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Hyundai Santa Fe and Elantra Earn IIHS Top Safety Pick

The Hyundai Santa Fe and Elantra have just earned a 2021 Top Safety Pick from the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS) when equipped with specific headlights. Impressively the Elantra and Santa Fe are Hyundai’s 8th and 9th to receive a 2021 Top Safety Pick (TSP) or TSP+ rating. Hyundai has 7 models with a TSP rating and 2 earning the top rating of TSP+, and all Hyundai SUVs have a TSP or TSP+ rating.

“These top ratings prove our commitment to safety,” 

said Brian Latouf, chief safety officer, Hyundai Motor North America. 

“Being an industry leader in safety and IIHS accolades is foundational to our brand, and we continually strive to provide outstanding passenger safety to our customers.”

How do Vehicles Qualify to be IIHS Top Safety Picks?

To qualify for TSP, vehicles must earn good ratings in all six IIHS crashworthiness evaluations, including the driver-side small overlap front, passenger-side small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraint tests. They must also be available with a front crash prevention system that earns advanced or superior ratings in both the vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-pedestrian tests and good- or acceptable-rated headlights. For the higher-tier TSP+ award, good or acceptable headlights must be standard on all models, regardless of trim level. 

Looking for more information on Hyundai’s impressive safety features? Check out our previous posts on Hyundai’s Lane Keep Assist and Brake Assist System.  

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Hyundai Elantra and Venue Earn a Spot on KBB’s 5-Year Cost to Own 2021 List

Kelly Blue Book (KBB) has just announced the winner of its tenth annual KBB 5-Year Cost to Own Awards. Hyundai is proud to announce that both the Hyundai Venue and Hyundai Elantra are the winners of their respective segments. This marks the 2nd year in a row that the Hyundai Elantra has been awarded this honor. The KBB 5-Year Cost to Own Awards recognize new vehicles with the lowest projected ownership costs over the initial five-year period of ownership. Beyond the initial purchase price, shoppers need to consider fuel costs, insurance, scheduled maintenance and warranty coverage when choosing the right vehicle for them. 

“Listening to customer data has allowed us to deliver products that meet consumer needs while also providing superior financial benefit. The Elantra and Venue’s being awarded by KBB to their annual 5-Year Cost to Own, reinforces our commitment in successfully addressing the full cost of vehicle ownership experience,” 

said Ricky Lao, director, Product Planning, Hyundai Motor North America.

Beyond Hyundai’s commitment to affordable vehicle pricing and industry leading residual value, what really set it apart from the competition is Hyundai’s America’s Best Warranty, and Hyundai’s No Charge Complimentary Maintenance. This combination of coverage means you have complete peace of mind even 10 years down the line while not having to pay for scheduled maintenance in the first 3 years of ownership.  

“In a very hotly contested segment where the winning margin was less than $100, the Elantra earned Kelley Blue Book’s 5-Year Cost to Own Award through its superior fuel economy and significantly lower repair costs,” 

said Eric Ibara, director of residual values for Kelley Blue Book. 

“In only its second year, the Venue wins in the Subcompact SUV/Crossover category for having low costs in every category, but especially for its expected low repair costs.”

Stay posted to the Spokane Hyundai Blog for more information on the award winning 2021 lineup of Hyundai vehicles.

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Hyundai IONIQ Named Best Hybrid and Best Plug-In Hybrid by U.S. News & World Report

Hyundai is proud to announce the 2021 Hyundai IONIQ Hybrid and IONIQ Plug-In Hybrid were named the best hybrid vehicle by U.S. News & World Report. The IONIQ was voted best hybrid of 2020 as well, marking the 2nd year in a row Hyundai has won this award.

U.S. News & World Report is the global leader in quality rankings that empower people to make better, more informed decisions about important issues affecting their lives. A digital news and information company focused on Education, Health, Money, Travel, Cars and Civic, provides consumer advice, rankings and analysis to serve people making complex decisions throughout all stages of life. More than 40 million people visit each month for research and guidance. Founded in 1933, U.S. News is headquartered in Washington, D.C. 

U.S. News & World Report determine the winner of the hybrid category by comparing and combining U.S. News overall vehicle score, starting price, gas mileage, charging speed and capacity from the EPA for 73 hybrid vehicles total. The IONIQ separated itself by a combination of value and impressive technology that Hyundai is known for. 

The 2021 Hyundai IONIQ Hybrid has a starting price of $23,400 and a combined fuel economy of 59 MPG on the Blue model. For comparison, the Toyota Prius ECO is rated at 56 MPG combined and costs $1000 more. 

On the Plug-In side, The 2021 Hyundai IONIQ Plug-In Hybrid starts from $26,700 with a combined MPG rating of 133 MPGe. Hybrid shoppers of all kinds looking for the best combination of price, fuel efficiency, standard technology and unbeatable value should consider the Hyundai IONIQ hybrid models. 

