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2017 Hyundai Elantra Features Offer Great Value and Tech

Hyundai Elantra Features
Hyundai Elantra features continue to offer drivers excellent value and unparalleled technology that’s as convenient and safe as it is fun.

As far as compact cars go, the Hyundai Elantra is a leader in its segment. The Elantra is known for being roomy, confident, safe, and innovative while also being affordable and reliable. Now, for 2017, the Hyundai Elantra features continue to offer drivers excellent value and unparalleled technology that’s as convenient and safe as it is fun. An impressive list of standard features awaits any driver that slides behind the wheel of the new Hyundai Elantra.

The 2017 Hyundai Elantra has been redesigned, giving it a more updated and streamlined style that’s sure to appeal, while also providing a roomy interior with space to stretch and a Top Safety Pick+ rating from the IIHS. You can add options like a 7-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay or Android Auto as well as smart safety features like a rearview camera. The interior boasts a premium feel alongside its exceptionally low price and offers standard goodies like USB ports, satellite radio, and a six-speaker audio system; you can add on dual-zone climate control and even a power moon-roof.

If you’re looking for a high-tech, confident ride that won’t let you down, opt for the 2017 Elantra. To learn more about this year’s model, visit us at Southtowne Hyundai today.

Start the Year Off Right with These Back to School Tips

 

We know it feels like summer just started, but the school year is right around the corner. If you want this to be your kids’ best year of school ever, then start them off right with some of these back to school tips.

  • Ease into your schedule. Two weeks before the start of school, start easing everyone back into their school wake and sleep schedules.
  • Make a calendar. School years are flooded with calendars, especially if you have more than one child in school. Find a way to keep everyone’s schedules organized. Try using a big white board calendar with color-coded markers for each person in the family.
  • Find after school activities. Start looking into after school programs for your kids. Do they want to take dance classes, play soccer, join the science club? Some of these programs fill up quickly, so don’t wait too long.
  • Turn on their brains. Reignite their young minds by taking a few trips to the library, a local museum, or other cultural attractions.
  • Talk about it. If you have kids just starting school or making a big transition, like to middle school, talk about what they can expect.

Here at Southtowne Hyundai, we hope everyone has a great start to the school year.

Is It Time to Change Your Tires?

A vehicle is a thing of beauty and, as with most things of beauty, it requires tender love and care to continue functioning at maximum capacity. When it comes to your car, one act of care you really do not want to skip is the changing of tires. But, how can you tell when it’s time to change your tires?

Here are two basic “tests” you can give your tires to ensure they are road-worthy:

The Quarter Test

Stick a quarter head-first into the tread of your tire at a couple different locations. If you can see the top of Washington’s head more often than not, it’s most likely time to get some new tires, because that set is over-worn.

Age is Just a Number You Definitely Need to Pay Attention to

Even if your tires aren’t displaying evident wear, if they are six years or older, it’s definitely time for a new set. Rubber ages just like we do, folks.

So, you’ve followed those easy steps and have determined it is in fact time to change your tires; now what? That is the easy part! Just give our service experts at Southtowne Hyundai a ring and make an appointment to get a new set of wheels on your beloved car. We are always happy to keep your Hyundai running smoothly and safely!

Hyundai Sponsors Football Fanatics with Hyundai Youth Football Camp

Across America this summer, Hyundai is sponsoring opportunities for young football fans to get out on the field with their favorite players with the Hyundai Youth Football Camp.

Taking place in cities from Los Angeles to Pittsburgh, the Hyundai Youth Football Camp gives kids ages 7-13 the chance to exercise with all-stars and practice football skills and drills. The day-long camp includes a morning and afternoon session that highlights safe exercise practices and proper conditioning techniques.

Hyundai’s nonprofit organization, Hyundai Hope On Wheels, will also invite survivors of childhood cancers in the local area to attend the camp. In this year alone, Hyundai Hope On Wheels will donate over $15 million to children’s hospitals across the nation.

