Ever since Hyundai introduced the Sonata, the car has been slowly snatching up small chunks of the luxury market from much more expensive brands. Bullz-Eye recently had a chance to drive the 2011 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.0 Turbo for review. The car surprised Bullz-Eye’s Tom Orlando with its upscale features and impressive performance.
Here’s an excerpt from his review:
The interior of the 2011 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.0 Turbo is loaded with options. The design is as far from conservative as one could imagine. I liked the wine leather interior seats, which worked well with the dark dashboard and carpet. The panorama moon roof was awesome and, with features like push button start, heated front and rear seats, leather wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, steering wheel mounted cruise, audio and phone controls I was looking forward to spending time in the 2011 Sonata. Also in our Limited package was an Infinity am/fm/XM audio with a popping subwoofer, HD radio with multicasting, iPod/USB and auxiliary input jacks. To round out the package, Hyundai included an integrated bluetooth hands free phone system, electrochromic auto dimming rearview mirror with compass, navigation with high resolution touchscreen display and rear back up camera. The 2011 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.0 Turbo is loaded but that only gets you so far if the interior isn’t a place that you want to spend time. Thankfully, the look and feel of the interior is again something you would expect from a much more expensive vehicle. At times I did see some sun reflection from the shiny plastic finishing in the interior but that was a minor negative in what is overall a very well thought out cabin.
Just because you haven’t heard of the Suzuki Kizashi doesn’t mean you should write it off. Suzuki has been a bit of a sleeper brand in the US, but the 2011 Kizashi SLS Sport was enough to surprise Tom Orlando while he test drove it for Bullz-Eye.
Here’s an excerpt from his review:
The interior of the 2011 Suzuki Kizashi Sport SLS felt like it belonged to a much higher priced vehicle. Our test model included push button ignition, 10-way power driver seat with memory, dual zone auto climate control, 425W Rockford Fosgate CD Audio with booming 10 speakers, iPod and MP3 USB Port. The Kizashi also had Bluetooth hands free calling, a leather steering wheel, power moon roof and heated mirrors. I also want to mention the upscale black appointed leather seats as they were some of the most comfortable and stylish seats I have seen in a vehicle with a 20k sticker price. Suzuki used the same leather to accent the door panels. That’s a detail normally used in much more expensive sedans than the Kizashi Sport. The dashboard is sleek with a very clean center stack, featuring quality dials and buttons that also give that feel of “affordable luxury”.
Sunday morning may seem like a strange time to suggest cocktail recipes, but chances are you had your fair share of average drinks last night. Just as every man should know how to tie a tie, how to shoot pool, and of course how to get a good shave, every man should also know how to make a good drink – the more the better. For classy gents, the Old Fashioned is a perfect drink, and Bullz-Eye’s got a perfect recipe:
2 ounces of whiskey (bourbon, rye or Canadian)
1 teaspoon of superfine sugar and 1/2 ounce water, or 1/2 ounce of simple syrup
Angostura or Regan’s orange bitters
Orange wedge and/or maraschino cheery (optional)
Dissolve superfine sugar — regular table sugar or cubes will also work but are harder to dissolve — in water or pour 1/2 ounce of simple syrup (i.e., sugar water) into a wide mouth Old Fashioned glass. If you like, muddle (smash) an orange slice in the bottom of the glass. Add ice cubes, whiskey and bitters — again, we personally prefer Angostura for bourbon or rye or Regan’s orange for Canadian, but it’s your call. Stir vigorously with a swizzle stick or club spoon. Sip away.
Variations: The Old Fashioned engenders as much controversy and variations as the martini. Sometimes, we like to prepare it in a shaker and serve either on the rocks or “up” into a chilled glass. The Brandy Old Fashioned is also an honorable drink, especially beloved in Wisconsin.
Don’t: Use powdered sugar, unless that’s all you’ve got. This is not the same as superfine sugar and contains cornstarch.
Don’t: Use soda water. Some recipes call for it and many bartenders will automatically make it this way. Every time we’ve tried it, it ruins the flavor of the slightly sweetened whiskey.
Do: Add the muddled orange slice and/or maraschino cherry. Many cocktail devotees get fussy over matters like orange pulp on the bottom of the glass. Oddly, this doesn’t bother us.
Man cannot sip on an Old Fashioned alone, which is why Bullz-Eye put together a list of classic drinks with great recipes for each. Head over to the Bullz-Eye Get Real Guide for Men for more recipes.
Bullz-Eye is currently behind the wheel of a 2011 Hyundai Sonata Limited 2.0T. Hyundai’s taken a lot of time to liven up the design of this affordable sedan. Head over to the Bullz-Eye Sonata gallery to see pics of the new model and, as always, keep an eye out for the upcoming review.
Tom Orlando recently got behind the wheel of a Volvo S60 T6 for Bullz-Eye.com. His review highlights the way Volvo is operating under new leadership and how the design has changed over the last several models.
Here’s a quick look at what he had to say:
Volvo is known for safety innovation but over the past few years it seems like their interiors are receiving as much attention, if not more. The soft, black leather sport seats in the front and rear were some of the most comfortable seats I have experienced in any car I’ve driven as of late. The dashboard is crisp and precise without clutter and the center console is tilted slightly towards the driver for better views and execution. Our model had a 7-inch color LCD monitor, 8-way power driver seat, a thick and sturdy leather sport steering wheel, dual zone electronic climate control and Bluetooth hands free interface. The interior also has luxury details like its leather trimmed door panels and the high performance Volvo Premium Sound System with Dolby Pro. Going into spring in Ohio I was able to enjoy the power moon roof on some decent days.