Tips for Summer Car Maintenance

With its changing weather, rise in temperature, and increase in drivers on the road, summertime in Texas can be especially brutal on your vehicle. This makes performing a little summer car maintenance essential. From checking tires to topping off fluids, here are a few tips to help you get your vehicle ready for summer.

Once the temperatures start to rise, check the tires. Air pressure increases 1 psi for every 10-degree rise in exterior temperature, which means your tires probably won’t be properly inflated if you haven’t checked them in a while. Proper inflation extends the life of the tires by helping you to avoid excess wear and tear, and it can even improve fuel economy.

Check the oil, hoses, and belts. Oil keeps the engine lubricated and running smoothly, so make sure it’s full. Also watch hoses for any leaking or loose connections, and make sure that the belts are all at a proper tension. You can also visually inspect belts and hoses for cracking and wear. Coolant is especially important in the summer, so if you notice the reservoir is low, see a professional as soon as possible.

You should also have a professional at our service center do an air-conditioning pressure check. If you haven’t had the system recharged in a while, doing so before it gets too hot would be a wise choice. It’s never fun being stuck on a Texas highway without air conditioning, especially in the peak of summer.

Be sure to visit us at Tipton Hyundai for essential summer maintenance on your vehicle!

2020 Hyundai Awards Proving Safety and Value

Hyundai is one of the most awarded vehicle brands in the auto industry, with a consistent history of customer loyalty and vehicle reliability. Here are just a few of the awards the 2020 Hyundai lineup has won so far.

#1 Brand Keys Customer Loyalty Engagement Index

For the11th year in a row, the Brand Keys Customer Loyalty and Engagement Index found that Hyundai inspires the greatest customer loyalty in the auto industry. For over a decade, Hyundai customers have been most likely to buy another Hyundai vehicle rather than switch brands.

IIHS Top Safety Picks

A whopping nine 2020 Hyundai vehicles were named IIHS Top Safety Picks, and the 2020 NEXO was even given the highest possible designation of Top Safety Pick+. To be named a Top Safety Pick, vehicles must earn superior crash test ratings across the board.

5-Year Cost to Own Awards

The 2020 Elantra, Santa Fe, and Venue all won their categories in the Kelley Blue Book 5-Year Cost to Own Awards, which measure cost of ownership over the first five years, including insurance costs, maintenance and repairs, fuel, and depreciation. KBB also named the Hyundai Kona and Kona Electric the Best Buy for the Subcompact SUV and Electric segments.

MotorWeek Driver’s Choice

In its annual Driver’s Choice Awards, MotorWeek awarded the 2020 Sonata the title of Best Family Sedan, and the Hyundai Palisade was named the Best Large Utility Vehicle. These awards are all about finding the vehicles that drivers want to own, not just the flashiest ones.

Experience Hyundai’s award-winning 2020 lineup when you schedule a test drive at Tipton Hyundai today.

Finding the Perfect Retirement Car

While we might love our jobs, retirement is still something we look forward to. One thing that many people do once reaching retirement is to buy a new car. If you have reached that milestone point in your life, here are a few things to consider when looking for the perfect retirement car.

Time to downsize

Now that your kids have all grown up and moved out on their own , you can consider downsizing to something that is a better fit for your lifestyle, like the redesigned 2020 Hyundai Sonata sedan. You will still have room for passengers and enough cargo space for some well-earned retirement adventures.

Get something comfortable

After years of working hard, you can finally focus on comfort. Look for premium seating options, such as leather seats with power adjustments. Heated and cooled seats provide year-round comfort, and are available features in the Sonata.

Make safety a priority

As our bodies age, they become more susceptible to injuries. Keep yourself safe in a vehicle equipped with advanced driver safety aids. The 2020 Sonata comes fully equipped with features like adaptive cruise control, lane centering technology, and automatic emergency braking.

We here at Tipton Hyundai wish you a fulfilling retirement. Browse our online inventory and find a 2020 Sonata that’s right for your retirement.

2020 Hyundai Sonata Updates Increase Style and Value

For the 2020 model year, Hyundai set out to completely redesign the Sonata into a striking, fun-to-drive sedan with luxurious touches that would make higher-priced sedans blush. The all-new Sonata is stylish, affordable, and capable.

Style

The all-new Sonata was formed inside and out to be a joy to look at. The curvaceous exterior updates are a preview of the ergonomically designed interior. The dashboard is adorned with an available 10.3-inch infotainment touchscreen that makes controlling the sedan’s settings a walk in the park, while four simple buttons appear in lieu of a shifter to streamline the driving experience.

Value

The 2020 Sonata looks and drives like it belongs in the high-end luxury class, but is predicted to be just as affordable as the rest of Hyundai’s lineup. Premium safety and convenience features like key fob-controlled backup for ease of entry and exit when parking boost the Sonata’s value.

Capable

The Sonata’s 1.6-liter engine is estimated to reach 60 mph in 7.3 seconds and offers 180 horsepower. The Sonata delivers 195 lb-ft of torque, and features an automatic eight-speed transmission.

The all-new 2020 Hyundai Sonata is now available at Tipton Hyundai. Contact our sales team if you’re interested in setting up a test drive as soon as the new Sonata rolls on the lot.

How Hyundai Plans to Make Hydrogen Fuel Cell Technology More Popular

As the world moves toward more sustainable energy practices, many automakers are turning to alternative energy options. While Hyundai does offer electric and hybrid powertrains, it is also working on fuel cell technology. Recently, Hyundai signed a memorandum of understanding with Cummins to work on fuel cell technology together.

Under this agreement, the two companies will focus on the North American market and will incorporate Cummins electric power trains and battery systems with Hyundai fuel cell technology. With this cooperation, the two companies hope to broaden the hydrogen fuel cell market.

Hydrogen fuel cell technology has a few benefits over electric cars. For one, they usually have a further range. Another benefit is that they refuel much faster than it takes to recharge an electric battery. The one downside is the limited infrastructure in hydrogen refueling stations — which could change if fuel cell vehicles become popular enough.

The current Hyundai lineup includes versatile alternative energy models like the Ioniq, which is available as a hybrid, a plug-in hybrid, and a solely electric car. The Hyundai Kona now has an electric version, while the Nexo is only available with a hydrogen fuel cell technology. If you are looking for a more traditional Hyundai model, the Sonata is available as either a hybrid or a plug-in hybrid, in addition to the standard gasoline engine.

Check out the many alternative-fueled Hyundai models at Tipton Hyundai and see why it’s a good idea to go green.

The Enhanced Safety Features of the 2020 Hyundai Santa Fe

The all-new 2020 Hyundai Santa Fe retains its bold style and advanced technology for the new model year. However, the SUV has also received some major improvements, including repackaged equipment and enhanced safety features.

The 2020 Santa Fe has two powertrain options, each paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. The more powerful of the two is a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, which achieves 235 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque.

Keeping you connected on the road, the Santa Fe offers the available AVN 5.0 navigation system, which has Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay® compatibilities. Plus, the available Infinity® stereo system is equipped with 12 speakers and 630 watts of power, creating incredible sound quality for listening to all your favorite songs.

Best of all are the new safety features on the 2020 Santa Fe. The new Blind-View Monitor works with the available Blind-Spot Collision Avoidance Assist to help you stay aware of vehicles beside you. Meanwhile, Rear Occupant Alert will help you remember when there are people or pets in the back seat.

Our team at Tipton Hyundai is impressed by the new features on the 2020 Hyundai Santa Fe. Try out the features for yourself when you take this SUV for a test drive.

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

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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.