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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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Brake Assist System (BAS)

What Is Hyundai’s Brake Assist System (BAS)?

Hyundai’s Brake Assist System (BAS) is a form of automatic emergency braking technology that will become mandatory on all new vehicles over the next couple of years. The job of BAS is to shorten the stopping distance under emergency braking situations by working with the anti-lock braking system (ABS) and vehicle stability management (VSM) systems to avoid wheel lock-up and making braking as effective as possible. Most of us don’t have the reaction time of a racecar driver, Hyundai’s BAS helps make up for the delay between seeing a stalled vehicle, sudden object or pedestrian and actually applying the brakes by stopping in a much shorter distance than otherwise possible.

How Does the Brake Assist System (BAS) work?

Hyundai’s Brake Assist System (BAS) is always active while operating the vehicle. BAS is designed to secure control of the vehicle using the VSM to stop the wheels from slipping and the ABS shorten the braking distance in emergency/hard stopping situations by increasing the power that is provided to the brakes. This is possible by optimizing the distribution of the power to the brakes between all 4 wheels. On top of this, the brake override system makes the engine return to idle, which gives priority to the braking system in the event the driver accidentally presses both pedals in a panicked situation. All of these systems work seamlessly together to help Hyundai drivers stop faster, and to lessen or completely remove the damage caused by an accident.

New Hyundai Vehicles with Brake Assist System (BAS)

Hyundai’s BAS is available on all new Hyundai vehicles, including the 5 star safety rated Santa Fe. The Brake Assist System (BAS) is one of those things you don’t know you need until you use it, providing additional braking power can be a lifesaver for your wallet and in more serious situations even your loved ones. To get more information on Hyundai’s BAS contact one of our vehicle specialists who can cover the system in detail. Or stop by Spokane Hyundai’s showroom and check out the lineup of 2021 Hyundai’s loaded with safety and tech features for yourself today.

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Lane Keep Assist (LKA)

What is Hyundai’s Lane Keep Assist (LKA)?

Hyundai’s passive safety features are designed to make every day driving a safer experience. Driver safety has been severely impacted by distracted driving in recent years, over 400,000 people were injured in collisions involving a distracted driver in 2018 alone. The Lane Keep Assist (LKA) system is designed to keep drivers safe within their designated lanes and is active as long as the turn signals are not activated. Using a forward mounted camera LKA can detect road markings in front of the vehicle. If LKA detects you are drifting out of your lane an audible and visual warning sound to alert the driver, if no action is taken the system will provide a slight steering adjustment to keep the vehicle in the appropriate lane.

How Does Hyundai’s Lane Keep Assist (LKA) Work?

In order to activate the Lane Keep Assist (LKA) system you will need to:

  • Turn on the vehicle and press the LKA button located to the left of your steering wheel
  • For the system to become active you must not have your turn signal on, the vehicle must be travelling faster than 40 mph and lane markings must be visible. 
  • Once the system becomes active, the LKA icon will appear solid green on your instrument panel. 
  • LKA is now active and will first provide an audible and visual warning if you stray out of your lane and will actively steer you back into your lane if necessary. 

Some models may have a different method to activate your LKA system. Contact one of our many product specialists if you are having any trouble activating LKA on your vehicle.

New Hyundai Vehicles with Lane Keep Assist (LKA)

Hyundai’s Lane Keep Assist technology is widely available on new Kia models including our incredible selection of 2021 Hyundai Tucsons. Contact Spokane Hyundai today or stop by our showroom located on Sprague Avenue in the Spokane Valley if you want to experience LKA or any of the other innovative safety features packed into Hyundai’s 2021 lineup.

