Hyundai Earns Top-ranked Honors in MotorTrend’s Ultimate Car Rankings

Eleven Hyundai models were recognized in MotorTrend’s Ultimate Car Rankings for the second half of 2022. The 2023 Elantra Hybrid and IONIQ 5 came in first place in the compact hybrid sedan and electric SUV (Non-Luxury Brands) categories respectively. These models were both praised for design innovation and technology.

The 2022 Accent, 2023 Elantra, Sonata, Sonata Hybrid, Kona, Santa Fe and Santa Cruz finished in second place in the subcompact sedan, compact sedan, midsize sedan, midsize hybrid sedan, subcompact SUV, midsize SUV and compact truck categories. The 2023 Tucson Plug-In Hybrid and Palisade came in third in the Compact Plug-In Hybrid SUV and 3-Row SUV categories.

“For so many Hyundai models to be recognized in this important consumer shopping guide highlights how our lineup exceeds nearly any customer need,” said Ricky Lao, director, product planning, Hyundai Motor North America. “All of these vehicles have unique designs, upscale interiors, human-focused technology, and advanced Hyundai SmartSense Safety features.”

“Only the very best cars, SUVs, and trucks perform well in MotorTrend’s Ultimate Car Rankings,” said Buyer’s Guide Director Zach Gale. “We recognize the most well-rounded vehicles available today, ones that are fun to drive, offer impressive tech, and have great long-term value ratings. Because buyers have high standards, we do, too. Achieving excellence in MotorTrend’s Ultimate Car Rankings system is not easy, but first-place and top-ranked award winners are the best vehicles around.”

MotorTrend’s Ultimate Car Rankings launched in 2020 to help the average car buyer better understand their options. Using MotorTrend’s long-running Car, Truck, and SUV of the Year award programs as a foundation, the sophisticated Ultimate Car Rankings system smartly evaluates the automotive market. The rankings cover how a car drives, utilize IntelliChoice-backed long-term value analysis and evaluate a vehicle’s safety, efficiency, driving range, technology, and more. See the user-friendly rankings in more than 45 segments at