Hyundai Awards Spotlight - Gossett Hyundai - Memphis, TN

2020 North American Car of the Year

The North American Car of the Year award is given annually to the top vehicles on the market. This year, there were 46 eligible vehicles, from which 50 automotive journalists selected the best in leadership, innovation, design, safety, handling, driver satisfaction, and overall value. The conclusion: the Hyundai Sonata was named a finalist, offering impressive performance and bang for your buck. The Hyundai Palisade also went on to be named a finalist for the Utility Vehicle of the Year Award segment.

Selecting a Winner

The North American Car of the Year Award is evaluated by the top journalists in the United States and Canada (hence the name), a process that started in June 2019. There are three rounds of voting to narrow the field to only the best vehicles. The other finalists for Car of the Year include the Chevrolet Corvette and Toyota Supra. In the past, Hyundai won the overall award in 2009, 2012, 2019, with finalists in 2011 and 2015.

"Every year, manufacturers continue to produce impressive styling and high-quality vehicles with improved safety, more features, more performance and better efficiency. Our job is to evaluate each eligible vehicle and help consumers make wiser choices by presenting the best in each category," said NACTOY President Lauren Fix.

Hyundai Sonata: Style & Tech

Judges noted that the Hyundai Sonata was selected for its incredibly stylish design, the modern cabin, and the affordable price tag. This all-new sports coupe comes with available features such as a blind-spot view monitor, remote smart parking assist, leather seating, and a Heads-Up Display (HUD) system. Under the hood is a 180-horsepower turbocharged engine, with 36 highway mpg.*

Hyundai Palisade: Exceptional Utility

The three-row Hyundai Palisade has seating for eight people and a range of high-tech amenities. The judges of the North American Utility Vehicle of the Year Award noted that the Palisade is particularly notable for its bold exterior, as well as a wide variety of innovative driver assist technologies such as standard Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist, Lane Keeping Assist, and available Blind-Spot Collision-Avoidance. 

It's not every year an automaker can claim to have a car as the finalist of the prestigious 2020 North American Car of the Year awards. It's even more impressive that Hyundai had not just one but two vehicles named as finalists. Learn more about the Sonata and Palisade at Gossett Hyundai!

*2020 Sonata SE: 28 City/38 Hwy/32 Combined MPG. 2020 Sonata SEL: 27 City/37 Hwy/31 Combined MPG. 2020 Sonata SEL Plus/Limited: 27 City/36 Hwy/31 Combined MPG All figures are EPA estimates and for comparison purposes only. Actual mileage may vary with options, driving conditions, driving habits and vehicle's condition.

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