Two Hyundai models, Genesis and Sonata earned the distinction of BEST BETS from The Car Book and the Center for Auto Safety, the nations leading auto safety advocacy group. For Genesis, this is the third year in a row that its been honored with the BEST BETS distinction.
We appreciate the fact that Hyundai has made a significant contribution to improving the market choices for the American car buyer, said Jack Gillis, author, The Car Book. During these most challenging times for the auto industry, the fact that Hyundai vehicles have the quality and features most important to todays car buyer is a testament to their desire to meet customer needs.
For 31 years, The Car Book has selected vehicles for the BEST BETS honor, based on how well they respond to the safety and performance needs of todays consumer. The Car Book analyzes new vehicles each year to identify those making a significant contribution to improving the market. BEST BETS vehicles are rated in nine key Car Book categories: crash tests, safety features, rollover, preventative maintenance, repair costs, warranty, fuel economy, complaints, and insurance, with the heaviest emphasis on safety.
Having two Hyundai models named as BEST BETS by The Car Book demonstrates our continued commitment to excellence in quality, value and design for all of the vehicles in the Hyundai lineup, said Scott Margason, director, Product Planning, Hyundai Motor America. The Genesis and Sonata are prime examples of models that not only meet but exceed customer expectations in safety and performance.
Hyundais all-new 2011 Sonata represents a modern approach to the traditional midsize sedan segment by using only advanced four-cylinder engines, emotional design and luxury features offered with Hyundais strong value proposition. The Sonata launched with a new Theta II 2.4-liter gasoline direct injection (GDI) engine and in-house six-speed automatic transmission and also offers both hybrid and turbo powertrain options.
Hyundais 2009 North American Car of the Year-winning Genesis sedan sets a new benchmark in the premium car category. With a starting price of just $33,000, Genesis includes performance and luxury features typically found on vehicles costing thousands of dollars more including Smart Cruise Control, touch-screen navigation, electronic parking brake with automatic vehicle hold, Adaptive Front Lighting System (AFLS), Lexicon audio systems and electronic active head restraints.