Hyundai – Fri, 19 Jul 2019 16:45:16 +0000 en-US hourly 1 AutoGuide.comHyundai – Top 10 Best Family Cars – The Short List Tue, 09 Jul 2019 21:58:01 +0000 Top 10 Best Family Cars – The Short List Top 10 Best Family Cars – The Short List
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Got a litter of kiddies and can’t figure out what vehicle to buy? We’ve some recommendations for you!

So, what are the best vehicles for families? Well, that depends on what kind of family you’ve got. There are big families and small ones, fashion-forward families and eco-friendly families. Rather than, like, recommending 10 of the 18 million crossover vehicles available right now, we mixed things up a little by selecting the best vehicles for different kinds of families.

For Everyday Families: Honda Accord

Honda Accord

For your typical, everyday family that can live with a four-door car, Honda’s Accord cannot be beat. It’s probably our favorite model in the sedan segment. The Accord has a roomy and high-quality interior, TONS of standard equipment including Honda Sensing, (the automaker’s suite of advanced driver aids) and it also offers a pair of refined turbocharged engines, not to mention a fuel-efficient hybrid model as well. The Accord is safe, efficient and reasonably fun to drive. For a sedan, it just about does everything.

SEE ALSO: 2018 Honda Accord Review – VIDEO


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For Fancy Families: Mercedes-Benz E-Class Wagon

But for all its virtues, that Honda is still a mass-market model. Certain families demand more luxury, an extra slathering of prestige. For them, we wholeheartedly endorse the Mercedes-Benz E-Class Wagon. It’s far more versatile than your typical four-door and it seats up to seven (yay jumpseats!) Beyond that, it’s beautifully finished inside and out. Oh, and it even comes with standard all-wheel drive. The entry-level version features a twin-turbocharged V6 that delivers 362 horsepower, but you can also get a super-sporty AMG version with 603 ponies and an advertised zero-to-60 time of 3.4 seconds! Now that’ll haul some groceries!


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For Outdoorsy Families: Ram 1500

2019 Ram 1500 eTorque Review

Of course, certain families eschew life’s finer trappings. They love nothing more than getting down and dirty in the great outdoors. And for these sorts, there’s the new Ram 1500, currently our favorite full-size pickup. Rugged, capable and astonishingly premium across the range, this truck is more versatile than a proverbial Swiss Army Knife, and A LOT less neutral. With a maximum payload of some 2,300 pounds and the ability to tow up to 12,750, this Ram has no trouble hauling four-wheelers, loads of gravel, kayaks, you name it. And of course, it can drag massive campers without breaking a sweat.

SEE ALSO: 2019 Ram 1500 eTorque Review – VIDEO


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For Eco-Friendly Families: Hyundai Kona Electric

Families that want to minimize their carbon footprint, driving a big, burly, Hemi-powered truck isn’t going to cut it. For them, we endorse the Hyundai Kona Electric. This vehicle offers all the benefits of a small crossover, like easy maneuverability, decent interior space and energetic styling with zero tailpipe emissions and sprightly performance. The Kona Electric is more than capable of roasting its tires if you get too enthusiastic with the accelerator. A standard 64-kWh lithium-ion battery pack juices a 201-horsepower motor and provides an electric driving range of up to 258 miles. All around, this vehicle is a fine choice.


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For Urban Families: Honda Fit

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But in some instances, even the little Hyundai Kona might be too much vehicle. An ideal option for families that live in densely packed cities is the Honda Fit. You’d be hard pressed to find a vehicle twice its size that’s more versatile than this little runabout. With a wheelbase measuring under 100 inches and an overall length of around 161, it’s a snap to parallel park, maneuver in underground garages or dart in and out of traffic. A 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine provides up to 130 horsepower, while the second-row Magic Seat flips and folds to transform this subcompact hatch into a tractor-trailer-rivaling hauler.


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For BIG Families: Ford Expedition

The all-new Ford Expedition is the smartest, most capable and most adaptable Expedition ever, the ultimate full-size SUV to carry families through life’s adventures.

And at the complete opposite end of the spectrum from Honda’s Fit is the Ford Expedition. This massive body-on-frame SUV is ideal for BIG families that love BIG adventures. This is one of the few vehicles on the road today that offers a truly usable third-row seat. In fact, way back there it’s roomy enough for six-foot-tall adults to be comfortable all day long. For EVEN MORE space, you can step up the Expedition MAX, which is about a foot longer overall and offers commensurately more cargo space. No matter the version, you get a 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 tuned to deliver 375 horsepower with a walloping 470 pound-feet of torque, all of which gets sent through a 10-speed transmission.


