Why Trucks Are Now the Perfect Family Vehicle

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Pickup trucks historically have been all about power and towing, with little to note in the interior and no room for extra passengers. But in the last few decades, that has changed dramatically, as pickup trucks have become comfortable and spacious, leading the industry in certain safety innovations. Here’s why trucks are now the perfect family vehicle.

  • Spacious second rows: Trucks now typically offer extended or crew cab versions that have second rows that are as spacious or even more spacious than the second rows of SUVs and sedans. This means you can fit a family of five safely and comfortably in pickup trucks.
  • Innovative tech: Trucks also include innovative tech that the whole family will love, from advanced infotainment systems with smartphone compatibility to state-of-the-art audio systems to active safety features that help prevent accidents from happening.
  • Towing prowess: Family vacations to the beach, mountains, or lake are all better when you can bring along your favorite toys, whether that’s your kayaks, boat, bike, trailer, jet skis, or snowmobiles. No matter what you need to haul, pickup trucks have the space and towing power to do so.
  • Versatility: Trucks are great when moving furniture, whether it’s adding a new bedroom for a new kid, designing a new home office, taking your first kid to college, or moving into a bigger home.

Hyundai of Longview has a great selection of pre-owned pickup trucks at unbeatable prices. Pay us a visit and see which models can work for your family.

Hyundai’s Pickup Truck Is Coming Soon: What We Know So Far


Hyundai is working on expanding its lineup. Currently, pickup trucks are some of the most popular vehicles in the United States, which is something the brand wants to tap into. Now, we have learned that Hyundai’s pickup truck, which will be called the Santa Cruz, will reach the U.S. Market in 2020 or early 2021.

Hyundai showed off its Santa Cruz Concept back in 2015 at the North American International Auto Show. It was set for production with an original release date of late 2018. However, after some personnel changes, the release date was pushed back to 2020.

The new truck will target what Hyundai calls “urban adventurers”: those who don’t need a full-size truck for daily work purposes but want something more capable, compact, and fashionable than a large SUV.

The new Hyundai truck is poised to capture a part of the ever-growing pickup market here in the United States. However, because of its smaller size, it will offer hopeful truck owners a more affordable way to get there. In addition, it could have unique features like the bed extender option that was part of the original concept. Hyundai has not released any specifics about the features or capabilities of the future production model, though, but we at Hyundai of Longview are eagerly awaiting the release of official details.

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Sneak Peek at the 2019 Hyundai Lineup

Hyundai Santa Fe

Change is on the horizon for some of the vehicles in the Hyundai lineup. Here’s a preview of what we can look forward to for 2019.


Updated 2019 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid


The Hyundai Ioniq is available as a hybrid, a plug-in hybrid, or a fully electric vehicle. This model year will bring standard automatic emergency braking to the affordable Hybrid SEL trim, as well as new and improved voice recognition technology.


Updated 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe


The 2019 Sante Fe takes the place of the Santa Fe Sport, which means that the new Santa Fe has two rows with seating for five people. A redesigned exterior with standard LED headlamps brings added visibility to the driver. The old full-size Santa Fe will now be called the Santa Fe XL.


2019 Hyundai Elantra Enters 6th Model Year


The new 2019 Hyundai Elantra boasts major changes to its exterior design, starting with the front end. Triangular headlights and LED projectors make a bold first impression. An updated rear bumper and three wheel options also make a major impact on the new look. The interior also receives updates, including a new infotainment system, making this compact car a compelling option.


Whether you’re interested in a new, redesigned Hyundai model or a previously owned used Hyundai, you can find a wide selection here at Hyundai of Longview.

What Are the Longest-Lasting Trucks?

Toyota Tacoma

If you’re planning on buying a previously owned pickup truck, you have plenty of good options on the market and at Hyundai of Longview. Still, you’ll want to choose wisely and find a truck that’s sure to stand the test of time.


A study by iSeeCars, an automotive data company, recently determined which vehicles are most likely to make it to 200,000 miles and beyond. According to the study, here are the longest-lasting trucks.


Toyota Tacoma


Toyota’s mid-size truck debuted in 1995 and has been produced and assembled in the United States since its introduction. The Toyota Tacoma is known to be a hard worker and a durable pickup. According to the study by iSeeCars, 2.6% of the used Tacomas on sale in 2017 had over 200,000 miles on them. That’s an impressive number!


