New Hyundai Santa Fe XRT Trim is Rugged

Hyundai Santa Fe | Brownsville, TX

The 2022 Hyundai Santa Fe is getting a new trim level called XRT that gives the SUV a new, bold appearance that looks right at home both on and off the road.

Based on the Santa Fe SEL with the Convenience package, the Santa Fe XRT trim is available on models powered by the 191-horsepower, 2.5-liter gasoline engine and is offered with or without the HTRAC® all-wheel-drive system.

The Santa Fe XRT is targeting outdoor enthusiasts and off-road adventurers by adding dark silver front and rear skid plates that protect the SUV, black roof side rails and cross rails that make it easier to carry outdoor gear and sporting equipment, and side steps that make it easier to get into the vehicle — or wipe your shoes after a muddy hike.

It also has several XRT-exclusive visual enhancements including a matte-black grille, 18-inch dark alloy wheels, black moldings for the door sides and lower bumpers, and black mirror covers. Though it’s intended to be driven off the asphalt, the Santa Fe XRT’s classy appearance enables it to fit in wherever it goes.

The 2022 Hyundai Santa Fe XRT has already begun arriving at dealerships across the United States. Visit Tipton Hyundai in Brownsville, Texas, for a closer look at what could be your next ride.

What to Look for in a Used Vehicle

Whether you’re a first-time car buyer or you’ve been burned in the past by being uninformed, you’re likely curious to know what things you should look out for when you buy a used vehicle. Tipton Hyundai in Brownsville, Texas, has put together a list of what you should pay attention to during your next test drive.

  1. Look for Leaks: When you buy a vehicle from a private party, it’s almost impossible to tell what the seller’s true intentions are behind getting rid of their vehicle. If you suspect they’re trying to offload a lemon, look under the vehicle for signs of leaks. Puddles of black, yellow, pink, or green fluid under the vehicle could be a sign something is wrong under the hood.
  • Don’t Skip the Test Drive: Even if you’ve taken a test drive of every Hyundai Elantra in Brownsville, Texas, you should still test drive every car you’re thinking about buying. Take note of any odd noises, dashboard warning lights, or brake issues.
  • Do Research: Many tools exist for buyers in the market for a pre-owned vehicle. You can look up recalls or common problems online before narrowing down which model you want, and you can also view a vehicle history report for a pre-owned vehicle purchased from Tipton Hyundai for a more detailed look at a specific vehicle.

If you’d rather skip the stress, you can visit Tipton Hyundai’s pre-owned lot to browse a carefully selected assortment of high-quality cars and SUVs.

2021 Hyundai Elantra, Venue Pick Up KBB 5-Year Cost to Own Awards

2021 Hyundai Elantra, Venue Pick Up KBB 5-Year Cost to Own Awards | Brownsville, TX

When you’re looking to get a lot of bang for your buck and you find yourself shopping at Tipton Hyundai, you’re already on the right track. If you need more proof, it’s worth pointing out that two of the most popular vehicles in the Hyundai lineup — the Venue subcompact SUV and Elantra compact sedan — picked up 2021 5-Year Cost to Own Awards from the experts at Kelley Blue Book.

The 2021 Hyundai Venue earned the KBB 5-Year Cost to Own Award among subcompact SUVs, earning praise not just for its affordable starting price but its value down the line. This marks the second year in a row that the Venue has won top honors from KBB.com for having the lowest ownership cost over the first five years, clocking in at $6,838 more affordable than the segment average.

No stranger to awards, the 2021 North American Car of the Year Award™-winning Hyundai Elantra scores another big win. The all-new Elantra won among compact cars for, as KBB.com’s Andy Bornhop demonstrates, a wide variety of reasons. He includes resale value, fuel economy, and America’s Best Warranty as key reasons for the Elantra picking up the victory.

If you’re in the market for a new vehicle, you won’t get better value for your hard-earned money than you get from Hyundai. Whether it’s the KBB award-winning 2021 Hyundai Venue and Elantra, the all-new Tucson, or the upcoming 2022 Santa Cruz, you’ll find it for less right here at Tipton Hyundai in Brownsville, Texas.

Hyundai Ioniq Named Best Hybrid Car and Best Plug-In Hybrid

Hyundai earned recognition on U.S. News & World Report’s list of the “Best Hybrid, Plug-in, and Electric Cars of 2021.” Not only did the 2021 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid earn the title of Best Hybrid Car on the list, but the 2021 Hyundai Ioniq Plug-in Hybrid took home the Best Plug-In Hybrid title, too.

U.S. News appreciates the Ioniq Hybrid for being one of the most budget-friendly models in its segment. The car also gets up to 60 mpg on the highway and 58 mpg in the city, so you can save money on fuel as well.* On the inside, it incorporates environmentally friendly materials, like recycled plastics and bio-fabrics. Plus, plenty of space in each row and the trunk means everyone can be comfortable and fit their gear inside the car.

The Ioniq Plug-in Hybrid has much in common with its hybrid counterpart, including eco-friendly features and an advanced infotainment system. This car is also impressively fuel-efficient, reaching 52 mpg combined and 119 MPGe combined.** And, running solely on electric power, it has a range of 29 miles, which is perfect for running errands.** U.S. News recommends the Ioniq Plug-in Hybrid if you want an efficient and affordable car.