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For Fashion-Forward Families: Kia Stinger

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Serving fashionable families is the dramatic Kia Stinger. This fastback five-door features sporty styling and an upscale, Audi-esque interior. Add in pleasant driving dynamics with reasonable practicality and you have a vehicle that checks all the right boxes for those that appreciate seeing and being seen. A 2.0-liter turbo-four is standard, delivering 255 horsepower, but if you’re really in a hurry, opt for the silky-smooth 3.3-liter twin-turbo V6. It’s rated at 365 ponies. An eight-speed automatic is used to great advantage across the board, though all-wheel drive is offered for an additional $2,200.


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For Crossover-y Families: Subaru Ascent

Families that can’t live without a crossover should check out the Subaru Ascent, an excellent all-around choice. With three rows of seats and room for seven or eight passengers, this utility can haul copious quantities of both kiddos and cargo. Naturally, all-wheel drive is standard, as is an invigorating 2.4-liter turbocharged engine and a continuously variable automatic transmission. Horsepower clocks in at 260, torque 277 pound-feet. Not only is Ascent the largest Subaru ever built, but it’s also one of the best vehicles in its crowded segment. Base price is right around $33,000.

SEE ALSO: 2019 Subaru Ascent Review – VIDEO


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For Sensible Families: Ford Transit Connect

2019 Ford Transit Connect

One option that’s sure to appeal to families that don’t care about having the fanciest or most-stylish vehicle, is Ford’s Transit Connect Passenger Wagon, our Wild Card pick. This commercial-van-turned people-hauler features a tall and highly versatile interior with seating for up to seven people. The standard engine is a highly efficient 2.0-liter four-cylinder delivering 150 horsepower. It’s matched to a resourceful eight-speed automatic transmission. A 2.5-liter gasser and a one-five turbo-diesel should also be available for extra powertrain choice. Providing added versatility, you can get either a single, top-hinged rear door or barn-style double doors. It’s up to you!


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For Road-Tripping Families: Chrysler Pacifica

7 Things to Know About the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid

Rounding things out, our final selection on this top-10 list is the perfect vehicle for road-tripping families, families that love to get out and explore. Hands down, the Chrysler Pacifica one of our favorite minivans. It offers style, a premium interior, plenty of passenger comfort and loads of room for cargo, all in one very versatile package.  The standard engine is a 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 that provides 287 horsepower. It’s teamed to a nine-speed automatic transmission. But if maximum efficiency is a top priority, FCA also offers a plug-in hybrid powertrain, one that delivers 32 miles of electric-only range and an efficiency rating of up to 82 MPGe. Comfortable, quiet, smooth and graceful, the Pacifica will happily devour as many interstate miles as you care to feed it.


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Top 10 Electric Cars with the Longest Range Wed, 12 Jun 2019 14:00:29 +0000 Top 10 Electric Cars with the Longest Range Top 10 Electric Cars with the Longest Range
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When it comes to electric cars (EVs), there’s nothing more important than range.

Sure, comfort, performance, and technology are very important to many prospective EV owners, but typically, they want the vehicle to be able to travel a respectable distance on a full battery charge before anything else.

SEE ALSO: Top 10 Best Electric Vehicles – The Short List

In this post, we’re going to count down the top 10 EVs with the most range for 2019. Our list includes vehicles that can be purchased new in 2019 only, so electric vehicles or variants that have gone out of production were not eligible.

This wasn’t a very hard list to whittle down, to be honest, as there aren’t many EVs for sale today. Hopefully, that will change in coming years, however, as major players like Honda, Volkswagen and Ford look to get in on the EV game.

SEE ALSO: Top 10 Hybrids with AWD

10. Audi E-Tron

The 2019 Audi E-Tron is 10th on our list, with its 95 kWh lithium-ion battery and dual electric motors providing a maximum estimated driving range of 204 miles. The vehicle returns the equivalent of 74 MPGe, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.

ALSO SEE: Best EV Charges for your Home

9. Nissan Leaf Plus

Ninth is the 2019 Nissan Leaf Plus. Serving as a long-range version to the standard Leaf, the Leaf Plus has a larger 62 kWh lithium-ion battery pack and a slightly more powerful single electric motor. It will get an estimated 226 miles on a charge and is rated at 108 MPGe by the EPA.

ALSO SEE: 2019 Nissan Leaf Plus Review

8. Jaguar I-Pace

The Jaguar I-Pace crossover (not to be confused with the gasoline Jaguar E-Pace) has a dual motor electric drive system and 90 kWh lithium-ion battery pack, which make for a maximum electric driving range of 234 miles. The EPA rates the vehicle’s efficiency at 76 MPGe.

ALSO SEE: 2019 Jaguar I-Pace Review

7. Chevrolet Bolt EV

General Motors’ awkwardly shaped EV, the Chevrolet Bolt EV, is very efficient for what it is. It has a single electric motor and 60 kWh battery pack, which provides a pure electric range of 238 miles. The vehicle is rated at 109 MPGe, meaning its battery and electric motor aren’t wasting much energy and do a good job at regenerating energy when the vehicle is coasting and braking.

