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Hyundai Teases All New IONIQ 5 Crossover SUV

Hyundai Motors has teased the highly anticipated IONIQ 5 crossover SUV, which is the first model in the IONIQ dedicated battery electric vehicle (BEV) lineup. The IONIQ 5 distinguishes itself by being the first vehicle paired with Hyundai’s Electrical-Global Modular Platform (E-GMP), which is an innovative system made exclusively for next-generation BEV’s that aims to launch a new era of clean mobility for Hyundai.

The IONIQ 5 features an innovative and distinctive experience designed specifically for battery electric vehicles. One of these design elements is showcased on the front fender of the vehicle which is the array of pixel-inspired lights and clamshell hood which spans the entire width of the vehicle and eliminates panel gaps while achieving a high-tech look. The futuristic exterior design is finished with super-sized 20 inch Aero-optimized wheels.

“IONIQ 5 presents an all-new customer experience through innovative EV design that is evocative of the icon that established Hyundai’s design DNA,” 

said SangYup Lee, Senior Vice President and Head of Hyundai Global Design Center. 

“Beginning with IONIQ 5, our dedicated BEV lineup brand will redefine the relationship between people and their cars, establishing a new standard against which all BEV design experiences will be measured.”
Hyundai has also released short teaser videos showing the IONIQ 5 in action across everyday situations like how it can drastically change what it means to go on a camping trip. See how cooking, listening to music, and running in the woods takes on a new meaning with the Hyundai IONIQ 5.

Keep posted to our blog for any future updates on everything Hyundai, including the futuristic and eco-friendly IONIQ 5.

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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.”

2018 Accent

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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The Redesigned 2021 Santa Fe

Hyundai showed off the 2021 Santa Fe’s new face earlier this year, but it turns out that the updates go deeper under the surface. The mid-size SUV also gets two new gasoline engines, new features, and adds a hybrid variant. The gas versions will arrive first, by the end of this year, while the hybrid is coming early in 2021 and will eventually be followed by a plug-in-hybrid Santa Fe as well.

New Engines

The new base engine is a 2.5-liter inline-four with 191 horsepower and 181 lb-ft of torque, improvements of 6 hp and 3 lb-ft over the old 2.4-liter engine. It uses an eight-speed automatic and comes standard with front-wheel drive, with all-wheel drive optional. Hyundai says the new engine will provide up to 26 mpg combined, a 1 mpg bump.

The optional turbo engine is an even more significant upgrade, with the new turbo 2.5-liter inline-four providing significantly more power than the old 2.0T—277 horsepower and 311 lb-ft of torque, to be specific, increases of 42 hp and 51 lb-ft. Despite the extra grunt, this engine is also said to offer a fuel-economy increase, with up to 25 mpg combined. The transmission is an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic, and the 2.5T also comes with standard front-wheel drive and optional all-wheel drive.

The new Santa Fe hybrid pairs a 178-hp turbocharged 1.6-liter inline-four with a six-speed automatic and a 59-hp electric motor. Total output stands at 225 hp, bisecting the gas engine options. Hyundai isn’t talking efficiency numbers yet, but we expect its combined EPA estimate to fall somewhere in the mid-30-mpg range. A plug-in hybrid is a bit further down the road and should have a larger battery pack to enable some amount of all-electric driving range.

Trim Levels and Design

Sitting at the top of the lineup is a new Calligraphy trim level, a name that’s shared with the three-row Palisade’s top model. It comes standard with the turbo engine and all-wheel drive, and features special leather upholstery, 20-inch wheels, a different grille, and a few other trim differences.

All 2021 Santa Fe models get the updated look, with the reshaped grille and different headlights and taillights. The wheel designs are also new across the board, and Hyundai says it has improved interior materials. The updated center console features a floating design, a pushbutton shifter, and the standard an optional touchscreens grow larger, from 7.0 to 8.0 inches and from 8.0 inches to 10.3 inches. There’s also an extra 0.5 cubic foot of cargo space.

Newly optional features include wireless charging, a remote parking system, upgraded driver-assistance systems, and a digital key system that allows you to use your smartphone as the key.

Hyundai won’t release pricing until closer to the 2021 Santa Fe’s on-sale date later this year, but we don’t think it will stray too far from the current model’s base price of $27,450. The loaded Santa Fe Calligraphy will likely start well above $40,000.

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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.

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Hyundai – The Safest Vehicles on the Road

Hyundai vehicles are probably best known for their reliability and incredible value through Hyundai’s industry best warranty, fully equipped vehicles, and competitive pricing. The engineers and designers at Hyundai are making sure that safety is something you should think about when considering a Hyundai as well. The 2021 Hyundai Palisade received a 2020 top safety pick+ (TSP+) award earlier this week from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). With this honor, Hyundai has the most combined TSP+ and Top Safety Pick (TSP) rated vehicles across all vehicle manufacturers. Hyundai now has 11 award-winning vehicles, after being tied for the most safety awards last year. 

The Hyundai Palisade achieved its TSP+ rating by making LED headlights standard across all 2021 trim levels. In fact, all Hyundai SUV models have TSP or TSP+ awards which means no matter which Hyundai SUV you choose, you can do so confidently that you and your loved ones will be safe.

