WardsAuto Names 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe to 10 Best Interiors List

The 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe is turning heads on the road – and not just with its exterior design. Named one of the 10 Best Interiors list by WardsAuto, the 2019 Santa Fe is ready to impress with its interior comfort and versatility. 

To be considered for this honor, vehicles are judged on aesthetics, comfort, fit-and-finish, material quality, and ergonomics. The Santa Fe made it proudly to the list thanks to its incredible interior comfort and innovation. As Christie Truett, senior editor of Wards, says, “It has better materials and fit-and-finish, plus a more progressive interior design, than some competing midsize CUVs costing thousands more.”

The Santa Fe boasts luxurious style in details like contrast seat stitching while the three-dimensional instrument panel looks luxurious and improves convenience.

The Santa Fe’s interior has room for up to five passengers, allowing for ample seating and cargo versatility thanks to a standard 60/40 split-folding and reclining bench seat in the second row. The Santa Fe XL also offers more seating (up to seven passengers) and two rows of split-folding seats. The Santa Fe offers up to 71.3 cubic feet of cargo space with all seats down while the Santa FE XL offers 80 cubic feet of space with all seats down.

Tech features include a standard seven-inch infotainment display, remote keyless entry, and a crisp-clear rearview camera.  If you want to see the 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe for yourself, take a look at the inventory on the Tipton Hyundai lot.

History of Cinco de Mayo

With Cinco de Mayo coming up, you might be making plans to celebrate with margaritas and a night out at your favorite Mexican restaurant. However, if you don’t know the origin of this holiday, you’re missing out on some enriching history and a chance to honor a major moment in Mexico’s history.

Cinco de Mayo marks Mexico’s victory over France in the Battle of Puebla. The battle was won in 1862 during the Franco-Mexican War, which began in 1861. A lawyer named Benito Juárez had just become president that same year. The country was already in debt and struggling to get out of financial strife, and Juárez had no choice but to default on payments to certain European governments.

While Juárez was able to negotiate with Britain and Spain, France was not so forgiving. Napoleon III, the leader of France at that time, saw Mexico’s financial troubles as a chance to take over part of the Mexican territory, and decided to have his troops attack Veracruz.

On May 5, 1862, 6,000 French troops made their way to attack Puebla. Juárez prepared by gathering 2,000 men, including many indigenous Mexicans, to defend the city. The Battle of Puebla began at daybreak and went until the evening, and despite their lower numbers and low supplies, the Mexican army lost less than 100 soldiers while 500 of the French soldiers fell. The French retreated and the battle was won, which helped to lift spirits and the resistance that eventually won the war in 1867.

Stop by Tipton Hyundai if you’re in need of a new vehicle to transport you to and from your Cinco de Mayo festivities.

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.

Things to Do in Brownsville, TX

Located near the southernmost tip of Texas, Brownsville provides a ton of things to do that can’t be enjoyed anywhere else. Residents and visitors alike can take advantage of all that Brownsville has to offer, from spirited landmarks to beautiful local wildlife. Here are a few things to do in Brownsville that we recommend.

  • Palo Alto Battlefield National Historic Site: This National Historical Park preserves the battlefield from the Battle of Palo Alto, which took place on May 8, 1846. This battle was the first major conflict in the Mexican-American War. Visit the park to learn more about this oft-overlooked war in American history.
  • Sabal Palm Sanctuary: The Sabal Palm Sanctuary is a 527-acre area that protects one of the most biodiverse habitats in the county. It contains some of the last remnants of America’s Sabal Palm forest and protects a variety of endangered species. The Sanctuary is home to the historic Rabb Plantation House, which now serves as the Sanctuary’s headquarters.
  • Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge: Sitting just north of Brownsville and stretching along the Gulf Coast is the Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge. The Refuge holds remarkably diverse habitats, including wetlands, prairies, and beaches. For an educational day of wildlife watching and sightseeing, head here.

Come see us at Tipton Hyundai if your current vehicle isn’t quite up to all of this fun sightseeing.

