2020 Hyundai Palisade Wins Coveted Cars.com Best of 2020 Award!

FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif., Feb. 11, 2020 - Today, the Hyundai Palisade was named the winner of the coveted "Best of 2020" award from the third-party automotive experts at Cars.com. Every year, Cars.com tests dozens of new vehicles and considers their respective quality, innovation and value to determine an overall winner.

"It is an honor to hear that the all-new Hyundai Palisade has been named the winner of the Cars.com 'Best of 2020' award," said Scott Margason, director, product planning, Hyundai Motor America. "The Hyundai Palisade continues to demonstrate its flagship status, offering a luxurious interior, with practical cutting-edge technologies, convenience features and striking exterior looks, and this accolade reinforces Hyundai's commitment to creating an exceptional overall driving and riding experience."

The 2020 Hyundai Palisade rides on an all-new SUV chassis with exceptional second- and third-row seating for up to eight passengers, coupled with a generous cargo area and reconfiguration flexibility as part of its intuitive utility design. Hyundai's new premium flagship offers industry-first and class-exclusive technologies.

The Palisade's innovative features in safety and technology include Hyundai Smart Sense Technology, which is standard in every vehicle. The well-equipped Palisade also offers a host of available convenient technology features including a 10-inch navigation display, 12-inch TFT cluster, wireless charging, seven USB outlets, second-row ventilated seats and innovative roof-based diffuser vents. Its exterior and interior design clearly reflects its unique flagship identity with a premium, distinctive and bold road presence - offering a luxurious experience and strong value against its competitors.

In addition to the "Best of 2020" accolade, Cars.com also recently named the Hyundai Palisade the winner of its 2020 3-Row SUV Challenge. The challenge included seven of the most popular midsize SUVs in a series of expert testing to determine which model was best in class. 

 2020 Hyundai Sonata and Palisade Win 2020 MotorWeek Drivers' Choice Awards

CHICAGO, Ill. Feb. 6, 2020 - Today, the Hyundai Palisade and Hyundai Sonata have both been awarded 2020 MotorWeek Drivers' Choice Awards in their respective categories. The Hyundai Sonata was the winner of the Best Family Sedan and the Hyundai Palisade shared honors in the Best Large Utility category with the Kia Telluride. MotorWeek has been awarding vehicles their Drivers' Choice Awards annually for the last 39 years - this year's winners were announced today during a ceremony held at the 2020 Chicago Auto Show.

MotorWeek's annual Drivers' Choice Awards look at vehicles from a buyer's point of view. Trends and innovations play a large part in their selection process, simultaneously understanding that consumers also want value and reliability. Their aim is to produce a list of winners that makes sense and can be used as a practical guide for car shopping.

An episode of MotorWeek featuring all of this year's winners is currently scheduled to air beginning February 8th ((check local listings)) on PBS and on Discovery's MotorTrend Network, February 18th. 

"We are thrilled to win MotorWeek's 2020 Drivers' Choice Awards for both the Palisade and the Sonata," said Scott Margason, director, product planning, Hyundai Motor America. "Both models were designed and created with all consumers in mind - from Hyundai SmartSense safety features to convenient technology features, the Sonata and Palisade are proof points of Hyundai's excellence in providing value and reliability."

The 2020 Sonata is the first model to be based on Hyundai's new, innovative vehicle platform, which delivers improvements in overall driving performance. The car uses an extensive application of advanced technologies to boost comfort, convenience and active safety, including optional Digital Key Technology-allowing the vehicle to be unlocked, started and driven without a physical key. The all-new midsize sedan also showcases the brand's Sensuous Sportiness exterior design, focusing on creating emotional value using proportion, styling, and technology. 

The Palisade is Hyundai's new flagship premium three-row SUV that rides on an all-new SUV chassis with exceptional second- and third-row roominess coupled with generous cargo area and reconfiguration flexibility. It brings exceptional comfort, technology, and safety in a bold midsize SUV. 

Hyundai Ties For The Most Combined IIHS Top Safety Pick+ And Top Safety Pick Awards for 2020!

FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif., Feb. 13, 2020 - The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) announced that Hyundai tied for the most combined TOP SAFETY PICK+ and TOP SAFETY PICK-rated vehicles in the automotive industry today. Hyundai has nine award-winning vehicles.

 The Hyundai Nexo is one of six TOP SAFETY PICK+ winners not sold with anything other than good-rated headlights. A good rating means headlights provide the best balance of visibility and lack of excessive glare for drivers of oncoming vehicles. Eight other Hyundai models won TOP SAFETY PICK awards.

Hyundai's TOP SAFETY PICK award winning SUVs are:

  • Hyundai Kona with optional front crash protection and specific headlights
  • Hyundai Tucson with optional front crash protection and specific headlights
  • Hyundai Palisade with specific headlights
  • Hyundai Santa Fe with specific headlights

Hyundai's TOP SAFETY PICK winning cars are:

  • Hyundai Elantra with optional front crash protection and specific headlights
  • Hyundai Elantra GT with optional front crash protection and specific headlights
  • Hyundai Veloster with optional front crash protection and specific headlights
  • Hyundai Sonata with specific headlights

"Our SmartSense safety features and advanced vehicle platforms offer something that our owners and new car shoppers really want," said Andy Freels, president, Hyundai America Technical Center. "Hyundai and its engineering teams continue to make vehicles even safer by prioritizing cutting-edge safety. With Hyundai SmartSense features like Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist, Driver Attention Warning, Blind-Spot Collision Warning, Lane Keeping Assist and more, our latest vehicles deliver tools to ensure trust."

Hyundai Palisade, Kona and Accent Names 2020 Consumer Guide Automotive Best Buys!

FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif., Feb. 13, 2020 - Hyundai earned the Consumer Guide® Automotive Best Buy awards in three distinct and highly competitive categories for 2020. The Hyundai Palisade was recognized for midsize crossover, Kona for subcompact crossover for the second year in a row and Accent for subcompact car for the third year in a row.

The Best Buy Award trophies were presented by Tom Appel, publisher, Consumer Guide Automotive at the 2020 Chicago Auto Show last week.

"The Consumer Guide Automotive Best Buy awards signify the commitment we place on quality and value across our lineup," said Scott Margason, director, product planning, Hyundai Motor America. "The Palisade, Kona and Accent are excellent examples of leading design, innovation and performance that consumers are looking for in their next car purchase."

The Palisade is recognized for its roomy passenger and cargo space, quiet and smooth ride and all around comfort. "It also offers several thoughtful features that help it stand out from the pack," according to Consumer Guide reviewers.

The Kona, with its 1.6L Turbo GDI engine, combines exceptional driving performance with class leading safety and advanced technology - "besting most competitors with its all-around practicality and rare-for-the class comfort and convenience features."

The Accent continues to top the list year after year, delivering outstanding value, "by offering pleasant driving manners and a decent selection of up-to-date features at very affordable prices." 

Consumer Guide evaluates numerous vehicles during the year to determine which ones prove their value and available features. Vehicles selected for the Automotive Awards offer a combination of features and options plus the dynamic qualities that make for safe, enjoyable and reliable transportation choices.

2020 Hyundai Elantra, Santa Fe and Venue Receive Long-Term Ownership Value Awards from Kelley Blue Book

CHICAGO, Ill., February 6, 2020 - The 2020 Hyundai Elantra, Santa Fe and Venue are all recipients of the 2020 Kelley Blue Book 5-Year Cost to Own Award for the compact car, mid-size 2-row crossover and subcompact crossover segments, respectively. The awards were presented at the 2020 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 take great pride in having three of our 2020 models receive Kelley Blue Book's 5-Year Cost to Own Award," said Scott Margason, director, Product Planning, Hyundai Motor America. "At Hyundai, all of our products are focused on providing excellent customer value. That means making great products that are great to live with, and having a low cost of ownership can make a big difference for many of our customers."

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. 

Hyundai's All-New 2020 Sonata Awarded Redesign of the Year by ALG

FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif., Feb. 4, 2020 - Hyundai's all-new 2020 Sonata was named Redesign of the Year by ALG. The all-new Sonata, with its four-door coupe look with spacious interior and advanced technologies, was recognized by ALG for having the strongest redesign based on overall degree of change and execution. ALG, the analytics subsidiary of TrueCar®, Inc., is the benchmark for forecasting future vehicle values and their relevance to automotive leasing.

