New Year’s Resolutions for Drivers You Should Consider

New Year’s Resolutions for Drivers - Toronto, ON

The new year is nearly upon us, which means it’s time for a fresh start. Why not commit to making yourself a better car owner and driver in 2020? These New Year’s resolutions for drivers are a good place to begin.

Keep up with your car’s routine maintenance. Your car needs regular maintenance to keep it running smoothly. But sometimes, life gets in the way and before you know it, you’re a few thousand miles behind on your oil change. Make a habit of scheduling maintenance here at Downtown Hyundai to keep your car running well into the future.

Make a road trip bucket list. You have 365 days of adventure ahead of you, and a great way to spend some of that time is by taking a few fun road trips. Whether these plans take you 30 minutes away or all the way to Vancouver, creating a road trip bucket list will guarantee you a memorable year.

Drive more efficiently. With gas prices rising and climate change already occurring, now is a good time to start driving more efficiently. Practice good driving habits like avoiding idling, accelerating smoothly, and sticking to the speed limit to help reduce your fuel consumption.

As you gear up for new habits and new resolutions in 2020, here’s to a fulfilling year behind the wheel!

Holiday Events in Toronto to Get You in the Winter Spirit

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The holidays are almost here, and our city is filled to the brim with festive events. These are a few of the holiday events in Toronto you can add to your calendar this year to get into the spirit of the season.

Toronto Christmas Market

Nothing quite says “It’s time for Christmas!” quite liked the Toronto Christmas Market. This annual market takes place from Nov. 14 to Dec. 22 in the Distillery Historic District. You can browse a range of unique vendors with hand-crafted items, enjoy festive treats, and even meet Santa. There’s plenty of family-friendly entertainment, too — it’s been rated one of the top 10 holiday markets in the world, after all.

Aurora Winter Festival

For a magical winter experience, don’t forget to visit the Aurora Winter Festival. This event, which stretches from Nov. 22 to Jan. 5, turns Ontario Place into a winter wonderland. A skating ring, tube park, Christmas market, and amusement rides are enhanced by the beautiful light displays that make it a must-see night-time event.

Toronto Zoo’s Holiday Animal Enrichment Days

Why not celebrate the holidays with some exotic animals? Every year at the Toronto Zoo, the animals get to celebration their own festive season with the zoo’s Holiday Animal Enrichment Days. During these days, the zookeepers provide the animals with festive versions of their normal enrichment activities. These activities help the animals mimic their natural behaviours and typically include puzzle feeders, unique scents, and various foods.

We’re excited to welcome the holidays here at Downtown Hyundai, and we hope to see you out at some of these exciting seasonal events around the city.

How to Get Your Car Winter Ready

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Store are starting to put out their winter decorations and the temperature is dropping, which means it’s time to start getting your vehicle ready for winter. If you’re not sure how to go about doing so, these tips to help get your car winter ready should help.

Get winter tires. Ice, snow, and rain come together in winter to make for tricky driving conditions. Battle these conditions with winter tires, which use a specific tread to increase your grip on the road. Stop into Downtown Hyundai to purchase the perfect winter tires for your needs — we’ll even put them on for you.

Get ready. It’s wise to be prepared for anything in the winter, which means having an emergency kit that will help in a variety of situations. Pack this kit with useful tools, including an ice scraper, a flashlight, a bag of sand, flares, a shovel, jumper cables, and warm clothing.

Make sure your battery is in good condition. As temperatures drop, you will notice your battery losing some of its efficiency. Because of this, if your battery is old, it’s less likely to work well during cold Toronto winters. Get a new battery if it’s time for you to do so and make sure that your new battery is working properly before the weather gets too cold.

Now’s the time — get your ride ready before winter hits. You’ll be glad you didn’t procrastinate!

2020 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Boasts Solar Roof

2020 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid - Toronto, ON

Hyundai is looking to change up the green-car industry with the release of the 2020 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid. This hybrid vehicle boasts multiple Hyundai firsts, helping it stand out from the competition.

The 2020 Sonata Hybrid comes with a solar-roof system, which utilizes solar panels to help the hybrid’s battery recharge. This system can not only recharge the battery, but also allows the Sonata Hybrid to achieve an extra 1,300 km of travel distance a year. That could add about 3.5 kilometres to the Sonata’s range for every six hours of sunshine the hybrid receives.

This hybrid is also the first Hyundai to be equipped with new Active Shift Control technology, which aligns rotational speeds of the engine and transmission. This allows the gear-shift time to be cut down by 30 percent, leading to better fuel efficiency, faster acceleration, and a more durable transmission.

The Sonata Hybrid carries a 2.0-litre gasoline engine that puts out 150 horsepower and 139 lb-ft of torque. This is paired with an electric motor that creates 51 horsepower and 151 lb-ft of torque. The total system output equals 192 horsepower.

You can expect the 2020 Sonata Hybrid to roll into dealerships — including Downtown Hyundai — sometime this fall.

2019 Hyundai Kona Recognized as AJAC 2019 Best Small Utility Vehicle

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The 2019 Hyundai Kona has been making a name for itself around the world, showcasing a value-oriented MSRP and fun-to-drive performance. Now, it’s established itself as a winner in Canada. The Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC) has named the Kona its 2019 Best Small Utility Vehicle.

This association awarded the Kona the award after giving it high ratings for its style, safety features, technology, performance, and spirted handling.

