Hyundai Santa Fe and Kona Named to Autotrader’s Best New Cars For 2024 List

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The Santa Fe was named to Autotrader's best new 2024 cars list. Photo Hyundai

The 2024 Hyundai Santa Fe and 2024 Kona SUVs have been named to Autotrader’s Best New Cars for 2024 list.

This impressive recognition by the editorial team of one of America’s biggest in-market automotive consumer websites underscores how both models stand out in their respective segments for their combination of style, performance, safety, and practicality.

This year, the Santa Fe and Kona stand among a select group of 11 cars, trucks, and SUVs to receive this prestigious acknowledgment. To arrive at its Best New Cars list, Autotrader’s expert editorial team evaluated new 2024 vehicles from across the auto industry, considering various factors including interior comfort, safety and cabin technology, attainability, and driving experience.

“We are proud that the Santa Fe and Kona have been recognized for receiving Autotrader’s Best New Cars for 2024 Award,” said Olabisi Boyle, Senior Vice President, Product Planning and Mobility Strategy, Hyundai Motor North America. “At Hyundai, we are dedicated to listening to customers to craft stylish, well-rounded vehicles tailored to meet the diverse needs of modern drivers with a smart array of ICE and electrified powertrains. This recognition by Autotrader reaffirms Hyundai’s commitment to exceeding customer expectations and enriching their automotive journeys.”

The 2024 Kona. Photo Hyundai

11 vehicles selected

The Best New Cars for 2024 comprises 11 vehicles selected by a team of experts at Autotrader. A team of expert editors selected the models after testing and scoring new vehicles. Each chosen winner has features and attributes that go above and beyond to resonate with buyers in their respective segments, including interior comfort, build quality, technology, driving experience, and more.

Autotrader’s editors focus on vehicles that are ground-breaking or offer significant value. Because many vehicles are new or redesigned for 2024, the team only considered models available for purchase within the next nine months.

“The first time I saw the all-new Kona, I wondered if it was almost too futuristic. Just look at that front end,” said Matt Degen, Senior Editor, Cox Automotive. “But once inside and driving, it felt familiar, approachable, and even fun. The Kona represents not just a totally fresh take on the subcompact SUV segment, but an absolute value, too.”

“Boxy styling is nothing new in the midsize SUV class, but the Santa Fe manages to take a common trend and make it totally unique,” said Eric Brandt, Senior Editor, Cox Automotive. “Also, as a guy with a big family, I find the extra row of seats is a nice touch.” “Boxy is in and the beefed-up Santa Fe is positively swoon-worthy,” said Rob Nestora, Senior Editor, Cox Automotive.



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