Hyundai Wins 5 “Best Cars for the Money” Awards

2022 Hyundai Tucson | Toronto, ON

U.S. News & World Report has released its annual “Best Cars for the Money” list and a remarkable five Hyundai vehicles were named winners, which was the most wins for any brand. To create this list, U.S. News gathers credible reviews from the automotive press and ranks each vehicle on its driving, interior comfort, and technology features.

Best 2-Row SUV for the Money: Hyundai Santa Fe

To start, the 2022 Santa Fe is packed with the extensive suite of Hyundai SmartSense™ safety features. The interior is stylish and spacious, offering more than 2,000 litres of space to utilize behind the front-row seats. All models are equipped with HTRAC™ All-Wheel Drive with multi-terrain control modes for ultimate stability behind the wheel.

Best Compact SUV for the Money: Hyundai Tucson

A smaller SUV option arrives in the form of the 2022 Tucson. This compact vehicle can be filled with a variety of available advanced technologies, like a high-definition 10.25-inch touch screen with navigation, a Bose® premium sound system, and Remote Smart Parking Assist. Notable standard features include heated front seats as well as Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™.

Best Hybrid and Electric Car for the Money: Hyundai Elantra Hybrid

Hyundai is one of the few remaining brands that offers a sedan lineup, and one of the standout options is the 2022 Elantra Hybrid. Once you’re done staring at its stylish exterior, you’ll find top-level interior features as standard. This includes wireless Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™, a hands-free smart trunk, and a long list of innovative driver-assist safety systems.

Best Hybrid and Electric SUV for the Money: Hyundai Tucson Hybrid

For an efficient SUV option, consider the 2022 Tucson Hybrid. Open up the back to use 1,097 litres of cargo space or put the remote-folding rear seats down to see what you can fit into the 2,108 litres of total available space. As spacious as it is, the Tucson Hybrid is also advanced. The button-type shift-by-wire replaces the traditional gear shifter and the system features paddle shifters behind the steering wheel for a sporty feel.

Best Subcompact SUV for the Money: Hyundai Kona

But if you’re looking for an even sportier drive, turn to the 2022 Kona. With a redesigned exterior that is bolder than ever, the Kona is sure to turn heads no matter where you’re going. Enjoy standard features like heated front seats and a dual-level cargo floor or upgrade to get even more with an available Head-Up Display and a wireless charging pad.

Contact our team or visit us at Downtown Hyundai in Toronto, Ontario, for more information on any of these award-winning vehicles.

How to Get Better Gas Mileage This Winter

Gas Mileage, Toronto, ON

Did you know that your vehicle’s gas mileage can get worse during winter? With harsher temperatures and tougher road conditions here in Toronto, your car has to do more work — and use more gas — to get you to your destination. Here are some tips for getting better gas mileage this winter.

Stop Idling Before Leaving

While it may seem like a good idea to “warm up” your car before going to work, you’re actually just wasting gas by idling. Your vehicle is much more likely to get warmer and defrost faster as you drive it. Obviously, you will want to be sure to have a clear, safe view before heading out.

Check On The Tires

Believe it or not, your car’s tires contribute to fuel efficiency. When the temperatures drop significantly, the air pressure in your vehicle’s tires can change. If they are underinflated — or overinflated, for that matter — they won’t provide good traction on icy or slippery roads. As a result, your vehicle has to work harder to keep you safe and use more gas.

These are just a couple of tips for improving your vehicle’s fuel efficiency during winter. For more tips on keeping your vehicle in top shape, contact our team at Downtown Hyundai in Toronto, Ontario.

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.

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.

Top Tips for Keeping Your Car Organized

Organized Car | Toronto, ON

Keeping your car organized isn’t always easy, especially when life seems to just get busier all the time. To help you with this task, we’ve put together these vehicle organization tips.

Keep a Garbage Can in your Car

To prevent used tissues, empty coffee cups, and other rubbish from piling up in your cupholders and footwells, place a garbage can or garbage bag in your car. There are plenty of options out there to choose from, so find the one that fits your needs best.

Put a Laundry Basket in your Trunk

Consider keeping a laundry basket in the trunk to make your life easier. This is a great way to keep all your groceries in one place — and even carry them all into the house at the same time. You can also use the basket to keep other items in your trunk organized. 

Store Plastic Grocery Bags in a Tissue Box

You never know when you might need a grocery bag to hold wet clothes, dirty diapers, or trash. Why not keep some in your car? Stuff them in an empty tissue box so they’re all in one convenient spot. 

Use Silicone Cupcake Wrappers to keep your Cupholders Clean

Cupholders can gather random items on the go from spare change to straw wrappers and beyond. Keeping a silicone cupcake wrapper in your cupholders makes cleaning up these items easier. All you have to do is take it out and empty it.

