competitive advantage in the ever-changing sedan segment means reinvention from time to time, and Kia has taken that to heart.

After two decades of selling its midsize sedan under the Optima name, the automaker has decided to do a full redesign for 2021 and rebrand the vehicle as the Kia K5 — a more upscale, more powerful alternative better equipped to battle the segment sales leaders.

Highlights of this upgraded and renamed model also include a bolder style, and available all-wheel drive. I recently tested a 2021 Kia K5, and I’m back with a full report.

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The exterior design of the K5 features a sleek yet aggressive redesign that is highlighted by sharp-looking headlights and is overall a much bolder look than the Optima offered. It will definitely catch your eye more than most sedan competitors. 

Exterior features include automatic LED reflector headlights, amber LED daytime running lights, power heated outside mirrors, an acoustic front windshield, and 16-inch alloy wheels.

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  • Vehicle 2021 Kia K5 
  • Price as tested $32,355 (starts around $24K)
  • Best feature Smooth driving experience, quality design inside and out, sharp technology
  • Rating 4.5 out of five stars 
  • Who will want this vehicle? Sedan buyers looking for a brand-new, modern, high-class and comfortable vehicle for an affordable price.
Posted On Sunday, 17 January 2021 23:19 Written by
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