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2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Earns Two Awards

The newly redesigned 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport has only been out on the roads for a few months, but already it is getting accolades from around the country. And it’s no wonder.  This state-of-the-art crossover vehicle is impressing drivers with its perfect blend of power and efficiency, aerodynamic “Storm Edge” design, seven airbags, and roomy comfortable interior.

One of the first to recognize the new 2013 Santa Fe is the Texas Auto Writers Association (TAWA), which named the Santa Fe “Compact CUV of Texas.”  Over two days of testing by 50 automotive analysts judging on factors like exterior styling, pricing, fuel mileage, and off-road capability, the Santa Fe edged out competitors like the 2013 Mazda CX5 Grand Touring AWD, 2013 Subaru XV Crosstrek 2.0i Limited and the 2013 Nissan Juke SL.  The Hyundai CUV was touted for its amazing versatility and ability to stay composed, safe, and efficient in a variety of environments.  TAWA President Michael Herzing further praised that the Santa Fe Sport exceeded the association’s expectations in the crossover category and was overwhelmingly selected over the competition.

Also recognizing the 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe recently is’s Active Lifestyle Vehicle (ALV) of the Year Awards.  The Santa Fe brought home the “Best Value On-Road” recognition, the first time Hyundai has placed in this unique awards program in its ninth year.  The ALV is the only car-of-the-year program in the United States that combines the input of automotive journalists with elite athletes to determine which cars and trucks best meet the needs of buyers with active lifestyles.  In this year’s competition, over 100 participants evaluated 28 cars in 7 categories, on both on and off-road courses.

These are just two of the awards already in the 2013 Santa Fe’s trophy chest, with more certainly to come.


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Sneak Peek of the 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe

Hyundai will debut the redesigned 2013 Santa Fe at the New York Auto Show next month, but thankfully we don’t have to wait until then to get a sneak peek.  This week Hyundai released two teaser images of its top-selling crossover/SUV, which will go on sale later this year as a 2013 model.

The all-new Santa Fe will be the first model to incorporate Hyundai’s emerging “Storm Edge” design concept, which Hyundai says “captures the strong and dynamic images created by nature during the formation of a storm.”  The 2013 Santa Fe has sharper and more pronounced creases than the “Fluidic Sculpture” design of current Hyundai models, boasting a futuristic new hexagonal grille, a two-tone body, and wider front and rear bumpers.

No technical details have been released regarding the powertrain, fuel economy, or pricing of the 2013 Hyundai Santa Fe, but if Hyundai’s track record is any indication, we can expect the Santa Fe to be a high performer with great gas mileage and a competitive price tag.


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Hyundai and Chevrolet Win Big in Kelley Blue Book’s 2012 Total Cost of Ownership Awards

While initial price is always a prime issue when purchasing a new vehicle, the ultimate “best deal” also entails considering a number of other significant factors that can have an equally meaningful impact on long-term out-of-pocket expenses.

Thanks to a study done by Kelley Blue Book, the world’s most experienced and trusted automotive pricing organization, we can compare beyond a car’s price tag and see the big picture cost of a vehicle over five years of ownership.  KBB’s annual comprehensive review factors in the following valuation criteria:  Fair purchase price (FPP), projected depreciation, financing costs, Insurance costs and state fees as well as the anticipated total cost of fuel, scheduled maintenance and repairs.

While this study is nothing new for KBB, this year they took it one step further and formally recognized the best-in-class entries with the inaugural Kelley Blue Book 2012 Total Cost of Ownership Awards, in conjunction with the 2012 Chicago Auto Show.

Among the esteemed winners were multiple models each from both Hyundai and Chevrolet.  The 2012 Hyundai Sonata was named best midsize car, with a 5-year ownership cost of $38,476.  Factors like its low insurance costs and supreme fuel economy helped the Sonata edge out the Kia Optima in second place.   Another win for the Korean automaker was the 2012 Hyundai Santa Fe, which took the ribbon in the crossover segment, with a 5-year ownership cost of just $42,628.  Thanks to the Santa Fe‘s low purchase price, low long-term depreciation, and low maintenance and insurance cost, it easily outpaced the Kia Sorento in this class.