“It’s been an incredible first year for the Kona, and we’re thrilled to be recognized for our innovative, industry-leading work in this segment,” said Don Romano, the president and CEO of Hyundai Auto Canada Corp. “Expanding our range of SUVs to best meet the needs of Canadians is a top priority for Hyundai, and being acknowledged as leaders in the category shows that we’re absolutely moving in the right direction.”

The Kona, which is currently available here at Downtown Hyundai, combines a lightweight new chassis and sporty performance to make it a great vehicle to drive. It has an athletic silhouette that helps it stand out on the road, while also providing ample space inside.

It also comes standard with infotainment features like a 7-inch touchscreen display, steering wheel-mounted controls, Apple CarPlay®, Android Auto™, Bluetooth®, Lane Keeping Assist, Driver Attention Warning, and Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist.

Hyundai Introduce All-New 2020 Hyundai Venue

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The Hyundai lineup is about to add a new member. The automaker recently announced that it will be adding the 2020 Hyundai Venue to its crossover and SUV lineup, giving consumers an additional choice.

The 2020 Venue is the smallest Hyundai crossover to date, sitting underneath the Hyundai Kona in the lineup. It is 130 mm shorter than the Kona, boasting a wheelbase that is 81 mm smaller. Its compact proportions make it ideal for driving in tight urban spaces.

Even with its small size, the Venue offers ample space and amenities. It comes with a standard 8-inch touch-screen display that gives you access to Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay®. The Venue also comes with heated front seats, giving you that extra bit of comfort during the cold Toronto winters.
Other available features include:

  • Hyundai BlueLink®
  • A heated, leather-wrapped steering wheel
  • Terrain Mode
  • Hyundai SmartSense™
  • A power sunroof
  • Automatic air conditioning
  • 17-inch alloy wheels
  • Remote Start
  • Smart Key with Push Button Start

Hyundai will officially bring the 2020 Venue to Canadian dealerships — including here at Downtown Hyundai — in the fall of 2019. We’ll have more information about this exciting new subcompact crossover the closer we get to the release date.

Make Safety a Priority on Your Road Trip This Summer

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School’s out for summer, which makes it the perfect time to gather the kids into your Hyundai and hit the open road. To ensure your road trip is a safe one, we’ve put together some summer road trip safety tips you should keep in mind.

Prepare for bad weather. Just because it’s summer doesn’t mean there won’t be inclement weather. Understand how you should drive when a summer rain storm hits, lengthening the distance between you and the vehicle in front of you to ensure plenty of room to brake.

Watch out for wildlife. Animals tend to be more active during the summer. Because of this, you should keep an eye out, especially at dawn and dusk. Look on either sides of the road as you’re driving and pay attention to the road reflectors — if they’re flickering in the dark, that typically means an animal is walking in front of them.

Stay alert no matter the terrain. Canada is known for offering a wide range of terrain, from mountains to prairies. Take steps to stay alert no matter where you’re driving. Prepare to stave off boredom with podcasts, audio books, great tunes, or some fun games you can play with your passengers. Also, make sure you take frequent breaks to fight fatigue.

Toronto Summer Festivals You Should Attend

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Summer in Toronto is a wonderful time of the year — and not just because the weather is warm. Throughout the city, there are plenty of events to enjoy. At Downtown Hyundai, we collected a few of the Toronto summer festivals you should consider attending this year.

NXNE: North by Northeast

Get to chance to find emerging musicians and discover the newest technologies at the North by Northeast (NXNE) festival. This 10-day festival spans June 7-16 and includes a major three-day music festival in the heart of the city. NXNE looks to bridge the gap between technology and the arts, incorporating music, gaming, comedy, interactive technologies, and more. The venues vary depending on the event you want to attend, so check out the festival’s official website to learn more.

Toronto’s Festival of Beer

If you’re looking for a day away from the kids or need a night out on the town, consider attending Toronto’s Festival of Beer. This festival, which takes place July 26-28, celebrates the country’s brewing history, highlighting more than 120 beer brands around the world, including Ontario craft brewers. It’s considered Canada’s largest beer festival, with over 30,000 people attending each year.

Fan Expo Canada

Get in touch with your nerdy side at Fan Expo Canada. This four-day-long event will be held Aug. 22-25, giving you the chance to meet celebrity guests, enjoy family-friendly events, and learn more about your favorite sci-fi, fantasy, comic books, and anime. The event takes place at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, and this year will feature stars like Jeff Goldblum, Zachary Levi, Jason Momoa, and David Harbour.

Prepare Your Car with Spring Car Maintenance Tips

Spring Car Maintenance Tips - Toronto, ON

Winter weather in Toronto is no joke. With snow and ice and sleet and rain, the harsh conditions can really do a number on your car. That’s why servicing your car in the spring is so important. To make sure your vehicle is still running in tiptop shape as warmer weather arrives, here are some spring car maintenance tips you can follow.

Give your car a thorough cleaning. Many people focus on deep cleaning their houses in the spring, so why not do the same for your vehicle? Inside, make sure you get rid of any clutter that might have accumulated over the winter months and give your upholstery a good wipedown and vacuum. Wash the outside of your vehicle, too — and don’t forget the undercarriage. It has seen a lot of grit throughout the winter!

Don’t forget about routine maintenance. Routine car maintenance is important no matter the season. Make sure you bring your vehicle in to Downtown Hyundai for its regular oil change, tire rotation, and check-up. This will help catch any issues that might have cropped up during the winter.

Take care of your tires. If you have had winter tires on to deal with the colder weather conditions, now is the time to change them out for your warm-weather tires. When you do so, make sure you check your tires’ pressure and tread to ensure they’re able to overcome the rain that spring brings.