ALSO SEE: 2019 Chevrolet Bolt EV Review

6. Kia Niro EV

Hyundai and Kia are quickly becoming a force to be reckoned with in the electric vehicle space. The Niro EV is a shining example of the Korean brand’s EV prowess, with its 64 kWh lithium-ion battery and single electric motor good for an impressive driving range of 239 miles. The EPA rates the Niro EV at 112 MPGe – only slightly less efficient than the smartly engineered Bolt EV.

SEE ALSO: Top 10 Surprising Cars a Tesla Model 3 Beats in a Drag Race

5. Kia Soul EV

The new Kia Soul EV seems like a great offering right off the bat. It has the same 64 kWh lithium-ion battery and single electric motor as the Niro EV, but it is slightly more efficient at 114 MPGe. This enables a slightly further driving range than the Niro EV of 243 miles, although the real-world range of these two would be nearly identical.

ALSO SEE: 2020 Kia Soul EV Review


4. Hyundai Kona EV

Yet another Hyundai-Kia entry appears on our list in the way of the Hyundai Kona EV. The Kona is one of our favorite crossovers in standard gas-powered form and it only gets better with a torquey electric powertrain. Powering this emissions-free crossover is the same 64 kWh battery and single electric motor found in the Soul EV and Niro EV, but better aerodynamics help the Kona EV eke out an estimated 258 miles of range on a single charge.

ALSO SEE: 2019 Hyundai Kona Electric Review

3. Tesla Model X Long Range

You knew Tesla would occupy the first three spots of this list, right? Kicking things off for the electric car brand is its fancy Model X crossover, which can travel 295 miles on a single charge thanks to its large 100 kWh lithium-ion battery pack and twin electric motors. The EPA rates its efficiency at a somewhat poor 87 MPGe – the Model X’s potato shape certainly lending itself to this disappointing figure.

2. Tesla Model 3 Long Range

The long-range Tesla Model 3 has a 75 kWh lithium-ion battery and either a single or dual electric motors, which provide an estimated driving range of 310 miles. The EPA rates the Model 3’s efficiency at a very impressive 130 MPGe. While it finds itself in second place, the Model 3 has the best efficiency of any EV on this list.

ALSO SEE: Tesla Model 3 Review

1. Tesla Model S Long Range

All these years later and the Tesla Model S remains the most impressive electric production vehicle, with the long-range version of the sedan able to travel 335 miles estimated on a single charge thanks to its 100 kWh battery and twin electric motors. The EPA rates its efficiency at 102 MPGe. Can anyone dethrone Tesla at this point?


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2020 Hyundai Venue Debuts as Most Affordable CUV in Lineup Wed, 17 Apr 2019 14:45:21 +0000 2020 Hyundai Venue Debuts as Most Affordable CUV in Lineup 2020 Hyundai Venue Debuts as Most Affordable CUV in Lineup
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The 2020 Hyundai Venue just debuted at the New York Auto Show. It will slot under the Kona in the Korean automaker’s lineup and will be the most affordable crossover it offers.

Like the slightly larger Kona, the Venue will also be available with funky two-tone color options. The Venue will be powered by a naturally aspirated 1.6L four-cylinder and, in a surprising move, a six-speed manual will be standard. A CVT will be optional. No power figures have been released yet, but the same engine powers the Hyundai Accent, providing 130 hp and 119 lb-ft of torque.

ALSO SEE: Hyundai Kona Review

The Venue will only be available with front-wheel drive, which isn’t crazy, seeing as the Nissan Kicks and Toyota C-HR are both FWD-only, though many shoppers may be turned off by the lack of AWD. The benefit of being front-wheel drive, however, is better fuel economy. The Venue should get up to 33 mpg combined.

Drivers will appreciate, however, that the Venue is available with many of the same safety and driver-assistance features available in more expensive vehicles: forward collision avoidance assist, lane-keep assist, blind spot collision warning, driver attention warning, and rear cross traffic alert. A glaring omission is adaptive cruise control, but even the Kona isn’t available with this piece of tech.

ALSO SEE: Where is Hyundai From and Where are Hyundais Made?

The Venue will come with an 8-inch touchscreen and an infotainment system that is compatible with real-time traffic updates, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. It will also be available with fast charging USB ports, heated front seats and side mirrors, navigation, Bluetooth, and Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant integration, so drivers can start their car remotely using their connected home device.

Cargo capacity measures 18.7 cu-ft and 31.9 with the 60/40 rear seats folded down. For comparison, the Kona holds 19.2 cu-ft and 45.8, respectively. The Venue also offers a two-tier cargo floor to accommodate taller items.

With the Kona winning 2019 North American Utility Vehicle of the Year as well as‘s 2019 Utility Vehicle of the Year, the bar is set quite high for the new entry-level Hyundai Venue.

The 2020 Hyundai Venue will be available at dealerships in the fourth quarter of 2019 and it will be built in Korea. The Kona starts at around $20,000, so we’re expecting the Venue to start around $18,000.

