2022 Hyundai Santa Fe Wins Family-Friendly TOP SAFETY PICK+ Rating

2022 Hyundai Santa Fe Wins Family-Friendly TOP SAFETY PICK+ Rating | Brownsville, TX

Nothing is more important than safety when you’re choosing a new vehicle for your loved ones in Brownsville, Texas. Here at Tipton Hyundai, one of our favorite family SUVs is the 2022 Hyundai Santa Fe, which just won a prestigious TOP SAFETY PICK+ award from the IIHS.

To win a TSP+ rating, the Santa Fe had to ace six tough crash tests to prove that it can protect your family. Another award requirement: exceptional front crash prevention, which the Santa Fe provides in the form of standard Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist with Pedestrian, Cyclist, and Junction Turning Detection. Finally, all TSP+ vehicles must be equipped with headlights that effectively illuminate the road ahead without causing too much glare.

All Santa Fe models built after July 2021 meet these stringent IIHS standards. But there’s more: The Santa Fe boasts a wide range of other safety technologies to make your family’s trips even safer.

For example, all Santa Fe models come standard with Rear Occupant Alert so you’ll never have to worry about leaving anyone behind. And you can opt for a Surround View Monitor to help you maneuver safely in driveways and any other places where you might encounter hard-to-spot little ones.

The Santa Fe also offers Lane Keeping and Lane Following Assist, Smart Cruise Control, and available Blind-Spot Collision-Avoidance Assist to reduce stress on long trips and help you navigate traffic safely.

In addition to all these safety features, the Santa Fe welcomes your family with roomy seats, versatile cargo space, and infotainment tech to keep everyone entertained.

To learn more about how the 2022 Hyundai Santa Fe is a perfect match for your family’s needs, visit us here at Tipton Hyundai in Brownsville.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!