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2020 Hyundai Venue SEL road test

BY MARK MAYNARD As the Coronavirus sucks the spontaneity out of our daily routines, having to replace anything, especially a vehicle, gets new scrutiny. How much or how little is required? Do we make ourselves happy? Or do we settle? Hyundai’s newest and smallest SUV crossover, the Venue, makes the most of difficult choices. Based on the Hyundai’s subcompact Accent sedan, the Venue is the boxy equivalent, but it’s not a penalty box. It’s a...

2021 Kia K5: A midsize ringer for Stinger

On sale this summer, the new sedan will replace the Optima Kia Motors America announced June 30 via virtual media reveal that the replacement for its midsize Optima sedan will be the K5, going on sale later this summer. The fastback-styled sedan will be sold with a choice of turbocharged four-cylinder engines, eight-speed automatic transmissions and, for the first time, an option for all-wheel drive. The K5 is such a dramatic departure [from Optima] that...

2019 Hyundai Veloster Turbo R-Spec: Cheap fun, well done

With so much attention on teacup crossovers and self-driving vehicles, I sometimes forget what fun it is to grab a rascal by the scruff and shake it out on a run. The redesigned Hyundai Veloster R-Spec is that kind of car — and it is not expensive. The 2019 Veloster is the second generation of this compact-class, front-wheel-drive, four-seat hatchback “coupe.” It is unique in the segment for its lone rear passenger door on the...