Daily Podcast: Lieberman: "The Hyundai Sonata Handles Better Than the MINI Cooper"

Justin Berkowitz
by Justin Berkowitz
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I don’t have anything else to say. Lieberman thinks the Hyundai Sonata (decent car, really) handles better than the MINI Cooper and MINI Cooper S. I think Lieberman has been hitting the wine early in anticipation of the Jewish holidays. There are, however, some cars with great enthusiast reputations that some of us are just not on board with. Lieberman doesn’t like the MINI. I don’t get the fuss over the 1-Series, Nissan 350Z, or even the Nissan GT-R. P.J. McCombs just doesn’t love the Lexus IS-F. Jay Shoemaker doesn’t dig the Maserati GT. And so on. It just goes to show, there’s nothing truly objective about cars. Even the truth. Especially the truth.

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  • DearS DearS on Sep 29, 2008

    Best anything is subjective. I probably prefer an Integra Type R to any SRT8, Rwd or not. The Mini has its handling weaknesses. Its stability for example is probably not on the same level as the Sonata. A weakness inherent in the size of the Mini. Some folk will not like such things. Its ok.

  • Mrb00st Mrb00st on Sep 30, 2008

    The Sonata has a lot of torque steer. Like whoa. Punchy though. I don't like the new steering on the mini now. It's too overboosted, I think. 350Z is not my thing, either... I'd rather have a Z4M speaking of Nissans, rode in a GT-R recently... I certainly get that car now.

  • Ronman Ronman on Sep 30, 2008

    I do agree that handling is subjective, but comparing a Mini, to a Sonata doesnt make sense. i think comparisons, whether subjective or objective should be done on cars of the same segment. Surely an RX8 handles better than an H1, hell yeah, but where's the point? however, on the subjective argument, handling is that, each driver has a preference, and some don't even have a clue!!!! i prefer a front engine FWD layout because i'm used to it, but i adored the responsiveness and dynamic attitude of the Gallardo SL (Mid engine AWD) etc.etc... and the Fiat 500 is one of the best handling cars (crap autobox though) i've ever driven, surely that is not everyones opinion. cheers

  • John R John R on Sep 30, 2008

    I own an '07 Sonata. And if a MINI handles worse than it, BMW better go back to the drawing board and MINI owners need to stop drinking the Kool-Aid. In all seriousness, it is a decent car and would be better if I could ditch these Michelin OEM tires! A set of Kumho Ecsta ASXs would make me a happy camper.