Forbes Declares "Year Of The Hyundai"

Edward Niedermeyer
by Edward Niedermeyer

And I’m inclined to agree. Hyundai had some of the best sales numbers of 2008, and they rolled out some killer products like the Genesis and Kia Soul. Too bad Forbes based their whole article off of the JD Power Initial Quality Survey.

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  • Matt51 Matt51 on Jun 27, 2009

    The Koreans are beating the Japanese, the Americans, and the Europeans. They deserve credit for a job well done. Honda's are too noisy (road noise), and ride too harshly. Toyota's are ugly and overpriced. Hard to imagine, a country which makes such beautiful motorcycles, how Toyota can survive with the styling they have. They need to hire away some stylists from Kawasaki. So many criticize Hyundai/Kia, go drive their latest cars. See for yourself, they are the real deal.

  • Niky Niky on Jun 27, 2009

    While the Genesis doesn't quite drive as well as the 5-series, it's definitely comparable to the E-Class or the LS... very comparable. Quality is good and the ride, while not great, is not as stupidly stiff as Mr.Runflat over there in the corner. - While the IQS is of dubious applicability in terms of reliability, it at least indicates that a lot of care goes into screwing together modern Hyundais. And I know quite a few owners of the newer model platforms who are quite satisfied with their rides. - Honda? Lagging? They're neck-in-neck with Toyota in terms of fuel economy, and are second-to-none in terms of engine technology. Their cars are well-screwed together and feel pretty solid. They're expensive, but they offer higher content than most, mechanically... you can buy a 5-speed automatic in the Fit which is miles better than the old 4ATs in most of the competition. The only complaint I can level against Hondas is that they seem to have been road-tested exclusively by engineers who are as fit as Formula One drivers... leading to cars that corner well, ride stiffly, and have seats that are only comfortable for twenty-year olds with six-pack abs, and not thirty year olds with beer bellies.

  • Ohsnapback Ohsnapback on Jun 28, 2009

    All those doodads and gizmos and fancy-shmancy marketing... When Hyundai learns to make a suspension that doesn't whine, crash, bang and thunk, I may take notice. Until then, they're a poseur of a real car company.

  • Orian Orian on Jun 29, 2009

    From experience with a 2000 Hyundai Tiburon and a 2004 Kia Sedona, the initial quality part is great. Long term? Not so great. Both vehicles had a myriad of problems a couple of years in (both had to have catalytic converters replaced around 70k miles for one). Interestingly we received initial quality surveys but never any a couple of years in. They are certainly improving, but the down time my wife and I have dealt with have put us off from the brand. The Kia is still a major issue that we're looking at a possible legal resolution since they don't want to budge after the cats failed (under and replaced by warranty) and caused more damage to the engine.