11 Hyundai Models Win Car and Driver Editor’s Choice Awards

2022 Hyundai Kona | Toronto, ON

Each year, the editors at Car and Driver announce their top picks in the automotive world. The 2022 list was recently released, and a total of 11 Hyundai models won Car and Driver Editor’s Choice Awards.

To determine the best new cars, trucks, SUVs, minivans, and EVs, the Car and Driver editors test them on the road. The editors also look at the value provided by each vehicle, in regards to the standard and available features offered at varying price points.

Here are the 11 Hyundai vehicles that were named winners:

  • Subcompact Car: Accent
  • Sport Compact Car: Elantra N
  • Electric SUV: Ioniq 5
  • Subcompact SUV: Kona
  • Electric SUV: Kona Electric
  • Mid-Size SUV: Palisade
  • Compact Pickup Truck: Santa Cruz
  • Mid-Size SUV: Santa Fe
  • Family Sedan: Sonata
  • Compact SUV: Tucson
  • Sport Compact Car: Veloster N

“We are greatly honored to tie for the most Car and Driver 2022 Editors’ Choice awards with 11 models,” said Ricky Lao, director of product planning at Hyundai Motor North America. “These eleven models together represent a majority of our lineup and nearly every market segment, and we are pleased that Car and Driver recognizes so many of our models for their collective excellence.”

You can experience any of these vehicles by contacting our team or visiting us at Downtown Hyundai in Toronto, Ontario.

Tucson, IONIQ 5 Join Spider-Man on the Big Screen

2021 Hyundai IONIQ | Toronto, ON

Did you know that a recent superhero film included cameos from two Hyundai vehicles? The all-new IONIQ 5 and all-new Tucson both made brief appearances in “Spider-Man: No Way Home” as part of an exciting partnership between Sony Pictures and Hyundai.

Leading up to the film’s release last December, a pair of commercials aired online and on televisions globally. The long-form “Only Way Home” commercial stars Tom Holland as a stranded Peter Parker after the events of the previous film. As he’s suited up as Spider-Man and walking along a deserted highway, his best friend Ned (Jacob Batalon) pulls up in the all-electric IONIQ 5 to take Peter back to New York City to face his fate.

The second commercial includes actual clips from “No Way Home,” with Peter standing atop the new Tucson as he prepares to face a villain. Additional footage of the Tucson zooming through city streets accompanies the film scenes, with a disclaimer unfortunately stating that web shooters are not included with the sporty SUV.

This isn’t the first time Hyundai vehicles have partnered with superheroes — and it won’t be the last. A custom Hyundai Veloster appeared in “Ant-Man and the Wasp” as Ant-Man’s getaway vehicle. Hyundai also has campaigns for the new “Uncharted” film as well as the upcoming “Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse (Part One),” set to debut in October.

Our team at Downtown Hyundai in Toronto, Ontario, is always excited to see Hyundai vehicles getting in the spotlight of major motion pictures. Come visit us to drive your own movie star of a vehicle home today.

Hyundai Showcases New Models at Montreal and Quebec EV Shows

Tuscon PHEV | Toronto, ON

Automakers often attend various auto shows to introduce their lineup of advanced vehicles to critics and the public. Hyundai recently made appearances at both the Montreal and Quebec EV shows to display a few innovative vehicles of its own.

For the first time in Quebec, the leader in EV adoption in Canada, the fully-electric IONIQ 5 CUV was on display. This efficient vehicle offers a driving range of 470-480 km and can be charged up to 80 percent in only 18 minutes. Additionally, a quick 5-minute charge gives you 100 km of range.

Also in attendance was the Kona Electric, which was refreshed for the 2022 model year. This EV was available for test drives in the Road Test Zone, allowing visitors to experience the comfortable and advanced interior of the subcompact crossover. The Hydrogen-powered NEXO caught the attention of many, as it is just one of two vehicles of its kind currently available in Canada and offers an outstanding estimated 570 km of range.

There were also a few hybrid vehicles at the auto shows, including the Tucson PHEV, Santa Fe PHEV, and the Elantra Hybrid. These three models represent the versatility of Hyundai’s eco-friendly lineup of a compact crossover, midsize SUV, and sedan.

To see any of these vehicles for yourself or to simply learn more about them, feel free to contact our team at Downtown Hyundai in Toronto, Ontario.

