2018 Hyundai Tucson Offers Striking Design, Advanced Technology and Safety Features

  • Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay® available on a large 7-inch display
  • Expanded availability of heated seats and heated steering wheel
  • Blue Link® Connected Care, Remote Services & Guidance services are now complimentary for 3 years on equipped models

The 2018 Tucson boasts a striking design, advanced technology and safety features for broad appeal. Led by the best November SUV sales month and the highest monthly sales total for Tucson in company history, the 2018 Tucson adds a 7-inch audio display system with expanded availability of Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, HD Radio and heated seats. More than 90 percent of 2018 model year Tucsons will have these technologies included and are arriving in dealerships now.

For the 2018 model year, Tucson continues to improve in key areas:

  • SEL Plus and Limited trims offer 3-years of complimentary Blue Link® Connected Care, Remote Services & Guidance
  • Guidance Package includes free map and multimedia system updates
  • 7-inch color touchscreen Hyundai Display Audio system (vs. 5-inch) is now standard on SEL and
  • Value trims along with Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay® smartphone integration
  • Heated steering wheel is a new feature included with Limited trims
  • Heated front seats have been expanded to SEL trim and above
  • Auto-dimming inside rearview mirror with HomeLink® is now available starting with Value trim
  • SiriusXM® Radio and HD Radio® are now available starting with SEL
  • YES Essentials® fabric seats are included with Gray and Beige cloth interiors

The SE trim remains the base model, while the SE Popular Equipment package becomes the SEL trim model and includes the addition of the 7-inch audio display system with Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay®. The SE Plus is renamed the SEL Plus building off of the new SEL nomenclature. The Value and Limited trims remain for the 2018 model year and include feature enhancements by model. The Eco and Night trims have been discontinued.

“The Tucson exterior and interior designs intertwine sleekness with sophistication,” said Scott Margason, director, product planning, Hyundai Motor America. “More functionality and practicality are featured within the 2018 Tucson delivering a modern-day CUV.”

The Tucson’s interior includes highly attractive features such as:

  • Proximity key entry with push button start
  • Hands-free smart liftgate with auto open
  • Panoramic sunroof
  • Dual automatic temperature control with Clean Air Ionizer and auto defogger
  • Auto-dimming inside rearview mirror
  • Enhanced navigation system featuring faster operation
  • HomeLink
  • Heated rear seats

Individual model features include a heated steering wheel in the Limited models and SiriusXM Satellite Radio® starting with the SEL Trim model. Infinity® premium audio with Clari-Fi™ Music Restoration Technology is featured on the SEL Plus as well as the Limited trim. Through innovative dual-stage cargo floor and reclining rear seats, flexible cargo solutions added additional cargo space, more than some mid-luxury SUVs.

Advanced safety features include blind spot detection with rear-cross traffic alert and lane change assist, automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection and lane departure warning signals.

The vehicle offers two fuel efficient engine options including the 1.6-liter turbocharged, direct-injected four-cylinder with an estimated 175 horsepower and 195 lb.-ft. of torque. The turbo engine is coupled to a first-in-segment seven-speed EcoShift® dual-clutch transmission (DCT) found on the Value, Limited or Limited with ultimate models. The 2.0-liter, direct-injected four-cylinder with an estimated 164 horsepower and 151 lb.-ft. of torque, coupled with a six-speed automatic transmission standard on the SE, SEL and SEL Plus trims. The six-speed offers SHIFTRONIC ™ manual shifting mode and includes an overdrive lock-up torque converter for higher fuel economy at highway speeds. The 2018 Tucson FWD has an EPA-estimated 26 combined mpg for the 2.0-liter and 27 combined mpg for the 1.6-liter turbo.

