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Hyundai Unveils New Elantra for 2021

What to Expect From the 2021 Hyundai Elantra & Elantra Hybrid 

A few weeks ago, Hyundai unveiled the launching model for the 2021 model year with the reveal of the 2021 Hyundai Elantra and Elantra Hybrid. Using what they call the Parametric Dynamic design theme, it may be the best looking Elantra yet, with 4-door coupe-like styling. Read on below to learn what you can expect from the model. 

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Check Out Why the Sonata Has One of the Best and Most Affordable Car Interiors

Hyundai Has One of the Best Car Interior Under $50,000 

Luxury automakers may have you believe that you need to pay top dollar in order to enjoy some of the premium level amenities that come with your car’s interior these days, but that simply isn’t the case. There are plenty of luxury features that come in more affordable cars, especially if you choose to buy a Hyundai. 

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  • 2020 Kona Earns Best Subcompact SUV
  • 2020 Kona Electric Earns Best Electric Car
  • 2020 Santa Fe Earns Best Midsize SUV – 2-Row

FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif., Nov. 21, 2019 – Hyundai’s 2020 Kona, 2020 Kona Electric and 2020 Santa Fe earned Best Buy Awards from the experts at Kelley Blue Book for the categories of Best Subcompact SUV, Best Electric Car and Best Midsize SUV – 2-Row. Best Buy Awards go to the best vehicles in 17 categories following weeks of expert evaluation and testing by experts, along with analysis of a broad range of vehicle-related data, including vehicle pricing, 5-Year Cost-to Own data, consumer reviews and ratings, and vehicle sales/retail sales information.

“It is an honor to receive Kelley Blue Book Best Buy Awards for the Kona, Kona Electric and Santa Fe, demonstrating Hyundai’s commitment to developing a range of product offerings that deliver great customer value,” said Mike O’Brien, vice president, product, corporate and digital planning, Hyundai Motor America. “Kelley Blue Book has been a longstanding and trusted resource for prospective car buyers, and these prestigious awards indicate that Hyundai customers can take pride in knowing that they chose an outstanding product.”

Kona employs refined aesthetics with sculpted body forms and sporty contours for an athletic, bold, and striking exterior appearance that is complemented by the vehicle’s sleek and simple interior layout. Two gasoline powertrains are offered on the Kona: a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder Atkinson engine that produces 147 horsepower that is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission and a Gamma 1.6-liter 4-cylinder turbocharged engine that generates 175 horsepower that is coupled to a seven-speed EcoShift® dual-clutch transmission (DCT). The Kona also offers optional Smart Cruise Control and standard SmartSense safety technologies that include Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist, Lane Keeping Assist and Driver Attention Warning that add additional protection for drivers and passengers.

Kona Electric is Hyundai’s first compact electric crossover for the U.S. market, and was designed for consumers with active, eco-focused lifestyles of all kinds. It achieves a generous 258-mile EPA-estimated range via a high-efficiency 150 kW electric motor that produces 201 horsepower and a high-voltage 64kWh lithium ion battery. DC fast-charging capability is standard on the Kona Electric, and for charging convenience, the charging port is integrated in the front grille area that is further complimented by the vehicle’s voluminous exterior styling features, aggressive body styling and wide stance.

Santa Fe is Hyundai’s best-selling SUV in the brand’s history in America. Its exterior design is highlighted by Hyundai’s signature Cascading Grille and characterized by athletic body lines and a powerful posture. On the interior, the Santa Fe’s design combines premium quality with a roomy layout that is loaded with technology, including Hyundai’s latest AVN 5.0 navigation system with Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay™ offered with higher level trims. The Santa Fe also has Hyundai’s optional HTRAC® All-Wheel-Drive (AWD) system and a suite of optional Smart Sense Technologies, including Blind-View Monitor and Rear Occupant Alert systems that aid in keeping drivers and passengers safe.