Hyundai Introduces New Elantra N Performance Sedan

2022 Hyundai Elantra N | Toronto, ON

An exciting new development is in the works. Hyundai recently introduced the all-new Elantra N performance sedan. Joining the Kona and Tucson, the Elantra is the latest model to receive these exhilarating style and powertrain updates.

“Hyundai Motor’s high-performance N brand constantly aims to provide customers with a range of exciting choices for increased driving pleasure,” said Till Wartenberg, Vice President and Head of N Brand Management & Motorsport sub-division at Hyundai Motor Company. “ELANTRA N is the purest expression of our mission to date.”

Thrilling Performance

Under the hood of the new Elantra N is a turbocharged 2.0-litre direct-injection engine that delivers 276 horsepower and 289 lb-ft of torque with the available N eight-speed wet dual-clutch transmission (N DCT). You can temporarily amp up the Elantra N to 286 horsepower with N Grin Shift (NGS), which boosts the pressure to give you more power. The standard transmission is a close-ratio six-speed manual that offers a more classic feel when shifting. Additional high-performance standard features include the N Corner Carving Differential, a Variable Exhaust Valve System, and Launch Control.

Exceptional Style

Complementing the sporty performance of the Elantra N is its athletic style — inside and out. The exterior takes on a more aggressive appearance thanks to a lip spoiler on the lower fascia as well as the N-exclusive red strip that starts in the front and continues to the side valance. The rear features an N-exclusive wing spoiler with a rear diffuser that helps with airflow for improved aerodynamics. Inside, N-branded elements can be found on the steering wheel, seats, gear shifter, metal pedals, and door scuff panels.

The new Hyundai Elantra N is expected to arrive at dealerships by the end of the year. For more details about this exhilarating vehicle, contact our team at Downtown Hyundai in Toronto, Ontario.

2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz Trim Levels Revealed

2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz | Toronto, ON

The arrival of the all-new 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz has been highly anticipated ever since it was announced in April. This Sport Adventure Vehicle is truly unique and blends the truck, SUV, and crossover segments into one capable and stylish model. Santa Cruz trim levels were recently announced and we’ve got the details.

Both trims — Preferred and Ultimate — are equipped with a 2.5-litre turbo engine and a wet-type eight-speed Dual Clutch Transmission with SHIFTRONIC® manual mode. Other standard features include a Drive Mode Select system, paddle shifters, multi-terrain control modes, and an HTRAC™ All-Wheel Drive system.

Preferred

Even on the base trim, the 2022 Santa Cruz comes with a long list of standard features. Amenities include heated front seats; a heated, leather-wrapped steering wheel; and a leather-wrapped shift knob. Technology comes in the form of an 8-inch touch-screen display, Apple CarPlay®, Android Auto™, and Bluetooth®.

Exterior features for the Santa Cruz Preferred include LED lighting, a lockable under-bed storage compartment, heavy duty cargo D-rings, an integrated tonneau cover, integrated rear bumper side steps, and a multi-functional tailgate.

Standard advanced driver-assist systems for the Preferred include Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist with Pedestrian and Cyclist Detection, Lane Following and Lane Keeping Assist, Blind-Spot Collision-Avoidance Assist, and Rear Cross-Traffic Collision-Avoidance Assist.

Ultimate

Moving up to the Santa Cruz Ultimate adds more safety, technology, and convenience features. Leather seating, heated and ventilated front seats, and an eight-way power driver’s seat come standard. The exterior sports 20-inch alloy wheels.

This trim’s touch screen expands to 10.25 inches and comes with a navigation system. Other tech upgrades include a Bose® eight-speaker sound system and a wireless charging pad. Blind View Monitor, Surround View Monitor, and Highway Driving Assist are all standard for the Ultimate trim.

The 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz will be available soon at Downtown Hyundai in Toronto, Ontario.

Hyundai Teases All-New, High-Powered Elantra N

2022 Hyundai Elantra N | Toronto, ON

The Elantra has been a part of the Hyundai lineup for more than 30 years and is highly regarded as a reliable, stylish sedan. Over time, the model has received various updates — inside and out. Now, Hyundai is giving the popular sedan the “N” treatment, replete with performance-inspired features.

