Happy 30th Anniversary, Hyundai Sonata!

Hyundai Sonata Infographic

It’s crazy to think that when the Hyundai¬†Sonata was first produced, “Back to the Future” and “The Breakfast Club” ruled the box office, while Wham! and Madonna topped the Billboard charts. After seven generations of the popular midsize sedan, the Sonata is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, and we’ve never been prouder to sell the vehicle at our Chicagoland Hyundai dealership.

More than 7.3 million models of the Hyundai Sonata have been sold globally since its 1985 introduction, and more than 2.3 million models have found homes in the United States since the car debuted in our country as a second-generation model in 1988. The Sonata has been dramatically transformed over the years, evolving from its early angular silhouette to today’s Fluidic Sculpture design language. Technologically, the car played an integral role in the auto industry’s digital revolution of the 1990s and 2000s, and in recent years, it has even welcomed hybrid models to its family.

With all-new hybrid and plug-in hybrid models coming later this year, the Hyundai Sonata is poised for another 30 years of success with its fuel-efficient and sustainable design. Estimated by Hyundai to return up to 44 mpg on the highway when it goes on sale later this spring, the 2016 Sonata Hybrid will save its owners loads of cash during their commute while still offering a total output of 193 horsepower. For drivers who want to leave an even smaller carbon footprint, the 2016 Sonata Plug-in Hybrid is slated for a manufacturer-estimated 93 MPGe and a class-leading 24-mile all-electric range when it goes on sale as Hyundai’s first-ever plug-in hybrid in late 2015.

Looking to celebrate the Sonata’s 30th anniversary by purchasing a model of your own? Check out our Hyundai Sonata inventory and then head to our Hyundai dealership in Algonquin, IL, for a test-drive!

KBB.com: Nissan Versa Note Is a Tech-Savvy Car for the Savings-Savvy Buyer

2015 Nissan Versa Note

Buying an affordable vehicle no longer means passing on the latest in-car technology, which is why Kelley Blue Book’s KBB.com releases its annual list of the 10 Tech-Savviest Cars Starting Under $20,000. Boosted by the availability of its class-exclusive Around View Monitor, the Nissan Versa Note hatchback recently landed on the KBB.com list for the second straight year, with its Kelley Blue Book Fair Purchase Price for May 2015 starting at $13,776.

The optional Around View Monitor in the 2015 Nissan Versa Note uses four cameras to create a 360-degree image of the vehicle that is displayed on the touchscreen monitor, a function that KBB.com editors found particularly useful when backing out of parking spots. Regardless of the Versa Note model that you choose, you’ll receive a standard Bluetooth hands-free phone system, a 12-volt DC power outlet and an auxiliary audio input for playing your favorite tunes from a mobile device.

For even greater connectivity on the road, the 2015 Versa Note is available with the NissanConnect infotainment system, which integrates with mobile apps like Google local search, Facebook, Pandora and iHeartRadio that are controlled using the 5.8-inch touchscreen. Meanwhile, for greater peace of mind, the Versa Note comes standard with a Tire Pressure Monitoring System that notifies drivers of an underinflated tire with an icon on the dashboard. Versa Note buyers can also opt for an Easy-Fill Tire Alert that initiates a subtle beep of the horn when a tire is properly inflated.

The list of available technology features in the Versa Note goes on and on from there, so be sure to schedule a test-drive at our Milwaukee Nissan dealership to try them all out in-person. Let us find you a great deal that gives you more convenience and connectivity on the road for much less money!

2015 Kia Sedona Doubles Up on Awards for Protecting, Pampering Passengers

2015 Kia Sedona

It’s one thing for a vehicle to pamper its passengers with premium features, but quite another for it to be fully capable of protecting that precious cargo at the same time. The redesigned 2015 Kia Sedona minivan manages to do both simultaneously, recently earning a 5-star overall safety rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) while landing on the 2015 Ward’s 10 Best Interiors list.

To net its 5-star overall safety rating, the 2015 Kia Sedona had to excel in the NHTSA’s frontal, side and rollover crash tests. Helping the new Sedona achieve its high score was a rigid chassis with a static torsional stiffness that is 36 percent greater than that of the closest competitor in its class. Additionally, 76 percent of the vehicle’s body is made of Advanced High Strength Steel, and the strategic use of ultra-high-strength steel in the A-pillars ensures that a crash’s impact is spread evenly throughout the structure, reducing the effect on passengers.

Despite its stiff exterior, the 2015 Sedona is designed for total comfort on the inside. The first minivan to make the Ward’s 10 Best Interiors list since 2011, Kia’s offering was praised by editors for its optional Nappa leather seats, which stand out with a black-and-tan pairing accented by orange stitching and white piping. WardsAuto was also impressed by the available second-row First-Class lounge seating, which reclines and features retractable footrests.

Contributing to both convenience and safety, the 2015 Sedona’s in-car technology was noted by both WardsAuto and the NHTSA. The available next-generation UVO eServices infotainment system offers Google local search and integrates with apps like Pandora, iHeart Radio and Yelp. Meanwhile, the NHTSA listed the Sedona’s available Forward Collision Warning System as a recommended advanced technology feature.

When choosing a minivan, safety should always be a top priority for your family, but that doesn’t mean that you need to sacrifice your sense of style or settle on inferior technology. The 2015 Kia Sedona is the perfect choice for young parents who want a modern minivan that is stylish, sophisticated and safe. Check out our inventory of 2015 Kia Sedona vehicles, and then make plans to test-drive your ideal model at our Milwaukee Kia dealership!