Hyundai’s highly-acclaimed 2014 Santa Fe adds another award to its trophy case today after being named the Best Car for the Money in the 3-Row Midsize SUV segment, by U.S. News & World Report. The 2014 Best Car for the Money awards highlight cars in 21 automotive categories – from subcompact to full size pickup trucks – that offer great value and have received critical acclaim.
“Finding a great deal on a vehicle doesn’t have to mean settling for the cheapest option,” said Jamie Page Deaton, managing editor, U.S. News & World Report. “Automotive writers who have tested the Santa Fe appreciate its long list of up-to-date tech features, refined performance, upscale cabin and extremely comfortable seats. As a whole package, the Santa Fe provides excellent automotive value without sacrificing what makes a vehicle great in the first place.”
U.S. News considered 225 cars for the Best Cars for the Money awards. The award methodology factors quality and value data into a composite score. Within each of the 21 categories, the vehicle with the highest composite score was named the Best Car of the Year in that category.
“When re-designing the Santa Fe, we wanted to break out of the unexciting mold that had long-plagued the midsize SUV segment,” said Scott Margason, director, Product Planning, Hyundai Motor America. “By offering our customers what they really want – the newest technologies as standard, bold design, class-leading safety features and the industry’s best warranty – the Santa Fe is poised to become the new archetype for 3-row midsize SUVs.”
The 2014 Santa Fe is a new breed of crossover with multiple trims, all-new powertrains and several segment exclusive features. A “Fluidic Sculpture” design gives the third generation Santa Fe the impact of constant motion while opulent interior features offer world-class comfort and amenities. New for 2014 are such safety features as Blind Spot Detection (BSD) and rear parking assistance as well as premium features including new 18-inch wheels, HID headlights, and ventilated front seats.
Hyundai beat out every competitor to earn the distinction of “Most Reliable Manufacturer” in the 2013 CarMD® Vehicle Health Index™ Manufacturer & Vehicle Reliability Ranking. Released today, the annual report provides a ranking of manufacturers and vehicles with the lowest combined “check engine” repair incidents and costs. The Index ranks the top 10 manufacturers, top 100 vehicles overall, top vehicles by category and the most common repairs by make. After two consecutive years of finishing second Hyundai overtook Toyota and drove to the top of the list with its low repair frequency.
“The 2013 CarMD Vehicle Health Index Manufacturer and Vehicle Reliability Ranking looked at data that applies to more than 119 million vehicles, so to earn this ranking is no small feat,” said Leon C. Chen, CEO, CarMD.com Corporation. “We commend Hyundai for its commitment to quality and to its efforts to minimize vehicle operating costs.”
Hyundai’s 2013 Index rating was .80 with an average repair cost of $312.67, the lowest Index rating of all parent manufactures studied and the second lowest overall repair cost. This year’s Index is based on more than 151,000 specific repairs performed on model year 2003 to 2013 vehicles from Oct. 1, 2012 to Sept. 30, 2013. The Index is determined by the manufacturers whose vehicles had the fewest percentage of CarMD repair incidents combined with the lowest cost per repair, per number of registered vehicles on the road. For more information on CarMD including the complete index, visit http://corp.carmd.com.
“Hyundai strives to provide our customers with a worry-free car ownership experience by offering a lineup of vehicles that deliver on both quality and reliability, backed by the most competitive protection program in the business,” said Erwin Raphael, director, Engineering and Quality, Hyundai Motor America. “Earning the first place title in CarMD’s Vehicle Health Index Report proves that our recipe for combining high value vehicles with long-term vehicle protection is a success.”