Toyota Tundra


Toyota’s full-size truck is almost as long-lasting as the Tacoma, with slightly more than 2% of used Tundras for sale in 2017 showing more than 200,000 miles on the odometer.


Honda Ridgeline


The Honda Ridgeline has served as a smart option for folks who want a pickup that is versatile and efficient in its offerings. Over the years, it has brought unique amenities to the pickup truck segment, and has proven to be as long-lasting as the Toyota Tundra, with a similar number of models reaching 200,000 miles.


Chevrolet Silverado 1500


The iconic, hard-working Silverado 1500 was tied with the Toyota Tundra and the Honda Ridgeline, showing a similar number of units in 2017 exceeding 200,000 miles on the odometer. This durable pickup is as long-lasting as it is hard-working.


If you want a reliable pickup truck from a reliable dealership, check out all of the pre-owned models we have on our lot at Hyundai of Longview. You’re sure to find one that matches your work and budget needs.

Buying the Right Car in Longview, Texas

Hyundai Veloster

Buying the right car for your lifestyle can be a daunting task. Making sure the model you’re interested in has all the right technologies and plenty of interior space, not to mention comfort, is a lengthy list of necessities to fulfill.

Once you’ve found the right car, getting financing can be even more intimidating. At Hyundai of Longview, our slogan “You pick it out, we’ll work it out” rings true for all customers.

Getting the perfect car to handle everything the future holds doesn’t have to be a challenge if you shop at Hyundai of Longview. There’s a wonderful selection of new and used vehicles here.

Once you’ve picked out the right model, Hyundai of Longview is ready to help you find a financing plan that works for your budget. The financial experts at Hyundai of Longview will work their magic with lenders to get you the best available financing.

At Hyundai of Longview, customers aren’t walked through a revolving door. From the first time you step foot into our dealership to when you drive off the lot, our staff will work with you to make sure you’re comfortable every step of the way. If you’d like to talk with any of our helpful sales or financing specialists, please give us a call.

Best Places to Take Your Truck in the Longview Area


Tyler State Park

It’s the perfect time of year to get out there and enjoy the versatility of your pickup. If you’re in the Longview neighborhood—including Marshall, Tyler, and Henderson—you’ll find no shortage of great places to take your truck. Learn more about our favorite places to take your truck in the Longview area.


Tyler State Park


Camping, hiking, mountain biking, and scenic driving—Tyler State Park is a great location to get the most out of your pickup in eastern Texas. Just a short drive outside of Longview, this park is the perfect excuse to load up your truck with all of your gear and supplies and get away for a weekend.


Lake Palestine


Lake Palestine offers some of the best fishing in East Texas, and the beautiful surroundings certainly don’t hurt either. If you’re looking for an excellent location for all of your favorite water sports, Lake Palestine should definitely be on your list.


Jim Hogg Park


Located on the northern side of Georgetown Lake, Jim Hogg Park offers plenty for outdoor-enthusiasts to enjoy, including hunting, fishing, camping, and hiking. If you’re in the Longview area and are in search of something to do with friends or family this summer, this spot is for you.


Wherever in the Longview area you’re headed, taking a ride in a truck from Hyundai of Longview is the way to travel.

2018 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid’s Value Has Increased

Hyundai Sonata

Hyundai has always been known for offering top-notch value in its vehicles. Now, the 2018 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid’s value has increase for the new year with the addition of some new standard features – and a $500 starting price reduction.

For the 2018 model year, you will notice a few changes to the Sonata Hybrid. Blind Spot Detection with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert now comes standard, while other features like Forward Collision Warning with Automatic Emergency Braking and Lane Departure Warning with Lane Keep Assist are now available.

Other available features include additional USB charging ports, wireless charging, a heated steering wheel, and bi-function LED headlights. The Limited trim also now comes with a panoramic sunroof.

One of the most notable changes, though – beyond the hybrid’s value – is its redesign. Its front fascia has new sheet metal that has allowed the Sonata Hybrid to incorporate the new Hyundai signature cascading grille, while the rear end now mirrors a sleeker, more coupe-like silhouette. The alloy wheels have also been redesigned, along with its distinctive head- and taillights.