"Sonata is our longest standing and most successful model and we're excited to see it continually recognized by industry experts, such as ALG, as we continue to make improvements to new generations," said Scott Margason, director, Product Planning, Hyundai Motor America. "We wanted to achieve a sleek coupe like look, without sacrificing the space and comfort of a sedan - we think we achieved that with the all-new Sonata. In addition to the all-new Sensuous Sportiness design and integrated innovations such as Digital Key, the 2020 Sonata is the first model to be based on Hyundai's new vehicle platform that delivers improvements in overall driving performance."

Hyundai has achieved success with the redesigned Sonata in one of the largest and most competitive segments in the industry, according to ALG. The new-generation Sonata is the first sedan designed with Hyundai's Sensuous Sportiness design language. Sonata represents Hyundai's new focus on creating emotional value using proportion, styling and technology. From a newly designed Digital Pulse Cascading Grille spanning the front to an innovative new lighting architecture featuring Hidden Lighting Lamps, the look highlights the design identity of future Hyundai cars.

Inside the Sonata, Hyundai's designers and engineers focus was to maximize the sense of a spacious interior, so as not to lose the sedan feel with the redesigned coupe-like exterior. Alongside visual devices that create an impression of greater room, the new Sonata features an optional panoramic sunroof that amplifies the light and airy ambience.

The latest Sonata is the first model to be based on Hyundai's new, innovative vehicle platform, with improvements in design, safety, efficiency and driving performance. The car uses an extensive application of advanced technologies to boost comfort, convenience and active safety. It is also the first model to premiere a new collaboration with Bose® to deliver an exceptional audio experience to customers.


Hyundai Accent Awarded Best Value in America from Vincentric

FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif., Feb. 4, 2020 - The 2020 Hyundai Accent earned the Best Value in America award from Vincentric, the automotive research firm specializing in automotive cost of ownership. This is the second win for the Accent in the subcompact segment.

"From improved fuel economy to a suite of safety and convenience features, the Accent offers an excellent driving and ownership experience," said Scott Margason, director, product planning, Hyundai Motor America. "This recognition in the subcompact segment underscores our commitment to offering exceptional value across our Hyundai lineup."

The 2020 Hyundai Accent features a new Smartstream G1.6 Dual Port Injection (DPI) engine and a Smartstream Intelligent Variable Transmission (IVT), increasing Accent's EPA estimated fuel economy by 4 MPG combined compared to 2019. Accent can get up to 41 MPG on the highway. It is also available with optional advanced safety technologies including Forward Collision-avoidance Assist, and convenience features such as 7-inch display audio system with Android Auto™ & Apple CarPlay™.

The Vincentric Best Value in America Awards are model-specific honors that determine the best value in each segment. Value is determined using a statistical analysis that incorporates the current market price and total cost of ownership of all 2020 model year vehicles.

Hyundai Sonata and Palisade Win 2019 Good Design Awards

  • New-Generation Sonata and First-Ever Palisade Honored with Prestigious Design Honor
  • The 2020 Sonata and Palisade Are The First Sedan and SUV to Adopt Hyundai's New Sensuous Sportiness Design Philosophy
  • The New Design Philosophy Will Be Further Revealed on Upcoming Models

FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif., Jan. 31, 2020
 - Hyundai's 2020 Sonata and 2020 Palisade have each earned 2019 GOOD DESIGN® Awards from the Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design and the European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies. The prestigious award honors the worlds of industrial, product and graphic design for immense creativity and attention to form, function and aesthetics. This marks the ninth consecutive year that Hyundai's vehicles have received this honor and the third time Sonata has been recognized.

"The 2020 Sonata and Palisade are the first sedan and SUV, respectively, to adopt Hyundai's new customer-centered design philosophy, Sensuous Sportiness," said SangYup Lee, Head of Hyundai Design Center. "We are honored to be recognized for their design excellence with this prestigious award. Evolution in Hyundai design will be more clearly revealed through our upcoming cars and we will remain focused on developing our customer-centered design philosophy, rather than designing from a manufacturer perspective."