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Hyundai Pavise Name Trademarked, But What Is It For? Thu, 04 Apr 2019 19:47:17 +0000 Hyundai Pavise Name Trademarked, But What Is It For? Hyundai Pavise Name Trademarked, But What Is It For?
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Hyundai has filed to reserve the name ‘Pavise’ with New Zealand’s trademark office, potentially signaling the arrival of a crossover that utilizes the badge.

While it would be odd for Hyundai to file a trademark that would be used globally in New Zealand, this isn’t an unheard of practice. For example, we recently discovered that Aston Martin had filed to claim the legal rights to the name ‘Valen’. It first filed for the name in Lebanon before later moving to reserve it domestically in Britain.

SEE ALSO: 2020 Hyundai Palisade Review and First Drive

Pavise is actually the official word for those elongated shields that you may have seen medieval soldiers depicted as having. According to our Google search, the name Pavise is believed to have come from the city of Pavia in Italy.

It’s for this reason that we think Pavise could be used on a Hyundai crossover. After all, a word that means “shield” doesn’t really evoke performance, and Pavise doesn’t sound particularly exciting. Perhaps it could be for a “coupe version” of an existing crossover? Maybe a boxy off-roader? Maybe it’s for a new autonomous concept that shields its occupants from danger? Your guess is as good as ours.

2020 Hyundai Venue

We know the Pavise name won’t be used on the Hyundai’s forthcoming A-segment crossover, however, which will be called the Venue. For what it’s worth, AutoGuide also uncovered the Venue name ahead of time — way back in January of this year.

The Hyundai Venue, which will be positioned against other tiny crossovers like the Ford EcoSport and Nissan Kicks, will debut at the 2019 New York International Auto Show later this month.

It will be interesting to see where the Hyundai Pavise badge pops up — that’s if it ever it does, of course.

ALSO SEE: Where is Hyundai From and Where are Hyundais Made?

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New 2020 Hyundai Venue CUV will Slot Under the Kona Wed, 27 Mar 2019 17:29:25 +0000 New 2020 Hyundai Venue CUV will Slot Under the Kona New 2020 Hyundai Venue CUV will Slot Under the Kona
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Seeking to quench the North American public’s seemingly insatiable thirst for crossover vehicles and SUVs, Hyundai has announced it will introduce yet another machine of this type at next month’s New York Auto Show.

The 2020 Hyundai Venue will be a new entry-level CUV set to slot in underneath the Kona, a vehicle that is already exploring the smaller limits of legroom and cargo space. It is popular, however, and with good reason – its funky shape, combined with a strong value proposition, is proving an easy sell to a lot of shoppers.

Sales of the Kona have quickly risen to about 5,000 units per month since it showed up on dealer lots roughly this time last year, save for a year-end spike that saw volume crest 8,000 units in December. For comparison, the Tucson bounced around the same volume for years until mid-2017, when it crested the 10,000/month mark and never looked back.

ALSO SEE: Where is Hyundai From and Where are Hyundais Made?

According to Hyundai, the Venue is targeted at “urban entrepreneurs” who like to be seen in a trendy place, hence the name of this new vehicle. We’ll leave it to you to pass judgment on that bit of marketing speak. Driving the point home, Hyundai included pictures of a few people – who you know are prolific on Insta – partying on a rooftop along with an overhead image of Singapore’s Chinatown. Venues, indeed.

Close inspection of a teaser video reveals what could be a two-door body at about nine seconds into the film, but it’s tough to tell. Perhaps engineers at Hyundai are putting a set of hiking boots on the Veloster, which wouldn’t be a wholly terrible idea. The door handle in the image has keyless entry gear, so this won’t be a bare-bones car.

As for size, we’re struggling to wrap our heads around what dimensions this machine may measure. Hyundai says it will be its “smallest CUV,” strongly indicating it will cast a smaller shadow than the Kona. That vehicle is 163.9 inches long, smaller than the 2020 Soul that check in at 165 inches in length. A 2019 MINI Cooper Hardtop is about 152 inches long, to give you a frame of reference.

Powertrains, actual release dates, overall styling – all of that is still up in the air. Extremely unofficial rumors suggest that the latter will be boxy and a bit aggro, not at all like the Kona, suggesting the Venue will make like Lindsey Buckingham after all. The 2020 Hyundai Venue will see the spotlight on April 17 at the New York Auto Show.


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2020 Hyundai Sonata Breaks Cover With Radical Styling Wed, 06 Mar 2019 14:29:46 +0000 2020 Hyundai Sonata Breaks Cover With Radical Styling 2020 Hyundai Sonata Breaks Cover With Radical Styling
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[See image gallery at] The 2020 Hyundai Sonata has made its official debut this week, introducing a radical new look to the mid-size sedan inspired by the automaker’s Le Fil Rouge concept.