Inside, an updated center stack and instrument cluster is more modern, while the steering wheel has a sportier look thanks to its three-spoke, leather-wrapped design.

The 2018 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid is now available at dealerships across the nation, including Hyundai of Longview.

2019 Hyundai Kona Electric Electrifies New York Auto Show

In the automotive world, you typically don’t find a combination of a rugged vehicle ready for an active lifestyle and a vehicle that is eco-friendly – until now. Last month, Hyundai introduced the all-new 2019 Hyundai Kona Electric, a brand-new electric crossover that can serve as a vehicle for adventures.

Similar to the current gasoline-powered model, the Kona Electric puts out a sculpted, athletic look. Its front fascia has changed, though, with a closed grille that hints at the model’s eco-friendly powertrain. This powertrain will allow the Kona Electric to receive a segment-leading 250-mile estimated range, while putting out 201 horsepower and 291 lb-ft of torque.

With this type of range and power, this eco-friendly crossover will appeal to those consumers who are both active and eco-conscious. “Our new Kona Electric crossover is a stylish and efficient compact CUV, tailored to the needs of customers who pursue eco-focused active lifestyles requiring generous range,” explained Mike O’Brien, vice president of Product, Corporate, and Digital Planning for Hyundai Motor America.

Consumers will also find that each model comes standard with a floating touchscreen, which gives you access to Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™, and Hyundai’s Smart Sense suite of safety technologies.2019 Hyundai Kona Electric

The 2019 Kona Electric is not yet available, but here at Hyundai of Longview, we can’t wait to see it in person!

Car and Driver’s Editor’s Choice Awards Given to Two Hyundai Models

Car and Driver magazine is considered one of the most trusted names in automotive journalism, which is why it comes as a great honor that not one, but two Hyundai models have been named Car and Driver’s Editor’s Choice award winners.


Both the 2018 Hyundai Ioniq and the 2018 Hyundai Accent earned the honor in the Hybrid and Subcompact categories respectively, and can both be found at Hyundai of Longview. They were both recognized for their own unique


characteristics. The Ioniq was honored thanks to its three eco-friendly powertrain options: electric, hybrid, and plug-in hybrid. These options, combined with the car’s fun-to-drive experience, helped it stand out.

Car and Driver's Editor's Choice award -- 2018 Hyundai Accent


Meanwhile, the Accent was lauded for its combination of stylish design, fuel efficiency, and snazzy redesigned interior. Each of the two vehicles has Hyundai’s dynamic design elements, along with available driver assistance features and infotainment connectivity that will provide any customer with a top-notch driving and ownership experience.

Car and Driver's Editor's Choice award -- 2018 Hyundai Ioniq

Car and Driver selects the winners of the Editor’s Choice awards after a rigorous testing process. Hundreds of vehicles were tested to highlight the top choices in each class. The vehicles were evaluated on a number of criteria, including the results of the magazine’s Buyer’s Guide in-depth testing, track performance, and value.


Come test drive the 2018 Hyundai Ioniq and 2018 Hyundai Accent at Hyundai of Longview and see for yourself why they impressed Car and Driver magazine.

Hyundai Joins with FCA to Advance Hydrogen Engine Technology

We have learned that Hyundai and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles will be working together to make advancements in hydrogen engine technology. Vehicles powered by hydrogen are usually referred to as fuel-cell vehicles and Hyundai currently sells the Tucson Fuel Cell.

Late last year, at a press conference at the Alfa Romeo Museum, FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne stated, “There is the potential of a technical partnership with Hyundai, which already supplies some components and transmissions for the U.S. Let’s see if we find a deal to develop transmissions and hydrogen.”

At Hyundai of Longview, we think car companies working together is a great idea. Sharing ideas and innovations is one of the best ways to advance technology in our industry. And, focusing on hydrogen fuel cells can help make our world a cleaner place to live in.

Fuel cell vehicles are similar to regular cars in that they have an engine and require fuel. However, hydrogen is a much cleaner energy source as it only emits water vapor. In addition, it is one of the most abundant resources on our planet. A couple downsides to hydrogen fuel cell vehicles are the lack of refueling stations and the cost of the technology.

Thanks to the new partnership between Hyundai and FCA, the green future of mobility will come even sooner.hydrogen engine technology