Kelley Blue Book Honors Three 2021 Hyundai Vehicles

Kelley Blue Book, or KBB for short, is a highly respected resource for new car buyers looking for unbiased information as they decide between hundreds of options. The publication honors a handful of vehicles with the Best Buy Award to help customers recognize high-value vehicles. For 2021, KBB honored three Hyundai vehicles as Best Buys.

2021 Kona: KBB named the 2021 Hyundai Kona Electric as the best electric vehicle in its class. On top of the Kona’s efficient 258-mile range, comfortable interior, and luxurious included features, KBB loved that the Kona is much more exciting to drive than the typical electric vehicle.

2021 Santa Fe: Though it should come as no surprise to anyone who has been behind the wheel of the Santa Fe, Hyundai’s popular crossover was named as KBB’s best midsize SUV. KBB appreciated how re-energized the SUV felt after its model-year makeover, and appreciated its upgraded powertrains and new wireless Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ capabilities.

2021 Elantra: The Hyundai Elantra beat out dozens of vehicles in the competition to be crowned as KBB’s best compact car. KBB adored the Elantra’s crisp handling, high-efficiency engine options, and swanky standard features.

Visit Tipton Hyundai today to test drive three of the KBB’s Best Buy vehicles today.

Hyundai Reigns as U.S. News’ Best SUV Brand of 2021

No matter what kind of SUV you’re looking for, you can probably find it in the Hyundai lineup. The automaker has worked hard over the past few years to expand its SUV offerings with new additions like the three-row Palisade and city-friendly Venue. Those efforts paid off in a major way recently when Hyundai was named the Best SUV Brand of 2021 by U.S. News & World Report.

U.S. News was especially impressed by the budget-friendly pricing, high-value standard features, award-winning safety, and warranty-backed reliability presented by Hyundai SUV models.

“We know that shoppers have different needs, so at Hyundai we’ve developed an all-encompassing SUV lineup that exceeds those needs,” said Olabisi Boyle, vice president of product planning and mobility strategy for Hyundai Motor North America.

If you’re looking for a smaller SUV, Hyundai has two for you to consider: the tough, city-friendly Venue and the sleek, sporty Kona. Need something for the whole family? The popular eight-passenger Palisade fits the bill perfectly.

If you need something in between, Hyundai just released the redesigned midsize 2021 Santa Fe, and the all-new Tucson compact SUV is coming later this year.

Whatever you’re seeking in your next SUV, the best way to find it is by visiting us for a test drive here at Tipton Hyundai in Brownsville, Texas.

Hyundai Models Rank Highly on Roomiest Midsize SUVs List

U.S. News & World Report’s new list of the 16 Roomiest Midsize SUVs in 2020 has been released, and two Hyundai models have been recognized for their spacious second-row legroom: the 2020 Santa Fe and 2021 Palisade.

The 2020 Hyundai Santa Fe received an interior score of 8.1 from U.S. News, one of the highest scores for a midsize SUV. The 2020 Santa Fe offers 40.9 inches of legroom in the second row and 35.9 cubic feet of cargo volume. With the rear row folded down, the cargo volume increases to 71.3 cubic feet. On top of this recognition, the Hyundai Santa Fe also won the 2020 Best 2-Row SUV for the Money Award and made U.S. News’ 2020 Best New Cars for Teens list.

The 2021 Hyundai Palisade earned the second-highest spot on the list and got an interior score of 7.7. The SUV seats up to eight people and boasts 42.4 inches of second-row legroom. With both rear rows down, the 2021 Palisade has a maximum of 86.4 cubic feet of cargo volume. U.S. News noted how every seat in the 2021 Palisade offers plenty of space for adults, as well as how easy it is to access the third row of this spacious SUV.

Experience these two award-winning Hyundai models for yourself when you test drive them at Tipton Hyundai today.

2022 Hyundai Tucson Debuts in the U.S.

The Hyundai Tucson will get an exciting redesign, new powertrain options, and more for the 2022 model year. Set go to on sale in the U.S. around summer 2021, the 2022 Tucson will arrive on our shores after a boom in its popularity over the last few years.

With sharp cuts, a new angular look, and a new grille, the exterior of the Tucson is the most noticeable change in the new generation. Inside the Tucson you’ll find a more spacious interior with a standard 8-inch infotainment touch screen. You can also update to an available 10.3-inch screen and a separate instrument cluster screen.

