2001 XG300 New Car Test Drive
As you look at the 2001 Hyundai XG300, the newest and most extravagantly expensive Hyundai, think Infiniti Q45 crossed with Mitsubishi Diamante. As you drive it, think Nissan Maxima crossed with Toyota Camry. As you sit in it, think Ford Taurus crossed with Lexus ES300.
And as you check the window sticker, please, Hyundai begs, don't think of a pauper posturing in a prince's clothes.
Hyundai has come to the rescue for those of us who have been working hard, minding the bucks, but have, by necessity, had to settle for less when it came time to signing up for monthly car payments. This new XG300 brings the style, luxury and roominess of a well-equipped mid-size near-luxury car without the high cost. Hyundai’s warranty reassures us that we’re making a responsible decision with five-year/60,000-mile bumper to bumper, and 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain coverage.
This is a cool car. It's not especially original. It's not unique. It is a decent and affordable mid-size sedan. It's also another indication that Hyundai has abandoned the bad old days of poor-quality, boring econoboxes to become a serious contender among $25,000 mid-size cars.
Two models are available, the XG300 ($23,499) and the XG300L ($24,999).
The base model isn't really all that base. The only, truly aspirational feature it doesn't include is automatic air conditioning. Otherwise, you get power-everything and leather-faced seating surfaces. The one option is a power moonroof ($750).
The XG300L adds the power moonroof, automatic air conditioning, auto-dimming rear-view mirror, front seat heaters, leather-and-woodgrain steering wheel, rear-seat reading lamps, and a CD-capable AM/FM/cassette six-speaker stereo.
In the spring, Hyundai plans an upgrade to a 16-inch tire, likely a speed-rated Michelin.