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.
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.
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 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.
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 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.
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.
If you are tired of failing each year on your personal resolutions, it is time to try something new. This year, make some New Year’s resolutions for your car and take care of your faithful steed.
- Read your owner’s manual. Spend some time reading through your vehicle’s owner’s manual. You may learn a few things about your car and you can read up on your car’s maintenance schedule.
- Get your car back on schedule. If you have fallen behind on your car’s maintenance, get back on track with a thorough inspection and tune-up.
- Check your tires. Make inspecting your tires a monthly habit. You should look for signs of wear, check the tread depth, and check the tire pressure.
- Change your fluids. Check your vehicle’s fluids, especially the oil, transmission, brake, and power steering fluids. Make sure they are clean and at the proper level.
- Get new windshield wipers. You should replace your windshield wipers every six to 12 months.
- Wash your car. Another monthly habit you should have is washing your car. By routinely cleaning off all the dirt and grime off your car, you can prolong the life of your paint.
If you want some helping getting your car ready for the New Year, schedule your next service appointment here at Hyundai of Longview.
Texas may not see ice and snow very often in winter, but when it does, it can be disastrous. Since many Texans aren’t exposed to the winter elements, they often aren’t prepared to drive on slick roadways. Fortunately, we here at Hyundai of Longview have a few tips on how to prepare your car for a Texas winter.
Preparing your car is just as much about preparing yourself for what the upcoming season holds in store. Winter driving in Longview is only dangerous if slick roads come as a surprise. One of the best ways to avoid going in blind, so to speak, is to check the local weather prior to getting behind the wheel. Planning ahead, whether that means giving yourself more time or not going out all, can help prevent a potential accident from occurring at all.
Fill the Tank
Gas prices aren’t the cheapest they’ve ever been, but a full tank is a small price to pay if it means functioning fuel lines. If a gas tank is left below half full, moisture can collect and freeze in the fuel lines, effectively preventing the vehicle from starting. That’s a problem no Longview resident wants to run into!
Check the Battery
Cold weather means the battery has to work harder to start the car. Weak batteries may not have enough charge to do so, leaving you with a major problem on your hands, especially if you’re in a remote area. As a general rules, batteries should be replaced every three years, depending on how the vehicle is maintained and housed.