Hyundai Takes Top-Ranked Honors in MotorTrend’s Ultimate Car Rankings



  • 11 different Hyundai models recognized in various categories
  • Award criteria based on vehicle safety, efficiency, technology and over 70 years of performance testing experience

FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif., August 19, 2022
– Eleven Hyundai models were awarded in MotorTrend’s Ultimate Car Rankings for the second half of 2022. The 2023 Elantra hybrid and IONIQ 5 came in first place in the compact hybrid sedan and electric SUV (non-luxury brands) categories respectively. Both models have been praised for their innovation in design and technology.

The 2022 Accent2023 Elantra, Sonata, hybrid sonata, Kona, Santa Fe and santa cruz finished second 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 came in third in the plug-in hybrid compact SUV and 3-row SUV categories.

“Having so many Hyundai models recognized in this important consumer buying guide shows how our lineup exceeds nearly every customer need,” said Ricky Lao, director of product planning, Hyundai Motor North America. . “All of these vehicles have unique designs, premium interiors, human-centric technology and advanced Hyundai SmartSense safety features.”

“Only the best cars, SUVs and trucks score high on MotorTrend’s Ultimate Car Rankings,” said Zach Gale, director of Buyer’s Guide. “We recognize the most complete vehicles available today, those that are fun to drive, offer impressive technology and have excellent long-term value ratings. Because buyers have high standards, so do we. Achieving excellence in MotorTrend’s Ultimate Car Rankings system isn’t easy, but the first and highest ranked are the best vehicles on the market.

MotorTrend’s Ultimate Car Rankings were launched in 2020 to help the average car buyer better understand their options. Building on MotorTrend’s long-standing Car, Truck and SUV of the Year award programs, the sophisticated Ultimate Car Rankings system intelligently rates the automotive market. The rankings cover how a car is driven, use long-term value analysis supported by IntelliChoice, and rate a vehicle’s safety, efficiency, range, technology, and more. View user-friendly leaderboards in over 45 segments on

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