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2014 Hyundai Veloster

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For 2014, the Hyundai Veloster gets an additional Turbo R-Spec model to its lineup and the base model gets additional features like a rearview camera, LED daytime running lamps, and a new drivers side blind-spot mirror. Turbo models also see improved handling over the outgoing model.

The 2014 Hyundai Veloster is available in three trim levels- base, Turbo R-Spec, and Turbo.

Standard features found on the entry level model include a hidden third door on the passenger side, 17-inch alloy wheels, a rear spoiler, dual chrome-tipped exhaust tips, heated mirrors, LED headlight accents, full power accessories, premium cloth upholstery, a 7-inch high-resolution LCD video touchscreen, Bluetooth® with voice recognition and a 6-speaker audio system with satellite radio and an iPod/USB/auxiliary input jack.

An optional Style Package will get you a panoramic sunroof, unique interior and exterior trim elements, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and an upgraded sound system. A Technology Package is also available that will add 18-inch alloy wheels, auto on/off headlamps, push-button start, and navigation.

Stepping up to the new mid-level R-Spec will get you a manual transmission mated to a more powerful turbocharged 1.6-liter four cylinder, 18-inch alloy wheels, a sport-tuned suspension, a body kit, fog lamps, leatherette upholstery, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and the premium sound system.

Opting for the Turbo will get you 18-inch alloy wheels, push-button start, heated front seats, and leather upholstery. An optional Ultimate package will add rear parking sensors, the panoramic sunroof, auto on/off head lamps, automatic climate control, and navigation.

Standard safety equipment includes electronic stability control, traction control, antilock brakes with electronic brake force distribution, brake assist, a tire pressure monitoring system and six airbags. Backup warning sensors and a rearview camera are optional on both trim levels.

Prices for the 2014 Hyundai Veloster start at just under $18,000 for the entry level model and tops out around $27,000for the top-of-the-line time with all of the bells and whistles.

 Styling, low entry price, good fuel economy, long warranty

 Styling, underpowered base engine, harsh ride, tight rear seat access and headroom

2014 Mazda CX-9

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The 2014 Mazda CX-9 is offered in three well-equipped trim levels- Sport, Touring, and Grand Touring. All three trims are available as two-wheel or all-wheel drive and come standard with a 3.7-liter V6 mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. Two-wheel drive variants return an estimated 17 mpg city and 24 mog highway while all-wheel drive

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