100 Hot Cars

Just Car Blog

Here Are The 15 Safest Cars For 2018, And Only One Is American, IIHS Says 7
Posted by Michael Gauthier in alfa-romeo, audi, BMW, featured, Genesis, Hyundai, Hyundai Santa Fe, IIHS, Kia, Kia Forte, Kia Soul, LEXUS, Lincoln, Mazda, mercedes, nissan, Subaru, TOYOTA, Toyota Camry, VOLVO on 12 7th, 2017

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has revealed 15 vehicles qualified for their Top Safety Pick+ award following the decision to strengthen the requirements to include “good-rated headlights and good or acceptable passenger-side protection in small overlap front crashes.”

The winners were predominately German, Korean and Japanese cars including the Kia Forte sedan and Soul as well as the Hyundai Santa Fe and Santa Fe Sport. The list also includes the popular Toyota Camry as well as several different Subaru models including the Impreza, Legacy, Outback, and WRX.

Several luxury vehicles came away with the Top Safety Pick+ award and they include the BMW 5-Series, Lincoln Continental (the only American brand to make the list), and Genesis G80 and G90. Mercedes also made the list thanks to the E-Class sedan and GLC crossover.

47 vehicles earned the Top Safety Pick award and the updated requirements mean they all have either good or acceptable headlights. You can view the full list here but notable compact vehicles that earned the award include the Mazda3, Hyundai Elantra, and Toyota Corolla. Other award winning sedans including the Alfa Romeo Giulia, Audi A4, BMW 3-Series, Honda Accord, Hyundai Sonata, and Nissan Altima.

On the crossover side, the IIHS gave honors to the Honda CR-V, Hyundai Tucson, Mazda CX-5, and Mitsubishi Outlander. Other notable models included the Honda Pilot, Lexus RX, Subaru Forester, Toyota RAV4, and Volvo XC60.

Trucks and minivans had a poor showing overall but the Chrysler Pacifica as well as the Honda Odyssey and Ridgeline made the cut.

The decision to increase the requirements was made because the IIHS says it “became clear that some manufacturers weren’t paying sufficient attention” to offering effective headlights and a safe environment for passengers.

According to IIHS President Adrian Lund, “Drivers expect that their passengers, who are often family, will be protected just as well as they are.” He added, “Manufacturers have been taking this issue seriously since we first shed light on it, and we’re confident that good small overlap protection will become the norm on the passenger side, just as it has on the driver side.”


IIHS Top Safety Pick+

Small cars

Kia Forte (sedan)
Kia Soul
Subaru Impreza
Subaru WRX

Midsize cars

Subaru Legacy
Subaru Outback
Toyota Camry

Large luxury cars

BMW 5 series
Genesis G80
Genesis G90
Lincoln Continental
Mercedes-Benz E-Class (sedan)

Midsize SUVs

Hyundai Santa Fe
Hyundai Santa Fe Sport

Midsize Luxury SUVs

Mercedes-Benz GLC

Top Safety Pick

Small cars

Chevrolet Volt
Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid
Hyundai Elantra
Hyundai Elantra GT
Mazda 3
Subaru Crosstrek
Toyota Corolla
Toyota Prius
Toyota Prius Prime

Midsize cars

Honda Accord
Hyundai Sonata
Kia Optima
Nissan Altima
Nissan Maxima

Midsize luxury cars

Alfa Romeo Giulia
Audi A3
Audi A4
BMW 3 series (sedan)
Lexus ES
Lexus IS
Volvo S60
Volvo V60

Large cars

Kia Cadenza
Toyota Avalon

Small SUVs

Honda CR-V
Hyundai Tucson
Kia Sportage
Mazda CX-3
Mazda CX-5
Mitsubishi Outlander
Nissan Rogue
Subaru Forester
Toyota RAV4

Midsize SUVs

Honda Pilot
Kia Sorento
Mazda CX-9
Toyota Highlander

Midsize luxury SUVs

Acura MDX
Acura RDX
Buick Envision
Lexus NX
Lexus RX
Mercedes-Benz GLE-Class
Volvo XC60


Chrysler Pacifica
Honda Odyssey

Large pickup

Honda Ridgeline

Next Hyundai Santa Fe Looks Impressive With Kona Face 27
Posted by Brad Anderson in Hyundai, Hyundai Santa Fe, Renderings, Reports, SUV on 11 27th, 2017

Next year, Hyundai will unveil the fourth-generation Santa Fe and if this rendering proves accurate, we have a lot to look forward to.

