Hyundais Push Bigger Cabins as Part of a Value-Rich Package

The 2016 Hyundai Lineup takes shoppers from the most budget-smart proposition to an expensive luxury sedan. One thing that many of the vehicles share is a larger size than their classmates. The best Hyundai vehicles also tend to offer more standards as the brand works to attract more shoppers.


Most affordable in the Hyundai family, the 2016 Hyundai Accent comes in a sedan and a hatchback. Its claim to fame is great gas mileage and a JD Power Award for Highest Ranked in Initial Quality.

Affordable Coupe

The most unusual among the affordable Hyundais is the 2016 Hyundai Veloster. If you compare Hyundai vehicles to their rivals, you won’t find anything quite like this. The hatchback coupe emphasizes style inside with unique design choices and outside with its unusual hidden-in-plain-sight third door.

Small Sedan

Hovering at the $18,000 mark, the 2017 Hyundai Elantra sedan is all-new with a more aerodynamic build, greater horsepower, and many more amenities than are offered on most cars this size. These exclusives include crash avoidance features that go beyond warnings to include automatic braking. The Elantra GT hatchback offers greater performance and some fun standards like heated front seats. Due to their larger cabins, these cars have been rated as midsized by the EPA.

Midsized Sedans

Winning many awards for several years in a row, the Hyundai Sonata does seem to offer an unbeatable combination. The base engine can get as much as 38 mpg/highway. Hyundai doesn’t hold back on dash tech. Standards include the touchscreen, Bluetooth, HD radio, a rearview camera, and Android Auto. For families, the cushy, bigger-than-average interior is definitely a way to travel in style. The Sonata Hybrid adds more horsepower even as it reduce fuel consumption.


Winning the Atheneum Good Design Award plus good reviews, the 2016 Hyundai Tucson has upped its game this year. The new exterior is longer and wider. The result is a bigger interior with more room for a family. Parents will appreciate Yes Essentials cloth which is easier to keep clean. The cockpit was redesigned with ergonomics in mind. More high-end features in the upper trims make this SUV more competitive in its class. This includes a power liftgate, push button start, ventilated seats, and an impressive sunroof. Dash tech is definitely enticing with a standard touchscreen, Bluetooth and back-up camera on board.

Santa Fe Sport

The Santa Fe Sport is a five-seat crossover with an even bigger cabin than the Tucson. This may endear it to families. It offers many similar features to the Tucson, including the standard YES Essentials upholstery. Like so many Hyundais, one place it excels is safety. It has a five-star federal rating. It offers more crash avoidance features than many in its class. This includes automatic high beam control and special dynamic bending lights to illuminate curves and turns better.

Three-Row Crossover

The regular Santa Fe is a three-row crossover, seating seven in its standard configuration. Competing with the likes of the Hyundai Highlander, it is able to offer more interior volume than this rival. The reclining center seats slide for easy entry. They can be traded for captain’s chairs, reducing the seats to six. All seats fold flat to create an enormous cargo hold. The 290-horsepower engine is competitive, too, matching other three-row vehicles. This is not the Sport with an extra row. It really is a separate vehicle.

Luxury Cars

The Azera is a luxury-minded sedan with high horsepower and a long list of standards. These include a blind spot monitor, navigation, and a hands-free smart trunk. The Genesis is a larger, performance-minded luxury sedan. The value proposition is strong with so many standard features including leather seats and 12-way power chairs. The Genesis Coupe is a smaller version of the sedan with many of the same attributes. The Equus is the largest and most expensive Hyundai. Yet it, too, offers everything that rivals do and manages to to do it at a lower price. These cars don’t come with luxury label prestige, but they are definitely trying to make up for it with larger interiors, more features, and more technology standards.

With so many choices and price points, the 2016 Hyundai lineup is broader than that of other mainstream automakers. The oversized cabins and value-laden packages certainly attract many buyers to the brand.

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