The coming 2017 NFL season marks Hyundai’s third year as an NFL sponsor. Hyundai aims to give fans more opportunities to engage in the sport they love while simultaneously increasing community involvement.

While the team here at Southtowne Hyundai are a bit disappointed to be over the age of 13 and unable to participate in the Hyundai Youth Football league, our happy consolation is the promise of many delightful football tailgates to come. If you happen to be in need of new tailgate hero, we just might have the perfect Hyundai for you at Southtowne Hyundai (we’re thinking something like an all-new Hyundai Tucson or Hyundai Santa Fe) — come on down for a test drive today!

Fun Summer Activities You Can Do at Home

Taking a road trip to a new or traditional location is a common practice for American families when summer rolls around. There are plenty of other activities to take part in that can be done locally, too! Here are a few fun summer activities suggested by us at SouthTowne Hyundai that can make the upcoming months some of the most memorable you’ll ever have.

Drink Iced Tea

You don’t have to travel to get some great iced tea! A common summer beverage, anyone can make their own iced tea provided they have some tea packets and sunlight. Make a pitcher by letting the tea packets soak in water, then place the water in a sunny area. You’ll have a fresh pitcher of tea in no time! Simply refrigerate and add ice or sugar if necessary for a sweet drink to sip on under the summer sun.

Start a Project

Summer marks warmer weather and more sunlight, which means it’s a great time to start a new project. Consider something simple, such as building a chair or bench, if you aren’t good with tools. Those who want a real challenge could try taking on something larger, such as a shed or renovating a front porch.

Use a Grill

Having a family barbeque is a great way to make memories. Start up the grill and invite the neighbors if you’re feeling particularly social!

Snacks for Road Trips: the Dos and Don’ts of Eating on the Road

Any road trip enthusiast will tell you that careful planning can make or break a trip—including the proper snacks. Although it might sound like a silly concept, it is true that many drivers eat while they’re on the road. That’s why we’ve put together a post on snacks for road trips to give you an idea of the dos and don’ts of eating on the road.

According to How Stuff Works, the ideal foods for the roads make you feel full and don’t distract you from driving. They also give you energy and keep you alert. First, bring a mini cooler and keep it within reach. If you have passengers, put them in charge of snack distribution. The best snacks tend to be nuts, granola bars, and bananas. What do they have in common? They aren’t messy and they can be eaten with one hand.

What should you avoid? Obviously, you don’t want to bring messy foods that might distract from the road. Chips make your hands greasy, sandwich and hot dog condiments tend to get everywhere, and foods with pits or that have a lot of fluid can also be a problem, including cherries or peaches.

Other favorites include: fruit leather, jerky, celery and carrot sticks, and good old-fashioned trail mix. For drinks, go light—you don’t want to pull over every five seconds. Generally, you can’t go wrong with water. Avoid sugary drinks that may give you a rush and then a sugar crash. Though there are mixed feelings on caffeine, it is a stimulant, making coffee, tea, and energy drinks a possibility for late nights.

Direct Lending Versus Dealership Lending

What’s the difference between direct lending versus dealership lending? Direct and dealership lending are the two primary financing options for drivers in the market for a new car. Both have their advantages and each will benefit a different type of buyer depending on their financial situation. Check out this short comparison of direct lending versus dealership lending from us at SouthTowne Hyundai!

Benefits of Direct Lending

By getting a loan from a bank, the customer is taking part in direct lending.

One of the primary benefits of direct lending is the ability to compare loan offers and terms from competing financial institutions. By doing so, buyers can know the terms before purchasing a vehicle. Knowing the terms of the loan in advance is a benefit in itself.

Benefits of Dealership Lending

Those getting financing directly from the dealership are taking part in dealership lending. The primary difference between the two is that the dealership can sell the contract to a financial institution after signing.

