Hyundai Models Dominate the U.S. News 2023 Best for the Money Lists

With four winning vehicles, the vehicles dominated the US News & World Report 2023 Best Car for the Money Awards. Those four models give us three Hyundai SUVs and one compact hybrid sedan to take a third of the trophies. Let’s learn a little more about these.

Which four Hyundais have won Best for the Money awards?

The Hyundai Kona and Santa Fe each won for the third time in their categories, the Elantra Hybrid won for the second time, and the Palisade added a first-time winner to the pack. That doesn’t mean these are the best overall picks in their respective classes, but they offer the best combination of quality and value.

rates all vehicles based on safety, reliability and the collective opinion of the automotive press. This gives US News a better understanding of what each model offers and the overall expected value.

2023 Hyundai Santa Fe

2023 Hyundai Santa Fe Hybrid SUV AWD | Hyundai

The 2023 Hyundai Santa Fe is the best 2023 2-row SUV for the money. This SUV offers an excellent combination of quality and value with its low starting price and long list of impressive features. This includes standard items you won’t find on most other models, including wireless Apple CarPlay and Android. Hyundai also provides the longest standard warranty for all vehicles.


  • Economic base price
  • Plenty of space for passengers
  • Abundant features
  • Above average fuel economy


  • So-so thrusters
  • Hard ride on bumpy roads

For 2023, Santa Fe features have been reshuffled and the SEL Convenience package has been discontinued.

2023 Hyundai hoarding

Front view of white 2023 Hyundai Palisade mid-size SUV
2023 Hyundai hoarding | Hyundai

The 2023 Hyundai Palisade is the best 2023 3-row SUV for the money. The Palisade has a strong focus on family transportation and is packed with impressive features that make it a tremendous value. In addition to winning best model for the money, this is:

  • #1 in midsize SUVs
  • #1 in Crossover SUVs
  • #1 in SUVs with 3 rows

The Palisade offers a good amount of passenger space and a smooth ride. The only drawback of this Hyundai vehicle is the mediocre fuel mileage.


  • Powerful V6 engine
  • Ride in balance and handling
  • Plenty of room for passengers and cargo
  • A long list of standard features


  • Average fuel economy

For 2023, the Palisade offers a refreshed exterior appearance, improved interior technology, remixed standard features and new XRT trim.

2023 Hyundai Elantra Hybrid

This red car showing off its side profile and sedan style is a 2023 Hyundai Elantra Blue Hybrid.
Hyundai Elantra Hybrid Blue | Hyundai

The 2023 Hyundai Elantra Hybrid is the best hybrid car of 2023 for the money. This impressive little sedan is the only Hyundai vehicle to win this award that isn’t an SUV. The brings impressive fuel economy numbers, confident handling, a smooth ride, a comfortable cabin and loads of standard features. The gas engine can be a bit loud and the cabin looks a bit cheap with the abundance of hard plastics.


  • fantastic fuel economy
  • Energetic thruster
  • Balanced ride and handling
  • Spacious and high-tech interior


  • A lot of hard plastic in the cabin
  • Noisy gas engine

The Hyundai Elantra Hybrid has no notable changes for the 2023 model year.

2023 Hyundai Kona

A blue Hyundai Kona 2023 driving outdoors.
2023 Hyundai Kona | Hyundai automobile company

The 2023 Hyundai Kona is the best 2023 subcompact SUV for the money. This offers an impressive package of standard features, a fuel-efficient base engine, confident handling and a smooth ride. You can opt for one of the turbocharged engines, some upgraded features, including leather upholstery, and still enjoy an affordable price. The only drawbacks are the expected cramped second row and the small load compartment.


  • Impressive turbocharged engine options
  • Balanced ride and handling
  • Many standard driver assistance functions
  • Easy to use infotainment system


  • Small hold
  • Room for rear passengers below average

The 2023 version of the Hyundai Kona boasts more standard features than the 2022 version.

Will any of these four Hyundai winners become the vehicle you love to drive?

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