Hyundai Comes in Second in 2019 Initial Quality Study

When you buy a new car, you want to enjoy worry-free driving for years to come. The J.D. Power 2019 Initial Quality Study is here to help you choose the best brand for your next car. For the second year in a row, Hyundai ranked second among non-premium brands.

In this study, J.D. Power surveyed new car owners and asks them about any problems they encountered during the first 90 days of ownership. The results are reported as problems per 100 vehicles (PP100). Hyundai came away with a score of 71 PP100, which was better than the industry average of 93 PP100. This was three fewer PP100 than was reported in the 2018 study.

“Hyundai owners and new car shoppers can have peace of mind in knowing that our new vehicle quality continues to be among the best in the industry,” said Barry Ratzlaff, vice president, Customer Satisfaction for Hyundai Motor America.

Along with coming in second for non-premium brands, Hyundai kept is third-place position among all brands. In addition, the Hyundai Santa Fe earned the best score for mid-size SUVs in initial quality. Coming in second in their segments was the Tucson, Accent, Veloster, and Elantra. The Sonata and Kona each finished third.

You can find all of these high-quality vehicles here at Tipton Hyundai.

Hyundai Named Top Non-Luxury CPO Program for 2019

2016 Hyundai Equus | Brownsville, TX

For the second year running, Autotrader has named Hyundai the best non-luxury CPO program, in part because it has the longest manufacturer warranty coverage in the industry.

It’s also the third time in the last four years that Hyundai took the top spot among non-luxury brands for its certified pre-owned vehicle program. According to Autotrader executive editor Brian Moody, there’s very good reason for that honor.

“Hyundai’s certified pre-owned program is a significant value and perfect for budget-minded shoppers looking for a no-hassle, affordable car,” he said, adding that the length of the powertrain warranty, limited bumper-to-bumper new car warranty, and 10-year roadside assistance were hard to beat. “In fact, if you want a better overall certified program, you’ll need to move up to a luxury brand.”

To determine the best CPO programs, Autotrader looks at warranty as well as available inventory, deductible amount, and transferability to future vehicle owners.

Hyundai’s CPO program includes the following features:

  • A comprehensive 173-point quality assurance inspection
  • A 10-year/100,000-mile CPO powertrain limited warranty
  • The remainder of the 5-year/60,000-mile new vehicle limited warranty from the original in-service date and zero miles
  • 10-year/unlimited mileage roadside assistance from the original in-service date and zero miles
  • Rental car and travel interruption reimbursement
  • SiriusXM® satellite radio with no-charge, three-month All Access trial
  • A complimentary CARFAX® Vehicle History Report™

Find the best CPO warranty in the industry when you check out the pre-owned inventory here at Tipton Hyundai.

Hyundai Tops Industry with Highest Customer Loyalty Rating

How many companies, let alone automakers, can claim they have the highest customer loyalty in their respective industries? Not many, and even fewer can claim that title for the 10 consecutive years. But Hyundai can.

The customer loyalty rankings come from the Brand Keys Customer Loyalty Engagement Index. In 2018, the survey evaluated responses from more than 50,000 consumers.

“Brand engagement and loyalty has seen seismic shifts in the last decade with political and social movements taking place,” said Robert Passikoff, president of Brand Keys, following the 2018 study. “The fact that Hyundai has been able to remain the leading automaker for these metrics is a testament to their efforts to constantly engage with its customers.”

Hyundai cites its dedication to a vehicle lineup that meets customer needs, technological innovations, and eco-friendly offerings as primary reasons for its high customer loyalty ratings. New models, like the Hyundai Sonata Plug-in Hybrid, offer drivers the latest in safety, infotainment, and efficiency.

“With ever increasing competition, Hyundai continues to exceed customer expectations with our line-up of vehicles,” said Dean Evans, CMO, Hyundai Motor America.

Hyundai isn’t slowing down when it comes to innovation and expanding its lineup either. The 2019 Hyundai Kona is one of the automaker’s newest vehicles. It won the 2019 North American Utility Vehicle of the Year™ award, a clear indicator of the automaker’s dedication to consumers.

Check out the incredible Hyundai lineup, including the award-winning Kona, at Tipton Hyundai.

New Hyundai Automated Valet Parking System is Ideal for Electric Vehicles

Hyundai recently developed a high-end EV charging system concept that can pair with autonomous vehicle technology. This system allows you to not only save money on fuel, but it also works to make driving more convenient. With features like the Automated Valet Parking System (AVPS), you can squeeze into even the tightest spots.

According to Hyundai, users of the future will be able to essentially pair their vehicle with a smartphone app and command it to charge. Then, the system will drive itself to a vacant wireless charging system. Once it finishes charging, it will move to another vacant spot and return to the driver when called. In short, you won’t have to worry about parking and charging again.

“The system will offer a convenience to drivers who are faced with an overcrowding of both parking and charging locations as electric vehicle numbers grow steadily. It relocates fully charged vehicles from charging stations and allow other awaiting electric vehicles to charge,” reads the Hyundai press release.