The 2020 Sonata’s styling follows Hyundai’s new design philosophy of ‘Sensuous Sportiness’ and features short overhangs, a rearward sloping coupe-like roofline and a low rear deck lid. The sedan sits 30 mm lower than the sixth-outgoing generation model and is 25 mm wider and 45mm longer. The vehicle’s wide stance is exemplified by the full-width single-frame rear LED taillights and the wide “cascading” grille, which is interrupted three quarters of the way down with a horizontally mounted metal trim piece.

SEE ALSO: Hyundai Le Fil Rouge Concept Signals Brand’s Future Styling

By far the most dramatic part of the new Sonata’s appearance are the daytime running lights. The front DRLs seamlessly meld into a metal trim piece that then extends down the side of the vehicle and frames the side windows. Dubbed ‘Hidden Lighting Lamps’, Hyundai says the DRLs appear to be of a chrome-like material when switched off and become “dramatically lit” when turned on.

Inside the sedan has been entirely redesigned with horizontal layout dashboard that is intended to appear lightweight and sleek. Refreshingly, Hyundai said its designers wanted to eliminate the feeling of large screens dominating the interior of vehicles, instead joining two smaller screens for the digital dash and center console together with the aim of providing a less intrusive look. There’s also a new shift-by-wire transmission, which has made room for additional cargo and storage space.

Hyundai has yet to provide details on the powertrain, pricing, or availability for the 2020 Sonata, so stay tuned for more information as it becomes available.

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Hyundai Kona Awarded as’s 2019 Utility Vehicle of the Year Thu, 21 Feb 2019 13:28:11 +0000 Hyundai Kona Awarded as’s 2019 Utility Vehicle of the Year Hyundai Kona Awarded as’s 2019 Utility Vehicle of the Year
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The Hyundai Kona subcompact crossover has been awarded as’s 2019 Utility Vehicle of the Year.

This small CUV has truly raised the bar for its segment, but what really helped it seal the win is the fact that it’s also available as a fully electric model in the Kona EV. The entire Kona lineup addresses many of its competitors’ shortcomings to offer a fully featured and well-rounded crossover. The Kona is refreshing and makes it clear that Hyundai isn’t interested in cutting corners or making lackluster vehicles.

ALSO SEE: Genesis G70 Wins 2019 Car of the Year Award

“The Hyundai Kona elevates its segment and I feel confident recommending it to anyone shopping for a subcompact crossover,” said editor-in-chief Jodi Lai. “The Kona is an impressive vehicle that sets a new benchmark in a very competitive segment, which is not an easy thing to accomplish. The lineup is made even more impressive and relevant with the addition of the Kona EV.”

Hyundai has had a strong year and its Veloster lineup was also in the running for’s 2019 Car of the Year. The Genesis G70 from Hyundai’s luxury brand ended up taking the win.

“We are thrilled the editors of AutoGuide recognized the Kona and Kona Electric models as CUVs worthy of their highest recommendation,” said Mike O’Brien, vice president, Product, Corporate and Digital Planning, Hyundai Motor America. “Kona is an affordable, stylish and functional compact CUV, tailored to the needs of customers who pursue active lifestyles of all kinds. Even more, AutoGuide is both highly discerning and selective, so their recognition of Kona as their 2019 Utility Vehicle of the Year is certainly a strong indicator of Kona product line excellence.”

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The Hyundai Kona faced some stiff competition to win’s Utility Vehicle of the Year award. It beat the shortlisted Toyota RAV4, Nissan Kicks, Subaru Forester, and Volvo XC40, all very impressive crossovers that each bring something new and important to the segment.

The Genesis G70 was awarded as’s 2019 Car of the Year, so it’s clear that parent company Hyundai is working hard to shake things up.

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Where is Hyundai From and Where are Hyundais Made? Wed, 20 Feb 2019 16:53:47 +0000 Where is Hyundai From and Where are Hyundais Made? Where is Hyundai From and Where are Hyundais Made?
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Hyundai is a massive company with a large presence in the automotive and industrial sectors, but where did this now well-established company originate from and where does it build its cars?

SEE ALSO: 2020 Hyundai Palisade Review

In this post, we will provide a brief history lesson on Hyundai’s origins and also list every plant the company operates that serves the North American market. Like many automakers, Hyundai is an international company, so it builds cars in many different places for many different markets, but we’ll focus on its North American-serving plants for now.

Where is Hyundai From?

South Korean inventor, businessman, and entrepreneur Chung Ju-Yung founded the Hyundai Engineering and Construction Company in Seoul 1947, with the industrial conglomerate’s automotive division, Hyundai Motor Company, having been officially incorporated in 1967. The company still has its headquarters in Seoul, South Korea, to this day. Its first wholly self-developed and built car, the Hyundai Pony, was introduced in 1975, but was never sold in the United States. The first car it exported to the U.S., the Excel, went on sale in 1986.

