How to Improve Your Hyundai’s Fuel Economy

Autumn is just around the corner, which also means colder Kansas City weather is in our future. Unfortunately, these colder temperatures also bring about the potential for higher gas prices. Over the years, gas prices seem to peak during this time of the year, though the cost of a gallon of unleaded can fluctuate in the fall.

Did you know the average American spends over $2,500 per year to fill up the tank? We hate hearing that, too. So, what are some of your options to save money by improving your fuel economy?

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Critics Love The All-New 2020 Hyundai Palisade

Large 3-row SUVs like the new Hyundai Palisade continue to attract minivan shoppers, but it’s clear the 8-seater segment is still in its infancy – or was, until now. With the release of the 2020 Palisade, the dawn of a new era begins. Offering minivan-comparable flexibility, space, and convenience, the all-new Palisade is shaking up, not stirring, the SUV class. Here’s what critics reviews are saying about the biggest Hyundai SUV to date.

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Palisade Interior, Specs & Dimensions

Effectively, the 2020 Palisade is a larger, significantly more spacious version of the outgoing Santa Fe XL. The Palisade is 3 inches longer and 3.5 inches wider than Hyundai’s previous full-size SUV, and it also adds 4 inches between the rear and front wheel wells. That translates to one roomy 3-row crossover with 86.4 cubic feet of cargo volume, a hidden gem of a sub-trunk, and 3rd-row shoulder room that sits at the top of the 8-seater class.

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Hyundai Safety Ratings & SmartSense Technology

Nearly 6 million car crashes occur annually in the U.S., and unless you have the otherworldly eyesight and reaction time of a comic book superhero, there’s no way other than blind luck to avoid every potential accident.

Luckily, with innovative vehicle safety features being released each year, you don’t need superhuman hand-eye coordination to help protect you when you’re behind the wheel. Instead, invest in a safe Hyundai SUV or car fitted with SmartSense technology. Review the following 2019 Hyundai vehicles’ safety scores and available safety systems to nail down which car or crossover is right for you.

Elantra: Safety Ratings & Available Tech

2019 IIHS Top Safety Pick+ in the small 4-door sedan segment, with optional front crash prevention and LED headlights. Received “Good” and “Superior” safety grades in all crash tests and for its standard daytime running headlights.

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2019’s Cheapest Summer Family Events in Kansas City

It’s almost summer break in Kansas City! For kids, this magical time of year means zero homework and zero alarm clocks. For parents, it means paying a babysitter and finding an engaging activity to keep the kids’ boredom at bay.

Since you’re already forking over big bucks for a day camp or sitter, why spend more for those activities? Here are some free and cheap summer events in Kansas City that will fill up your family’s calendar.

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Top 3 Certified Pre-Owned Hyundai Vehicles for Families

Picking out the perfect SUV or car can sometimes be a difficult and daunting task. With so many options to choose from, it can be hard to decide which vehicle would be the right choice for your family. The one thing that most families can agree on is that choosing a Hyundai pre-owned certified vehicle is a good idea – perhaps even the best idea.

Why a CPO Hyundai? With the award-winning Hyundai certified pre-owned program, you are getting a car that is less than five years old, has a 10-year powertrain warranty, and much more. All certified used Hyundai vehicles have also gone through a comprehensive 150-point inspection to ensure the highest quality possible, which equals an extra $2,066 in additional value. 

Need help deciding which certified pre-owned Hyundai model would best fit your family’s needs? We’ve compiled a list of the top 3 family-friendly CPO Hyundai vehicles that you should consider.

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Congrats To These 2019 Hyundai Award Winners!

Hyundai has once again raised the bar, as numerous 2019 Hyundai models have won the year’s most coveted awards. With the season’s car-shopping spree about to kick into high gear, we thought we’d highlight some of the industry’s best new Hyundai vehicles.

“As a Hyundai dealer, shouldn’t you be saying all Hyundai models are the best?” That’s a good question. While it’s true that we feel Hyundai crafts some of the finest vehicles on the road, there are some new models that simply can’t be beat. So, before you shop the hundreds of cars and SUVs for sale at our Olathe car dealership, review this list of award-winning Hyundai models from 2018 and 2019.

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Hyundai Models To Come With Solar Charging Roofs After 2019

Big news out of Camp Hyundai! Beginning sometime within the next year, select Hyundai models will potentially be fitted with roof-mounted solar charging systems. Once a logistical nightmare, solar vehicle roofs are now within the realm of possibility thanks to new innovations and technology, and Hyundai Motor Group is heading that charge into the future.

So, how do these Hyundai solar roofs work?

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2019 Hyundai Nexo Fuel Cell: The Ultimate Green SUV

As the world’s only hydrogen fuel-cell SUV, the 2019 Nexo is certainly one for the record books. The Hyundai Nexo Fuel Cell has an EV-leading range of 380 miles, emits zero greenhouse gases, and can be charged fully in about 5 minutes. (The only thing preventing it from being a car from The Jetsons is its lack of a self-propelled automotive jetpack.)

But let’s talk details. What’s in the Nexo? How does it work? And where can you get one?