2012 Hyundai Sonata
Lowest Cost of Ownership
Mid Size Car Category
2012 Hyundai Santa Fe
Lowest Cost of Ownership
Crossover Category

American-made Chevrolet vehicles also topped KBB’s awards list.  The 2012 Chevrolet Impala won in the category of full-size car, with a 5-year ownership cost of $47,957.  KBB cited its low purchase price and high fuel economy in gaining an advantage over the Ford Taurus competitor.  Also weighing in on the Chevy side was the 2012 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 in the full-size pickup truck category, with a 5-year ownership cost of $49,371.  The Silverado edged out the second place GMC Sierra 1500 with its fair purchase price, financing and insurance costs and state fees. Chevrolet made it a hat-trick with the 2012 Chevrolet Volt, which took the award in the electric car segment, with a 5-year ownership cost of $40,629.  The Volt‘s lower maintenance and insurance costs easily surpassed competitor Nissan LEAF to score the win.

2012 Chevrolet Impala
Lowest Cost of Ownership
Full Size Car Category

2012 Chevrolet Silverado 1500
Lowest Cost of Ownership
Full Size Pickup Truck Category

2012 Chevrolet Volt
Lowest Cost of Ownership
Electric Car Category

To see the full list of Kelley Blue Book’s winners, click here.

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Hyundai Ranks in Two Top 10 Lists

Hyundai has been steadily building a strong reputation of value and reliability in its cars, and there’s no better source to confirm this than, one of the most trusted web resources for unbiased vehicle information, uncompromising commentary, and concise analysis.

Quite popular in Forbes’ auto category are the Top 10 lists, which cover interesting topics ranging from “Most Expensive Cars,” “Best Cars for Newlyweds,” “Cars Least Expensive to Insure,” and many more.  We found it relevant to note that Hyundai vehicles made not one, but two, recently published Forbes lists, further reaffirming their strong hold in the auto market.

Best Cars for the Buck

The Hyundai Santa Fe recently made Forbes’ list of Top 10 Best Cars for the Buck in the mid-size SUV category.  This study did not simply pick the least expensive car available in a given vehicle class; instead, Forbes chose the vehicles with the best balance between predicted reliability and low ownership costs.  Reliability ratings were taken from Consumer Reports survey data, and ownership costs factored in variables like sales tax, depreciation, fuel costs, interest, insurance, maintenance and repairs.

After the numbers were calculated, the Santa Fe bested its competition with a thrifty $25,995 MSRP price tag (for the V6 SE model), and a $44,500 5-year cost.  Its fellow winners in other vehicle classes included the Honda Fit, Ford Fusion Hybrid, and Volkswagen Jetta Sportwagen.  The Santa Fe is clearly in good company.

Top 10 New Cars for College Kids

Also recently rising to the top for Hyundai was the Elantra, which weighed in as one of Forbes’ Top 10 New Cars for College Kids.  The study aimed to spotlight cars that were inexpensive, reliable, and safe, a perfect match for a first-year college student (and the parents who are likely footing the bill).  Candidates were chosen based on the following criteria:

  • Base model under $20,000
  • Fuel economy of 35 mpg or more
  • Standard safety features of six airbags, antilock brakes and stability control
  • Retain 40 percent or more of their original value after four years of ownership

The Hyundai Elantra was one of the 10 cars that made the cut, exceeding the minimums in all categories with its $14,945 base MSRP, 40 mpg, sophisticated safety systems, and projected 53% 4-year resale value.  Forbes also touted the Elantra’s attractive design and extra features like touchscreen navigation, rearview camera, and Bluetooth capabilities.  Other cars to make this list include industry stalwarts like the Honda Civic, Toyota Corolla, and Ford Focus.

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