Don’t miss out, check out our stock of 2021 IONIQ hybrids before they’re gone. Or, contact our sales department to arrange a test drive and experience the U.S. News best hybrid vehicle 2 years running!

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Verified Customer Ratings Used to Name Second Annual CARFAX Top-Rated Dealer in U.S.

Spokane Hyundai is being honored in the second annual CARFAX Top-Rated Dealer Program. While the 2020 CARFAX Top-Rated Dealers received an average of 4.6 stars out of a possible five stars, Spokane Hyundai received an average score of 4.9!   The select group of dealers are being celebrated for their commitment to building consumer confidence through exceptional service and customer care.

“CARFAX has more than 2.2 million verified customer ratings and reviews for dealerships around the country,” said Bill Eager, CARFAX Vice President of Dealer Business. “The Top-Rated Dealer program recognizes the best of the best for exceptional service and customer care.”

Co-owner and General Manager Craig Fruin stated, “We are honored to be recognized as one of the top dealers in the U.S. for customer satisfaction.  This is really a testament to the singular focus of our staff to providing exceptional customer service.  While we have been consistently recognized amongst Hyundai dealers as a top customer satisfaction performer, it is great to be recognized when compared to dealers of all makes and models.”

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Hyundai Venue Named Best Value for 2021

The 2021 Hyundai Venue was recently named the “Best Value of 2021” by The Best Value Award was eligible to every vehicle produced in 2021 from all manufacturers, the winner was the best representation of value based on vehicle features, warranties and overall performance for the money. What separated the 2021 Hyundai Venue from every other vehicle in the market to win this prestigious award?

Why the Hyundai Venue Shines

The 2021 Hyundai Venue offers unbeatable value, versatility and personality in a hatchback SUV. To start, the Hyundai Venue is priced at a very competitive price of $18,750. This represents one of the least expensive entries into the SUV market, but what you get with the base Venue SE trim level is anything but cheap. Despite its low price you will receive the following features for no extra cost:

  • Standard 8 inch touchscreen infotainment system
  • Apple Car Play
  • Android Auto
  • Forward Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection
  • Lane Keep Assist
  • Keyless Entry

To save drivers even more money the 2021 Venue boasts a combined fuel economy of 31 mpg, which will have you stopping less and less to fill up your tank. But perhaps most impressively is Hyundai’s “America’s Best Warranty” which includes all of the following benefits for no cost:

  • 10 year / 100,000 mile Powertrain Warranty
  • 5 year / 60,000 mile Comprehensive Warranty
  • 3 year / 36,000 miles No-Charge Complimentary Maintenance
  • 5 year / Unlimited miles 24 hour Roadside Assistance
  • 7 year / Unlimited miles Anti-Perforation Warranty 

With this incredible warranty you have peace of mind that you are covered up to 10 years down the line with your vehicle and don’t have to worry about basic maintenance costs in the first three years of ownership, which is something that the competition simply can’t match. The Venue stood in particular because of how tough this year has been for many of us, an affordable and versatile hatchback SUV that is packed with features has never been in such high demand.

“In the last year, people overwhelmingly chose personal vehicles over mass transit. Paired with financial worries, affordable cars became even more important,” 

said Jenni Newman, editor-in-chief, 

“That’s why the inaugural winner of’s Best Value award, the 2021 Hyundai Venue, is a shining example of affordability and packed features for the money. The Venue is feature packed, fuel-efficient and backed by a lengthy warranty, all priced at an affordable rate.”


“’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.”

Looking for more information on the award winning Hyundai Venue? Check out our previous comparison article on the Hyundai Venue vs Ford EcoSport to learn more, or stop by our showroom to see the difference for yourself.

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2021 Hyundai Accent is Named “Best Car for the Money” by US News

The 2021 Hyundai Accent was recently named the “Best Car for the Money” by US News and adds on to an award winning Hyundai 2021 lineup. As the name would suggest, this award is given to vehicles which outclass and outperform other vehicles in its class while still offering a competitive or even lower price. 

“Sophisticated styling, an efficient powertrain and a long list of standard safety and convenience features make Accent a pleasure to own” 

said Olabisi Boyle, vice president, Product Planning and Mobility Strategy, Hyundai Motor North America. 

“Accent has consistently been a stand out in the subcompact segment and this award serves as further validation of our commitment to be a leader in sustainable mobility.”

How did US News choose the Winners?

The winners were chosen by looking into both the quality and value of the vehicle. 

