I have been thinking about buying a new car this year. I’ve reached out to to a few companies to try out their new line of cars. Hyundai in Denver wanted me to try their new 2016 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid while I was there for the Great American Beer Festival (GABF). I drove a Hyundai a few years back and it was an okay car, nothing to write home about. After a 9-hour flight with layovers from Anchorage to Denver, I was a wee bit tired. There were no shuttles out to the parking lots so I dragged my heavy suitcase (filled with delicious Alaska Beer) the 15 min walk out to where the Hyundai was parked.
I walked up to it and thought – no way this is a Hyundai! WOW! What a great looking car! I snapped the photo below and posted it out onto Instagram and Facebook. My Facebook friends couldn’t stop talking about this car! Guys and girls alike were asking me to keep them updated on how it drove because it looked utterly amazing.
I drove it out of the Denver airport and put in my friend’s address that was 30 miles away. I noticed that the brakes were tight, and I mean tight! I might have given myself whiplash a couple times just trying to get out of the parking lot. But let me tell you… this car drives smoooooth and it is SO quiet. Half the time, I couldn’t even tell that it was on! Easy to navigate controls are quite useful when you fly in at 1:27am! The navigation worked like a champ and the console controls were so easy to figure out. After about five minutes I felt right at home. What surprised me was that with this being a Hybrid, this car could go 500 miles on one tank of gas! I seriously thought that was an error. So of course, I wanted to test that out. Sure enough… it went 500 miles without having to be recharged or refueled. Sold. 🙂 Junk in the trunk… and lots of space for it too! The next day I picked up my friend Emily from the airport and both of our large suitcases and backpacks fit into the trunk space with no problem. What you don’t see is another cooler of craft beer we brought to trade. And oops, that is my dirty Fighter sock right there front and center. I’m a big fan of roomy interiors with leather seats. The seats had both heat and AC – that was knew and my bum loved it! The interior was a beautiful white leather seats with ample room for both of our bags, cooler for snacks and drinks, and we could fit three more beer lovers in the backseat if we wanted to. The driver seat was so comfortable and my back didn’t hurt at all, which I was worried about. Everything about this car from the interior to the exterior was just smooth, clean lines, and just really top notch. Every time this minivan would get in my blind spot, the Hyundai would give me a little warning on the driver’s console. I swear that minivan was trying to race me! I was driving to Colorado Springs to see friends and just enjoying the drive. 🙂 While I was in Denver, it was the rare Supermoon Solar Lunar Eclipse. It took me many shots with my Canon T3i to capture this shot as cars went by. I love it, don’t you?
My Hyundai Sonata enjoying the Supermoon Solar Eclipse. A great night for reflection and to set good intentions for the future. #hyundai #sonata #DriveHyundai #eclipse #solareclipse #moon #supermoon #bloodmoon #car #astronomy #stunning #travel #traveling #roadtrip #roadtrippin A photo posted by Kristi Trimmer (@kristitrimmer) on
One feature that I loved was every time I walked up to the trunk with the keys in my hand, it would pop open. Like it could read my mind that my hands were full and I needed a little help!
I was sad to leave Denver and leave the 2016 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid behind. I love this car and wouldn’t hesitate to buy it! It had great gas mileage, was very easy to drive, and it looks amazing! Oh, and the tech in it was stellar! Other than those tight brakes, I didn’t have any problems whatsoever with this car. Loved it! Thanks Hyundai for letting me drive it!
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