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SAMURAI RIDES: WELCOME TO DC WITH THE 2016 HYUNDAI SONATA – BLACK WEBLOG AWARDS

SAMURAI RIDES: WELCOME TO DC WITH THE 2016 HYUNDAI SONATA – BLACK WEBLOG AWARDS

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July marks one of the more active months for me. Besides my usual daddy duties, I have a number of events taking me out of town. After just coming off my time in Ocean City with the new 2017 Elantra I had Hyundai fresh on my mind as I prepared for my next trip to  the DMV area. Fortunately the 2016 Sonata Sport 2.0 with its 18 inch wheels, sleek appearance and extra muscle was waiting for me. The step up in model gave me some more room and power under the hood as I made my way down the 95.

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Space, Style and Power at your fingertips in the 2016 Hyundai Sonata.

My next destination was the Black Weblog Awards that were held during the 2016 Blogging While Brown conference in Washington, DC. That was one of the most smooth rides into the nation’s capital I’ve ever taken. I can see that the new Elantra took a lot of its design influence from the Sonata.

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Blogging While Brown – Black Weblog Awards Acceptance

Essentially the Sonata is the Elantra’s big brother. Ruling the mid-size class with the most interior space of any other vehicle, you know I’m already enjoying myself.

The Sonata includes some of our favorite and at this point expected features like hands free smart trunk access, remote key ignition, rear view cameras, blind spot and lane safety detection alerts and gorgeous leather laced interior with sporty gear shift handle, pedals and chrome accents.

Besides the increase in size and space, it was the Sonata’s power that quickly struck me after a week with the Elantra. Going from  a solid 147 horsepower engine to the twin turbo pushing at up to 245 horses, the feel on the road is night and day.  When you couple that with the Sport mode steering setting and you really do feel like gliding on the open road.

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I’m not even going to lie. There were a number of impressed looks as I pulled up on George Washington University for the Blogging While Brown Conference. Here’s the thing. People see the running around that I do. With so much going on and so many things on my plate, there is only so much time I can put into transportation. How ever I choose to move about needs to be quality so I can think about other things. The Hyundai Sonata allowed me 100% confidence in the fact that I’d be arriving where I needed to be without any issues.

If nothing else, Hyundai is coming through with lots of options for your driving desires. The Sonata Sport that I experienced goes for just under $30K with the Limited Edition running you about $5K more for all the top features and added treats. At either level, I’d say that you will be a happy customer once you hit that road.

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SAMURAI RIDES: RIDING THE 2017 HYUNDAI ELANTRA TO AN OCEAN CITY GETAWAY

SAMURAI RIDES: RIDING THE 2017 HYUNDAI ELANTRA TO AN OCEAN CITY GETAWAY

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The dog days of summer have arrived and what better way to beat the heat then to get down to the shore and enjoy the ocean breeze. That was the game plan and the destination was Ocean City, MD. For this mini vacation I got to take an early peek into 2017 with Hyundai’s Elantra Eco. Packed full of food, clothes and a ton of baby items, it was another digital daddy experience as baby Max went on his first vacation.

I’m really a fan of the Elantra’s appearance. The wide, aggressive grill design gives this car such an eye-catching look on top of the sleek Black paint job. Fitted with 17 inch wheels Hyundai excels at creating a simple yet striking style. Hop in the car and you get comfy seating that includes heating options for the cooler months. A/C operates with dual zone control so both the driver and up front passenger can control their respective climate. I have to say that for a compact car the seating felt wider which really improved my riding.

In riding down to Ocean City every inch of trunk space and them some was put to use. My lifestyle is constant motion so being able to hold the things I need for business and personal really matters. In addition to that, the amount of material that was in the car over all didn’t affect the ride at all. The Elantra rode nice and smooth all the way down to O.C. Even when a bad thunder-storm hit wet road control was top-notch.

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For 2017, you get a ton of mobile integration with many of your most used apps via Apple CarPlay™ & Android Auto™

To keep myself  entertained there are the expected assortment of feature. SiriusXM, Bluetooth, Aux and USB ports give you all the means to enjoy your tunes of choice. In addition to that there are some cool mobile connectivity options for your respective phones. Check out the features for AppleCarPlay & Android Auto.

