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2014 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport and Sonata receive “BEST BET” awards

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Hyundai continues to rack up accolades. The latest honors were announced on March 6: the Santa Fe Sport and Sonata received “BEST BET” awards for safety and performance in the 34th edition of The Car Book, America’s original consumer car buying guide.

Hyundai Motor America notes that this is the fourth consecutive year that the Sonata has received this honor. “Hyundai continues to exceed customer expectations in terms of build quality and standard features,” noted Jack Gillis, author of The Car Book. He added, “By offering vehicles that respond to the safety and performance needs of today’s consumers, Hyundai continues to make a significant contribution to improving the market choices for the American car buyer.”

Hyundai notes that The Car Book is now in its 34th consecutive year of offering buying tips to consumers. Its “BEST BETS” distinctions are awarded annually to new vehicles that cater to the needs of American consumers, and in turn, make a significant contribution to the American automotive market. Ratings are given in nine categories: crash tests, safety features, rollover, preventative maintenance, repair costs, warranty, fuel economy, customer complaints, and insurance costs.

“While Hyundai’s vehicles can be tailored to suit a customer’s lifestyle, there are two aspects that should never be overlooked: safety and standard features,” noted Scott Margason, Director of Product Planning, Hyundai Motor America. He added, “Hyundai is committed to catering to the changing needs of our customers, and receiving the ‘BEST BETS’ accolade acknowledges our ability to deliver high quality vehicles across our entire lineup.”

The mid-sized 2014 Sonata is popular for a number of reasons. Its 190 HP four-banger delivers 24 city and 35 highway EPA mileage has plenty of oomph. If you crave more, a turbo version is available. The vehicle contains an adequate amount of techno-features, including Blue Link and seven-inch Infotainment System and its Fluidic Sculpture design is eye candy.

The 2014 Santa Fe Sport can be had with the same two engine options as the Sonata. Because it pushes more air, it suffers a small mileage hit. For those that want to leave the beaten path, all wheel drive is available. It also contains similar techno-features as the Sonata.

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