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Kelley Blue Book Awards 3 Hyundai’s as Best Buy Award Winners

Hyundai was just awarded 3 Kelley Blue Book Best Buy Awards fresh off the heels of winning multiple Best Buy Awards from Consumer Guide. “We are thrilled to win three unique Kelley Blue Book Best Buy awards in the eco, car and SUV segments for 2021. Our Kona Electric, new Elantra and significantly enhanced 2021 Santa Fe are breakthrough products and we heartily agree with the editors of in their decision to give these standout vehicles one of the most prestigious awards in the industry. We believe these awards clearly reflect our ‘Progress for Humanity’ vision to design and build vehicles that make our customers’ lives better in every way,” said Olabisi Boyle, vice president, Product Planning and Mobility Strategy, Hyundai Motor North America.

Let’s look at how the Santa Fe, Kona Electric and Elantra outclassed the competition.

Santa Fe

Hyundai’s relentless pursuit of perfection is evident in the redesigned 2021 Santa Fe. The 2021 Santa Fe received a dramatic overhaul despite being awarded the KBB Best Buy award from last year. Instead of resting on its laurels, Hyundai made an effort to improve on the 2020 design and push it further past the competition. The results? The Santa Fe received another KBB Best Buy Award for the 2021 two-row SUV segment. Beyond its bold redesign, the Santa Fe received top marks for its stylish interior and exterior design, the incredible amounts of technology packed into every trim and its extremely competitive pricing.

Kona Electric

Another back to back Kelley Blue Book Best Buy Award winner, the Kona Electric continues its winning ways. KBB praised the reliability of the 2021 Kona Electric, its 258 mile range on a single battery combined with a fast charging 240 volt home charger means you’ll never run out of battery, even on busy weekends. Besides the incredible battery life, the Kona will make you forget you’re driving an electric vehicle. Instant acceleration is provided by a jaw dropping 291 lb-ft of torque, while an attractive and sleek design breaks from the usual quirky EV design. Finally, the Kona Electric offers a comparatively inexpensive entry into the electric vehicle segment. Spokane Hyundai currently has a Kona Electric priced at $36,000. When you consider that buying a Kona Electric qualifies you for a full $7,500 federal tax credit, and results in significantly less maintenance and fuel costs the cost savings start to really add up.


When it comes to the compact car segment, there is a new sheriff in town. The Honda Civic was the KBB Best Buy Winner for the past 6 years but was toppled by the 2021 Hyundai Elantra. How did the Elantra accomplish this feat? Similar to the previous award winners, the Elantra received a partial redesign going into 2021 to fill every niche in the subcompact market. The 2021 Elantra is available in three unique versions, The standard FWD sedan offers a compromise between performance and fuel efficiency. For those more concerned with fuel economy, the Elantra Hybrid offers a ludacris 56 MPG for highway driving. Finally, the sporty N-Line is the Elantra for driving enthusiasts, by offering a turbocharged 1.6L engine capable of 201 hp. The tuning, suspension and 6 speed manual or 7 speed automatic dual-clutch transmission give you complete control of the vehicle and is perfect for merging into tight traffic.

Contact Spokane Hyundai if you are interested in any of the award winning 2021 Hyundai vehicle lineup. 

Or check out our article on the featured 2021 Santa Fe’s highly anticipated launch.

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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:

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)

Covid 19 Update – What it Means for Spokane Hyundai

The governor’s office has announced new Covid-19 restrictions that apply for households and businesses for Washington State that will take effect November 16th through to December 14th. These restrictions have been ordered on top of the current Covid 19 guidelines in place for businesses. For Spokane Hyundai the following restrictions will apply:

Auto retail shall be limited to 50 percent of indoor occupancy limit.

Thankfully, here at Spokane Hyundai we have a spacious showroom and socially distant office set up with plenty of room to social distance and adhere to any guidelines. We do not expect these regulations to affect our usual flow of business but at this time still encourage customers to book appointments to get the best service possible in a timely manner. As always, Spokane Hyundai is your go to place for anything Hyundai, check out our Hyundai Holidays for the best pricing out there on 2020/2021 models.

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Blind-spot Collision Warning (BCW) & Blind-spot Collision-Avoidance Assist (BCA)

What is Hyundai’s Blind-spot Collision Warning (BCW) & Blind-spot Collision-Avoidance Assist (BCA)?