The Tucson’s advanced exterior styling provides a feeling of contemporary design featuring exterior color updates, LED headlights, taillights and accents including:

  • LED Daytime Running Lights
  • HID headlights with Dynamic Bending Light
  • 17-inch and 19-inch Alloy Wheels
  • Door handle approach LEDs

 

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2018 Hyundai Kona Breaks the Mold for Compact SUVs: A Crossover for “Urban Adventurers”

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LOS ANGELES, Nov. 29, 2017 – Today, Hyundai unveiled the U.S.-production version of its convention-shattering Kona crossover at the Los Angeles Auto Show. Kona rides on an all-new CUV platform and is Hyundai’s first B-segment crossover for the U.S. market, appealing to consumers with active lifestyles of all kinds. Kona’s “urban smart armor” exterior styling features voluminous, aggressive body styling complemented by a low and wide stance for great looks and confident handling in a variety of urban and adventure-oriented driving environments. It joins Hyundai’s successful Tucson, Santa Fe and Santa Fe Sport in a full line-up of Hyundai crossovers for the U.S. market. 2018 Kona models will be available at Hyundai dealers in the first quarter of 2018.

“Our new Kona crossover is a stylish and functional compact CUV, tailored to the needs of customers who pursue active lifestyles of all kinds,” said Mike O’Brien, vice president of Product, Corporate and Digital Planning, Hyundai Motor America. “We’re confident it will set new standards for its segment, with appealing design, cutting-edge connectivity and class-leading available safety features.”

2018 Kona Highlights

  • Bold, fresh design elements with optional color-contrasting roof and extroverted color options
  • LED headlight, taillight and daytime running light illumination signature
  • 2.0-liter Atkinson Cycle 4-cylinder engine with 6-speed automatic transmission
  • Standard floating touchscreen with Apple CarPlay™/Android Auto™ capability
  • Available 1.6-liter turbocharged, direct-injected engine with 7-speed DCT
  • Hyundai Smart Sense (HSS):
  • Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist with Pedestrian Detection
  • Driver Attention Warning
  • Lane Keeping Assist
  • Blind-Spot Collision Warning
  • Rear Cross-Traffic Collision Warning
  • High Beam Assist
  • Premium technology availability:
  • 8-inch Navigation System
  • Standard Android Auto™, Apple CarPlay™
  • Next generation Blue Link®
  • Heads-up Display (with active pop-up display screen)
  • Rain-sensing Wipers
  • Wireless device charging

MODERN DESIGN ENHANCED BY LED LIGHTING SIGNATURE

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Kona employs refined aesthetics with sculpted body forms and sporty contours for an athletic, bold, and striking appearance. Its distinctive design is reinforced by the car’s voluminous, aggressive body styling that emphasizes its well-proportioned, dynamic silhouette. A low and wide stance complements its profile, with a long wheelbase and short overhangs, ensuring sporty, nimble handling, in addition to delivering superior driving stability at highway speeds. Its masculine, protective ‘armor’ combines powerfully with the futuristic LED lighting to create a high-tech look.

Kona’s front view conveys a powerful presence, as its armor shows readiness for adventuresome activities. It incorporates Hyundai’s new family identity, the cascading grille, featuring a sporty mesh pattern, flanked by flared, wing-like fenders that dominate the front visage. It’s further enhanced by a separated-headlight design, with high-efficiency LED headlights and LED Daytime Running Lights (DRLs). The visual relationship between the composite lamps, Hyundai’s signature cascading grille and unique armor design results in a distinctive crossover character.

ALL-NEW CUV PLATFORM

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The all-new Kona compact platform has been developed to provide customers with true CUV capabilities, CUV-level ground clearance and an elevated, command seating position to ensure better visibility and comfort on long journeys, as well as easy ingress and egress. Kona offers occupants generous interior space by optimizing the underfloor layout, including the AWD drivetrain and exhaust system, to reduce central tunnel intrusion on interior space. The optional AWD system and drivetrain is intelligently packaged to offer a spacious interior despite its compact exterior dimensions. Kona also benefits from strategic use of structural adhesives at high stress points on the chassis and extensive use of hot-stamping methods for greater rigidity.

To integrate the optional four-wheel drive system, Hyundai engineers packaged a new intercooler layout and mounting position for the transmission to minimize intrusion into the cabin space. The suspension, fuel, and exhaust components are carefully packaged to maximize rear occupant room. As a result, Kona offers a generous 19.2 cubic feet of rear cargo volume.