Created by Brenthon Design, the new Santa Fe pictured has taken obvious design inspiration from the smaller Hyundai Kona and looks all the better for it.

These changes start at the front with a chrome grille and a set of incredibly narrow headlights. Additionally, the SUV adopts a skid plate on the base of the front bumper and large secondary light clusters housing the turn signals and fog lights.

Beyond its refreshed design, the 2018 Santa Fe will continue to be offered in both five- and seven-seat configurations. Additionally, entry-level versions in select markets are expected to come with front-wheel drive as standard while much premium models will utilize an all-wheel drive system.

Engine details remain unknown at this stage but petrol and diesel configurations will be sold. It is also possible that a plug-in hybrid model will be added to the range at a later date.


Hyundai Eyeing Entry-Level Crossover, Kona EV News Coming Soon 8
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Electric Vehicles, Hyundai, Hyundai Kona, Hyundai Santa Fe, Reports on 11 8th, 2017

According to a recent report, Hyundai is considering a new compact crossover.

Wards Auto says the company is exploring the possibility of creating an A-segment crossover which would have boxy styling that is somewhat similar to the larger Kia Soul. Hyundai Motor America’s Vice President of Corporate and Product Planning, Mike O’Brien, told the publication the crossover would likely need all-wheel drive and that would make the model more expensive than the Accent.

As he explained, “You can’t design two totally different platforms – one that’s just a two-wheel-drive platform and another that’s an AWD platform.” Instead, automakers develop one platform that supports both configurations but this has several downsides as it requires components – such as the front wheel hubs – to be stronger than if they were just going to be used on a two-wheel drive model.

Besides talking about a possible A-segment crossover, O’Brien revealed the Kona could arrive at U.S. dealerships sooner than expected. The model will celebrate its North American debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show later this month and there’s a chance that the crossover could go on sale before the end of the year.

O’Brien went on to say the next-generation Santa Fe will be” more suitable for the U.S. market” and news about the Kona EV is coming “very soon.”

Photo Gallery

2019 Hyundai Santa Fe Brings Its Quad Headlamp Fascia To The ‘Ring 8
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Hyundai, Hyundai Santa Fe, Hyundai Scoops, Hyundai Videos, Scoops, video on 11 8th, 2017

The third-generation Hyundai Santa Fe has been in production since 2012, but it’s getting ready to be replaced by a new model.

Expected to debut sometime next year, the 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe continues testing, with the latest prototype scooped on the Nurburgring, performing some quick laps.

The Korean brand’s challenger to the likes of the Skoda Kodiaq and Nissan X-Trail, among others, will benefit from an entirely new styling, highlighted by a more distinct fascia featuring two separate sets of headlights.

Things should be different inside as well, where it will provide more rear legroom and headroom, as it’s believed to have a larger footprint, while it will continue to be offered in two distinct versions – a 5- and 7-seater.

Hyundai hasn’t released any insights into the new Santa Fe’s powertrains just yet, but a variety of gasoline and diesel engines should be on offer in global markets, with the oil-burners being absent in the U.S.. Additionally, the Korean brand will likely introduce a plug-in hybrid variant of the SUV.


