Hyundai’s Focus on Excellence

7 Vehicles on Car&Driver Editor’s Choice List
The Hyundai Accent, Elantra, Kona, Kona EV, Sonata, Palisade and Veloster N join the prestigious list out of more than 400 cars, trucks, crossovers and SUVs that Car and Driver editors test, rate, and rank in each of 32 market segments.

“Having ambitious product goals has allowed us to deliver products that meet consumer needs. The seven Hyundai products featured by Car and Driver on their annual Editors’ Choice list showcases our commitment to delivering outstanding vehicles,” said Olabisi Boyle, vice president, Product Planning and Mobility Strategy, Hyundai Motor North America.

Eligibility for the Car and Driver Editors’ Choice list includes only vehicles that the Car and Driver staff has driven. “This is the list of those we would recommend to our friends and family,” said Sharon Silke Carty, editor-in-chief, Car and Driver. “The vehicles we think are reliable, safe, and fun to drive.”


“The 2021 Hyundai Accent is one of the least expensive new cars today, but Hyundai doesn’t make any of its three trims a penalty box”

  • HIGHS – Grown-up looks, sprightly handling, well-built but simple interior.
  • VERDICT – With the Hyundai Accent, there’s no need to sacrifice your own dignity to be frugal.


“We’re so impressed with the new 2021 Elantra that we put it on our Editors’ Choice list.”

  • HIGHS – Bold exterior styling, compelling value, perky turbocharged N Line model.
  • VERDICT – Wild styling aside, the latest Elantra sedan wows with its features, performance, and value.


“The Kona remains one of the best looking and best driving small SUVs available today and it’s one we’re happy to recommend.”

  • HIGHS – Cheeky design, gutsy optional turbo engine, plentiful standard features.
  • VERDICT – The Kona’s as fun to drive as it is to look at, making it one of our favourite small SUVs.


“Turns out that the subcompact Hyundai Kona SUV is a fine basis for an electric vehicle, as the 2022 Kona Electric retains everything we like about its gas-powered counterpart.”

  • HIGHS – Eager handling, competitive estimated driving range, comes with a 10-year warranty.
  • VERDICT – It offers everything we love about the gasoline-powered Kona but with an electric twist.


  • HIGHS – Performance bang for your buck, fun driving character, more practical than you’d expect.
  • VERDICT – Hyundai’s quirky three-door Veloster hatchback takes nicely to the aggressive N high-performance treatment, resulting in a sport compact that’s both fun to drive and affordable.


“Its long warranty coverage and standard driver-assistance tech are yet two more reasons to have the Palisade at the top of your shopping list.”

  • HIGHS – Intuitive dashboard layout, class-leading features, every trim is teeming with value.
  • VERDICT – Among mid-size three-row SUVs, the Hyundai Palisade is a well-rounded package that delivers plenty of space and is packed with desirable features.

Car and Driver conducts rigorous instrumented testing on hundreds of vehicles each year. Those results are but one element considered for earning a spot on the Editors’ Choice list. The other criteria used to choose the vehicles for the Editors’ Choice list includes the rankings each vehicle earns within its market segment and editors’ subjective evaluations of each vehicle’s performance, value, and how well it fulfils its intended mission. Each vehicle Car and Driver tests is ultimately given a rank in its market segment versus its competitors. That rank can be found on each vehicle’s 2021 make-model page under the heading “Where This Vehicle Ranks.”