Quality – Instead of using the opinions and tests that US News completes while reviewing vehicles, the quality of a vehicle is determined by collecting and analyzing every published review that is given by a credible news outlet. US News focuses on things like how well the car drives, how comfortable the interior is and what technology and convenience features are offered. This is combined with more concrete statistics like the fuel efficiency, cargo capacity, safety and reliability ratings to get an overall score for the quality of the vehicle. 

Value – To determine the value of a vehicle, US News goes well beyond just the initial purchase price. Every car has a cost of ownership tied to it, which includes maintenance, fuel costs, and even depreciation. Using  5 year total ownership costs provided by Vincentric and the true selling price of vehicles provided by TrueCar.

Here’s why the Accent stood out from its competitors.

“The Hyundai Accent won not only because it has a low upfront price, but its ownership costs are also low,”

 said Jamie Page Deaton, executive editor, U.S. News & World Report

“It earns strong recommendation from reviewers, and offers buyers a comfortable interior and an easy-to-use infotainment system.”
The Hyundai Accent benefits from a huge list of standard safety and convenience features, an industry best warranty including complimentary no charge maintenance, and an affordable purchase price.

Contact Spokane Hyundai today to arrange a test drive and viewing of the Hyundai Accent, or any other vehicles in the 2021 Hyundai Lineup.

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Hyundai Accent Wins Vincentric Best Value in America Award

The 2021 Hyundai Accent has been awarded the Vincentric Best Value in America Award for a 2nd year in a row, and third time in total. The award is based upon the average cost of ownership for vehicles across each trim level and a varying amount of driving. This includes but is not limited to the initial cost of the vehicle, fuel efficiency, maintenance and more. The Accent stands out from the competition with a low starting price of $16,760, a combined fuel economy of 36 MPG and an industry best 10 year/100,000 mile warranty to ensure your covered for the life of the vehicle. With this incredible value offering, it’s no wonder the 2021 Hyundai Accent is the #2 consumer rated Subcompact Sedan by JD Power.

“Vincentrics evaluation focuses on vehicles that meet customer needs with low cost-of-ownership and assessed the 2021 Hyundai Accent to be a leader in the segment two years in a row,” 

said Olabisi Boyle, vice president, Product Planning and Mobility Strategy, Hyundai Motor North America. 

“We are pleased to win this award again and take great pride in bringing expressive design, high-tech interior, efficient powertrain, quiet cabin, and interior space, all with low operating costs.”

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The 2021 Hyundai Accents provides one of the most affordable and secure ways to purchase a new vehicle. With the reliability of a 10 year warranty combined with great fuel economy, a low purchase price and Hyundai’s available 0% financing, it’s easy to see why the Accent is the back to back winner of the Best Value in America Award. Contact Spokane Hyundai if you have any questions about the 2021 Hyundai Accent, or to arrange a test drive and viewing today.

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Hyundai Elantra is the 2021 North American Car of the Year

The 2021 Hyundai Elantra capped off a very successful award season by winning the most prestigious award of them all, the 2021 North American Car of the year (NACTOY). This marks the first time since 2012 that a Hyundai has won the car of the year award, an accomplishment that Hyundai hopes to repeat moving forward. Now in their 28th year, NACTOY is made up of automotive journalists from the United States and Canada who voted on the 40 cars that were nominated based on segment leadership, innovation, design, safety, handling, driver satisfaction and value for the dollar.

“Thank you to all of the jurors. I am honored to accept this award on behalf of the entire company, our Alabama and Ulsan plant employees who build Elantra and our dealers,” said José Muñoz, Global Chief Operating Officer of Hyundai Motor Company, president and CEO, Hyundai Motor North America and Hyundai Motor America. “Elantra is a symbol of our blend of dynamic design, advanced technology and great fuel economy. Elantra customers are going to experience all of the hard work and dedication that went into making this class-leading car.”

What elevated the Hyundai Elantra to win the North American Car of the Year?

  • Bold new redesigned look from the ground up, including revamped interior
  • Each trim level is packed with increasingly more SmartSense safety and convenience features
  • Dramatic four-door-coupe look comes to life with “Parametric Dynamics” design theme
  • Segment-first wireless Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™
  • Segment-first Hyundai Digital Key – Hyundai’s Digital Key allows Elantra to be unlocked, started and driven without a physical key via a smartphone or NFC card
  • Two available 10.25-inch multimedia screens on front dashboard
  • More than 50 MPG combined fuel EPA estimated economy rating on first-ever Elantra Hybrid
  • Elantra N and Elantra N Line performance models added to the family

Contact Spokane Hyundai today if you want to learn more about the 2021 North American Car of the Year, or stop by our showroom and experience the difference for yourself. 

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Hyundai Wins Four 2020 Good Design Awards

Hyundai Motor Company started off the new year in style, winning 4 Good Design Awards. The award winning concept designs were all EV concepts, and included the 45, Prophecy, all new 2021 Hyundai Elantra and the Hyundai Hi-Charger which is an ultra-fast EV charging infrastructure. 