Till Wartenberg, Vice President of the N brand Management & Motorsport sub-division at Hyundai Motor Company, referred to the Elantra N as a high-performance sedan and noted, “We designed it to be a race proven sports car with dynamic driving capabilities and style that performance enthusiasts love. I can’t wait to unveil Elantra N, an outstanding addition to the N brand lineup that offers pulse-pounding performance. Stay tuned for the digital world premiere.”

While no official specs have been released just yet, we can assume the Elantra will get similar ratings as the Veloster N hatchback and Kona N hot SUV. Both models are equipped with a 2.0-litre turbo GDI engine that delivers 276 horsepower. For reference, the standard 2021 Elantra can reach a maximum of 147 horsepower with its current 2.0-litre engine. Additional possible updates include multiple driving modes, launch control, and an electronic limited-slip differential.

The new Elantra N will also receive aesthetic updates to align with the N brand. Based on the teaser images released by Hyundai, we’ll see five-spoke wheels with a unique V-Y layout, red brake calipers with “N” branding, a rear spoiler, black trim under the bumper, dual single exhaust outlets, and red side sills.

Stay tuned for more details about the Hyundai Elantra N as they become available. Our team at Downtown Hyundai is excited to see this new model arrive at our lot in Toronto, Ontario.

Hyundai Debuts Exciting New IONIQ 5 EV Crossover

Hyundai IONIQ 5 | Toronto, ON

It should come as no surprise that Hyundai is debuting a thrilling new all-electric model, considering the brand made a commitment to introduce 23 battery electric vehicles (BEVs) and sell 1 million BEV units by 2025. The first vehicle in that lineup is the all-new IONIQ 5 — an electric crossover utility vehicle set to disrupt the EV market with its impressive capabilities.

“IONIQ 5 introduces the Hyundai brand to a whole new set of buyers,” said José Muñoz, president and CEO of Hyundai Motor America. “Once behind the steering wheel, they are going to be shocked by the range, power, comfort, interior space, and advanced technology. Owning one is going to be a new experience and lifestyle that only the IONIQ brand can provide.”

One of those shocking abilities is ultra-fast 800-volt charging that gets the IONIQ 5 from 10 to 80 percent in only 18 minutes. On top of that, the CUV is expected to reach a top driving range of 300 miles.

Inside, the E-GMP design platform utilizes space, driving dynamics, and performance to provide an enjoyable drive every time you get behind the wheel. Hyundai has also filled the IONIQ 5 with smart technologies to help you stay connected and safe. Some of those features include a Head-Up Display with Augmented Reality mode, Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™, and many Hyundai SmartSense driver-assist systems.

This is just scratching the surface on just how impressive this new electric Hyundai model truly is. To learn more, chat with our team at Downtown Hyundai.

Hyundai Introduces High-Performance KONA N SUV

2022 Hyundai Kona N SUV | Toronto, ON

Hyundai recently revealed the newest addition to its performance-oriented N lineup: the KONA N SUV.  Boasting turbo power, track-inspired design, and visionary tech, the KONA N easily lives up to the N Brand’s new motto: “Never just drive.” is the automaker’s first high-performance SUV. 

Engine

As Hyundai’s first high-performance SUV, the KONA N delivers both muscle and track-ready handling. The 2.0-litre turbocharged GDI engine is paired with a wet dual-clutch eight-speed transmission. This powertrain puts out 276 standard horsepower and has the potential to make up to 286 horsepower.

Technology

Inside, the KONA N comes with a new 10-inch touch-screen infotainment system, along with an exclusive racing head-up display that gives the driving experience a game-like dimension. N mode design is highlighted on the new infotainment system, communicating vital information like lap time and N track maps. You can even toggle custom modes with ease using customizable N buttons.

Exterior

On the outside, the KONA N’s powerful presence hints at its dynamic driving spirit. Body-coloured fenders and 19-inch wheels give the KONA N a wide, confident stance. It also comes with a newly developed exclusive Sonic Blue exterior colour that helps it stand out on the road.

The Hyundai KONA N is coming soon to Downtown Hyundai in Toronto. Contact us to learn more or to find out how you can reserve a KONA N for yourself.

