Gallery: TEST DRIVE: Inhabitat Drives The Futuristic Three-Door Hyundai...

A subtle test of the navigation system is to see if the map is updated enough to register the fact that a road near home does not connect through to the north, a common mistake on Google Maps that has only been updated in the newest of vehicle navigation systems.

The Hyundai Veloster is a standard gas engine car, but because of its compact size, aerodynamic shape, and state-of-the-art engine, it manages to pull out 32+ combined mpg with normal driving. With careful driving and a light load, we expect a driver could average close to 40 miles per gallon in the Veloster, without having to worry about finding an alternative fuel station or plugging it in. Of course we would love to see how much more efficient the Veloster could get with a plug-in hybrid option, but for now the Veloster is available in normal and turbocharged varieties, which will make for fun driving. The Veloster seems like the perfect car to endear Hyundai to younger, more design-conscious consumers, but it’s also the perfect jumping off point for multiple drive platforms. Expect to see the Veloster or something very similar to it in hybrid and electric options in a few years.

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