While the original Pony could not be sold in the U.S. due to its emissions laws, it met Canada’s emissions regulations at the time and proved to be fairly popular in the country due to its low price. This helped the brand establish a strong foothold in the country that it still enjoys to this day.

SEE ALSO: 2019 Veloster N Review

Where Are Hyundais Made?

Hyundai builds the vast majority all of its vehicles at its plant in Ulsan, South Korea, which is also the world’s largest automotive manufacturing site. It also operates a plant in Mexico and a plant in Alabama, which serve the North American market.

Hyundai Ulsan – Ulsan, South Korea

  • Hyundai Kona/Kona EV
  • Hyundai Tuscon
  • Hyundai Accent (global)
  • Hyundai Elantra GT
  • Hyundai Veloster
  • Hyundai Ioniq (Hybrid, EV, Plug-In)
  • Hyundai Nexo
  • Hyundai Palisade
  • Genesis G70
  • Genesis G80
  • Genesis G90

Hyundai Monterrey – Monterrey, Mexico

  • Hyundai Accent (for North America)

Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama

  • Hyundai Santa Fe
  • Hyundai Elantra
  • Hyundai Sonata

SEE ALSO: Where is Honda From and Where are Hondas Made?


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2019 Utility Vehicle of the Year: Meet the Contenders Mon, 18 Feb 2019 15:04:36 +0000 2019 Utility Vehicle of the Year: Meet the Contenders 2019 Utility Vehicle of the Year: Meet the Contenders
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The crossover segment is arguably the most significant one in the automotive landscape today, and car manufacturers have truly raised the bar, coming out with an army of new utility vehicles and SUVs for 2019.

As more and more automakers exit the compact car and sedan segments to focus on trucks, SUVs, and crossovers, the competition has only gotten hotter. This has treated consumers to an abundance of choice. There’s practically a crossover or SUV for every need, every budget and every niche. Competition is a great thing — it keeps automakers honest and innovative, plus it gives drivers more power to pick the perfect vehicle for their wants and needs.

We’ve considered all the new SUVs and crossovers to come out for 2019 and shortlisted five of the best ones — models that raise the bar for their brand, the segment and even the automotive industry as a whole.

ALSO SEE: Genesis G70 Awarded as 2019 Car of the Year

Of course, it’s important to note this isn’t a direct comparison between these five vehicles — they represent different segments and have different buyers, so comparing them head-to-head makes absolutely no sense. We consider and evaluate each competitor against other vehicles in its segment. We also want to make sure all the vehicles evaluated are accessible and affordable to everyday consumers, which is why you don’t see SUVs like the new Rolls-Royce Cullinan, Mercedes G-Wagen, or Lamborghini Urus on here. Other excellent new utility vehicles we considered but ultimately did not make the cut include the Jaguar I-Pace, Hyundai Santa Fe, Subaru Ascent, Acura RDX, Infiniti QX50 and several others.

Here, in alphabetical order, are the five shortlisted contenders vying to be’s 2019 Utility Vehicle of the Year.

Hyundai Kona/Kona EV

2019 Hyundai Kona

The Hyundai Kona is a scrappy little vehicle and a shoo-in for Utility Vehicle of the Year. Remember, we’re considering the whole lineup, which also includes an all-electric version. The Kona addresses many of its competitors’ shortcomings and is an all-around excellent package. Offered with front- or all-wheel drive, the internal combustion Kona has two engine options, a 2.0L four-cylinder with 147 hp and 132 lb-ft of torque and a turbocharged 1.6L four-cylinder with 175 hp and 195 lb-ft of torque. With funky styling, an available two-tone roof, an interesting interior, well-sorted driving dynamics, refined powertrains, an abundance of high-tech features usually reserved for more expensive cars and a fair price, the Kona offers subcompact crossover drivers a well-rounded option.

Availability of that EV model makes it even more a jack-of-all-trades. With two versions available, the Kona EV can offer 186 miles or 292 miles of range. This mainstream electric vehicle offering is an important step forward and it’s a bonus that it comes with great range, a refined powertrain, and an excellent interior.

READ MORE: Hyundai Kona Review and Hyundai Kona Electric Review

Nissan Kicks

We were very surprised by the Nissan Kicks after evaluating it.’s editors loved all the personality it crammed into such a little package. Proving that cheap can be cheerful, the Kicks impressed us with its affordable price and fun driving dynamics. Available with a 1.6L naturally aspirated engine, the Kicks outputs 125 hp and 115 lb-ft of torque, which gets power to the front wheels only via a continuously variable automatic transmission. With great fuel economy, bargain pricing, lots of interior space, surprisingly fun driving dynamics and plenty of worthwhile features, the cheerful Nissan Kicks offer crossover shoppers a lot, all without draining their bank accounts.