2020 Hyundai Sonata

The new-generation Sonata is the first four-door sedan fully transformed by Hyundai's new design philosophy to take on an agile and sexy coupe appearance.

A parametric cascading grille spans the front of the new Sonata. A chrome line flows from the wing mirror, right around the side passenger windows and returns to the front of the car by running down the length of the hood and ending at a sharp right angle beneath each headlight. This chrome strip features graduated LED daytime running lights embedded with hidden lamps. The side panels are accentuated by the light architecture, connecting two chrome lines that seamlessly link the windows and daytime running lights. Through these character lines, the Sonata effuses a flowing and sporty character. At the rear, a wide horizontal line extends across the center of the trunk, stretching to the edges of the car, improving aerodynamic of the vehicle. This line is actually a long, thin LED strip that connects each brake light, creating a striking visual impression at night.

Sonata's new interior conforms to a "Beautifully Smart" theme, aligned with the expectations of Hyundai customers seeking advanced technologies applied naturally and intuitively.

The instrument panel is rich and modern. This shape presents a levitating effect and this aesthetic carries into the long armrests. Designers compressed the height of the dashboard and HVAC vents as much as possible to emphasize the lightweight feeling, while light fabric colors and supple leathers provide a fresh and inviting ambience for the driver.

2020 Hyundai Palisade

The 2020 Hyundai Palisade's styling conveys dignity with style in an understated theme that demonstrates clear differentiation worthy of a flagship SUV.

A bold and wide cascading grille dominates the front, clearly representing a premium SUV. Separated composite headlamps and a vertically connected forward lighting signature create a strong and distinctive demeanor. A powerful, extended hood profile creates an impressive road presence, while bold C-pillars and a panoramic glass side graphic convey generous third-row spaciousness. Fender flares and full body sides accentuate Palisade's muscularity. The rear view emphasizes a wide and stable stance via sinuous detailing and a vertical LED rear tail lamp design. Panoramic rear glass coupled with a cutaway roof provides a generous sense of spaciousness for rear passengers.

Unlike the vertical rise suggested by the exterior design, the interior design emphasizes a horizontal layout that promotes a sense of relaxation and comfort, creating a lounge-like environment with eight-passenger seating as standard for family outings. Leather-equipped models offer premium, quilted Nappa leather, while on the instrument panel, smooth woodgrain trim in a wraparound design creates a harmonious and refined ambience.

The All-New 2020 Hyundai Sonata Awarded Best Auto Tech by Kelley Blue Book

FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif., Jan. 27, 2020 - The all-new 2020 Hyundai Sonata has been awarded the 2020 Best Auto Tech Award by Kelley Blue Book - a recognition designed to help car shoppers identify the models with the best use of in-car technology at a good price. The award honors the vehicles with the most advanced infotainment, convenience and active safety features at a great value to car buyers.

The all-new Hyundai Sonata offers innovative technology, featuring digital enhancements that rival those on vehicles at double the price. This midsize sedan is unlike any of its predecessors, showcasing Hyundai's Sensuous Sportiness design philosophy.

"We are honored that the all-new 2020 Sonata is the winner of Kelley Blue Book's Best Auto Tech Award because technological innovation was a top priority for the Sonata," said Manish Mehrotra, director, digital business planning and connected operations, Hyundai Motor America. "With a suite of safety and convenience features, including the Digital Key and Remote Smart Parking Assist, the Sonata offers drivers cutting-edge technology at class-leading value."

The eighth-generation Hyundai Sonata uses an extensive application of advanced technologies to boost comfort, convenience and active safety, including available Digital Key Technology-allowing the vehicle to be unlocked, started and driven without a physical key. The new Digital Key can be utilized by up to four authorized users, facilitating seamless vehicle sharing. Users' preferred settings are also stored in the car, meaning that when a user is recognized, the vehicle automatically adjusts settings for side mirrors, radio presets, sound settings, and seat positioning.