The new Tucson will offer three new powertrain options, including a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder at 178 horsepower, and a 1.6-liter 4-cylinder hybridized engine that puts out a total of 229 horsepower. The Tucson will also offer a plug-in hybrid powertrain that lets you drive on electric-only power for a certain number of miles before switching back to gas.

Hyundai will also equip the new Tucson with high-tech amenities like Hyundai Digital Key, which lets you lock and unlock your Tucson and start or turn off the engine from your phone. There’s also the car-to-home system that allows you can control your smart home appliances.

For more information on the 2022 Hyundai Tuscon and a chance to test drive the current Hyundai lineup, visit us at Tipton Hyundai today.

Fun Family Craft Projects for Halloween

If you’re looking for a new way to celebrate Halloween this year, try out some of the following family craft projects. Not only are these fun DIY ideas great for the whole family to do, but they can also leave you with new decorations for your home.

Creative Pumpkins

Rather than cut a face into your pumpkins this year, decorate them with some paint and pom-poms. Each kid can paint a pumpkin in a different color. After they’re done, mix acrylic paint and water together. Cover a craft brush with the mixture, and let your kids tap it above the pumpkins to add pops of color. Once your pumpkins are dry, they can then glue pom-poms in different patterns.

Cat Garland

Create a unique cat garland for your living room by first tracing the shape of a cat face onto colored paper roughly 20 times. Cut out the cat faces, and hole punch their eyes. Pull string lights through the eyes, and then hang up the garland as you please.

Tissue Box Monsters

If you have empty tissue boxes, your kids can turn them into adorable monsters. They can paint the boxes in bright colors, add googly eyes, use pom-poms as hair, and more. This is a chance for your kids to truly get creative.

During the Halloween season, if you need any maintenance or a new family hauler, don’t hesitate to give us a call at Tipton Hyundai in Brownsville, Texas.

2021 Hyundai Sonata Features New Wheels and Safety Technologies

Although the updates for the 2021 model year of the Hyundai Sonata are minimal thanks to the model’s overhaul in 2020, the new features are noteworthy. New wheels offer a bolder exterior design and enhanced performance while advanced safety tech helps safeguard your journey.

The 2021 Hyundai Sonata features 19-inch alloy wheels, which are perfectly paired to 245/40 R19 Pirelli P Zero™ tires. Standard on the SEL Plus trim, the new wheel-tire combination optimizes performance, grip, and noise cancellation no matter the season.

The Safe Exit Warning system, a standard feature on trims above the SE level, will warn you and your passengers of dangers as you get out of the Sonata. Under proper conditions, you’ll hear an audible warning and see a visual alert if oncoming traffic threatens your safety. The system works in tandem with the model’s blind-spot warning system.

Your passenger can adjust the height of their seat with the touch of a button in the Limited trim of the 2021 Sonata.

The 2021 Sonata is available at four trim levels — SE, SEL, SEL Plus and Limited — just like the 2020 model. You can still choose between two Smartstream gas powertrains to fuel your 2021 Sonata.

Learn more about the 2021 Hyundai Sonata at Tipton Hyundai in Brownsville, Texas.

Autotrader Names Hyundai Kona One of the Best Cars for Recent Grads

As a recent college graduate, you are on the verge of a new chapter. You have worked hard to earn your degree, and now you need a vehicle to get to work. Since student loans may be looming and entry-level wages are restrictive, the vehicle you choose should deliver an affordable price tag and high-quality features. In other words, you need the Hyundai Kona.

The stylish SUV earned Autotrader’s stamp of approval with a spot on its list of the 10 Best Cars for Recent College Graduates. The SUV does not skimp on looks, a fun-to-drive attitude, or most importantly, modern connectivity tech like Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™. The user-friendly infotainment system will help keep you connected and entertained. The choice of bold exterior colors will garner appreciative glances and allows you a chance to highlight your personal style.

“We angled out list toward those cars that have a low price but still offer style and fun,” said Brian Moody, Autotrader’s executive editor. “The Hyundai Kona highlights that spirit perfectly. The Kona is one of those things in life that looks more expensive than its actual price.”

The 2020 Hyundai Kona boasts a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price of $20,300.* You can save even more if you seek out a pre-owned Kona.

Whether you want a new or pre-owned Hyundai Kona, you will find an option to fit your needs and budget at Tipton Hyundai in Brownsville, Texas.