While just a concept vehicle Hyundai has recently introduced alongside Kia, the new AVPS system is just one of many things that sets this brand apart. Whether you want the latest high-tech gadgets or you’d simply like to decrease your carbon footprint, Hyundai has everything you could ever want. To learn more about its latest technology, come see the lineup at Tipton Hyundai.

Best Places to See Santa Claus in Brownsville, Texas

It’s that time of year again! With Christmas around the corner, parents are clamoring to get their kids on Santa’s lap so they can give their wish list straight to the source. If you’re one of those parents but aren’t quite sure where to go for the best Santa experience, we’ve put together some of the best places to see Santa Claus in Brownsville.

Sunrise Mall

Of course, no Santa spot is more classic than the mall. Sunrise Mall right here in Brownsville will be hosting Santa all month, from 10am to 9pm Monday through Saturday, noon to 6pm on Sundays, and 11am to 5pm on Christmas Eve. That means you can go on whatever day is most convenient for you—and get some Christmas shopping done while you’re there!

Holiday Village

If you’d prefer a more special holiday event, though, Brownsville has options for you. You’ll find the Holiday Village in Dean Porter Park all day every day of the week until January 1, where you can not only visit Santa but eat delicious holiday treats, listen to live Christmas music, play games, and so much more.

66th Annual Brownsville Christmas Parade

You can also see Santa at the 66th Annual Brownsville Christmas Parade, which takes place on December 3 at 7pm. See floats made by local businesses, marching bands, dancing, and music, all from local businesses and organizations.

If a new Hyundai is on your Christmas list, skip the jolly old elf and contact the team here at Tipton Hyundai.

2019 Hyundai Veloster Turbo Wins Car and Driver Editor’s Choice Award

Once again, a Hyundai vehicle has garnered a prestigious Editor’s Choice award from Car and Driver. This time, the 2019 Hyundai Veloster Turbo is the recipient of this well-regarded distinction. Given the 2019 Veloster Turbo’s incredible feature set, striking style, and exhilarating powertrain, the distinction comes as no surprise, though it does reaffirm what we already knew — this bold compact is an absolute blast to drive.

Car and Driver praised the Veloster’s “stiff structure, great steering, and a well-tuned suspension” which “make it feel lovely on twisty roads.” Scott Margason, Director of Product Planning for Hyundai Motor America, noted that the award is “another proof point of Hyundai’s commitment to excellence.”

The 2019 Hyundai Veloster Turbo comes equipped with a 201-horsepower engine that generates 195 lb-ft of torque for an ultra-responsive, undeniably thrilling experience on the road. And thanks to a new multi-link rear suspension, each ride is as smooth as it is fun.

The 2019 Veloster Turbo also offers an available Infinity premium audio system, and striking infotainment display, and standard Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay™ compatibility, all of which go a long way in making the 2019 Veloster Turbo exceptional fun, even at a complete standstill.

Learn more about the new 2019 Hyundai Veloster at Tipton Hyundai.

Hyundai’s New Electric Crossover Might Come to U.S.

It’s no surprise that the crossover segment has been at the top of the auto industry for a few years now, with solo drivers and families alike flocking to the class for its seamless combination of capability, reliability, and style. And with more and more effort going into technological innovations, a new electric crossover was bound to make its way to the market eventually. Hyundai recently announced plans to bring the Kona Electric, an EV variant of the brand’s popular Kona nameplate, to Europe.

new electric crossover

Electric crossovers and SUVs are on the itinerary for several automakers, though most brands are projecting the release of said vehicles to fall somewhere between 2020 and 2025. But Hyundai is ahead of the curve – with the Hyundai Kona Electric hitting European roads soon, it’s only a matter of time until the EV model makes its way to U.S. shores, as well as around the rest of the globe.

Because the Hyundai Kona is already a compact crossover, many of its fans are already drivers looking for the spaciousness and versatility of an SUV combined with the fuel economy of the compact class. With a new electric crossover on the way, Hyundai is giving drivers the option of an even more fuel-efficient crossover.

For more information on the upcoming release of the Hyundai Kona, give us a call at Tipton Hyundai.

2018 Sonata Snags IIHS Top Safety Pick+ Rating

Over the years, as in-vehicle safety tech becomes more advanced and innovative, the IIHS has raised their standards, making it harder for automobiles to achieve the coveted Top Safety Pick+ rating.

Top Safety Pick

In order to obtain it, vehicles have to score top marks in every crash test category while having available crash avoidance technology and good quality headlights. For the 2018 model year, the Hyundai Sonata managed to pass the IIHS tests with flying colors and attain the Top Safety Pick+ title.

The IIHS has five different crashworthiness tests: small front overlap, moderate front overlap, side impact, roof strength, and head restraints. The 2018 Hyundai Sonata earned a top rating of “good” on every test.

The Sonata also was also equipped with the optional automatic emergency braking system and high-quality headlights. This is the second time the Hyundai Sonata has managed to grab the Top Safety Pick+ rating, following the 2016 model year.

The 2018 Hyundai Sonata’s Top Safety Pick+ safety rating makes it a great choice for a family sedan. If you’re interested, stop by Tipton Hyundai for an up close and personal look at the Hyundai Sonata and its new, top-of-the-line safety technology.