The Sonata offers advanced comfort and convenience features including standard Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto®, Bluetooth®, and an 8-inch LCD monitor. The Sonata comes standard with Hyundai's latest SmartSense advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) - which includes Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA), Lane Following Assist (LFA), Advanced Smart Cruise Control with Stop and Go, Rear Occupant Alert (ROA) and Driver Attention Warning (DAW). The Sonata is also available with Blind View Monitor (BVM), Highway Drive Assist (HDA), Rear Cross-Traffic Collision-Avoidance Assist (RCCA) and Remote Smart Parking Assist - which in certain limited situations enables your Hyundai to park itself with a push of your Smart Key Button.

The Hyundai Veloster N Awarded 2020 Most Fun-to-Drive Car of the Year by Cars.com

FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif., Jan. 21, 2020 - Today, Cars.com awarded the 2020 Hyundai Veloster N with the 2020 Most Fun-to-Drive Car of the Year award, an accolade given annually to a model that's defined by how fun it is to drive, on the racetrack or off. The Veloster N was up against an array of fun-to-drive contenders, including the 2020 Ford Mustang and the 2020 Jeep Wrangler.

"Veloster N offers an exhilarating driving experience for drivers of all skill levels," said Scott Margason, director, product planning, Hyundai Motor America. "We are elated to receive this award as it recognizes the vehicle's thrilling drivability and performance from the track to winding canyon roads."

Hyundai's high-performance N line-up was developed to make the driver's heart beat faster whenever they're behind the wheel. Instead of focusing on outright performance numbers, Hyundai chose to emphasize the N driver's heartbeats per minute (BPM), rather than revs per minute (RPM). With fun-to-drive character as a top priority, Veloster N has been developed to deliver thrilling cornering ability coupled with everyday sports car drivability and race track capability.

The Veloster N offers a comprehensive degree of exterior, interior and mechanical features at a competitive price point. Mechanically, the Veloster N offers a 2.0-liter, direct-injected turbocharged powerplant. The engine boasts up to an available 275 horsepower at 6,000 RPM and 260 lb.-ft. of torque from 1,450-4,700 RPM for responsive, thrilling performance at every RPM range. Furthermore, the Veloster N includes a suite of features normally found in higher-priced sports cars, such as Drive Mode Select, Michelin Pilot® Super Sport Tires, rear spoiler and 8" display audio with Bluetooth®, Apple CarPlay and Android capabilities, as well as numerous safety features.

Cars.com's editorial team of automotive experts performs more than 100 in-depth reviews of new vehicles each year in addition to producing thousands of articles for car shoppers to navigate the purchase process. Each car represented on the Best of Awards list excels in three key criteria: quality, innovation and value.

Hyundai Awarded Two Engine Honors in Wards 10 Best Engines and Propulsion Systems Competition
  • Hyundai's all-new Sonata Smartstream 1.6LTurbocharged-GDi recognized for world-class powertrain technologies
  • A repeat award for the 2020 Kona Electric powertrain

DETROIT, Jan. 16, 2020 - For a second consecutive year in a row, Hyundai earns two out of the ten coveted spots in the 2020 Wards 10 Best Engines and Propulsion Systems competition. Featured in Hyundai's all-new Sonata sedan, the new Smartstream 1.6L Turgocharged - GDi engine and a repeat for the 2020 Kona Electric powertrain are named to this year's list. The recognition highlights the compelling powertrain advancements achieved by sophisticated fuel-efficient architecture and innovative propulsion enhancements. This marks the twelfth time Hyundai has earned Wards 10 Best Engines recognition since the awards' annual inception in 1995. The Hyundai Kona EV and NEXO Fuel Cell vehicles received awards in 2019.

"We are very pleased to have our newest Smartstream technology, the 1.6L T-GDi engine with our world's-first Continuously Variable Valve Duration (CVVD) technology recognized to the Wards 10 Best Engines and Propulsion Systems list and a repeat award for the Kona EV powertrain," said Mike O'Brien, vice president, Product, Corporate and Digital Planning, Hyundai Motor America. "These accolades reinforce Hyundai's commitment in leading the industry's most diverse powertrain lineup and we are excited to continue our product onslaught and powertrain innovations with 13 eco-friendly vehicles in the U.S. by 2022."