About Kelley Blue Book’s Best Buy Awards The Kelley Blue Book Best Buy Awards are designed to provide a significant service to new-car buyers by identifying the best of all available 2020 model-year vehicles. The awards are the culmination of a year-long regimen of expert vehicle evaluation and testing of nearly every new vehicle available in America. The comprehensive process includes an analysis of a broad swath of vehicle-related data, including vehicle pricing/transaction prices, 5-Year Cost to Own data (which includes depreciation, insurance, maintenance, financing, fuel, fees and taxes for new cars), consumer reviews and ratings, and vehicle sales/retail sales information. Of more than 300 new-car models available for 2020, Kelley Blue Book’s expert editors initially narrowed the field to a few dozen Best Buy Award contenders in various categories, and then spent several weeks testing and evaluating all the finalists head-to-head to ultimately determine the winners. The awards identify the highest-value choices in 16 popular vehicle categories, and one overall winner for Best New Model, available for sale in the U.S. market for the 2020 model year.


  • A $410 million expansion project will prepare Hyundai’s U.S. automotive assembly plant to build the vehicle in 2021
  • The project will add 1,200 new direct and indirect jobs

Montgomery, Ala. November 13, 2019 – Today, Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama (HMMA) announced the Santa Cruz compact utility vehicle will join the Santa Fe SUV and the Sonata and Elantra sedans at Hyundai’s U.S. automotive assembly plant in Montgomery, starting in 2021. The Santa Cruz was first introduced as a concept at the 2015 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

The plant will require a $410 million expansion to support the addition of the vehicle. This includes additional space in the stamping, welding and parts processing areas of the manufacturing complex. Direct employment will increase by 200 jobs and local suppliers and logistics companies who support HMMA are projected to employ an additional 1,000 people in Montgomery and the River Region.

“Bringing the Santa Cruz to HMMA demonstrates that Hyundai Motor Company is confident our more than 3,000 Team Members are ready to build a quality crossover for the U.S. market,” said Byungjin Jin, president and CEO, Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama.

Santa Cruz is for those who want all the traditional attributes of a compact utility vehicle, but need the day-to-day versatility of an open bed. It’s the crossover that creates a whole new segment that successfully combines capability and utility to meet the unspoken needs of a new generation of buyers, especially Millennials.

“Alabama and Hyundai have developed a great partnership over the years, and it’s a testament to our special relationship that this world-class automaker is expanding once again in Montgomery,” Governor Ivey said. “Hyundai’s new investment is giving more Alabama families an opportunity to earn a good living while also strengthening the state’s growing auto industry.”

“I recently had the honor of experiencing first-hand the long-standing partnership between Hyundai and Montgomery on a visit to Seoul as part of an economic development delegation including former Mayor Todd Strange,” said Montgomery Mayor Steven Reed. “With the addition of the Santa Cruz, Hyundai is again choosing to launch a new vision. I look forward to continuing to strengthen this vital relationship in the coming years and working with our partners to support this tremendous investment.”

HMMA, which started vehicle production in May 2005, is the River Region’s largest private manufacturer with 2,900 full-time and 500 part-time employees. In 14 and one-half years the plant has produced 4.5 million vehicles for the North American market.

“Our commitment to our partnership with Hyundai continues to deepen, and we are so honored by this significant investment,” said Montgomery County Commission Chairman Elton Dean. “Together, we are charting the course for success and opportunity in the River Region.”

Among U.S. states, Alabama is already the fifth largest producer of cars and light trucks. The state has more than 150 major auto suppliers and 57,000 automotive manufacturing jobs.

“We are so honored that in just 18 months HMMA has invested over $1.1 billion in the Montgomery area,” said Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce Chairman Willie Durham. “Partnership and teamwork are key to this kind of economic growth and we are grateful for the impact this kind of investment will have on the entire region.”

Hyundai to Make Rear Occupant Alert Standard By 2022

FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif., July 31, 2019 – Hyundai Motor America, a strong advocate for standardizing effective safety technologies, praises the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Congress, Consumer Reports and the automotive industry for working together to make rear seat reminder systems standard features on new vehicles in the future. Making these systems standard equipment will help prevent child deaths from heatstroke in vehicles. To do its part, Hyundai will voluntarily make its Rear Occupant Alert (ROA) door-logic system standard on most of its new vehicles by 2022. It will also make its optional Ultrasonic Rear Occupant Alert, or a similar sensor-based system, available on more of its models in the future. July 31 is National Heatstroke Prevention Day, and the NHTSA and Hyundai are calling on the public to help prevent children from dying in hot cars this summer.

