Wasn't too long ago when that would have been an incongruous phrase.
Even corporate cousin Kia seems to have stolen a march on Hyundai, styling-wise anyway.
But the other day, eastbound 401 across the top of the city, early afternoon, I saw what could only be considered a sharp-looking Hyundai.
Took me a while to recognize it, truth be told.
Sorry I couldn't take a picture of it for you, but I'll try to describe it.
It was an Elantra GT - that'd be the four-door hatcback version, by far the most intelligent body style they sell here (they don't bring the wagon in any more. Not their fault if we collectively aren't smart enough to buy them...).
I'm pretty sure the paint colour wasn't stock - it was a dark blue-ish purple that really looked good for this shape, for whatever reasons.
The wheels definitely were not stock - they were alloys, but painted a lovely shade of yellow. Almost mustard yellow. Not quite the gold of Subaru STi wheels, but not far off either.
The plastic inserts surrounding the fog lamps on either side of the grille had been painted yellow to match the wheels. A nice detail.
It also appeared that the car had been lowered a little. Not crazy low, just enough to improve the stance a bit.
But when so many after-market treatments of cars make them look hideous, overblown or downright dangerous, this one was particularly tasteful.
I did check with Patrick Danielson, the clever young PR guy for Hyundai Canada who has a pretty good grasp on the sort of cars favoured by the younger buyer, but he was unaware of this particular car.
Maybe one of you 'alert readers' knows more about it?
If so, please let me know!