Hyundai's all new Smartstream 1.6L Turbocharged DOHC 4-Cyl., including Hyundai's in-house CVVD technology is featured in the all-new 2020 Sonata. The 1.6L powertrain includes 180 horsepower at 5,500 rpm and 195 lb.-ft. of torque at 1,500-4,500 rpm and achieved an EPA estimated 31 mpg combined.

Hyundai Motor Group developed the world's first CVVD technology featured initially in the all-new Sonata. CVVD optimizes both engine performance and fuel efficiency while also being eco-friendly. The valve control technology regulates the duration of valve opening and closing according to driving conditions, achieving a 4 percent boost in performance and a 5 percent improvement in fuel efficiency according to internal Hyundai estimates. Furthermore, the technology reduces emissions by 12 percent.

CVVD takes technology in a new direction by adjusting how long a valve is open. Until now, an internal combustion engine's performance and efficiency have been governed by variable valve control technology that adjusts the timing of valve opening and closing and depth of the valve's opening, with engine power produced through the fuel intake-compression-expansion-exhaustion cycle.

When the vehicle is maintaining a constant speed and requires low engine output, CVVD opens the intake valve from the middle to end of the compression stroke. This helps to improve fuel efficiency by reducing the resistance caused by compression. On the other hand, when engine output is high, such as when the car is driving at a high speed, the intake valve is closed at the beginning of the compression stroke to maximize the amount of air used for combustion, enhancing torque to improve acceleration.

Typical variable valve control technologies manage the timing of the valve's opening and closing (as in Continuously Variable Valve Timing - CVVT) or control the volume of air admitted by adjusting the depth of the opening (Continuously Variable Valve Lift - CVVL). Previous variable valve control technologies could not regulate valve duration.

According to Tom Murphy, managing editor at Wards, "Appearing first in the all-new Sonata sedan, this clean-sheet 4-cyl., is part of a family of new Hyundai engines. It's an absolute gem - stout, refined, punchy, a delightful daily driver and it's the world's first application of continuously variable valve duration." He further added, "It's constantly altering how much air enters the combustion chamber based on throttle inputs and driving conditions.

Hyundai's system actually has VVT and CVVD working in tandem, allowing intake valves to remain open for shorter or longer spans, independent of whether they open early or late."

The 2020 Hyundai Kona Electric (2019 NACTOY SUV of the Year) features a class-leading 258 miles of range. The electric CUV offers youthful design, sporty driving character, leading safety technology and advanced infotainment features in an affordable, compact footprint along with an abundant suite of standard safety equipment. Additionally, the Kona's Electric battery iscovered by Hyundai's industry leading Lifetime Battery Warranty.

According to Christie Schweinsberg, Wards editor, "As we noted last year for its inaugural win, the Kona's robust Li-ion pack, liquid-cooled and operating at 356V, enables relatively long-distance travel similar to an ICE-powered vehicle and lessening the need to stop and charge. For instance, one can travel from San Diego to Santa Barbara in a Kona Electric (218 miles [315 km]) on its EPA-estimated range, so long as accelerator inputs - and use of the HVAC system - are somewhat restrained."

She further commented, "Despite all the luxury BEV newcomers in 2019, the mass-market Kona still has one of the longest-range lithium-ion battery packs in the industry."

The Kona Electric powertrain employs a high-efficiency 150 kW (201 horsepower) permanent-magnet synchronous electric motor supplied by a high-voltage 64 kWh lithium-ion battery. The motor develops 291 lb. ft. of torque distributed to the front wheels. The powertrain inverter has a power density of 25.4 kVA per liter. The battery system is liquid cooled and operates at 356 volts. Battery pack energy density is 141.3 Wh/kg (greater than Chevy Bolt), with a total battery system weight under 1,000 lbs. In addition, Kona Electric EPA estimated MPGe is 132 city, 108 highway, and 120 combined.

This is the 26th year for Wards 10 Best Engines and Propulsion Systems, a competition created to recognize outstanding powertrain achievement, world-class technologies and those rare engines or electric propulsion systems that are so compelling that they help sell the vehicle. This year, 26 entries were competing for the prestigious recognition and were chosen from 2019 and 2020 model year vehicles. To be eligible, a new or significantly modified engine or propulsion system must be on sale in a production vehicle during the first quarter of 2020, with a base price capped at $64,000.