Hyundai Unveils New Technology for Hearing-impaired Drivers in New “Quiet Taxi” Ad

Hyundai has unveiled an innovative new technology for hearing-impaired drivers, who usually rely on their senses of sight and touch alone, without the ability to hear car horns, sirens, and other warning sounds.

Hyundai aims to change that with its new Audio-Visual Conversion and Audio-Tactile Conversion technologies. These features sense noises like sirens from emergency vehicles. Then convert them into visual or tactile responses. Allowing the driver to respond to with the same urgency as drivers who aren’t hearing-impaired.

The Audio-Visual Conversion technology, or AVC, displays pictograms on the Head-Up Display to notify the driver of sirens or horns. It also uses colored LED lights on the steering wheel to indicate a new direction when using navigation. Since the driver cannot necessarily hear the audio directions. Audio-Tactile Conversion, or ATC, sends vibrations through the steering wheel to alert the driver.

Hyundai revealed these new technologies in its “Quiet Taxi” ad, which displays the very first hearing-impaired taxi driver in Seoul, Korea. A father of two named Daeho Lee. The heartwarming add shows Mr. Lee’s struggles at the beginning of his career as a taxi driver. Including the huge change when he’s given a Hyundai car with the ATC and AVC technology.

Mr. Lee is shown shaking his head and smiling in disbelief when he’s able to pull over instantly to get out of the way of an ambulance thanks to the steering wheel feedback, and looking amazed at the visual and tactile response alerting him to objects behind him while in reverse—things most people with normal hearing take for granted.

If you’re looking for a new car to ferry you around town, contact us at Topton 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.

Bad Car Maintenance Habits Every Driver Should Avoid

Like in all aspects of life, bad habits can be easy to fall into. When it comes to car care, though, bad habits could be doing some serious harm to your car and putting you at risk on the road. Are you guilty of any of these bad car maintenance habits? Check out this list to find out if your car could be in better shape.

Neglecting fluid checks

Most drivers know they are supposed to regularly change their car’s motor oil, but many drivers neglect to monitor and change other important fluids. You should regularly keep an eye on coolant, brake and transmission fluids, as these are all crucial to your vehicle’s overall performance. The good news is, checking up on and replenishing these fluids is easy and inexpensive.

Ignoring failing brakes

If you’ve noticed your car making a grinding or squeaking sound when you apply the brakes, don’t ignore this. This probably means your car’s brakes or brake pads need to be replaced. When dealt with early, this is a quick and easy fix, but putting it off can quickly result in the need for expensive repairs.

Driving with old air filters

Relatively few drivers remember — or even know — to routinely replace their car’s cabin and engine air filters. Since they’re inexpensive, it’s a good idea to change out your car’s air filters a couple times a year or every time you change your car’s oil. Doing so will help keep your engine running smoothly and the interior of your car comfortable.

For all your car maintenance needs, visit Tipton Hyundai.

How to Keep Your 2018 New Year Resolutions

New Year Resolutions
Making and keeping a New Year resolution isn’t easy. Here are a few ways to keep your 2018 New Year Resolutions from your friends at Tipton Hyundai.

Making a New Year resolution isn’t easy, and keeping it isn’t any easier. Fortunately, achieving your 2018 goal is possible if you take the right steps. Here are a few ways to keep your 2018 New Year Resolutions from your friends at Tipton Hyundai.

Start small

Launching a full scale assault on your resolution, whether you want to stop smoking or become more social, increases the odds of failure. Instead, create a concrete plan to achieve your New Year resolution. After all, you have all year. Start small and take each step slowly to push yourself across the finish line.

Talk to others

Whether your goal is to lose weight or kick a bad habit, one of the best ways to achieve your goal is to talk to others about it. Talk to family and friends about your resolution or join a support group, like a workout class. Doing so will encourage you to fully commit yourself to achieving your 2018 New Year resolution.

Ask for help

One thing many people don’t like to do is ask for help with their New Year resolution. There’s nothing wrong with asking for help now and then, and a major life change will likely require support from others. Feeling overwhelmed and stressed out by your 2018 New Year resolution will only increase the odds of failure. If you need help, ask a close friend or family member.

From all of us at Tipton Hyundai, we hope you have a productive and healthy start to the new year.