FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif., Feb. 4, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The 2016 Hyundai Sonata was named a Kelley Blue Book Best Family Car, receiving high marks for safety, comfort, convenience, spaciousness for both passengers and cargo, and fit of various rear-facing and forward-facing child safety car seats. The Sonata was also recognized for its value and class-leading warranty combined with solid resale value and refinement.
"Safety is a top priority for families shopping for a new car, so we ensure our vehicles offer the latest safety technology and the best crash performance," said Mike O'Brien, vice president, product and corporate planning, Hyundai Motor America. "Earning the designation of a Best Family Car by the expert automotive editors at Kelley Blue Book means the Sonata passed not only the safety test but also the test on the ease of car seat installations and more — meeting needs of the modern family."
The KBB.com editors tested a group of vehicles for two weeks. They drove, lived with, folded down the seats of, paired phones to and installed baby seats in each of the contenders. The KBB.com editors also loaded cargo, contorted themselves into third rows, watched movies on rear-seat screens and toted rowing teams to marinas — in short, they did everything that families might do with a vehicle day to day. And because many of the editors have their own children with ages ranging from newborn to college-age, they did all this with a certain sense of what a family needs and wants.
In addition to being named a Kelley Blue Book Best Family Car, the 2016 Sonata recently received the prestigious IIHS TOP SAFETY PICK+ Award. For 2016, the Sonata added even more safety equipment, making Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB) functionality available to models previously equipped with Forward Collision Warning (FCW). Additional advanced safety options available on the 2016 Sonata lineup include Lane Departure Warning (LDW); Smart Cruise Control with spot/start capability; rear parking sensors; and Blind Spot Detection (BSD) with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert (RCTA) and Lane Change Assist. Standard safety equipment includes Vehicle Stability Management (VSM) with Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and Traction Control System; driver's-side blind spot mirror; seven airbags, including a driver's knee airbag; four-wheel disc brakes; ABS with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist; and Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) with indicators for each tire.
KELLEY BLUE BOOK
Founded in 1926, Kelley Blue Book, The Trusted Resource®, is the only vehicle valuation and information source trusted and relied upon by both consumers and the automotive industry. Each week the company provides the most market-reflective values in the industry on its top-rated website KBB.com, including its famous Blue Book® Trade-In Values and Fair Purchase Price, which reports what others are paying for new and used cars this week. The company also provides vehicle pricing and values through various products and services available to car dealers, auto manufacturers, finance and insurance companies, and governmental agencies. Kelley Blue Book's KBB.com ranked highest in its category for brand equity by the 2015 Harris Poll EquiTrend® study and has been named Online Auto Shopping Brand of the Year for four consecutive years. Kelley Blue Book Co., Inc. is a Cox Automotive company.
HYUNDAI MOTOR AMERICA
Hyundai Motor America, headquartered in Fountain Valley, Calif., is a subsidiary of Hyundai Motor Co. of Korea. Hyundai vehicles are distributed throughout the United States by Hyundai Motor America and are sold and serviced through more than 830 dealerships nationwide. All Hyundai vehicles sold in the U.S. are covered by the Hyundai Assurance program, which includes the 5-year/60,000-mile fully transferable new vehicle limited warranty, Hyundai's 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain limited warranty and five years of complimentary Roadside Assistance. Hyundai Blue Link Connected Care provides owners of Hyundai models equipped with the Blue Link telematics system with proactive safety and car care services complimentary for one year with enrollment. These services include Automatic Collision Notification, Enhanced Roadside Assistance, Vehicle Diagnostic Alert, Monthly Vehicle Health Report and In-Vehicle Service Scheduling.
For more details on Hyundai Assurance, please visit www.HyundaiAssurance.com.
SOURCE Hyundai Motor America