*MSRP excludes freight charges, tax, title, and license fees. Freight charges and actual dealer prices may vary. Vehicles displayed may contain optional equipment at additional cost. Accessory items shown may vary according to model and illustration.

Hyundai Rolls Out Clean Assurance Guidelines

It’s no secret that the automotive industry is taking steps to adjust to the COVID-19 pandemic. As more and more show floors begin to reopen for business, Hyundai announced a new initiative called Clean Assurance, which is a set of guidelines that dealerships across the United States are required to follow to keep customers safe and healthy.

Clean Assurance is a combination of CDC-recommended social-distancing practices as well as strict cleaning procedures for employees. In order to ensure that every dealership is well-stocked with disinfectants, Hyundai partnered with Bioesque Solutions, a business that produces professional cleaning products. Alongside this, employees will receive detailed instructions on what to clean, how often, and with which cleaners.

In regards to the program, Barry Ratzlaff, Hyundai Motor America’s chief customer officer, said, “Hyundai Assurance is built on the foundation of America’s Best Warranty and represents the guiding principle behind everything we do. We want our customers and owners to know that we are reinforcing our commitment to prioritize their health in this new retail and service environment. It’s been a collaborative effort with our dealer body to develop training materials, guidelines, and digital and remote services.”

To learn more about how everyone in the Hyundai family is keeping your health and safety at the forefront of our operation, don’t hesitate to give us a call at Tipton Hyundai.

2020 Hyundai Palisade Earns NHTSA 5-Star Safety Rating

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, or NHTSA, has awarded the 2020 Hyundai Palisade with a 5-star safety rating. This further affirms the automaker’s commitment towards building cars that provide families with the best possible driver-assist functions, safety features, and structural integrity.

The 2020 Hyundai Palisade received the NHTSA’s highest overall safety score in both FWD and AWD configurations. It also received the highest scores in both frontal and side crash testing.

Seven standard airbags line the three-row family SUV, two of which are full-length side-curtain bags to ensure the safety of third-row passengers.

The 2020 Palisade also received high praise from the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety, which named it a 2020 Top Safety Pick for vehicles with available LED headlights.

A wide assortment of safety features help make the 2020 Palisade the safest three-row SUV on the market. Forward-Collision Avoidance with Pedestrian Detection prevents frontal collisions and Driver Attention Warning alerts you if your driving indicates fatigue or inattentiveness.

The advanced safety features offered in the 2020 Hyundai Palisade come on top of the 5-star crash test rating, meaning that even if you don’t opt for them, you’ll be driving in one of the safest vehicles available.

If you want to experience the peace of mind offered by the 2020 Palisade, schedule a test drive at Tipton Hyundai in Brownsville, Texas, today.

Picking the Right Child Seat for Your Hyundai Crossover or SUV

Traveling with kids is hardly the same experience twice. One day they can be calm and content to watch the world go by. Other days, the journey bores them or makes them cry, fidget or at worst, scream. Although you can’t control their emotional state while you’re on the road, you can help keep them safe by picking the right child seat for your Hyundai crossover or SUV.

The first step in choosing the right car seat for your child is abiding by guidelines from safety experts such as the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The age and weight of your child will determine when he or she is ready to move from a rear-facing car seat to a forward-facing car seat. Or when a booster seat is no longer needed, and he or she can safely ride with just a fastened seatbelt.

To support your efforts in choosing the right car seat, Hyundai creates vehicles that boast high safety ratings and advanced safety systems and features.

Hyundai Santa Fe and Tucson

Both the family-friendly Santa Fe and Tucson earned Top Safety Pick Ratings from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.* The NHTSA gave both models a 5-Star Overall Safety rating.

Hyundai vehicles feature the Hyundai SmartSense suite of driver assist technologies. This advanced tech is designed to alert you to dangers, help avoid or mitigate an accident, illuminate your path and keep you safely in your lane.

We at Tipton Hyundai in Brownsville, Texas, care about your family’s safety. Contact us to learn more about the family-friendly Hyundai Santa Fe and Hyundai Tucson.

*2020 Hyundai Santa Fe is an IIHS Top Safety Pick when equipped with specific headlights. 2020 Hyundai Tucson is an IIHS Top Safety Pick when equipped with optional front crash prevention and specific headlights.