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2018 Hyundai Sonata Milwaukee

What’s New in the 2018 Hyundai Sonata?

Making its North American debut at the 2017 New York International Auto Show, the 2018 Hyundai Sonata will soon be available. Boasting a redesign that makes the new Sonata sleeker and more stylish than ever, the 2018 Sonata has many new features that drivers will be sure to enjoy. Let’s take a closer look at what’s new in the 2018 Hyundai Sonata.

Features and Specs of the 2018 Hyundai Sonata

The 2018 Hyundai Sonata now offers drivers LED daytime running lights to complement the new body design. The new lights will brighten the driving path when it gets dark to further make sure you’re safe out on the road.

The 2018 Sonata has also had improvements made to its handling. Hyundai engineers were able to increase the stiffness of the torsion bar by 12 percent and improved the steering calibration to allow drivers to have a stronger steering response. Along with the improved steering, the new Hyundai sedan will be equipped with a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine and 8-speed automatic transmission. The new engine will be able to generate 245 horsepower.

Rear view of the 2018 Hyundai Sonata
New LED lights in the 2018 Hyundai Sonata
Steering wheel and touchscreen display in 2018 Hyundai Sonata

Read more: Color options for the 2017 Hyundai Sonata.

The new Sonata will also come standard with a 7-inch touchscreen display. The Sonata offers both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, and drivers will be able to charge their smartphones on the go with the available Qi wireless charging pad. The infotainment system can also be used for navigation, and it offers other features such as a bird’s eye view, traffic flow and incident data.

“It’s all about making an impact. We wanted to deliver an exciting expressive car to our customers and show the world how passionate Hyundai is about design and craftsmanship. The objective was to make an impact, this design provides the visual excitement and unique identity our customers associate with Sonata.”

– Chris Chapman, chief designer, Hyundai North American Design Center

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Consider the Hyundai Veloster Rally – Sports Car Fun at Economy Price

The 2016 Hyundai Veloster Rally is an unexpected vehicle from Hyundai.  Most people when they think of Hyundai it is either a sedan or their SUV’s.  That not what the Veloster is, its a cross of a sedan and a hatchback at a price tag that is surprisingly affordable.

What is the Veloster?

The Veloster offers a quirky four-door design with one driver’s side-door, two passenger side-doors and a hatchback.  It’s a performance oriented compact for people who do not need a lot of space for cargo and want an engaging driving experience on a budget.

Pricing and Trims

There are four different models available depending on how focused you are on getting a sports car vibe from your Veloster. The base Veloster has a 1.6-liter 4-cylinder engine with 132 horsepower. Opt for the Turbo R-Spec, Rally Edition, or Turbo for a turbocharged 1.6-liter 4-cylinder with 201 horsepower

Every trim is available with a 6-speed manual transmission while only the base Veloster and the Turbo provide optional automatics. The sportier editions get appearance upgrades and sport-tuned suspension systems.

 

Safety

There’s a long list of standard safety features on the Veloster. Rearview camera, vehicle stability management, traction control, electronic brake-force distribution, and brake assist come on every Veloster no matter the trim. The only optional safety feature is rear parking sensors and they’re only an option on the Veloster and Veloster Turbo.

Those rear parking sensors come only in the Technology Package so they’ll cost you big. The package runs $2,100 in the Veloster and $2,700 in the Veloster Turbo.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the 2016 Hyundai Veloster mixed reviews in crash testing. It received a top score of Good for Moderate Overlap Front, Roof Strength, and Head Restraints and Seats. The rating dropped down to Acceptable for Side crash testing and dropped one step further for Small Overlap Front to Moderate. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the Veloster its top overall rating of 5 stars.

Performance

The Rally Edition features its more powerful 1.6-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine with 201 horsepower and 195 lb-ft of torque. That’s a lot for a small car and it makes the Veloster really move. It will press you back in your seat when you hit the gas and is wonderfully engaging, especially if you let the revs creep up with that manual transmission.

The Veloster is responsive at all speeds providing ample power from a dead stop and when you need an extra boost on the highway. It does this smoothly and quietly with enough engine noise to enjoy the sound without becoming deafening. It’s a surprisingly well-mannered compact that delivers plenty of performance without becoming rough.