Hyundai Unveils New 2022 Santa Cruz Sport Adventure Vehicle

2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz | Toronto, ON

Hyundai is turning the automotive industry on its head. The carmaker recently unveiled its highly anticipated 2022 Santa Cruz, a Sport Adventure Vehicle that raises the bar in the SUV, truck, and crossover segments.

The Santa Cruz has a unique exterior design that straddles the line between SUV and pickup truck. From the front, this Hyundai has a wide, sculpted hood that is reminiscent of a rugged SUV. When you approach it from the rear, though, you will find a truck bed that provides versatility, allowing you to use the Santa Cruz for camping adventures, home improvement projects, and more.

Inside, a refined design contrasts with the rugged exterior. The Santa Cruz comes outfitted with innovative technologies like an edgeless 10-inch infotainment screen in the centre console. The front seats boast a dual-cockpit design, and the rear seats offer convenient storage compartments underneath.

Under the hood of the 2022 Santa Cruz, you can choose two powertrain options. The standard is a 2.5-litre four-cylinder engine that puts out over 190 horsepower and over 180 lb-ft of torque. A 2.5-litre turbocharged engine is also available, putting out over 275 horsepower and over 310 lb-ft of torque.

The Santa Cruz will also come available with HTRAC® all-wheel-drive capability. It can tow up to 5,000 pounds when properly equipped.

The 2022 Santa Cruz is coming soon, and we’ll be sure to stock this exciting new model for you right here at Downtown Hyundai in Toronto.

Learn the Differences Between the 2021 Hyundai Elantra and Sonata

2021 Hyundai Elantra | Toronto, ON

If you’re in the market for a new sedan and looking at a Hyundai, you’re already on the right truck. The new 2021 Hyundai Elantra and Sonata are both great options with distinct advantages over their competitors. Not quite sure which is the better option for you? Knowing the differences between the 2021 Hyundai Elantra and Sonata can help you make the right call for your particular needs.

Price

Both the 2021 Hyundai Elantra and Sonata serve up great value for the price. The smaller Elantra, with a starting MSRP under $18,000,1 is an especially budget-friendly choice for drivers looking at getting their first car. The Hyundai Sonata starts just over $27,000 MSRP,2 making it one of the more affordable options in the midsize sedan segment.

Size

The 2021 Hyundai Elantra is a compact sedan, which means it’s more ideal if you tend to drive with by yourself or one passenger but still great if you like to bring friends along for the ride. If you have a growing family, the midsize Sonata is larger and more spacious.

Efficiency

Saving money at the pump is one of the best advantages of owning a Hyundai. The Elantra and Sonata are both efficient options, with the former consuming 7.8L/100km combined3 and the latter using 7.7L/100km combined.4 If you want the best efficiency possible, the new Sonata Hybrid delivers with an incredible 5.0L/100km combined.5

If you’re on the fence about whether the 2021 Elantra or Sonata is better for you, the best way to experience the differences is with a test drive at Downtown Hyundai. Call or email to schedule your test drive and we’ll help you narrow down your choice.

1Price of $17,899 available on 2021 ELANTRA Essential Manual. Price excludes Delivery and Destination charges of $1,725, fees, levies and all applicable charges (excluding HST, GST/PST). Price also excludes registration, insurance, PPSA, license fees and dealer admin. fees of up to $499. Fees may vary by dealer. Certain exterior or interior colour options may cost extra.

2Price of $27,149 available on 2021 SONATA Preferred. Price excludes Delivery and Destination charges of $1,825, fees, levies and all applicable charges (excluding HST, GST/PST). Price also excludes registration, insurance, PPSA, license fees and dealer admin. fees of up to $499. Fees may vary by dealer. Certain exterior or interior colour options may cost extra.

3Fuel economy figures are based on manufacturer testing and are used for comparison purposes only. Actual fuel efficiency may vary based on driving conditions and the addition of certain vehicle accessories. Fuel Economy based on 2021 ELANTRA Essential Manual.

4Fuel economy figures are based on manufacturer testing and are used for comparison purposes only. Actual fuel efficiency may vary based on driving conditions and the addition of certain vehicle accessories.

5Fuel economy figures are based on manufacturer testing and are used for comparison purposes only. Actual fuel efficiency may vary based on driving conditions and the addition of certain vehicle accessories. Fuel Economy based on Sonata Hybrid Ultimate model.