To make sure your vehicle is running smoothly to go along with its freshly organized status, contact our service department at Downtown Hyundai in Toronto to get caught up on all your scheduled maintenance milestones.

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.

2021 Hyundai Santa Fe Gains Hybrid Option and More

2021 Hyundai Santa Fe | Toronto, ON

The 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe has some exciting changes in store. For the new model year, this SUV boasts a fresh exterior look, a redesigned interior layout, and an efficient hybrid powertrain option.

The exterior of the new Santa Fe shows off a widened grille with new lighting signatures, a more sculpted design, and athletic roof rails. The interior redesign includes a floating console, contrast stitching, and options like a 10.25-inch touch screen and soft-touch materials.

The Santa Fe’s new hybrid powertrain pairs dual electric motors with a 1.6-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine, delivering total system output of 225 horsepower and 195 lb-ft of torque. This hybrid system comes paired to a six-speed automatic transmission and comes standard with all-wheel drive. If you don’t want a hybrid, you can choose between a 191-horsepower 2.5-liter engine or a 277-horsepower turbo.

If you’re in the market for premium creature comforts, the 2021 Santa Fe is getting a new top-level trim: the Ultimate Calligraphy. This trim level comes with a Head-Up Display, quilted Nappa leather seats, exclusive 20-inch alloy wheels, and an HTRAC AWD system with downhill braking.

If you’re interested in learning more about the 2021 Santa Fe, you won’t have to wait much longer. We’re expecting this new SUV to arrive soon here at Downtown Hyundai in Toronto.

Hyundai Ties for Most IIHS Top Safety Pick Awards

2020 Hyundai IIHS Safety Scores | Toronto, ON

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is an organization that has helped create the benchmark for automotive safety in North America. Its Top Safety Pick awards are only given to vehicles that can pass their stringent tests. Hyundai has tied for the most IIHS Top Safety Pick awards in the automotive industry this year, boasting nine models that earned the honour.

The most notable is the all-new Hyundai Nexo fuel cell SUV. This model was one of six Top Safety Pick+ (the highest accolade given out by the IIHS) winners to come standard with headlights that have received the organization’s highest rating of “Good”. The “Good” rating indicates that the vehicle’s lights provides solid visibility, while also lacking excessive glare that could affect drivers in oncoming vehicles.

Along with the Nexo, the IIHS also recognized eight other Hyundai models with their Top Safety Pick accolade. These vehicles include:

  • Hyundai Kona when equipped with optional front crash protection and optional LED headlights
  • Hyundai Tucson when equipped with optional front crash protection and optional LED headlights
  • Hyundai Palisade when equipped with optional LED headlights
  • Hyundai Santa Fe when equipped with optional LED headlights
  • Hyundai Elantra when equipped with optional front crash protection and optional LED headlights
  • Hyundai Elantra GT when equipped with optional front crash protection and optional LED headlights
  • Hyundai Veloster when equipped with optional front crash protection and optional LED headlights
  • Hyundai Sonata when equipped with optional LED headlights

Get in touch with us here at Downtown Hyundai for more information about any of these safe and award-winning models.

3 Hyundai Models Win 2020 Kelley Blue Book Best Buy Awards

2020 Hyundai Santa Fe | Toronto, ON

When you’re shopping for a new vehicle, it’s likely you want the best of the best. That’s where the 2020 Kelley Blue Book Best Buy Awards come in. These prestigious accolades strive to discover the best vehicles in 17 categories, putting a range of eligible models through the wringer to discover which options top the industry. This year, three Hyundai models — the 2020 Kona, 2020 Kona Electric, and 2020 Santa Fe — won their segments.

“It is an honour to receive the Kelley Blue Book Best Buy Awards for the Kona, Kona Electric, and Santa Fe, demonstrating Hyundai’s commitment to developing a range of product offerings that deliver great customer value,” said Mike O’Brien, vice president of product, corporate, and digital planning for Hyundai Motor America.

These three models came out on top after extensive evaluation and testing by KBB.com experts. Each vehicle is also analyzed for its pricing, consumer reviews and ratings, and vehicle sales/retail sales information. Kelley Blue Book’s 5-Year Cost-to-Own information is also considered in determining the winner of each category.

The 2020 Kona earned this award in the Subcompact SUV category, while the 2020 Kona Electric topped the Electric Car segment. The Santa Fe earned recognition in the Midsize SUV – 2-Row category.

To learn more about these models or to test-drive your preferred Hyundai vehicle, stop in for a visit here at Downtown Hyundai.