The powertrain layout is also designed to create a compact platform capable of incorporating the car’s four-wheel-drive system while maintaining interior space. Suspension component layout is minimized at the rear, allowing for a lower load floor and seating position to deliver impressive headroom and ease of access for rear occupants. Designers also maximized interior space for luggage storage capabilities, reflecting the requirements of customers with active lifestyles. The split-folding rear seats fold flat via a dual-level loading floor that gives three inches of additional vertical space and allows easy access for a variety of recreational equipment.

POWERFUL AND EFFICIENT POWERTRAINS

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Kona powertrain offerings have top efficiency levels as a primary target. Kona is offered with a choice of two gasoline powertrains. A 2.0-liter 4-cylinder Atkinson engine produces 147 horsepower at 6200 rpm and 132 lb.-ft. of torque at 4500 rpm, paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. The Atkinson cycle design maximizes the effective cylinder expansion ratio (compression stroke vs. power stroke) for greater efficiency. The six-speed automatic offers SHIFTRONIC™ manual-shifting mode and includes an overdrive lock-up torque converter for higher fuel economy at highway speeds. Powertrain NVH has been reduced further through hydraulic transmission mounts.

Limited and Ultimate trims offer the Gamma 1.6-liter 4-cylinder direct-injected, turbocharged engine generating 175 horsepower at 5500 rpm and 195 lb.-ft. of torque from 1500-4500 rpm, an advantage over its key competitors. Peak torque delivery starts at only 1,500 rpm and holds through 4,500 rpm, for low-RPM responsiveness and performance in everyday driving conditions. The turbocharger features low-inertia turbo-spooling response characteristics and an electronic wastegate control for more precise control of manifold pressure. Internally, piston-cooling oil jets ensure cooler piston temperatures for enhanced engine life. The Gamma engine also features a water jacket insert that prioritizes cooling in the upper level of the cylinder block where more combustion heat is generated, resulting in lower cylinder-head temperatures and allowing for leaner air/fuel mixtures for better fuel efficiency.

The turbo engine is coupled to a seven-speed EcoShift® dual-clutch transmission (DCT). This Hyundai-developed dual-clutch transmission offers outstanding efficiency with quick, seamless shifting and brisk acceleration. When compared with some competitors’ continuously-variable transmissions, this DCT is able to handle more torque with minimal power interruption throughout the engine operating range for natural acceleration and premium aural character with greater durability.

SOPHISTICATED, RESPONSIVE CHASSIS TUNING

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Kona was developed with a focus on enhanced driving dynamics and responsive performance for a variety of urban and multi-surface driving conditions. The long wheelbase, short overhangs and wide track create a planted stance that results in exceptional agility in urban environments with enhanced linear stability and ride comfort. The front suspension features a McPherson strut system using an innovative sub-frame bushing design for enhanced comfort and reduced NVH. The MacPherson strut design uses gas-filled shock absorbers and a hollow stabilizer bar for lower weight and enhanced responsiveness. Available 18-inch alloy wheels with 235/45R18 tires give surefooted, agile handling character on a variety of road surfaces.

Differentiated rear suspension design has been developed for 2WD and AWD models. 2WD models have a rigid torsion beam design for overall stability and control. The AWD drive model uses an independent, dual-arm multi-link design, optimizing ride comfort and stability in the wider ranges of off-road suspension articulation. Its geometry was specially designed for refined body movement on rough roads and off-road terrain. Rear suspension control arm design also minimizes camber and toe changes throughout the wider suspension travel range.

Kona also offers Drive Mode Select, which allows the driver to customize dynamic responses, such as steering feel, transmission and overall powertrain responsiveness to their preferences, and to changing road or traffic conditions. Two differentiated driving modes (Normal and Sport) optimize the torque distribution and shift mapping, tailoring Kona to a variety of driving preferences. In Sport mode, there is a greater emphasis on acceleration with earlier downshifts on braking, while Normal mode slightly prioritizes fuel economy over performance with a more conservative, lower-rpm shift schedule.

