Get Real: 7 Practical Car Debuts at the 2014 NY Auto Show

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Auto shows are famous for the pure spectacle they offer. Everyone who loves exotic hypercars and high-powered track burners will get their fill at the annual events in New York and Detroit. However, a car show is also the time for automakers to present their bread-and-butter offerings to the public. That means attendees can get a preview of the midsize sedans, compact crossovers, family cars, and efficient subcompacts along with the supercars they’ll never drive.

The 2014 New York Auto Show is the perfect example of how such events can strike a balance between unreal vehicles and the practical cars that fill the garages of most people on earth. In fact, the best selling U.S. car got revamped in time for the event, as did other staples found on highways in America and around the world. Here are seven practical debuts from the 2014 New York Auto Show.

2015 sonata

1. 2015 Hyundai Sonata

The unveiling of the 2015 Sonata was well played by Hyundai on many counts. In following the new Toyota Camry’s showcase, Hyundai reminded everyone how to deliver excitement while retaining practicality. Its centerpiece was the orange 2.0-liter Sport model that packs showy quad exhausts and 245 horsepower.

In every model of the 2015 Sonata, drivers will find so much space the EPA classifies this Hyundai as “a large car.” It’s only midsize in reputation. Company officials remarked on the similarities with the 2015 Genesis, which is a good thing. Hyundai sold over 200,000 models of the Sonata in 2013, which was the phase-out year. This new offering is going to deliver a major boost for the automaker when it hits the market in summer 2014 as a practical, spacious family machine.

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