There are around 6 million vehicle accidents every year in the United States, 6% of which end in fatal collisions. Hyundai strives to combat this growing problem by developing a set of safety and technology features that can reduce the damage done by collisions or even avoid them completely. With this in mind, Hyundai has deployed the Blind-spot Collision Warning (BCW) & Blind-spot Collision-Avoidance Assist (BCA) across its 2020 and 2021 models. BCW uses radar sensors located in the rear bumper to scan any vehicles in your blind-spot in conjunction with a forward facing camera to detect the lane markers in front of you.

The Blind-spot Collision Warning (BCW) system works by scanning your blind-spot area for any approaching vehicles, if the system detects a vehicle a small icon appears on your side mirror to alert the driver that a vehicle is unseen in your blindspot. If you activate your turn signal to the side where the vehicle is in your blind-spot, the system will sound an audible alert to further warn the driver. The Blind-spot Collision-Avoidance Assist (BCA) works on top of BCW to provide additional safety, and if needed, take control of the vehicle to prevent an imminent collision. The system will brake and steer the vehicle back into its original lane If the driver is unaware of the audio and visual warnings that a vehicle is in your blind-spot.

How Does Blind-spot Collision Warning (BCW) & Blind-spot Collision-Avoidance Assist (BCA) Work?

Blind-spot Collision Warning (BCW) & Blind-spot Collision-Avoidance Assist (BCA) are activated in different ways depending on the model you have.

Check out this great video from Hyundai on how to activate and customize the system on various models.

New Hyundai Vehicles with Blind-spot Collision Warning & Collision-Avoidance Assist

Hyundai’s BCW is widely available across all Hyundai vehicles. The collision-avoidance assist option is available on vehicles like the Sonata and the award winning Palisade. Contact Spokane Hyundai today to get more information on Hyundai’s Blind-spot technology, or visit our showroom to try it for yourself on one of our many test drive units.

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Smart Cruise Control (SCC)

What is Hyundai’s Smart Cruise Control? (SCC)

American worker commuter times are currently at an all time high, with the average driver spending over 9 calendar days commuting to work every year.  Since you are spending so much time commuting why not make the experience a more enjoyable and relaxing one? Hyundai has answered the call by developing the Smart Cruise Control (SCC) system, making your daily commute, and long road trips a more stress-free experience. SCC works by using a forward mounted radar system to detect the distance and speed of all vehicles in front of your Hyundai.

The system is able to maintain a set speed like normal cruise control but also will slow down to a complete stop or speed up to maintain a certain distance from the vehicle in front of you. This means that when you set your SCC you don’t have to constantly brake and speed up to adjust your speed to match the traffic and vehicle in front of you. You are able to customize the SCC settings to follow closer or further away depending on the traffic you are currently experiencing. The helplessness of being stuck in a bad traffic jam can cause serious stress, Hyundai’s Smart Cruise Control (SCC) is an easy way to lessen it.

How Does Smart Cruise Control (SCC) Work?

In order to activate Smart Cruise Control (SCC) you will need to:

  1. Make sure the vehicle is turned and the engine is running.
2. Press the “Cruise” button located on the top right of your steering wheel.

3. To activate SCC press the “Set Speed” button. Reduce or increase the speed by pressing up or down.

4. To adjust the distance between you and the vehicle in front of you press the “SCC” (car icon) button. The system is now on and will adjust speed automatically.

Here is a video from Hyundai explaining how to activate and adjust the system in more detail.

New Hyundai Vehicles with Smart Cruise Control (SCC)

The Smart Cruise Control (SCC) system is widely available on new Hyundai vehicles including the Palisade and Tucson. Are you ready to feel stress fade away on your daily commute by trying the SCC yourself? Contact one of our sales specialists to arrange a viewing and test drive or simply stop by our showroom to get more information on Smart Cruise Control or any other exclusive Hyundai safety technology.