Price Range (MSRP): $16,000 (Accent) to $31,695 (Santa Fe)
Hyundai is a South Korean automaker that has built a reputation on affordable vehicles with big value. For 2017, Hyundai has chosen to split-off its Genesis brand into a new luxury automotive division.
Hyundai’s smallest offering, the subcompact Accent, comes as a 4-door sedan or a 5-door hatchback. It has an excellent EPA-estimated fuel economy rating of 27/38 mpg city/highway. While all models have the same 137-hp, 1.6-liter 4-cylinder engine mated to a 6-speed manual or automatic transmission, only the hatchback gets the top-end Sport trim.
The Elantra compact sedan has been redesigned with a new standard 147-hp, 2.0-liter 4-cylinder mated to either a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic. The Eco model is powered by a new 1.4-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder and a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic. Fuel economy for the Elantra Eco is an EPA 32/40 mpg city/highway. The Elantra GT is the sporty hatchback version the regular Elantra.
The uniquely styled, sporty Veloster is a 3-door hatchback that has one door on the driver’s side but two on the passenger side for easier entry. The Veloster seats four passengers and will get you up to 40 mpg on the highway. There are also Turbo and Turbo R-Spec models for those looking to get more performance for their dollar.
The Sonata is a mid-size family sedan that seat 5 passengers. A more fuel efficient Sonata Hybrid version is also available. Both models gain additional available safety features, including automatic emergency breaking, lane change assist, and rear cross-traffic alert.
With the Genesis sedan moving onto greener pastures, the Azera takes the mantle as Hyundai’s flagship sedan. The Azera offers even more legroom and interior comfort, while also pouring in standard features like heated front and rear seats and a integrated navigation system with a backup camera. It is powered by a standard 293-hp 3.3-liter V-6 paired to a 6-speed automatic.
A trio of crossover SUVs rounds out Hyundai’s lineup. First up is the compact Tucson which comes with seating for five and optional all-wheel drive. The Tucson gets fuel economy for a compact SUV at up to 23/29 mpg city/highway and is also rather stylish.
Hyundai also offers two variants of the midsize Santa Fe: the five-seat Santa Fe Sport and the larger Santa Fe that seats up to 7-passengers across 3 rows. The Santa Fe Sport, as its name would suggest, is the smaller and more nimble of the two. It weighs 266 pounds less than its larger counterpart, which improves both driving dynamics and fuel economy.