This is the kind of car you really want to drive with a manual. Yes, you can get the base Veloster with a 6-speed automatic or the Turbo with a seven-speed automatic, but don’t do that.

The six-speed manual in this car is fantastic with a nice short throw and a soft clutch that won’t have your leg aching in stop and go traffic. It lets you eke out every last bit of performance from the engine, which is half the fun of having a hot hatch in the first place.

Ride and handling

Compacts aren’t known for being comfortable rides and neither are sports cars. Somehow, the Veloster manages to be small, sporty, and fun without being jarring or rough. It’s comfortable even on less perfect roads and handles well, although a bit more steering feedback would be nice. You’ll happily tear through corners in the Veloster without feeling like you’re out of control.

Seating

Front seating is very comfortable with heavily bolstered leather sports seats that aren’t too narrow for larger drivers. They’re low but not so low that you feel like you’re climbing awkwardly up out of the car to exit.

There are 39 inches of headroom and 43.9 inches of legroom, which compares with 39.4 and 41.3 in the Volkswagen Beetle or 40.3 and 41.4 in the Mini Cooper Hardtop. That extra legroom makes the Veloster better suited for tall drivers.

This is a small hatchback so the rear seats are not great for adults. A couple of kids, two very small adults, or two large adults you don’t like and want to punish are about the only people who should ride in back. There are 35.3 inches of headroom and 31.7 inches of legroom. The Beetle has 37.1 and 31.4 while the Mini Cooper Hardtop has 36.9 and 30.8.

Cargo

Cargo is not your priority with a car like the Veloster, but you may still want to shove a suitcase or some groceries in back. There are 15.5 cubic feet with the seats up or 34.7 cubic feet with the 60/40 split rear seats down. That bests the Beetle with 15.4 and 29.9 and the Mini Cooper Hardtop with just 8.7 with the seats up or 34 with those seats folded flat.

Infotainment and controls

The Veloster features a seven-inch high-resolution LCD touchscreen with a rearview camera across the lineup. The Rally Edition has the upgraded 450-watt Dimension premium audio system with AM/FM/SiriusXM/CD/MP3 along with 8 speakers, external amplifier, and a subwoofer. In such a small space it easily fill the air with fantastic sound quality. There is a single USB port, but no Apple CarPlay or Android Auto.

Overall

The Hyundai Veloster is exactly the hot little hatchback you wanted when you first got out of school. It looks good, is fun to drive, and has a price that won’t require selling your soul.

Schedule your test drive today at John Amato Hyundai Superstore Milwaukee

Second Chance Finance Auto Loan after Default near Milwaukee

A credit default occurs when a borrower is unable to repay the credit.  And this reflects on your ability to meet timely payments, putting off lenders from offering you reliable car loans after Default near Milwaukee,WI.

But, do not worry, John Amato Hyundai and John Amato Mitsubishi work with a huge network of lenders who look at you current repayment potential and are willing to take a chance with you. This way , you get various affordable rates of interest on reliable vehicles.  You can take you time to discuss your options with one of our numerous credit specialists.  Whether you get a loan from one of our lenders or our in-house finance program, we report to the credit agency, so when you make your payments on time future lenders will be happy with the positive change to your credit score.

Our Second Chance Finance are two pronged:  We help you get into a car and we also assist on getting your credit score back on track. .  Another reason to choose John Amato Hyundai and John Amato Mitsubishi is our huge selection of used vehicles.

We offer a wide selection of sedans, trucks, SUV, minivans and  sports cars.  Our brand selection is not limited to Mitsubishi and Hyundai, we also carry Acura, Audi, BMW, Dodge, Cadillac, Chevrolet and more.  You can take a peak at our inventory online.  Our vehicles are carefully inspected before we take them in so you need not to worry about safety or upkeep.  Like our reliable car loans after default, our cars too come in various price ranges so that there is something for every need, taste, and budget.  We take the time to listen to your financial situation,and we work hard to find you a vehicle and financing plan that works.

Even if you had a bankruptcy, divorce, repossession on your record it is not a problem.  We feel that our customers deserve a second chance.  Talking about prices, we offer internet specials, extended warranty programs and other financial  perks to all of our clients.  So there is savings at every corner.  For more details on starting your transaction contact John Amato Hyundai or                 John Amato Mitsubishi to start the process.

