Getting a great deal on a new car involves much more than simply finding a low purchase price, which is why U.S. News & World Report releases its annual Best Cars for the Money awards to help buyers factor in overall quality and value in the long term. In the recently released 2015 edition of the awards, the 2015 Hyundai Santa Fe and Sonata were winners in the 3-Row SUVs and Midsize Cars classes, respectively.
To examine the value of each vehicle, U.S. News combined the average purchase price according to TrueCar with the five-year total cost of ownership from Vincentric. Meanwhile, quality was measured by a car’s reliability and safety ratings as well as its reviews in the automotive press, which were quantified in U.S. News rankings based on performance, interior comfort and interior features.
Topping its segment for the third straight year, the Hyundai Santa Fe has become a mainstay in the Best Cars for the Money awards because of its excellent value and its spacious interior, which includes intuitive standard technology like the Blue Link Telematics System, steering-wheel-mounted audio, cruise and Bluetooth controls, and a 4.3-inch color touchscreen with a rearview camera. On the other hand, the fully redesigned 2015 Hyundai Sonata earned an award this year thanks in part to the critical acclaim it has received for its smoother ride and quieter, more refined cabin.
Are you looking to form your own opinion of the 2015 Hyundai Santa Fe or Sonata? We’ve got plenty of models in stock at our Chicagoland Hyundai dealership, so pay us a visit and we’ll help you find your ideal vehicle.
The engineers of the redesigned 2015 Honda Fit have been praised for making the subcompact smaller on the outside while increasing passenger space on the inside, and crash tests continue to prove that the model also became safer during that process. After earning a Top Safety Pick from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety last August, the 2015 Fit has now received a 5-Star Overall Vehicle Score from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in its New Car Assessment Program.
Helping the 2015 Fit excel in the NHTSA’s frontal, side and rollover crash tests were advanced safety features like its next-generation Advanced Compatibility Engineering body structure, its side-curtain airbags with a rollover sensor and its driver- and front-passenger SmartVent side airbags. The redesigned subcompact can also help prevent accidents in the first place with a standard multi-angle rearview camera and optional Honda LaneWatch technology, which activates a small camera on the passenger-side mirror to provide a much broader view of the adjacent lane in the available seven-inch Display Audio touchscreen.
In addition to enjoying an extra 4.9 cubic feet of overall passenger volume and a 4.8-inch boost to rear legroom compared to the prior 2013 model, owners of the 2015 Fit can make the most of that added space with a second-row Magic Seat that can fold flat to open up 52.7 cubic feet of cargo room or split in a 60/40 configuration to accommodate a mix of passengers and gear.
Whether you prioritize space, safety or both, the new Honda Fit shows that downsizing your ride doesn’t have to equate to a cramped cabin or inferior crash protection. We suggest taking one for a test-drive at our Chicagoland Honda dealership to witness all the smart engineering for yourself.