READ MORE: Nissan Kicks Review

Subaru Forester

Subaru has been stepping up its game and this is most evident in the new Forester, which has been completely redesigned for 2019. By addressing some common complaints about the previous Forester, Subaru has really raised the bar for itself and others. It’s gained an excellent interior but improved the things it was most well-known for: Proper on-road driving dynamics, convincing off-road capability and remarkable practicality. In addition, the Forester introduces the innovative new DriverFocus system, which uses facial recognition to help curb distracted driving. It also comes standard with EyeSight, the Japanese brand’s suite of driver assistance features, which includes standard adaptive cruise control and collision mitigation (automatic emergency braking).

With excellent visibility, standard AWD, well-sorted driving dynamics and innovative safety technology, the Subaru Forester has was it takes to, perhaps, be the best compact crossover in its class.

READ MORE: 2019 Subaru Forester Review

Toyota RAV4

2019 Toyota RAV4 Review

The RAV4 is a hugely significant vehicle for Toyota in terms of sales, so it means a lot that the Japanese automaker took a big risk when designing an all-new model. Fortunately for them, we think that gamble paid off, as the boxy and ruggedly styled RAV4 is now one of the best-looking compact crossovers out there. Its interior is, at long last, excellent, and it’s clear Toyota didn’t cut corners in this area. Powered by a 2.5L four-cylinder engine, this crossover brandishes 203 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque, with an 8-speed automatic transmission routing power to the front or all four wheels.

The RAV4 is also available as a hybrid model that gets a combined 39 mpg, which makes it unique in its segment. RAV4s also get standard Toyota Safety Sense 2.0, the brand’s suite of driver-assistance technology that includes adaptive cruise control, automatic high-beams, pedestrian detection and more.

READ MORE: 2019 Toyota RAV4 Review and Video

Volvo XC40

The Volvo XC40 is an all-new entrant into the luxury subcompact crossover segment and it really delighted the editors by how clever and fun it was. With funky styling, innovative packaging and storage solutions, unique attention to detail and, of course, great driving dynamics, the XC40 really shines as something special. The XC40 is powered by a turbo 2.0L four-cylinder powerplant with 258 lb-ft of torque and either 185 hp or 248 hp depending on potency. Volvo also introduced an innovative subscription service with the XC40, giving consumers more choice when it comes to car ownership, and that is always welcome.

READ MORE: Volvo XC40 Review

And the winner is…

We will announce the winner shortly. Stay tuned!

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2019 Hyundai Kona Electric Pricing Targets the Chevy Bolt Wed, 30 Jan 2019 16:38:25 +0000 2019 Hyundai Kona Electric Pricing Targets the Chevy Bolt 2019 Hyundai Kona Electric Pricing Targets the Chevy Bolt
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Hyundai’s Kona Electric is gradually seeping into select dealerships across the United States, requiring the company to (finally) make a definitive statement about its price.

Clearly targeting the likes of Chevrolet’s Bolt and Tesla’s Model 3, the Kona EV does a fine job standing its ground and injecting a fun persona into alternative-energy vehicles.

While good, we held off on declaring it a modern masterpiece until we knew how much Hyundai planned to sell it for. Too expensive and people will tune out because, despite its unique charms, it’s technically still a subcompact crossover from a budget-friendly automaker — slick electric powertrain notwithstanding. Too cheap and the company is basically throwing money out the window, as the model is unlikely to be manufactured in high volumes and the brand can fall back on the federal government’s EV tax credits to absorb some of the cost.

ALSO SEE: 2019 Hyundai Kona Electric Review

In the end, Hyundai decided to split the difference. The Kona Electric starts at $37,495 (after destination) for the base SEL trim — matching the Chevy Bolt’s MSRP near enough not to seriously influence any purchasing decisions.

2019 Hyundai Kona Electric Review

That nets you the Kona’s electric motor, which produces 201 hp and 290 lb-ft of torque, and the 64-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery from which it feeds. Estimated range is excellent at 258 miles, and standard features abound. The Kona Electric comes with keyless entry, push-button start, heated front seats, LED taillights, and a 7.0-inch center screen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Hyundai also incorporated forward collision-avoidance assist, lane keeping assist, blind-spot collision with alerts, and rear cross-traffic collision warning at no additional expense.

Stepping up into the Limited model nets you a $42,195 price tag and more equipment — including LED headlamps with high-beam assist, leather seats, a sunroof, a power adjustable front seat, wireless device charging, and an upgraded rearview mirror with HomeLink.

However, for $45,695, you can have the Ultimate trim and some pretty nice equipment. The touch screen is upsized to 8.0 inches and incorporates an Infinity Premium audio system and navigation. Front seats are now ventilated, and Hyundai chucked in a heated steering wheel, rain-sensing wipers, and a head-up display for the driver. The Ultimate also benefits from a more robust safety suite that adds pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go, and more parking assistance.

While we would have liked to see Hyundai bake in a little more standard equipment in a car that costs $37,495 before the federal tax credit, we know EVs don’t play by the same rules as their internal combustion counterparts. You can’t compare the base Kona Electric with a well-equipped Ford Fusion Hybrid because almost no one cross-shops the pair. The fact that they can cross prices is largely irrelevant to interested parties.