What Does Hyundai Active Eco Feature Do?

In today’s vehicle market, many dealers have vehicle features that benefit the consumer.  But not all consumers know what the features do.  Today we will discuss Hyundai Active Eco Feature.

Active Eco Feature was first introduced to the market in 2011, it is in fact a performance feature that is located on the left side of the steering wheel.  It modifies your Hyundai Engine operation and transmission control by smoothing out throttle responses.  It creates a smoother, smarter accelerations which in fact leads to better fuel economy.

Some of the benefits of Active Eco is that by controlling the engine and the trans axle, it reduces RPM’s during normal driving.  After selecting the Active ECO button, most drivers can realize up to 7 % increase in fuel economy

Active Eco is available on the following models:

  • Accent
  • Elantra
  • Sonata
  • Tucson
  • Santa FE

Take and Active Eco Equipped Hyundai for a spin at John Amato Hyundai Superstore Milwaukee

 

Hyundai Genesis Standard of Luxury

The new standard of luxury is here.  The Hyundai Genesis in now available at John Amato Hyundai Superstore in  Milwaukee, WI.  Packed with a number of luxurious details and features and  top notch safety features.  Equipped with dozens of advanced safety features, including Hyundai innovative driver assistance technologies, the Genesis stands out

Here is a list of a few of the safety features:

  1.   Automatic Emergency Braking – Using a combined system of a camera and radar sensor, the Genesis monitors the vehicles ahead.  If the system detects a potential collision, and the driver does not react, the Automatic Emergency Braking instinctively kicks in.  If a crash is imminent with no driver response, the system can even apply the vehicle full brakes , stopping power from 5 to 50 mph
  2. Lane Departure Warning with Lane Keep Assist – When traveling at speeds above 44 mph, Lane Departure Warning will alert the driver when they begin to drift outside of their lane without signaling.  If the driver does not respond to the gentle steering wheel vibration alert of a visual cue, Lane keep Assist will apply corrective steering assistance to guide the vehicle back into its lane.
  3. Blind Spot Detection with Rear Cross Traffic Alert –   Using an advanced radar system, the Hyundai Genesis constantly monitors the vehicle’s surrounding areas.  When the system detects the vehicle has enters the driver’s blind spot, it will provide both and audio and visual alert.  When the Genesis is in reverse the system scans for objects in the vehicle’s rear cross path and will alert the driver with the same cues should an object be detected.
  4.  Smart Cruise Control –  With Smart Cruise Control on the Hyundai Genesis, the system automatically adjusts the vehicle’s speed to maintain the driver’s pre-selected distance from the vehicle ahead.  Should the vehicle come to a complete stop, the stop/start technology allows the Genesis to come to a complete stop and then automatically start moving forward again if the vehicle ahead begins moving forward within 3 seconds
  5. Heads-Up Display –   If luxury is what you seek, look no further than its Head-Up Display.  Using a system of lasers, this feature displays all of the vehicle’s pertinent information on the windscreen.  Speed, navigation, Lane Departure Warning, and Blind Spot Detection all conveniently located.

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2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport Milwaukee

Looking for a sharp SUV inside and out.  Check out the 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport at John Amato Hyundai Superstore in Milwaukee.

The 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport is sized between the three row Santa Fe and the Tucson.  This year’s Sport takes a little from each model to round out its potion as Hyundai’s popular 2 row SUV.

Despite being mechanically unchanged from last year’s model, this year it received new front fascia, headlights, trim panels, taillights, rear fascia and more.

In total the design has matured in the Santa Fe Sport into something closer to the redesigned Tucson.   The Sport is still rated the best looking of the Hyundai crossover SUV trio.  It has hexagonal grille bracketed in place with coordinated fog-lamps trimmed with LED lighting.  The side sills stand out in relief up and over the rear wheel wells, and the rear door handles sit will back of the rear wheel openings.

The interior of the Sport is further refined from the previous years.  Hyundai is stuffing the Santa Fe Sport with more available technology.  Which includes an available 8 inch touch screen  and electrolunenescent gauges

The base engine that comes in the Santa Fe Sport is a 2.4 liter inline 4 that is also used in the Hyundai Sonata.  The engine makes 185 horsepower.  It is equipped with a direct injection that is paired with a 6 speed automatic.

