Hyundai Wins Three Categories in the 2022 Newsweek Autos Awards

  • Hyundai brand receives Best Brand for Your Buck
  • Kona SUV awarded Best Small SUV
  • Santa Cruz deemed Best Small Pickup

FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif., Oct. 26, 2022
 – Hyundai was selected as the winner in three categories of the 2022 Newsweek Autos awards. Kona was awarded the Best Small SUV, Santa Cruz was deemed the Best Small Pickup and Hyundai was selected as the Best Brand for Your Buck.

The Hyundai Santa Cruz is photographed in California City, Calif., on April 15, 2021.

“Receiving Newsweek Autos’ Best Brand for Your Buck, Best Small SUV for Kona and Best Small Pickup for Santa Cruz awards confirms Hyundai’s unceasing effort to produce vehicles perfectly tailored to U.S. buyer needs,” said Ricky Lao, director, product planning, Hyundai Motor North America. “With powerful and efficient powertrains, generous advanced technologies, innovative design and comprehensive safety, Hyundai is satisfying its owners more than ever.”

Santa Cruz breaks new ground within the SUV, Truck and Crossover segments by offering a true Sport Adventure Vehicle unlike anything else in the U.S. market. Kona offers fresh design, including sporty N and N Line trims with dynamic design cues and is also a key model in Hyundai’s electrification strategy with the Kona Electric.

The Hyundai Kona is photographed in California City, Calif., on August 10, 2021.

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