Two Hyundai models are available today with door-logic ROA as standard equipment: the 2020 Santa Fe and Palisade. Both of these SUVs have the Ultrasonic ROA available as an option. Coming later this year to dealerships, the 2020 Sonata will feature standard door-logic ROA. The 2019 Santa Fe has the Ultrasonic ROA feature available as an option.

“Heatstroke in vehicles is preventable and we are doing our part to prevent this,” said Mike O’Brien, vice president, Product, Corporate and Digital Planning, Hyundai Motor America. “We have great systems that use both door logic memory and motion sensors to help prevent children and pets from being forgotten in the car, but it also helps in case children accidentally lock themselves in.”

Hyundai currently offers two types of ROA systems to help prevent these tragedies from occurring. The ROA door-logic system detects if a rear door was opened or closed before the car was started, then reminds the driver to check the rear seat with a message on the center cluster when exiting the vehicle. The Ultrasonic ROA has the door-logic technology and an ultrasonic sensor that helps to detect the movements of children and pets in the second-row seats. If the system detects movement in the second-row seats after the driver leaves the vehicle and locks the doors, it will honk the horn and send an alert to the driver’s smartphone via Hyundai’s Blue Link connected car system (if equipped with Blue Link and the Blue Link service is active).

2019 Hyundai Santa Fe Long-Term Ownership Value Award

2019 Hyundai Santa Fe Receives Long-Term Ownership Value Award from Kelley Blue Book

Building upon its recent awards for innovative design, the 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe is also a recipient of the 2019 Kelley Blue Book 5-Year Cost to Own Award for the mid-size SUV/crossover (2-row) class. The award was presented at the 2019 Chicago Auto Show.

The lowest-projected ownership costs of new vehicles and brands are based on Kelley Blue Book’s 5-Year Cost-to-Own data for new cars for the initial five-year ownership period. This data takes into consideration seven factors: depreciation, expected fuel costs, finance and insurance fees, maintenance and repair costs, and state fees.

“We are very proud of our new Santa Fe winning this award from the industry leader, Kelley Blue Book,” said Scott Margason, director, Product Planning, Hyundai Motor America. “For the Santa Fe, this award is yet another indication that the all-new 2019 model has outstanding value and is a vehicle our customers can rely on for many years”.

The Kelley Blue Book 5-Year Cost to Own Awards help shoppers make more informed new-car buying decisions by breaking down typical ownership cost details and naming the brands and models with the lowest projected five-year total.

Six Hyundai Models Earn 2019 Car and Driver Editors’ Choice Awards

Six Hyundai Models Earn 2019 Car and Driver Editors’ Choice Awards

Accent, Ioniq, Kona, Kona Electric, Tucson and Veloster N Listed as Top Picks

Car and Driver honors Hyundai’s ongoing commitment to quality, value and performance across a diverse product portfolio as six Hyundai models earn 2019 Car and Driver Editors’ Choice Awards.

The Editors’ Choice Awards stem from the Car and Driver 10Best Awards, and highlight vehicles that Car and Driver recommends for the top of every car buyer’s shopping list. Everything from design, performance and safety to the inherent value of a car is evaluated, narrowing buyer’s choices down to the segment leaders.

According to Car and Driver editors, the following key features gave each winning Hyundai the high marks needed to rank among the top of its class.

1. Subcompact Sedan
Accent – A great bargain, well-made interior, and Car and Driver staff reported a strong 41 MPG during their evaluation period.

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2. Compact Hatchback
Veloster N – Great performance, value, excellent sports seats, stable and quiet at speed.

3. Hybrid and Electric
Ioniq – Desirable standard features, hatchback practicality, engine has 10 year/100,000-mile warranty.


4. Subcompact Crossover and SUV
Kona – Head-turning design, turbo engine brings the giddy-up, well-equipped cabin.
Kona Electric – Impressive all-electric driving range, zippy acceleration, athletic driver.

5. Compact Crossover and SUV
Tucson – Great engine warranty, nice interior materials, polished on-road behavior.

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The weather is a factor in damage to your vehicle. Sometimes it is long-term damage like UV rays from the sun. Additional protection for your paint is convenient when there is a storm. Getting up to a clean car every morning is also a big convenience!

Small animals, bird droppings, pollen, and sap can all take some time to wash off of your vehicle. With a car cover, you don’t have to spend your time cleaning. You will spend less time at a car wash because everything is on your car cover instead of your paint or windows.