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Hyundai Sonata and Palisade Win Driving Today's Best Car Buy of the Year Awards

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FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif., Dec. 18, 2019 – Hyundai’s 2020 Sonata and 2020 Palisade earned Best Car Buy Awards from Driving Today for the categories of Best Family Car and Best Family SUV. Best Car Buy Awards go to the best vehicles in 9 different categories following months of in-depth research and testing by the experts at, along with rigorous analysis of sales, consumer perceptions and owner experiences with a vehicle.

"We’re honored to receive Driving Today’s Best Buy Awards for the Sonata and Palisade," said Scott Margason, director, product planning, Hyundai Motor America. "Both vehicles were specifically designed with families in mind and these awards serve as proof of Hyundai’s commitment to building a product lineup focused on making the time families spend together better."

The 2020 Sonata is the first model to be based on Hyundai’s new, innovative vehicle platform, and uses an extensive application of advanced technology to boost comfort, convenience, and safety for the entire family. It is also the first vehicle showcasing the brand’s Sensuous Sportiness exterior design, focusing on creating emotional value using proportion, styling, and technology.

The Sonata has also received the 2019 Sobre Ruedas Best Mid-Size Sedan award, the 2019 Miami International Auto Show Sedan of the Show award and the 2020 Hispanic Motor Press award for Best Sedan for Hispanic Families. The Sonata was also named a finalist in the North American Car of the Year category by the North American Car, Utility and Truck of the Year jury at the 2019 Los Angeles Auto Show’s AutoMobility LA conference.

The Sonata has a starting MSRP of $23,400 and began arriving at dealerships across the U.S.

The 2020 Palisade is Hyundai’s all-new flagship premium three-row SUV with exceptional second- and third-row roominess for the entire family. It brings exceptional comfort, technology, cargo area, and safety in a bold midsize SUV.

The Palisade has also received a 2019 TOP SAFETY PICK+ from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the 2019 Wards 10 Best User Experiences™ award, the 2019 Miami International Auto Show Official Vehicle of the Show award and the 2019 Sobre Ruedas Vehicle of the Year award, in addition to being named a finalist in the North American Utility Vehicle of the Year category.

The Palisade has a starting MSRP of $31,550 and is currently available at dealerships across the U.S.

About Driving Today’s Best Car Buy Awards

The Driving Today Best Car Buy Awards are designed to provide car buyers with a guide to the best car values in the important vehicle categories. All 2020 model-year light vehicles currently for sale in the United States are eligible for the awards. The awards are focused on new and redesigned vehicles, as those vehicles typically offer the most advanced technology, which are judged on a number of factors that customers find most important, including safety, reliability, quality, comfort, convenience, economy, and cost to own. The in-depth research leading up to the awards involves attending auto shows, vehicle introductions, and press briefings in addition to thousands of miles in hundreds of vehicles to determine which vehicles stand at the top of their respective classes. The experts at Driving Today have decades of combined experience evaluating all types of cars, trucks, vans, and SUVs, and pride themselves on their abilities to approach the vehicle buying process from the perspective of the average car buyer.


At Hyundai Motor America, we believe everyone deserves better. From the way we design and build our cars to the way we treat the people who drive them, making things better is at the heart of everything we do. Hyundai’s technology-rich product lineup of cars, SUVs and alternative-powered electric and fuel cell vehicles is backed by Hyundai Assurance—our promise to create a better experience for customers. Hyundai vehicles are sold and serviced through more than 830 dealerships nationwide and nearly half of those sold in the U.S. are built at Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama. Hyundai Motor America is headquartered in Fountain Valley, California, and is a subsidiary of Hyundai Motor Company of Korea.