Monthly Archives: February 2014

Consumer Reports names best used cars





Every year it becomes
more difficult to shop for a used car. Prices have been at historic highs, even
for models with high mileage and seemingly excessive wear. And with so many
vehicles from which to choose, it can feel overwhelming to find a car that drives
well and will hold up down the road.
Consumer Reports has recently
completed a study for which cars they would recommend to their friends and
family. These cars proved to have above-average reliability compared to their
competitors. We are proud to say that this list included 2 Hyundai models, the
Sonata (2007-2008) and the Elantra (2012-2013). And when it came to the list of worst used vehicles, no Hyundai models were to be found!

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Santa Fe best car for money

Hyundai’s highly-acclaimed 2014 Santa Fe adds another award to its trophy case today after being named the Best Car for the Money in the 3-Row Midsize SUV segment, by U.S. News & World Report. The 2014 Best Car for the Money awards highlight cars in 21 automotive categories – from subcompact to full size pickup trucks – that offer great value and have received critical acclaim.

“Finding a great deal on a vehicle doesn’t have to mean settling for the cheapest option,” said Jamie Page Deaton, managing editor, U.S. News & World Report. “Automotive writers who have tested the Santa Fe appreciate its long list of up-to-date tech features, refined performance, upscale cabin and extremely comfortable seats. As a whole package, the Santa Fe provides excellent automotive value without sacrificing what makes a vehicle great in the first place.”

U.S. News considered 225 cars for the Best Cars for the Money awards. The award methodology factors quality and value data into a composite score. Within each of the 21 categories, the vehicle with the highest composite score was named the Best Car of the Year in that category. For a complete list of this year’s winners, visit

“When re-designing the Santa Fe, we wanted to break out of the unexciting mold that had long-plagued the midsize SUV segment,” said Scott Margason, director, Product Planning, Hyundai Motor America. “By offering our customers what they really want – the newest technologies as standard, bold design, class-leading safety features and the industry’s best warranty – the Santa Fe is poised to become the new archetype for 3-row midsize SUVs.”

The 2014 Santa Fe is a new breed of crossover with multiple trims, all-new powertrains and several segment exclusive features. A “Fluidic Sculpture” design gives the third generation Santa Fe the impact of constant motion while opulent interior features offer world-class comfort and amenities. New for 2014 are such safety features as Blind Spot Detection (BSD) and rear parking assistance as well as premium features including new 18-inch wheels, HID headlights, and ventilated front seats.

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Hyundai with More “Loved” Vehicles than Any Other Brand

In celebration of Valentine’s Day, the Hyundai Elantra GT, Sonata, Genesis, Equus, and Santa Fe have all been named to Strategic Vision’s list of the “Most Loved Vehicles in America.” With five “loved” cars, Hyundai has more than any other brand. This report, from research-based consultancy Strategic Vision, demonstrates how hard people can fall in love with the cars they drive.

These five Hyundai vehicles ranked “Most Loved” in their respective segments as rated by new vehicle buyers: Small Multi-Function Car (Elantra GT), Mid-Size Car (Sonata), Near-Luxury Car (Genesis), Luxury Car (Equus), and Mid-Size CUV (Santa Fe). Not only did Equus win its category, but it was also the second highest scoring vehicle overall, behind only the Tesla Model S.

“Hyundai owners really love their cars,” said Alexander Edwards, president, Strategic Vision. “They had more segment winners in cars than any other brand and Hyundai’s Equus premium sedan finished second overall. ‘Love’ should be on any brand’s internal scorecard and is the pinnacle of achievement. Hyundai’s results demonstrate its commitment to customers and in turn their loyalty.”

“Love” scores are calculated using attributes delivered by the vehicle and the dealership experiences – commitment, overall satisfaction, total top emotional responses, proposed repurchase loyalty and actual repurchase loyalty – to provide a Most Loved Index™. Scores range from 1-1,000 and each point is measured on The Edwards Commitment Scale™ which discriminates the quality and depth of the emotional response ranging from “Hate it” to “Love it”.

“Hyundai owners truly love their cars, so it’s no surprise that these five vehicles are being recognized by Strategic Vision,” said Scott Margason, director, product planning, Hyundai Motor America. “Hyundai continues to provide value that customers love, offering highest-quality products with strong styling cues and packed with premium technologies and safety features.”

Hyundai’s 2014 line-up has something for everyone to love. From the roomy and capable Santa Fe to the stylish Sonata and the high-tech, all-new 2015 Genesis, Hyundai continues to offer customers the quality vehicles they want.

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Early Sneak Peek of 2015 Sonata

Hyundai has just released a 2014 Sonata mid-size sedan in the USA.

For the 2014 model year, the popular Sonata
received minor exterior styling updates and more convenience features.

The mid-cycle facelift should make the
carmaker’s second best-selling model in the USA even more appealing and
attractive to the U.S. shoppers.

The big news today, however, is not the 2014
Sonata, but rather the next-generation model that has been spotted testing in
the USA and Korea.

Just recently, the automobile spies have
caught testing a heavily camouflaged prototype in the wild and that appears to
be the next-generation Hyundai Sonata.

We have learned that the next generation
Sonata mid-size sedan will be launched next year as a 2015 model.

As evident from the spy pic here, the 2015 Sonata will adopt redesigned sheet metal, along with
completely redesigned front and rear fascias.

The next-generation model is also likely to
get several changes inside and will also incorporate various high-tech

The engine specification is rumored to remain
the same, however the powertrain will be tweaked to offer higher performance
and provide better fuel economy figures.

The 2015 Hyundai Sonata is expected to be
launched in the USA in the fourth-quarter of 2014.

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