STEERING

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Kona’s motor-driven power steering is more efficient and quieter than traditional hydraulic systems by reducing parasitic losses from ancillary belts and their continual drag on the powertrain. Further, the steering system was engineered and tuned specifically for Kona’s precise and rapid adjustments in steering feel with changing driving conditions. The steering wheel itself offers a wide range of tilt and telescopic adjustment for greater driver comfort.

SAFETY STRUCTURE

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Hyundai is the only global car manufacturer to produce its own steel for vehicle production for specific benefits to Kona structural integrity and safety. The lightweight unibody structure has been developed with 52 percent Advanced High Strength Steel to deliver leading levels of inherent passive safety characteristics.

Proprietary hot-stamping methods produce lightweight, ultra-strong structural elements to maximize the cabin’s central safety cell. The length of structural adhesives used in Kona production exceeds 375 feet, providing additional torsional rigidity and further reducing overall structure weight for better fuel efficiency, acceleration and handling. The platform also features an innovative multi-load path structure – an advanced energy dispersion technology that boosts impact tolerance by dispersing crash energy across multiple structures to protect passengers in the event of an accident. These design features are expected to give Kona a NHTSA 5-star safety rating as well as an IIHS Top Safety Pick overall.

ACTIVE SAFETY

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Kona offers advanced active safety features, including Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA), which uses the car’s front-facing camera and radar to detect an imminent collision and avoid impact or minimize damage by braking autonomously. Three additional systems also utilize the front-view camera to boost safety and convenience: Lane Keeping Assist (LKA), High Beam Assist (HBA), and Driver Attention Warning (DAW).

By sensing road markings, Lane Keeping Assist helps to prevent accidental lane departure by automatically steering the car if required. High Beam Assist automatically controls the high beam headlights depending on surroundings, while the Driver Attention Warning system monitors a spectrum of driver-related characteristics to detect driver fatigue or careless driving.

Kona radar systems also assist with the Blind-Spot Collision Warning (BCW) to detect approaching vehicles that may be obscured from view during highway driving. The Rear Cross-Traffic Collison Warning (RCCW) detects when another vehicle may have entered the car’s rearward path, such as backing out of a parking spot, and provides a driver alert.

ADVANCED INFOTAINMENT AND CONNECTIVITY

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Kona offers a full suite of sophisticated technologies paired with user-friendly functionality to keep passengers informed and entertained. The premium infotainment system offers various advanced connectivity features, including standard Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay™, SiriusXM® Radio, HD Radio and next-generation Blue Link® LTE-powered connectivity. The standard seven-inch color LCD display includes AM/FM/MP3 touchscreen audio, auxiliary input jacks, voice-command recognition and Rear View Monitor. The available eight-inch touchscreen navigation display includes next-generation Blue Link, traffic flow and incident data via HD radio, Infinity® premium audio with eight speakers, subwoofer and Clari-Fi ™ music-restoration technology. Smartphone integration is also included in the premium system.

In a first for the segment, Kona offers smartphone wireless charging. To charge a device, simply place a compatible smartphone on the wireless-charging interface located in the center console storage, recharging without the need for cables. The system indicates when the phone has fully charged, reminds occupants to remove their phone when exiting the vehicle, and detects when a foreign object is in the recharging area that could interfere with charging. The system is fully compliant with WPC’s Qi standard for ease of use.

NEXT-GENERATION BLUE LINK® CONNECTED CAR SYSTEM

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Kona Ultimate models are equipped with Blue Link®, including complimentary three-year Blue Link services, with enhanced safety, diagnostic, remote and guidance services. Blue Link brings connectivity directly into the car with technologies like Google Home®, Remote Start with Climate Control, Destination Search powered by Google®, Remote Door Lock/Unlock, Car Finder, Enhanced Roadside Assistance, and Stolen Vehicle Recovery. Blue Link features can be accessed via buttons on the rearview mirror, the MyHyundai.com web portal, the Blue Link smartphone app, Amazon® Alexa Blue Link skill and using the Blue Link Google Assistant app. Some features can also be controlled via Android Wear™ and Apple Watch™ smartwatch apps. The latest release of the Blue Link smartphone app includes:

  • Widgets for easy access to remote features
  • Access to Blue Link notification settings
  • Access to the Hyundai accessories website

More details on specific Blue Link-equipped vehicles available at www.hyundaibluelink.com.

