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.

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.

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.

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.