“Hyundai’s design vision to provide lifestyle mobility that coexists with people’s lives has been recognized by winning these awards,” said SangYup Lee, Senior Vice President and Head of Hyundai Global Design Center. “Especially through our EV design, we would like to forge a strong emotional connection between humans and automobiles, giving more value to our customer’s everyday life.”

The 45 EV concept was first introduced at the International Motor Show 2019 in Frankfurt. The 45 is a futuristic homage to Hyundai’s iconic Pony Coupe Concept. The styling of 45 is defined by its monocoque-style form, aerodynamics, light-weight design inspired by aircrafts, and diamond-shaped silhouette. This isn’t the first time the 45 was awarded for its innovative design, the 45 received praise and accolades from other world-renowned design competitions, including the 2020 International Design Excellence Awards, 2020 Red Dot Awards, and the iF Design Award 2020. Such accolades raise expectations of the upcoming release of IONIQ 5, Hyundai’s first dedicated EV in the new IONIQ lineup brand launching next year.

Hyundai Prophecy EV Concept

The 45 isn’t the only highly awaited EV concept as the newly revealed Prophecy is Hyundai’s visionary concept that signifies a direction of future EV styling based on the Sensuous Sportiness design identity. It expands on the era-defining example set by the 45 EV concept that stripped away complexity in favor of clean lines and minimalistic structures. Prophecy won ‘Best of the Best’ in 2020 Red Dot Awards’ Design Concept group, and the concept was also named a finalist for 2020 International Design Excellence Awards.

2021 Hyundai Elantra

Hyundai’s success isn’t just tied to far future concept designs, as the currently on the road 2021 Elantra received top marks as well. The seventh generation Elantra which had its debut earlier this year offers a futuristic and innovative look and feel, thanks to its Parametric Dynamics design elements. The vehicle’s exterior design is adorned with unique style features including a parametric-jewel-pattern grille and a H-tail Lamp that creates a Hyundai “flying H” logo-like shape. The interior further complements the Elantra’s overall appeal with a 10-inch information-display cluster and infotainment system.

Hyundai Hi-Charger

Hyundai knows that one of the biggest barriers to entry for new EV drivers is how long your vehicle range is and how long it takes to charge. The Hyundai Hi-Charger demonstrates the brand’s commitment to offer a completely new charging experience to EV owners. The 350kW ultra-fast charger enables users to easily power their EVs without feeling the weight of connectors and cables. The user simply chooses the position of a vehicle’s charging port on a digital screen, and a connector automatically rotates and descends to the selected point for an effortless connection. Earlier this year, the Hyundai Hi-Charger won a prize in the User Experience Design category of the 2020 Red Dot Design Awards.

Celebrating its 70th anniversary, the GOOD DESIGN Awards program is one of the oldest design competitions in the world. Every year, the program selects a list of products and industry leaders in design and manufacturing that have chartered new directions for innovation and pushed the envelope for competitive products in the world marketplace.

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2021 Hyundai Elantra Named a Finalist for the 2021 North American Car of the Year

The 2021 Hyundai Elantra has been on fire as of late, being a Kelley Blue Book Best Buy awardee and a Top Safety Pick in the last week alone. The latest accolade for the 2021 Elantra is being named a finalist for the 2021 North American Car of the Year. The Elantra is 1 of 3 vehicles who has been nominated for the award alongside the Nissan Sentra and Genesis G80.

The Elantra was completely redesigned for 2021, here are some of the biggest changes from the previous year:

  • Dramatic four-door-coupe look comes to life with “Parametric Dynamics” design theme
  • Segment-first wireless Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™
  • Segment-first Hyundai Digital Key
  • More than 50 MPG combined fuel EPA estimated economy rating on first-ever Elantra Hybrid
  • Elantra N and Elantra N Line performance models added to the family

“To make it to the top three is a real honor for us given a field of strong competitors,” said Olabisi Boyle, vice president, Product Planning and Mobility Strategy, Hyundai Motor North America. “The Elantra family has lots of choices for customers. If you are looking for technology, performance or fuel economy we have you covered.”  

This year’s finalists were picked by a jury of 50 respected jurors from print, online, radio and broadcast media across the U.S. and Canada. Jurors evaluate the finalists based on segment leadership, innovation, design, safety, handling, driver satisfaction and value for the dollar. Final voting for the North American Car of the Year will commence January 2nd-4th and the winner will be announced on January 11th.

Stay posted to the Spokane Hyundai blog for results for the North American Car of the Year in January, or stop by our showroom to experience the award winning 2021 Hyundai Elantra for yourself.