Hyundai’s TOP SAFETY PICK+/TOP SAFETY PICK award winning SUVs are:

1. Hyundai Venue SUV – TSP with specific headlights

2.Hyundai Kona SUV – TSP with optional front crash prevention and specific headlights

3. Hyundai Tucson SUV – TSP with optional front crash prevention and specific headlights

4. Hyundai Santa Fe SUV – TSP with specific headlights

5. Hyundai Nexo SUV – TSP+

6. Hyundai Palisade SUV – TSP+

7. Hyundai Palisade SUV (2020 Model Year) – TSP with specific headlights

Hyundai’s TOP SAFETY PICK winning cars are:

1. Hyundai Elantra – TSP with optional front crash prevention and specific headlights

2.  Hyundai Elantra GT – TSP with optional front crash prevention and specific headlights

3. Hyundai Veloster – TSP with optional front crash prevention and specific headlights

4. Hyundai Sonata – TSP with specific headlights

To earn a TSP+ the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) performs numerous crash tests at various speeds and angles. Only vehicles that consistently perform well across all crash tests receive top marks.

“The IIHS continues to set a very high bar for Top Safety Pick awards,” said Brian Latouf Chief Safety Officer, Hyundai Motor North America. “Performing well in these tests helps keep our customers and their families safe.”

Contact our sales department to arrange a viewing for one of the 11 Hyundai Top Safety Picks today!

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Hyundai’s 2021 Lineup Receives 4 Best Buy Awards from Consumer Guides

Hyundai’s 2021 lineup of vehicles continues to receive awards and praise for the value it brings to consumers through competitive pricing, innovative technology and an unrivaled warranty. The latest of these accolades was the Consumer Guides Best Buy award, which 4 Hyundai vehicles received for being the best combination of value, safety and convenience features, and design reliability.

The subcompact Hyundai Accent received the Best Buy award for an incredible fourth year in a row. The Accent is lauded for its incredibly low price point and fuel efficiency to make it the best value vehicle for drivers on a budget.

The subcompact crossover award winner was the 2021 Hyundai Kona. The spunky styling the Kona is known for in combination with the all new “Night Edition” trim option helped it stand out from the competition.

Impressively, Hyundai was able to have two award winning vehicles in the subcompact crossover segment as the 2021 Hyundai Venue shared in the Best Buy award for its vehicle class.

Last but certainly not least, the award winning Hyundai Palisade keeps its winning momentum by being the Consumer Guides Best Buy for midsize crossover SUV’s. The 2021 Palisade impressed with its all-new Calligraphy top end trim offering a truly luxurious experience for much less than its German counterparts. (X5, G-Class).


Are you interested in learning more about Hyundai’s award winning lineup? Check out our comparison reviews on the featured Kona and Palisade. Or, contact our sales department to arrange a viewing and test drive today.

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The 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe Pricing Information is Here

The February launch of the all-new redesigned 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe is rapidly approaching and Hyundai just announced all pricing information for every trim option. The Hyundai Santa Fe will start at a very affordable $26,850 for the reimagined 2021 model. The 2021 Santa Fe offers a brand new design including new hybrid powertrains with all wheel drive, and a focus on safety and convenience features packed into every trim level. Hyundai also added a new top of the line Calligraphy edition to offer a truly luxurious driving experience.

Here is the pricing information on the 2021 Santa Fe:

ModelEngineTransmissionDrivetrainMSRP*
SE2.5L8-speed automatic w/ SHIFTRONICFWD$26,850
SEL2.5L8-speed automatic w/ SHIFTRONICFWD$28,650
SEL + Convenience2.5L8-speed automatic w/ SHIFTRONICFWD$30,450
SEL + Convenience + Premium2.5L8-speed automatic w/ SHIFTRONICFWD$34,400
Limited2.5L Turbo8-speed automatic w/ SHIFTRONICFWD$38,600
SE2.5L8-speed automatic w/ SHIFTRONICAWD$28,550
SEL2.5L8-speed automatic w/ SHIFTRONICAWD$30,350
SEL + Convenience2.5L8-speed automatic w/ SHIFTRONICAWD$32,150
SEL + Convenience + Premium2.5L8-speed automatic w/ SHIFTRONICAWD$36,100
Limited2.5L Turbo8-speed automatic w/ SHIFTRONICAWD$40,300
Calligraphy (19” Alloys)2.5L Turbo8-speed automatic w/ SHIFTRONICAWD$42,100
Calligraphy (20” Alloys)2.5L Turbo8-speed automatic w/ SHIFTRONICAWD$42,300
*Does not include Santa Fe freight charges of $1,175

Hyundai’s diverse lineup of vehicles makes it easier for you to find the perfect trim for your budget or lifestyle.

Here are some of the key features and highlights of the redesigned 2021 Santa Fe:

  • New Smartstream 2.5-liter Turbocharged Engine with estimated 277 Horsepower
  • Striking Design Cues with Advanced Lighting Signature Technology
  • New Available Hybrid Propulsion with All-Wheel Drive Capability
  • New, Upscale Calligraphy Edition
  • New, range-topping Calligraphy trim adds even more content and differentiation
  • New front and rear bumper fascia, grille, headlamp, tail lamp and LED lighting signatures
  • New Smartstream 2.5-liter direct-injected and multi-point injected four-cylinder engine
  • New, available Smartstream 2.5-liter turbocharged, direct-injected powertrain eight-speed wet, dual-clutch transmission
  • New, available Smartstream 1.6-liter turbocharged hybrid electric powertrain variant
  • New trailer sway control function for towing
  • Forward Collision Avoidance-Assist with Pedestrian Detection with all new Cyclist and Junction-Turning Detection 
  • New Parking Collision Avoidance Assist – Reverse Function
  • New Highway Drive Assist (new, next-generation convenience functions)
  • New, navigation-based Smart Cruise Control with Road Curve Control
  • New, segment-leading 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster display
  • New Digital Key functions, a segment-exclusive feature
  • New Remote Smart Parking Assist (RSPA), a segment-exclusive feature
  • New Dynamic Voice Recognition system (voice commands for temperature, radio)
  • New wireless charging pad for devices
  • New wireless Android Auto® and Apple CarPlay® (SE, SEL and SEL Convenience trim)