Hybrids are an excellent first step toward a less eco-hostile automobile, but they may now be falling victim to the very eco-conscious auto culture they helped to foster. The Kia Optima is a great car. It's an attractive, capable, comfortable sedan that offers tremendous value for the dollar and a better-than-average driving experience. It also gets damn good gas mileage, with a 23 city / 34 highway mpg rating, which is nearly as good as the Accord.
We've already reviewed a different variant of Jaguar's long-wheelbase flagship XJL. However, unlike the last car's 3.0-liter supercharged V-6, this XJL packs a much bigger beast underneath its hood. The most significant difference between that car and this car is the 5.0-liter supercharged V-8, which adds 130 horsepower and 92 lb-ft of torque over the six-pot. It also deletes the front half of the drivetrain. That's right, this car has more power and fewer driven wheels.
You can't fault Hyundai for wanting to gain a foothold in the luxury-sport market - the brand has made an incredible comeback and has a clear vision of where it wants be - but the Genesis Coupe shows that South Korean carmaker still has a way to go if it wants to play with the big boys.
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