COSTA MESA, Calif., Feb. 24, 2012 – Consumer Guide editors gave the Hyundai Sonata, Tucson and all-new Accent “Best Buy” awards in the midsize car, compact crossover/SUV and subcompact car categories, respectively. Additionally, the Hyundai Genesis and Elantra received A “Recommended” stamp of approval in the large car and compact car categories.

A “Best Buy” rating signifies that a vehicle is ranked at the top of its class and is strongly approved by the editors. “Best Buy” vehicles represent the finest balance of attributes and price within their classes, and they are the best choices for most consumers. “Recommended” vehicles, though not ranked at the very top of their category, are still worth strong consideration by consumers for their unique combination of attributes and value. In the past nine years, Hyundai has earned more than 30 Consumer Guide “Recommended” or “Best Buy” ratings.

To determine value ratings each year, a team of experts at Consumer Guide carefully examines the price, features and performance of hundreds of vehicles in 18 different class segments. These ratings take into account the overall value of a car to establish which vehicles have the best attributes in their respective class.

“We are honored and thrilled to have five vehicles named as ‘Best Buys’ or ‘Recommended Picks’ by Consumer Guide Automotive,” said Scott Margason, director, Product Planning, Hyundai Motor America. “With the combination of fuel efficiency, state-of-the-art safety technology and our modern designs, it’s no wonder so many of our vehicles rose above other vehicles in their class.”

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