In terms of SUV size, the 2017 Hyundai Santa Fe Sport is in the middle of the pack when compared to other SUV in its class.  It is close in size to the Honda CRV, Toyota RAV4, Jeep Cherokee and Chevrolet Equinox.  It does have a slightly larger wheel base than the Ford Escape.

The Santa Fe Sport has more room than most of its rivals.  It has great leg room and knee room for the taller drivers.  The seats have sufficient bolstering on the bottom cushion and well shaped backrests.  Power seat is standard on most versions.

The rear seats splits and folds to flex in its available space.  The seats fold into a 40/20/20  which means that the middle section can give way to narrow objects without losing seating space.

 

Test drive your next SUV at John Amato Hyundai Superstore Milwaukee

 

Hyundai Tucson receives top award by IIHS

Drivers in the market for a compact crossover who want protection not only for themselves but also for their passengers, should put the 2016 Hyundai Tucson on the top of their list.

In a recent study by the IIHS Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, shows that the Tucson was the only small SUV out of the seven studied that provided good driver-side and passenger side small overlap ratings.

The IIHS developed the small overlap test in 2012 to see what happens  when the front corner of a vehicle crashes into an object or another vehicle.  The test looks at a width of 25% on the driver and passenger sides.  IIHS also has a moderate overlap test, which involves looking at 40% of the width of the vehicle.  IIHS said that the results from the overlap test has prompted vehicle manufactures to make safety changes.

Hyundai indicated that it is pleased with the results of the IIHS study and said it shows Hyundai’s commitment to ensuring its drivers and passengers are safe and protected.   In 2014 more than 1600 people died from frontal crashes.

Since the small overlap crash test started 13 manufactures have made changes to 97 vehicles to improve safety.

Overall the Toyota Rav4 was the worst performer in the passenger side test according to the IIHS.  IIHS indicated that intrusion measure shows how well the vehicle can hold up in a crash, plus the greater the intrusion the more likely a person will sustain a serious injury.

 

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Attention Milwaukee Area Uber Drivers

Uber is a civilian car transportation service that offers rides to customers destination just as a taxi or shuttle service would.  With an easy to use app that you can download right  to your phone.  Uber drivers are just a click away.

For a limited time only, Hyundai is offering a $1000 rebate to Uber drivers to go towards the purchase of a qualifying Hyundai model.  This is in addition to all other rebates on vehicles to be used for Uber service.

This rebate can be combined with other rebates available:

  • Hyundai Circle A Plan discount (for those who qualify)
  • The incentive must be applied to the vehicle deal
  • Customer must be a registered Uber Driver
  • Customer must provide a copy of the Uber Driver Dashboard showing their registration at the time of purchase

When becoming an Uber Driver you are offered discounts from certain manufactures like Hyundai and John Amato Hyundai Superstore in Milwaukee.

One factor to consider is the cost of ownership, which not only includes the purchase price and depreciation, but also fuel costs, insurance and maintenance.  Kelley Blue Book complies 5 Year cost to Own data that takes account all these factors to come up with an average total cost of ownership.  While not Uber driver specific, this can be an important factor in your new car buying decision.  And Hyundai was rated #1 in cost of ownership vs cost to maintain

 

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4 indications your vehicle needs new tires

When should you change your tires?

As seasons change, it’s always a good idea to take inventory of your vehicle’s needs.  For many people that means routine maintenance and the regular oil change.  While these are important steps in the life of your vehicle, it is also a good idea to keep an eye on your tires.

Tread Wear

Not sure if your vehicle has low tread?  Do the penny test.  Simply put the penny with Lincoln’s head down between the tread of the tire. If you can see Lincoln’s head then  you tire needs to be replaced soon.

Tire Pressure

If you are finding yourself having to stop and refill your vehicle’s tires multiple times during the week, you might need new tires.  It’s normal for tires to deflate about one pound per square inch per month, but increased loss of pressure is a warning sign

Cracks

These typically go hand in hand with low tire pressure.  When a tire deflates, its normal for the tire to then crack and bulge out.  So if you are seeing cracks, gouges or bulges, you might have a slow air leak.  Either way, its a good idea to get it checked out to see if it can be repaired or you just need new tires.