See the “2018 Kona Revealed” video here.

“KONA” NOMENCLATURE

Kona is named after the idyllic west-coast region of the Big Island of Hawaii. The Kona region is famous among endurance triathletes and thrill-seeking travelers, and this energetic image is further reflected in the innovative and functional design of this lifestyle-focused CUV.

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Hyundai Sonata Named One of the ’10 Most Awarded Cars of 2017′ by Kelley Blue Book

Capping off a successful award season, the 2017 Hyundai Sonata has earned a spot on Kelley Blue Book’s KBB.com “10 Most Awarded Cars of 2017” list. In addition, Hyundai was one of the “10 Most Awarded Brands of 2017,” with vehicles throughout its lineup being honored for their design, engineering, technology and value. In a crowded midsize-sedan market, the Sonata shines with its powerful, engines, handsome styling, comfortable and quiet driving environment and wide array of standard features.

With multiple recognitions, including placements on the “10 Most Comfortable Cars Under $30,000” and “10 Best Sedans Under $25,000” lists by Kelley Blue Book’s KBB.com, the Sonata and Hyundai have impressed in a wide range of categories.

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The 2017 Hyundai Elantra Named Best Car for Teens by U.S. News & World Report

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The 2017 Hyundai Elantra has earned a spot on U.S. News & World Report’s “Best New Cars for Teens” list. In the crowded sedan market, the Elantra stands out for its advanced safety and driver assistance features, which keep teens safe.

“At Hyundai we pride ourselves on providing our customers with ‘better’ and the Elantra does just that with advanced safety technologies as well as Blue Link, which features technologies that allow parents to monitor their new drivers,” says Scott Margason, director, Hyundai Motor America. “We are happy to have secured a spot on this list by the reputable U.S. News & World Report by delivering the best combination of reliability, crash protection, and accident avoidance features.”

The award-winning Hyundai Elantra now has six different trims to fit every shopper’s personality and pocketbook. The Elantra has a slew of advanced safety technologies that encourage good driving habits such as Blind Spot Detection with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert and Lane Change Assist, Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Keep Assist and Smart Cruise Control, and seven standard airbags including driver’s knee airbag. Hyundai is going above and beyond by offering three years of updated standard Blue Link services for available 2018 Hyundai vehicles. Blue Link Connected Care is a suite of safety and car care features providing Hyundai owners with services such as Automatic Collision Notification, SOS Emergency Assistance, Enhanced Roadside Assistance, Monthly Vehicle Health Reports, and Maintenance Alerts. The Blue Link Vehicle Safeguards Alerts App allows parents to monitor and set limits on their Hyundai’s speed, hours of operation, and movements via text message, email, or both. This enhanced app helps parents reinforce safe driving habits for their children.

Enjoy the Hyundai Elantra Product Information Film HERE.

 

 

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Hyundai Ioniq Named a 2018 Green Car of the Year® Finalist by Green Car Journal

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The Hyundai Ioniq has been named a Green Car of the Year® finalist by the Green Car Journal. The Ioniq was recognized as a finalist among four other vehicles in this highly competitive eco-focused segment. The winner will be revealed in the Technology Pavilion at the Los Angeles Convention Center on Thursday, November 30, at 8 a.m. Pacific Time along with other green transportation announcements.

A hallmark of the industry’s efforts to offer higher efficiency and improved environmental impact, the award reflects Green Car Journal’s examination of all vehicles, fuels and technologies in the space. Finalists are selected for their achievements in raising the bar for environmental performance based off the following factors: efficiency, performance characteristics, ‘newness,’ affordability and overall environmental achievement. The winner is selected through a majority vote by a prestigious jury that includes auto enthusiast Jay Leno, Green Car Journal editors and leaders from other notable environmental and efficiency organizations.

