Hyundai takes top honors in MotorTrend’s Ultimate Car Rankings; 11 different Hyundai models recognized in different categories; Award criteria based on vehicle safety, efficiency, technology and over 70 years of performance testing experience

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FOUNTAIN VALLEY, California- Eleven Hyundai models were recognized in MotorTrend’s Ultimate Car Rankings for the second half of 2022. The 2023 Elantra Hybrid and IONIQ 5 took first place in the Compact Hybrid Sedan and Electric SUV (Non-Luxury Brands) categories, respectively. These models were both praised for their design innovation and technology.

The 2022 Accent, 2023 Elantra, Sonata, Sonata Hybrid, Kona, Santa Fe and Santa Cruz finished in second place in the subcompact sedan, compact sedan, midsize sedan, midsize hybrid sedan, subcompact SUV, midsize SUV, and compact truck categories. The 2023 Tucson Plug-In Hybrid and Palisade placed third in the Compact Plug-In Hybrid SUV and 3-Row SUV categories.

‘for so many’ Hyundai models recognized in this important consumer shopping guide show how our lineup exceeds nearly every customer need,” said Ricky Laodirector, product planning, Hyundai Motor North America. “All of these vehicles have unique designs, luxurious interiors, human-centric technology and advanced Hyundai SmartSense safety features.”

“Only the very best cars, SUVs and trucks perform well in MotorTrend’s Ultimate Car Rankings,” says Buyer’s Guide Director Zach Gale. “We recognize the most versatile vehicles available today that are fun to drive, offer impressive technology and have great long-term valuations. Because buyers have high demands, so do we. Achieving excellence in MotorTrend’s Ultimate Car Rankings system isn’t easy, but first place winners and the best prizes are the best vehicles out there.”

MotorTrend’s Ultimate Car Rankings, launched in 2020, to help the average car buyer better understand their options. The advanced Ultimate Car Rankings system intelligently evaluates the car market based on MotorTrend’s long-running Auto, Truck and SUV pricing programs of the year. The rankings include how a car drives, uses IntelliChoice-supported long-term value analysis, and assesses a vehicle’s safety, efficiency, range, technology and more. View the user-friendly rankings in more than 45 segments on

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