Hyundai News

In this section of Torque News you can read the latest Hyundai news and news stories about Hyundai vehicles. Keith Griffin is the Hyundai/Kia news reporter at Torque News and can be followed on Twitter at IndepthAuto.

Hyundai is one of two Korean brands competing in the U.S. market. The other is its corporate sibling Kia.

Imports to the U.S. started in 1986 with one model and have expanded to over 15 models today, which include hybrids, plug-in hybrids, all-electric and fuel cell electric vehicles. Today, over half of the Hyundais sold in the U.S. are American made at the Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama https://www.hmmausa.com/ facility in Montgomery, Alabama. The $1.8 billion facility can build just shy of 400,000 vehicles annually and currently produces the Hyundai Sonata and Elantra sedans and the Santa Fe SUV.

Kia, the brand’s Korean counterpart, offers a sportier lineup with its sedans. Both, though, have made great strides in offering premium materials and design at affordable prices compared to competitors.

In the past, many associated the Hyundai brand with lower build quality and cheaper prices. However, that is not the case today. Although still typically more affordable, Hyundai vehicles now have the build quality, safety, technology, and design expertise that rivals the best in the industry. Consumer Reports ranks Hyundai in the Top 5 for auto manufacturer overall reliability.

Popular models include the Elantra and Sonata (also offered in hybrid and plug-in hybrid) sedans and the Tucson and Santa Fe SUVs. An updated Santa Fe appears in the first quarter of 2021.

The Venue, Kona, and Palisade SUVs are the latest additions to the lineup. Other models include the fun-to-drive Veloster and Elantra GT, the efficient Ioniq models (hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and EV), the little Accent sedan, and the only fuel cell electric SUV on the market, the Nexo.

Below is a list of Hyundai’s models with starting prices (excludes delivery charges):

  • 2021 Hyundai Venue – $18,750
  • 2021 Hyundai Kona – $20,400
  • 2021 Hyundai Tucson – $23,700
  • 2020 Hyundai Santa Fe – $26,275
  • 2021 model debuts first quarter 2021)
  • 2021 Hyundai Palisade – $32,525
  • 2021 Hyundai Accent – $15,395
  • 2021 Hyundai Elantra – $19,650
  • 2021 Hyundai Sonata – $23,600
  • 2021 Hyundai Veloster – $18,900
  • 2021 Hyundai Veloster N – $32,250
  • 2021 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid – $23,200
  • 2021 Hyundai Ioniq Plug-in Hybrid – $28,000 (est)
  • 2021 Hyundai Ioniq Electric – $34,500
  • 2021 Hyundai Kona Electric – $37,190
  • 2021 Hyundai Nexo Fuel Cell – $60,000 (est)
Silver 2023 Toyota Prius

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Nissan LEAF, Nissan Ariya, Kia EV6 and Kia Niro EVs

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Kia Niro, VW ID.4, Nissan LEAF, Hyundai Kona EVs

Kia Niro EV Standard Features Outclass All Under $40K EV Competitors

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Gray Kia Niro front end view

Comparing The 2023 Niro EV Wind To Its Under $40k Competition

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2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5

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2023 Hyundai Santa Fe Calligraphy Review: Great Choice If You Value Smooth Drive

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Kia Sportage PHEV and Hyundai Ioniq 5

Kia And Hyundai Favoring Hybrids Over EVs For U.S. Market

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Kia Niro, Sorento, Sportage and EV6

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2022 Hyundai Santa Fe Review

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Kia Niro and EV6 with Hyundai Kona and Ioniq 5

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Hyundai and Kia electric and plug-in hybrid vehicle line up

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Kia plug-in hybrids (Niro, Sorento, and Sportage)

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