Fortunately, dealership lending comes with multiple benefits as well. An in-house finance department and working relationship with surrounding financial institutions mean both the convenience of a timely response and only having to fill out a single loan application. Some automotive manufacturers offer special incentive programs through dealerships, further increasing the savings customers experience.

Check out our lending options at SouthTowne Hyundai in Riverdale, GA today. We will work hard to get you the best auto loan in the area.

New Hyundai Kona Teasers Released

The Hyundai Kona prototype has already been spotted in real-world testing, but now the Korean automaker has released the second official teaser. The latest darkened photo offers a more in-depth look at some of the styling cues. While there’s no word on the powertrain just yet, the new model surely won’t disappoint.

Lights

The latest teaser image plays up the Kona’s twin LED daytime running lights above-LED headlights. The upcoming subcompact crossover sticks the styling language found in the 2018 Hyundai Sonata and Elantra GT. The cascading grille design is certainly similar.

Size

The camouflaged prototype spotted earlier made it clear the subcompact crossover would be small. Judging by size, the new Hyundai Kona will likely compete with the likes of the Chevrolet Trax, Mazda CX-3, and Nissan Juke.

Interior

The interior is similar to that of the Elantra GT. A free-standing touchscreen sits in the middle of the dashboard and controls are positioned well throughout the cockpit, just as one would expect from Hyundai.

The new Kona subcompact crossover will make its way to the United States in early 2018. First, it will launch in Korea this summer. The subcompact crossover will also be one of the 30 new or refreshed models Hyundai launches in Europe between now and 2021.

We at SouthTowne Hyundai in Riverdale, GA can’t wait for the arrival of the new Hyundai Kona!

What to Do After a Car Accident

 

The first few moments after a car accident can be incredibly stressful, especially for those who haven’t been driving for very long. Panic and fear can make it hard to remember what to do, and that could hurt you when making an insurance claim. Here are a few tips regarding what to do after a car accident because we at SouthTowne Hyundai are here to help.

Breathe

The first thing to do immediately following an accident is to breathe and try to relax. Panicking will ultimately result in mistakes and a foggy memory. Take a moment to clear your mind before exiting the vehicle. Your wallet, insurance company, and future self will thank you.

Check for Injuries

The next step after remaining calm is to check for injuries. Make sure you don’t have any serious wounds or pain. Once you’ve checked over yourself, attend to any passengers to make sure they’re okay as well. Finally, check on anyone else involving, including the other driver and any bystanders.

Gather Information

While you should always call the police, even for minor accidents, it’s equally important to gather the other driver’s information as well. Make sure to get their name, insurance company (or agent), and a copy of the police report. Having that information ready to go will expedite the claims process.

New Hyundai Electric SUV Coming 2018

 

Tesla has become a major player in the electric car segment, but now Hyundai is offering premium competition. The South Korean automaker revealed plans to bring an electric SUV to the market in 2018. The new Hyundai electric SUV will kick off plans to release a full range of electric vehicles.

Hyundai Electric SUV
2017 Hyundai Ioniq EV

It’s no secret that Tesla holds almost all the cards and generally dominates the competition when it comes to electric vehicles. Few competitors have been able to hold a candle to the lineup. Hyundai is looking to change that by rolling out new electric vehicles on an entirely new platform.

Other automakers have fallen short when it comes to long-range electric offerings. That’s why the new Hyundai electric SUV will boast an impressive 186-mile range. That will set the standard for the entire line of electric vehicles planned in coming years.

Hyundai’s new electric SUV won’t face Tesla alone. It will be joined by a sibling with Kia badging released around the same time. The Genesis luxury brand will see a plug-in hybrid SUV in 2019 and an electric luxury car in 2021.

“The electric-vehicle platform will require high up-front investments, but we are doing this to prepare for the future,” said Lee Ki-sang, head of Hyundai-Kia green car operations.

We at SouthTowne Hyundai are ready for the arrival of the new Hyundai electric SUV!