“The Ioniq is an important milestone in Hyundai’s commitment to global sustainability, marking a major step in the expansion of efficient, eco-friendly driving”, said Mike O’Brien, vice president, corporate, product and digital planning, Hyundai Motor America.  “Being named a finalist by Green Car Journal further highlights Hyundai’s leadership in bringing about a better way to drive.”

The Ioniq is the first eco-focused vehicle in the world to offer three distinct electrified powertrains on a single, dedicated vehicle platform – the Ioniq Hybrid, Plug-in Hybrid and Electric models. Hyundai’s approach for the Ioniq line delivers an uncompromising design and driving experience coupled with the latest in safety and convenience technologies, making it an appealing choice for a wide range of buyers.

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Seven Hyundai Vehicles Recognized For Safety in 2018 IIHS Awards

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In one of the automotive industry’s most recognized and rigorous vehicle tests, the Hyundai Santa Fe and Santa Fe Sport have been awarded 2018 IIHS Top Safety Pick+ recognition. In addition, Hyundai’s Ioniq Hybrid, Elantra, Elantra GT, Sonata and Tucson models were Top Safety Pick award winners.

“Hyundai was one of the leading brands for Top Safety Pick+ and Top Safety Pick awards in 2018,” said Mike O’Brien, vice president, corporate and product planning, Hyundai Motor America. “The safety of our customers and their loved ones is paramount in our thinking when we design new vehicles.”

To qualify for the Top Safety Pick award, vehicles must have good ratings in five IIHS crashworthiness tests — small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraints, an advanced or superior rating for front crash prevention and an acceptable or good headlight rating. For the Top Safety Pick+ designation, vehicles must also gain an acceptable or good rating in passenger-side small overlap front tests and improved headlight rating. Features which helped these vehicles garner these recognitions included (but were not limited to) optional front-crash prevention, specific headlights and excellent performances in IIHS track tests at various speeds.

“We raised the safety bar for 2018,” said Adrian Lund, IIHS president. “Now vehicles have to achieve an even higher level of safety. Our Top Safety Pick and Top Safety Pick+ awards help consumers zero in on the vehicles with the best overall performance for crash prevention and protection.”

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Sonata named a Top Rated Vehicle

Hyundai’s 2015 Sonata continues to add to its list of accolades, being named aTop Rated Vehicle by car-shopping website Edmunds.com. The vehicle was praised for its suite of standard safety and convenience features, refined styling, and range of efficient and powerful engines.

“The Sonata’s value is bolstered by its class-leading safety features, including lane departure warning and frontal collision warning systems,” said Scott Oldham, editor in chief, Edmunds.com. “Combined with its sophisticated design, refined ride and handling characteristics, and a great selection of powertrains, the Sonata really is everything you could want from a family sedan.”

Every year, the Edmunds Testing Team evaluates more than 200 new vehicles in 10 categories. Each vehicle is driven on a standardized road-test loop and visits the publication’s test track for instrumented testing in controlled conditions. Editors’ time behind the wheel is used to develop ratings that grade how a car stacks up against its direct rivals in its size and price class. After evaluation, each vehicle is given an overall score, and those that receive an “A” are named Edmunds’ Top Rated Vehicles.

“The Sonata was designed and engineered with safety and convenience at its core,” said Mike O’Brien, vice president, corporate and product planning, Hyundai Motor America. “By offering our accident prevention technologies as standard, we are continuing our dedication to best-in-class occupant safety. Similarly, by making features such as Apple® CarPlay and Android® Auto available to consumers, the Sonata is one of the most family friendly cars on the road today.”

Sonata’s suite of safety features aims to help prevent accidents and maximize the safety of its occupants in the event of a collision. The 2015 Sonata is equipped with standard Electronic Stability Control, Vehicle Stability Management, Traction Control, ABS and Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) with individual tire pressure indicator help the vehicle maintain traction in all weather conditions.

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