If you’re interested in getting behind the wheel of a well-rounded, green Hyundai model, schedule a test drive at Tipton Hyundai in Brownsville, Texas.

*2021 IONIQ Hybrid Blue: 58 City/60 Hwy/59 Combined MPG. 2021 IONIQ Hybrid SE/SEL/Limited: 54 City/56 Hwy/55 Combined MPG.  Most fuel-efficient hybrid in America claim based on EPA-estimated combined MPG. Comparison excludes plug-in hybrids and electric vehicles. All figures are EPA estimates and for comparison only. Actual mileage will vary with options, driving conditions and habits, vehicle and battery’s condition and other factors.

**2021 IONIQ Plug-in Hybrid. 29-mile All-Electric Range based on a fully charged battery pack and 119 combined MPGe. MPGe is the EPA-equivalent measure of gasoline fuel efficiency for electric-mode operation. 52 Combined MPG (gas). 620-mile total range based on a fully charged battery and a full tank of gas. All figures are EPA estimates and for comparison purposes only. Actual range and mileage will vary with options, driving conditions and habits, vehicle and battery’s condition and other factors.

Get to Know the 2022 Hyundai Tucson Plug-In Hybrid

When you thought about plug-in hybrids in the past, your mind might have filled with images of smaller sedans. Upgrade your brain, because the recently revealed 2022 Hyundai Tucson Plug-In Hybrid is ready to offer you a greener driving option with true SUV versatility.

The Tucson PHEV gives you the option to fill up your tank at the pump or plug into a charger to prepare for the day ahead. Its electric motor works together with a 13.8-kilowatt battery that charges in under two hours when you use the onboard plug. When paired with its 1.6-liter turbo gas engine, the powertrain is expected to deliver 261 horsepower, an estimated efficiency of 70 MPGe, and an all-electric driving range of about 32 miles.*

This powerful green partnership means that the Tucson PHEV SUV can tow up to 2,000 pounds when properly equipped, making it ideal for those weekend getaways. But the PHEV isn’t the only green option in the Tucson line. You can get a standard hybrid model for the 2022 model year, too.

You’ll have to wait until sometime this summer to see the 2022 Hyundai Tucson PHEV in person. Contact us at Tipton Hyundai in Brownsville, Texas, to learn more about this vehicle’s details and when preorders will open.

*EPA estimated. Actual mileage may vary.

7 Models at Tipton Hyundai Named Car and Driver Editors’ Choices

We’re proud of the vehicles we sell at Tipton Hyundai, and we aren’t the only ones who recognize the greatness of the Hyundai brand. Recently, Car and Driver magazine released its annual list of favorite vehicles, and seven Hyundai models made the cut. Here’s a quick look at the stellar models that made the 2021 Car and Driver Editors’ Choice List — all of which are available at our dealership in Brownsville, Texas.

First up was the Hyundai Accent, which impressed the judges with its stylish interior and mature design. Next was the Hyundai Elantra, which was recognized for its striking exterior and exciting N Line trim level. The Hyundai Sonata’s features and fuel economy gave it a high spot on the list, and the Hyundai Veloster N stood out for its hatchback design and turbo-powered performance.

The subcompact Hyundai Kona was praised for its “cheeky design” and turbo engine, and its all-electric cousin, the Hyundai Kona Electric, was applauded for its range.

Last but not least, the Hyundai Palisade earned a spot on the 2021 Car and Driver Editor’s Choice List for its spacious interior, segment-leading features, and classy trim levels.

If you’re interested in owning any of these quality family vehicles in Brownsville, Texas, visit Tipton Hyundai or browse our affordable inventory of new and used Hyundai models online.  

New Hyundai Elantra Wins 2021 North American Car of the Year

North American Car of the Year is one of the industry’s most prestigious awards, and this year’s title belongs to the all-new 2021 Hyundai Elantra — available now at Tipton Hyundai in Brownsville, Texas.

More than 50 U.S. and Canadian auto journalists convene each year to decide the winner. The 2021 Elantra captured the hearts of this jury with its striking redesign, innovative tech features, and new hybrid and sport-inspired trims.

The Elantra’s bold new design stands out with a longer, lower, and wider build that incorporates curved lines, geometric shapes, and a sleek four-door coupe layout.

New for 2021, the Elantra debuts segment-first technologies like Hyundai Digital Key and wireless smartphone integration via Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay®. Other key tech features include a new available 8-inch touch screen and a bigger selection of standard SmartSense® safety features.

The Elantra lineup also gains a pair of exciting new options for 2021. The Elantra Hybrid achieves more than 50 mpg* to go with its responsive performance and advanced technologies. The Elantra N Line boasts a 201-horsepower turbo engine, sportier styling, and fun-to-drive tuning.

Want to learn more? You can explore the revamped, award-winning 2021 Elantra lineup for yourself when you visit us here at Tipton Hyundai.

*2021 Elantra Hybrid 50+ Combined MPG. Estimated MPG and driving range is based on internal testing with anticipated EPA certification pending. Estimated MPG is for comparison purposes only. Your actual mileage will vary with options, driving conditions and habits, vehicle and battery’s condition and other factors.

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.