The Wards 10 Best Engines and Propulsion Systems is the ultimate list that defines the industry's outstanding powertrains. Since the list began in 1995, Hyundai has been honored twelve times: the Tau V-8 was in 2009 (4.6-liter), 2010 (4.6-liter) and 2011 (5.0-liter); the Gamma I-4 in 2012; the hydrogen fuel cell powertrain in 2015; the Nu (2.0-liter plug-in Hybrid) in 2016; the four-cylinder Turbocharged DOHC (1.4-liter); the (3.3-liter) in 2018 and the Kona EV and NEXO Fuel Cell propulsion systems in 2019. The 2020 awards ceremony took place at the WardsAuto Engine & Propulsion Summit on January 16, 2020, in Detroit.


Hyundai Palisade Earns 2019 Carbuzz Family Fun Award
Palisade Ranked No. 1 among Popular Midsize SUVs based on Expert Evaluations

FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif., Jan. 15, 2020 - The 2020 Hyundai Palisade has earned the 2019 CarBuzz Family Fun Award from CarBuzz.com. The Family Fun Award is aimed at vehicles that can accommodate families of all sizes while still being fun-to-drive. To qualify for the award, vehicles must have an MSRP of under $40,000. Hyundai's all-new flagship SUV combines a roomy cabin for up to eight passengers along with a robust V6 engine.

"The all-new Palisade has been designed to give families peace of mind, whether they are setting out on a family vacation or tackling everyday life," said Scott Margason, director, product planning, Hyundai Motor America. "The honor from CarBuzz recognizes not only the high level of execution of the Palisade, but also the vehicle's fantastic value equation."

This is the inaugural year for the CarBuzz Awards. The annual set of awards focuses on automotive excellence in new vehicles of the past year. Each of the different award categories are sorted by how consumers shop, rather than by body style. The Palisade SUV won over sedan and minivan finalists.

"Before purchasing a new car, many buyers factor in how the vehicle will fit their family needs," said Jared Rosenholtz, senior editor, CarBuzz. "What good is a new car if it can't haul the entire family comfortably and also provide an enjoyable experience?"

The 2019 CarBuzz Family Fun Award joins a raft of other awards for the all-new Palisade. It was one of three finalists for the prestigious 2020 North American Utility of the Year, and has won awards for vehicle design, user experience, and family friendliness.

Hyundai Palisade Awarded Cars.com SUV Challenge Winner

Model Ranked No. 1 among Popular Midsize SUVs based on Expert Evaluations

FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif., Dec. 9, 2019 - The 2020 Hyundai Palisade has been named the winner of the Three-row SUV Challenge by Cars.com. The Challenge included 7 of the most popular midsize SUVs in a series of expert testing to determine which model was best in class. The all-new Palisade is Hyundai's flagship eight-passenger SUV offering an all-new family-oriented interior, with practical cutting-edge technologies and premium exterior looks.

"The all-new Palisade brings technology and safety features, exceptional comfort and conveniences to a midsize SUV, proving ideal for any family," said Scott Margason, director, Product Planning, Hyundai Motor America. "The recognition by Cars.com further emphasizes Hyundai's commitment towards making Palisade better for our customers."

Any 2020 model vehicle, regardless of when it was introduced or last updated, is fair game for Cars.com of the year award evaluations. Selection criteria includes: crash tests, safety features and accommodation of family members and their gear, family-friendly features and overall excellence.

Editor-in-Chief at Cars.com, Jenni Newman said, "The 2020 Hyundai Palisade is Cars.com's Best Three-Row SUV for 2020. It's easy to see why it won the title with its premium materials, a pleasant driving experience and plenty of room. On top of all that, it's an incredible value too. The Palisade isn't Hyundai's first three-row SUV; it replaces the Santa Fe XL, which replaced the earlier Veracruz. But it's the best."

Hyundai Kona, Kona Electric and Santa Fe Win 2020 Kelley Blue Book Best Buy Awards
  • 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 Kona2020 Kona Electric and 2020 Santa Fe earned Best Buy Awards from the experts at Kelley Blue Book for the categories of Best Subcompact SUVBest 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 KBB.com 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.