Two Hyundai SUVs Take Home New England Motor Press Association Winter Vehicle Awards

In some big news for western New York drivers in search of a new SUV with extra-mile capability, the experts at NEMPA, as part of their illustrious Winter Vehicle Awards, have named the Hyundai Santa Fe a "Best in Class Mid-Size SUV" and the all-new Hyundai Kona "Green Car of the Year." Members took to their eponymous population-dense and geographically distinct locale to analyze a host of vehicles for their ability to cross some of the toughest terrain and tack through some of the foulest driving weather. And this, during the coldest months of the season!

Of course, those that made the grade offered a duo of winning winter features both standard and optional, plus, the competence for a dynamic yet safe and pleasant drive, and for both the new Santa Fe and its Kona counterpart, neither was a contest.

The authorities singled out Santa Fe for its workhorse 3.3-liter V6 engine and brawny 290 horsepower, along with its AWD system, showcasing Active Torque Vectoring Cornering Control to deliver pull to the wheels with the firmest grip, especially around curves. Further, they appreciated its available Blue Link technology, featuring remote start and climate control capabilities, as well as the lap of luxury of heated front and rear seating, a heated steering wheel and side mirrors, and the top-off for enhanced visibility of a windshield wiper de-icer.

In Kona, efficiency was certainly on prominent display, for one, in a 147-horsepower, 2.0-liter, four-cylinder Atkinson-cycle engine mated to a six-speed automatic transmission, which offered up to an EPA-estimated 33 highway mpg in front-wheel drive. Secondly, the all-new CUV showed its chops with a turbocharged 1.6-liter, four-cylinder direct-injection option offering 175 horsepower, 195 pound-feet of turning and pulling power, and up to a stellar 32 highway miles per gallon according to EPA estimates. Either's sure to go the distance over the Genesee River and through the Webster woods through our drifted Rochester-area snow.

But as with any new Hyundai SUV, there's more going on under-hood and in-cabin than meets the eye. Our friendly experts here at Vision Hyundai Webster can surely think of a few favorite features. Care to explore a handful of your own? Stop by our Ridge Road showroom for a ride. We'll be happy to show you around!

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