Strange Noises

Hearing thumping or getting vibration when driving your vehicle down the road?  It’s a good idea to bring your vehicle to John Amato Hyundai Superstore Service Center as soon as possible.  A rear tire could be out of balance or there could be another issue.  Either way, get it checked out.

At John Amato Hyundai Superstore, you will find an exceptional team of experts dedicated on getting the repair right the first time.

5 Fast Facts of the 2016 Hyundai Sonata

Hyundai redesigned the Sonata sedan in 2015 with more conservative styling.  And for 2016 the Sonata adds a few styling and suspension upgrades plus boasts enhanced styling.  In addition the Sonata Hybrid’s power-train is updated and a plug in version is new for the consumer

 

Here are 5 fast facts about the 2016 Hyundai Sonata:

1) Trim levels for the 2016 Sonata include base, SE, Sport, Limited, Sport 2.0T, Limited 2.0T, and Eco. More content is added in the Sonata’s cabin this year, including a 7-in. color touch-screen display audio system with smartphone integration for Android Auto and standard rearview camera in most trims. The Sonata’s cabin offers generous rear-seat room and 16.3 cu. ft. of trunk space.
2) Exterior changes on the upscale Limited trim feature a more aggressive front bumper with 3-bar grille plus 17-in. alloy wheels, including woodgrain trim inside on Sonatas with a beige interior.
3) Sonata power starts with a basic, standard, 2.4-liter 4-cylinder GDI engine that produces 185 horsepower and 178 lb.-ft. of torque. A 2.0-liter, turbocharged GDI engine paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission propels the Sport 2.0T and Limited 2.0T trims. That engine produces 245 horsepower and 260 lb.-ft. of torque. The Sonata Eco’s turbocharged 1.6-liter engine makes 177 horsepower and 195 lb.-ft. of torque partnered with a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic. It is EPA-rated to return 32 mpg in combined city/highway driving.
4) To improve handling, Hyundai has reduced the weight of suspension components in all 2016 Sonatas by making them out of aluminum instead of steel.
5) Advanced safety features added this year include automatic emergency braking (AEB) on Sonatas equipped with forward-collision warning systems. Also, the 2016 Hyundai Sonata received a “Top Safety Pick+” crash-test rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS)) as well as the highest-possible 5-star overall safety rating from federal safety regulators.

 

 

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Hyundai offering current owners free smartphone integration

Late in May 2016,  Hyundai is adding smartphone integration to several existing models via a do-it-yourself installation.  The software update compatible with CarPlay and Android Auto is now available through myhyundai.com  The software is also available at your local Hyundai dealership (www.milwaukeehyundaiservice.com) for an installation fee starting in June.

Current Compatible Systems include

  •  Sonata  2015 with Navigation and 2016 with Navigation or Display Audio
  • Genesis – 2015 with 8 inch touchscreen Navigation with rear-view camera a 2016 Genesis with 8 inch touchscreen Navigation with rear-view camera.
  • Elantra GT- 2016 Elantra GT with Navigation
  • Tucson – 2016 Tucson with Navigation
  • Santa Fe Sport – 2017 Santa Fe Sport with 7 inch touchscreen and 8-inch Navigation
  • Santa Fe – 2017 Santa Fe with 7 inch touchscreen and 8 inch Navigation

Launching smartphone integration on these existing models through MyHyundai will enhance the overall ownership experience according to Barry Ratzlaff the executive director, digital business planing and connected operations at Hyundai Motor America.  Existing owners can now get the most out of their smart phones, by simply loading new software into their cars infotainment systems.  Only a few years ago, they would have ad to buy a new car to get such a powerful upgrade

 

This is not the first time Hyundai has made a software upgrade available using the MyHyudnai portal.  Last year Android Auto was offered to 2015 Sonata owners with Navigation.  Hyundai continues to offer a customer focused user experience by leveraging the MyHyundai.com Platform.  MyHyundai.com gives customers the option to update their car for free at their own schedule.  Hyundai will continue to add value to its vehicles with the easy-to-do  upgrades.

To complete the software upgrade, owners need their VIN number and USB memory stick or the SD card from the Navigation system.  MyHyundai.com has installation guides to walk customers through the process.  In the near future consumers will have access to do-it-yourself installation videos.  The videos will be found on MyHyundai.com and the Hyundai USA You Tube channel and will include detailed download and installation instructions of the software.