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Solid Entry in Compact Hatchback Field

The 2016 Hyundai Elantra remains a value-oriented challenger in the competitive compact hatchback market. With a peppy 2.0-liter 4 cylinder engine that produces 173 horsepower, the Elantra holds its own against challengers like the Ford Focus, Mazda 3 and VW Golf. Although it only comes in one trim level, there are plenty of optional packages for the Elantra that include innovative safety features and electronic advancements. Hyundai created a more aggressive look for 2016, including a bolder front end and 17-inch wheels and tires that grip the road with unbridled vigor.

Standard Features Abound

Although there are plenty of options, the standard features of the Elantra add up to an impressive list of technology and creature comforts that seem more at home in a much more expensive vehicle. Air conditioning, Bluetooth, remote keyless entry, telescopic and tilt steering, power windows, heated front seats and choice of steering modes are all standard on the 2016 Hyundai Elantra. Test-drive the Elantra and see how it stacks up to the competition by visiting Chapman Hyundai Scottsdale.

Options Kick this Car Up a Notch

Add the Tech Package and you’ll receive premium upgrades including leather seating, a panoramic sunroof, rear-view camera, LED taillights, remote start, dual climate controls and next-generation navigation with HD radio. The Tech Package also includes Hyundai Blue Link, an innovative integration feature that utilizes Google search and Android apps. It will eventually also work with Apple CarPlay and Apple Watch. A 90-day trial of Sirius XM Satellite comes with every purchase to let you try the service out with no commitment.

Plenty of Room for Kids and Dogs

With 23 cubic feet of cargo space with the seats in the upright position, the Hyundai Elantra is one of the largest compact hatchbacks on the market. Fold the seats down and it mushrooms to 51 cubic feet, which is plenty of space for a trip to Ikea or the big box retail store.

Safety Features Protect Precious Cargo

With all-wheel anti-lock brakes, head airbags in the front and rear, side airbags in the front and full-side curtain airbags, Hyundai has gone to great lengths to protect your people and cargo. The Elantra earned a five-star rating overall from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the highest award possible. A remote alarm system helps keep the Elantra safe from thieves. Test-drive the new Hyundai Elantra at Chapman Hyundai Scottsdale and see what all the excitement’s about.


Combines Compact Price with Midsize Room, one of the nation’s leading automotive consumer websites, has named the Hyundai Sonata as the most affordable midsize sedan for 2015. Along with purchase price, the decision factors in the cost-to-own the vehicle as well as residual value. “Midsize sedans continue to be some of the most popular cars with consumers,” said the managing editor of, Dave Thomas. “Not only is the Sonata the most affordable in its class, it is one of the best.” For comparison’s sake, vehicles had to include creature comforts that most drivers expect, including automatic transmission, air conditioning, power driver’s seat, Bluetooth connectivity, USB ports and a rearview camera.

Cabin Utilizes Premium Materials

High-quality materials combine with an ergonomic design to make the Sonata interior a winner in terms of form, fit and function. An angled center stack places the controls within easy reach of the driver. Buttons are grouped logically and have a consistent feel, making it easy to control the climate, adjust the stereo or perform other functions while concentrating on the road. With the height of the audio display and navigation screen optimized for easy reading, drivers can stay confident behind the wheel while scanning routes or engaging satellite radio. Stop by Chapman Hyundai Scottsdale and experience the feeling of quality the most affordable midsize sedan can offer.

Affordable Does Not Translate to Cheap

The use of an advanced high-strength steel platform as the base of the Hyundai Sonata provides a rigid security blanket that enhances ride quality and crash test performance. By using high-strength steel for more than 50 percent of the platform, you can relax at the thought of the extra protection provided to you and your precious cargo. High-strength steel is actually lighter and twice as rigid as traditional steel, creating higher fuel efficiency. New dual suspension ride arms increase handling and provide greater responsiveness and stability when putting your Sonata to the test through hairpin turns.

Advanced Safety Technology Reduces Injuries

With new safety features like a driver’s knee airbag that doesn’t allow a person to slide down their seat, the 2015 Sonata is implementing crash and injury avoidance technology normally reserved for much more expensive luxury vehicles. Tire pressure monitoring, stability control, stability management, traction control, blind spot detection, forward collision warning and lane departure warning are all available this year. Come see what the new Hyundai Sonata can offer by taking a test drive at Chapman Hyundai Scottsdale.


If last winter’s falling gas prices proved anything, it’s that Americans have a short memory when it comes to paying at the pump. People immediately started flocking away from compact and subcompact cars, heading back to larger sedans and SUVs. Even as fuel prices have continued to creep back upwards, sales of hybrids and electric vehicles are languishing, creating some concern at companies like Hyundai where the new 2016 Sonata Plug-in Electric Vehicle will be arriving at Chapman Hyundai Scottsdale this fall.

Innovation is Expensive

Given their druthers, the execs at Hyundai would rather not have to spend the money to create a vehicle with such limited sales. But, build it they must to comply with requirements for zero emission vehicles in 10 states. Those states account for almost 25 percent of all U.S. sales, requiring automakers who want to fight for a share of the U.S. market to create zero emission cars. Hyundai will continue to evolve and create environmentally-friendly vehicles that meet state requirements. “It is true that there is not a great market demand for these cars,” said John Shon, a planner for Hyundai. “But it’s also true that we are developing and refining technology that could be very big in the future.”

Tax Benefits Help Lure Consumers

The issue doesn’t seem to be consumer confidence in zero emission technology, but rather what bang does the consumer get for their buck by investing in a plug-in or electric vehicle. There are thousands of dollars of tax credits available in some states to help create an even playing field between the cost of a hybrid and that of a conventional internal combustion engine. Some smaller gas vehicles achieve fuel mileage almost equal to that of a hybrid, leaving consumers asking why spend the extra money for hybrid technology. Still the plug-in Sonata Hybrid is a great technological achievement that will be on the Chapman Hyundai Scottsdale showroom floor this fall.

Part of Overall Strategy to Wean U.S. off Foreign Oil

The challenge for the auto industry is to continue to straddle the tipping point between developing alternative fuel options that can compete with traditional gas car prices. Although there is a glut of foreign oil on the market, history shows that there will be periods where oil is scarce and the U.S. economy will be thrown into a tizzy by huge fuel price increases. Developing alternative fuel sources now will pay off in a big way in the future.