If you want a trendy EV, you have to pay more. But, when compared to its rivals, the Kona still stands out as a pretty good value — offering decent equipment, superior range, and a little character to boot. For EV shoppers who aren’t made of money, this would absolutely be one to consider.

The 2019 Kona Electric is only available in California right now, though Hyundai said it will start sending product to “ZEV-focused states in the western and northeastern regions of the U.S. market” later this year.

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2019 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid and Plug-In Hybrid Updated Thu, 17 Jan 2019 20:23:04 +0000 2019 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid and Plug-In Hybrid Updated 2019 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid and Plug-In Hybrid Updated
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The updated 2019 Hyundai Ioniq has made its official debut and the Korean automaker is introducing the newly revamped hybrid with a subtle jab at the competition.

“While many other manufacturers announce their first-ever eco-friendly models, Hyundai Motor is already launching a heavily revised model of its revolutionary Ioniq Hybrid and Plug-in with an enhanced Ioniq Electric to follow soon after,” the press release for the updated hybrid model says.

It’s a bit self-indulgent, but Hyundai has earned the right to gloat. The Ioniq has proven to be a solid electrified offering in the two short years it has been on sale in North America and the Korean brand has wasted no time in rushing this updated version to market.

SEE ALSO: Hyundai Ioniq Review

Major changes applied to the updated 2019 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid and Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid include a new grille and an available 10.25-inch infotainment screen with voice recognition software, over-the-air updates Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, Hyundai LIVE Services and other standard built-in features.

Hyundai didn’t mention any powertrain updates, with the Ioniq continuing with a 105-hp 1.6-liter four-cylinder and 60-hp electric motor. The powertrain now enables one-pedal driving through regenerative braking, however, similar to the Nissan Leaf’s e-Pedal system. There’s also a new “Green-zone Drive Mode,” which will automatically tell the car to use more energy from the electric motor, rather than from the internal combustion engine, under certain driving scenarios.

Rounding out the changes to the Ioniq and Ioniq Hybrid for 2019 are three new available exterior colors: Fluidic Metal, Electric Shadow and Liquid Sand.

Hyundai says the updated Ioniq will be introduced in Europe in the second half of this year. It’s not yet clear when North American sales of the updated model might commence.

Discuss this story on our Ioniq Forum

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Hyundai Storms Detroit with Wild 350-HP Veloster N Race Car, Elantra GT N Line Mon, 14 Jan 2019 17:10:09 +0000 Hyundai Storms Detroit with Wild 350-HP Veloster N Race Car, Elantra GT N Line Hyundai Storms Detroit with Wild 350-HP Veloster N Race Car, Elantra GT N Line
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Hyundai has brought two spritely hot hatches to the 2019 North American International Auto Show in Detroit this week: One that’s well suited for everyday driving duties and another that’s not even road legal.

Let’s address the one without a license plate first, because we’re fun like that. The Hyundai Veloster N TCR is heavily related to the Hyundai i30 N TCR race car and will replace it in markets where the i30 N is not sold. That means you can catch the 350-hp 2.0-liter turbo Veloster N TCR racing in various series in the United States in coming years, starting with the 2019 IMSA Pilot Challenge and 2019 Blancpain GT World Challenge.

SEE ALSO: 2019 Veloster N Review

Race teams, or Hyundai fans with a ton of money to blow on a track day toy, can buy the Veloster N TCR for $155,000 USD before taxes from Bryan Herta Autosport in Indianapolis – the only US Hyundai Motorsport retailer. Deliveries are set to begin in March 2019.

The Elantra GT N Line, meanwhile, is a much more tame offering from Hyundai. The first N Line badged model in the U.S., the Elantra GT N Line is a bit more approachable and affordable than the 275-hp Veloster N and features performance-inspired parts.

This model is the only way to get Hyundai’s 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine in the Elantra GT, which is rated at 201 hp and 195 lb-ft of torque. Two transmissions are on offer, a six-speed manual or optional seven-speed dual-clutch, which send power to the front wheels. Also setting the N Line apart from the standard Elantra GT are its N front and rear fascias and N alloy wheels.

There are some small interior enhancements as well, such as a sport steering wheel, red interior stitching, and an N gear knob.


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U.S. pricing for the 2019 Hyundai Elantra GT N Line will start at $23,300 for the six-speed manual model and $24,400 for the 7-speed DCT.

SEE ALSO: Hyundai Kona N Development Confirmed

Hyundai says the Elantra GT and the new N Line trim “are poised to compete head-on with hatchback competitors and provide a fun-to-drive alternative to small CUVs.” Now that’s a message we can get behind.

The 2019 Elantra GT N Line is on sale in the U.S. now.

Discuss this story on our Hyundai Performance Forum 

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