Safety has always been the top matter to me regarding any #SamuraiRide.  Those vehicle elements matter that much more to me now that I have the most precious cargo, my son riding along now. Hyundai’s Elantra offers you Blind Spot Detection, Rear Cross-traffic alerts and Lane Departure Alerts. This offers a trustworthy field of added safety for things you can’t always see around you while on the road. And while there are a lot of features included to prevent it, accidents unfortunately still happen. The Elantra comes equipped with 6 front airbags, included a newly added bag for the drivers knee area, in addition to full side airbags. With everything that goes on around you on the road do I feel safe in the Elantra? The answer is yes. More importantly do I feel safe when I place my son in this car? Yes I do.

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Within the economy class of cars Hyundai has made a lot of strides and continues to deliver in performance, style and safety. The roads are full of excited, sometimes speeding, vacationers and you really want to enjoy yourself without worrying about your ride.

OCMAXI’d definitely suggest the Elantra as  a solid option for anyone looking for a new ride that gives you a good bang for your buck. As the new year steadily approaches  2017 Elantra is a nice sign of what Hyundai has in store. It passed Max’s test of approval too.

 

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Samurai Rides: Warm Winter Riding With the 2016 Hyundai Tucson #DriveHyundai

Samurai Rides: Warm Winter Riding With the 2016 Hyundai Tucson #DriveHyundai

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One of the highlights of #Samurai Rides from 2015 was the private  hands on review day Hyundai arranged to launch the 2016 Tucson. I absolutely loved this ride. The only downside was that I was limited to a single business day to put the new SUV through its paces. Fortunately I got my wish to put some extended miles on the Tucson to get 2016 rolling.

My first time with the Tucson put me behind the wheel of their high-end Limited model which included the parking sensors, panoramic sunroof, lane detection and HID headlights among other quality features.

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The 2016 Hyunai Tucson Limited


This time around we scaled it back to give the standard edition a shot. Obviously there are a few less bells and whistles but it handled just a smoothly on the road. From Westchester to Manhattan the streets of NYC weren’t an issue to navigate. Then upon hearing the news of the recently opened AmalgamPhilly Comic & Coffeeshop I decided to take a trip to the City of Brotherly Love. Equipped with a multi speaker surround sound system for my Sirius XM/HD radio/MP3 pleasure it was a sweet 2 hour commute into Pennsylvania.

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You’re looking at  a difference of roughly $5000 from Standard to Limited with the majority of the differences being cosmetic. You do lose Hyundai’s Blue Link service so if that is something you need then an upgrade to Limited edition is need. Besides that you’re in for a great experience across the broad.

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Samurai Rides: Happy New Year With The 2016 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid

Samurai Rides: Happy New Year With The 2016 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid #DriveHyundai

 

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Just like that 2016 is here and with comes new travels and adventures. I found myself on the streets of Harlem as the ball dropping closing 2015. My partner on the road was Hyundai’s 2016 Sonata Hybrid Limited Edition. This was a great ride and I enjoyed the ability to follow up with another version of this model. In late 2014 I reviewed the 2015 Sonata and I quickly noticed some changes in this years Edition.

Off top there are some design changes I noticed like the wider grill front, larger wheels and slight longer sleeker body design. The interior received a literal face lift as the as the touch screen display is now 7 inches and includes the rearview camera absent from late years model. Also available is a beautiful panoramic sunroof. With the recent warm winter weather it was ideal for letting the light in while on the road. On the flip side the rear seat come with pull down window shades in case you want a degree of privacy.

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In addition to that the Android Auto system that syncs your smartphone to the car to cut distraction is available with updated software available via Hyundai’s home site. Keeping on the topic of technology, the simultaneous functioning of the gas engine and electric battery felt so smooth on the road I actually forgot it was a Hybrid for the first couple days.

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I really like the changes the Hyundai has been with the 2016 Sonata and with a price tag hovering around $21K you get a lot for that dollar. Quality and efficiency are areas that Hyundai has impressed me with at a consistent rate over the last year and this Hybrid is no exception. You won’t be disappointed.

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