Rockstar Energy Hyundai Santa Fe Sport Looks Like A Battle Car 31
Posted by Michael Gauthier in concept, Hyundai, Hyundai Concepts, Hyundai Santa Fe, SEMA show, tuning on 10 31st, 2017

The Hyundai Santa Fe Sport is more adept at conquering mall parking lots than Moab but the company is looking to change that impression with the Rockstar Energy Moab Extreme Off-roader concept.
Read more »

Hyundai Builds An Extreme Santa Fe Concept For SEMA 3
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in concepts, Hyundai Concepts, Hyundai Santa Fe, SEMA show, tuning on 10 3rd, 2017

Hyundai's first tuner concept for this year's SEMA show is the Rockstar Energy Moab Extreme Off-roader Santa Fe Sport Concept.
Read more »

Hyundai Santa Cruz Concept Gets The Green Light, Santa Fe Replacement Due In 2019 22
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Hyundai, Hyundai Santa Fe, Hyundai Tucson, Reports, Trucks on 08 22nd, 2017

Hyundai Motor America's vice president of corporate and product planning has confirmed executives have given the green light to a production version of the popular Santa Cruz concept.
Read more »

Hyundai Takes Off All-New Santa Fe’s Heavy Camouflage 17
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Hyundai, Hyundai Santa Fe, Hyundai Scoops, Scoops on 08 17th, 2017

This is by far our best look at Hyundai's upcoming 2019 Santa Fe SUV, a car that's expected to feature a more distinctive front end design than the current generation.
Read more »

All-New Hyundai Santa Fe Makes Spy Video Debut 9
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Hyundai, Hyundai Santa Fe, Hyundai Scoops, Hyundai Videos, Scoops, video on 08 9th, 2017

A rainy day at the Nurburgring didn’t scared away the new generation Hyundai Santa Fe, which was spied speeding around the track.
Read more »

All-New Hyundai Santa Fe Begins Exercising On The Nurburgring 20
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in Hyundai, Hyundai Santa Fe, Hyundai Scoops, Nurburgring, Scoops on 06 20th, 2017

Following its spy shot debut two months ago when a prototype was spotted at Hyundai's development center in Germany, the all-new Santa Fe has once again been caught on camera, this time lapping the Nurburgring.
Read more »

Hyundai Recalls Almost 600,000 Santa Fe, Sonata And Genesis In Separate Campaigns 9
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Hyundai, Hyundai Genesis, Hyundai Santa Fe, Hyundai Sonata, Recalls, Reports, USA on 06 9th, 2017

Hyundai is conducting two new recalls in the United States that affect nearly 600,000 vehicles.
Read more »

2018 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport Gains New Value Edition 2
Posted by Michael Gauthier in Hyundai, Hyundai Santa Fe, new cars, prices on 06 2nd, 2017

Hyundai has announced a series of changes to the 2018 Santa Fe and Santa Fe Sport.
Since both crossovers are relatively new, the updates are minor and include a new Santa Fe Sport Value edition.
Read more »

U.S. Feds To Investigate Hyundai And Kia Recalls 22
Posted by Brad Anderson in Hyundai, Hyundai Santa Fe, Hyundai Sonata, Kia Optima, Kia Sportage, Recalls, Reports on 05 22nd, 2017

Safety regulators in the United States have opened an investigation into the recall of almost 1.7 million vehicles issued by Hyundai and Kia in the country.
Read more »

Souped-Up Hyundai Santa Fe Drives Across Antarctica 20
Posted by Brad Anderson in Galleries, Hyundai, Hyundai Santa Fe, Offbeat News, SUV on 04 20th, 2017

A team of adventurers have become the very first to cross Antarctica in a passenger car. The weapon of choice? A modified Hyundai Santa Fe.
Read more »

Hyundai Santa Fe Gains Endurance Edition In UK, Starts From £38,995 20
Posted by Cristian Gnaticov in Hyundai, Hyundai Santa Fe, Hyundai Videos, new cars, prices, UK, video on 04 20th, 2017

Hyundai is celebrating the 30-day Antarctic expedition, led by Sir Ernest Shackelton's great grandson, by launching a limited edition of the Santa Fe, in the UK.
Read more »