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Spotlight: What New Features You Can Expect to See in the 2015 Hyundai Sonata

2015 Hyundai Sonata Eco

The term “all-new” gets thrown around quite often in the auto world, largely to describe new generations of models that have modified appearances and improved powertrains. But the all-new 2015 Hyundai Sonata will include two major options that are completely different from anything available in the outgoing model.

The 2015 Sonata is receiving one major update inside the cabin and another underneath the hood — the second-generation Blue Link telematics system and an economic engine option. Both features will revolutionize the driver experience in different ways. Let’s look further at how exactly it will do this:

Next-Generation Blue Link: As we touched on in an earlier post, the second-generation Blue Link telematics system has a number of capabilities designed to make drivers’ lives easier no matter where they are. And it accomplishes this by behaving a lot like your smartphone. With Google-powered, voice-activated Destination Search, Bluetooth connectivity and music streaming, Blue Link will be able to keep you connected and entertained while directing you to any location.

Second-Generation Blue Link

And to make life even better, it will be able to improve your comfort inside the cabin, too. Remote climate control, for instance, enables you to set the cabin to optimal driving conditions before you start your drive, and the remote defroster provides optimal driving conditions during cold weather. Not a bad combination to have!

2015 Sonata Eco: Hyundai recently announced the availability of a 1.6-liter turbocharged Gamma four-cylinder engine option, which will power the 2015 Sonata Eco. The Gamma engine is projected to generate an impressive 177 horsepower and 195 pound-feet of torque. But a 10 percent fuel economy jump is really what stands out, helping the all-new Sonata Eco return up to 38 mpg on the highway and 28 mpg in the city.

Nissan, PlayStation Reveal 2020 Gran Turismo Concept

Sneak Peek: Nissan, PlayStation Unveil Concept for 2020 Vision Gran Turismo (Video)

From self-driving cars to a “magic” mirror that makes all objects inside the vehicle disappear, Nissan and the future of the automotive industry seem to go hand in hand these days. And that will be the case once again as Nissan teams up with PlayStation to create the NISSAN CONCEPT 2020 Vision Gran Turismo.

The supercar concept was made to celebrate the Gran Turismo’s 15th anniversary, and it has a, well, interesting backstory. It all started when Nissan designers were given permission to create a dream car for their Gran Turismo fantasy garage, with input from designers from England to Japan being taken into consideration.

This all led to NISSAN CONCEPT 2020 Vision Gran Turismo, which could provide a sneak peek at what the futuristic supercar may look like down the road. Nissan fans will be able to get a closer look at what the car is capable of once it becomes available for download in Gran Turismo 6.

In the meantime, you can catch a glimpse of the 2020 Vision Gran Turismo by watching the video above!

Honda Doubles Up on Honors from Parents Magazine and Edmunds.com

2014 Honda Accord Sedan

When it comes to seeking the most family-friendlyvehicle on the market, Parents magazine and Edmunds.com contend that there is no one-size-fits-all solution for buyers, but they did recently approve two very different Honda models for domestic duty. Both the 2014 Honda Accord midsize sedan and the 2014 Honda Odyssey minivan landed on the publications’ 10 Best Family Cars for 2014 list.

Dubbed one of the Best Sedans, the 2014 Accord was lauded by Parents and Edmunds.com editors for its spacious and sophisticated cabin that is outfitted with standard features like Bluetooth connectivity, cruise control and a rearview camera. Also noted were the sedan’s useful active-safety technology options, including Forward Collision Warning, Lane Departure Warning and the Honda LaneWatch passenger-side blind-spot camera. While the Accord frees up extra money for diapers and groceries by returning up to 36 mpg on the highway, Parents and Edmunds.com were just as impressed by the responsiveness of its base 185-horsepower 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine.

“The key to choosing the right vehicle for your family is finding one that has all the functionality you need as a parent while still engaging you as a driver, and the Accord and Odyssey both accomplish that,” said Jason LaCroix, general manager of AutoFair Honda, a New Hampshire Honda dealer in Manchester. “They offer nimble, fuel-efficient rides while providing a range of modern features that will keep the entire family entertained and safe.”

Though a minivan may be an obvious choice for family transport, Parents and Edmunds.com named the up-to-eight-passenger Honda Odyssey their Best Minivan because it drives and conserves fuel like a much smaller vehicle. Netting up to 28 mpg on the highway, the Odyssey saves parents cash at the gas pump while featuring plenty of versatility, including a One-Motion 60/40 Split 3rd Row Magic Seat that can be fully stowed in the rear to create space for larger items like strollers. In addition to coming with Bluetooth connectivity and a rearview camera while offering the same available active-safety features found on the Accord, Honda’s minivan also boasts clever child-ready options like a built-in HondaVAC vacuum for cleaning up cereal crumbs and a cool box in the lower part of the center stack that can keep juice boxes chilled.

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