Even though the segment is filled with good options, some have more to offer than others. On The Car Connection’s list of best cars to buy for 2023, and Hyundai was well represented.
The Kia Sportage Hybrid made Car Connection’s list of best cars to buy
On their list of best cars to buy, it was awarded the best budget car for 2023. The Car Connection says that new car prices have risen in the last year and made many vehicles unaffordable. Kia’s Sportage Hybrid is one of the cheapest vehicles with the best value for money, thanks to the standard features.
, in case you missed it) for a few reasons. It has plenty of room in all three rows, premium features at a reasonable price, and good looks. To qualify for this award, the SUV had to have three rows of seats and start at under $50,000. Telluride checks those boxes too.
In addition, the new X-Line and X-Pro are off-road capable and add a more rugged look. Captain’s seats are available in the second row, which reduces the maximum seating capacity from eight to seven. 46 cubic feet of trunk space is plenty for all the luggage you might be carrying around.
Kia’s Telluride starts at $37,000 for the base model and goes up to $50,000 for the SX Prestige trim. Automatic emergency braking, blind spot monitoring, and adaptive cruise control are standard fare.
Do not write off the electric Hyundai Ioniq 5
It was Car Connection’s pick of the best electric car of 2023. For an electric SUV, the Ioniq 5 offers an impressive range for its 77.4 kWh battery pack. All but the base model received the 77.4 kWh battery, which gets 303 miles of range in rear-wheel drive. If you opt for the dual-motor all-wheel drive version, the range drops to 266 miles.
Hyundai has equipped the Ioniq 5 with an 800-volt architecture that enables CS DC fast charging. Ioniq can charge from 10% SoC (state of charge) to 80% SoC in 18 minutes. A 240-volt outlet at home can charge the electric vehicle in less than seven hours.
For 2023, the Ioniq 5 received a more efficient heat pump and the ability to precondition the battery for better range. At $47,000, the Ioniq’s largest battery pack gets important safety features standard. These include automatic emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, automatic high beam and active lane control.
Other notable winners on Car Connection’s best cars to buy list include the 2023 Porsche Taycan and the Ford F-150 Lightning electric truck. Buyers want SUVs and automakers are meeting that demand, especially Kia and Hyundai.