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Don’t Travel On Christmas Without Performing These Auto Maintenance Tasks

With the holidays rounding the bend, you’re probably running through your Christmas gift list, crossing off items one by one as they arrive at your front door. However, there may be a more important checklist to pay attention to: Your winter car maintenance checklist. Before even loading your Hyundai Santa Fe with Santa’s bounty, make sure you’ve checked off these important auto maintenance tasks to guarantee a safe trip.

Check & Change Your Fluids

How often should you change your car’s fluids? It’s an important question to ask, especially before heading over the river and through the woods, to Grandmother’s house you go. Here’s a list of general fluid-change intervals to follow:

  • Motor Oil– Synthetic blends of oil should usually be changed every 7,500 miles.Full-synthetic oil should be changed every 10,000 miles. Conventional oil, which is usually found in older cars, should be changed every 3,000 to 5,000 miles.(When changing your oil, our Olathe shop will also replace your fuel filter to improve your vehicle’s fuel efficiency.)

  • Transmission Oil – Older vehicles may require new transmission fluid every 30,000 miles.Newer cars and Hyundai models can usually go about 60,000 miles before needing a transmission oil change. Some transmissions are qualified as “lifetime fill,”which means new transmission fluid isn’t usually needed until passing the 100,000-mile mark.

  • Antifreeze/Coolant– Ah, the most overlooked car fluid running through your vehicle’s veins!If your car has the green (conventional) antifreeze, a full coolant flush is recommended every 2 to 3 years, or 30,000 miles.  Some new vehicles with modern orange coolant will only require an antifreeze flush after 100,000-plus miles—if at all. (That’s just one more reason to upgrade to a new Hyundai!)

  • Brake Fluid – Unless you drive a racing car – which requires you to change your brake fluid every season – your vehicle should be okay with a brake fluid change every 2 to 3 years miles. A great rule of thumb is to change your brake fluid when installing new brake parts (pads and rotors, mostly).

  • Power Steering Fluid – Modern electric steering systems don’t require you to change your power steering fluid, but older vehicles will need this service done every 30,000 miles.

  • Windshield Washing Fluid – If your washer reservoir is empty, fill it up with anti freeze windshield fluid that can withstand negative temperatures. Install new wiper blades, while you’re at it.

Important note: Always refer to your vehicle’s manual for recommended care and fluid change intervals.

Inspect Your Tires

Did you know that tire pressure is reduced by 1 PSI for every 10-degree drop in air temperature? Under inflated tires make it difficult to gain traction on icy roads, and you’ll also find that they’re more prone to going flat. If you’ve ever tried changing a tire in the snow, you know how problematic it can be. Reduce that risk by checking your tire PSI and inflating them to the proper level as indicated in your vehicle’s manual, door jamb, or on the tires themselves. Do the same for your spare tire!

If your tires have been turning for over 50,000 miles, you’ll also want a certified mechanic to inspect the tread depth. If they’re all under 4/32”, you may want to consider buying a new set of tires before you take your holiday road trip. Simply stop by our Hyundai tire shop in Olathe to order a new set.

Get a Tire Rotation

As you visit your mechanic or Hyundai service center, be sure to ask for a tire rotation. Rotating those wheels is both an affordable and quick maintenance task that any auto repair shop can perform. A good tire rotation, paired with your routine oil change, will help reduce excessive tread wear and the possibility of slipping on black ice. For proper tire rotation service in the Kansas City area, you can make a tire service appointment online.

Test Your Lights

During a snowstorm, headlights can make a huge difference, improving visibility for both you and other drivers. Prior to your Christmas road trip, check your headlights, tail lights, and turn signals; a friend or family member can make this task easier. If you need to replace a bulb or fuse, you can do it yourself or simply seek out the services of a local mechanic or dealership repair shop.

Replace Your Car Battery

When’s the last time you remember installing a new battery? If it’s been longer than 5 years, you’re due for an upgrade. In the winter, even new car batteries can crank power at just 50% of the recommended level, and that inefficiency only gets worse with age. A new battery can usually be purchased and installed for under $200, which is a paltry price to pay for peace of mind. Ask your local auto parts shop near you for advice on choosing the right vehicle battery for your specific make and model.

Follow Your Hyundai Maintenance Schedule

To get the most out of your Hyundai before and after your Christmas travels, it’s imperative that you follow the recommended Hyundai maintenance schedule for your particular model. Better yet, let us do it for you! When you visit our Olathe Hyundai service shop at 681 N Rawhide Dr for seasonal maintenance, we’ll alert you to up coming service per OEM recommendations. (We can even email or give you a call when it’s time to come back in!)

Contact us at 913-324-7355 or schedule an auto service appointment online before visiting family this holiday. We hope you have a very safe journey!

2019 Hyundai Sonata: Carry Over My Wayward Son(ata)

Although there are no major changes to the 2019 Hyundai Sonata – the 2020 sedan is set to be all new, by the way – that’s not necessarily a bad thing. What made last year’s model a superb family car and daily-driver is carried over in the 2019 model, sans the “+” nomenclature on the Sport and Limited 2.0T trims. Here’s what you’ll fall in love with when you test drive the latest Sonata sedan at our Olathe Hyundai dealership this fall.

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