Hyundai is a growing force in the US automotive market. A few years ago, not too many drivers knew about the Korean carmaker. Now, it is a player with a wide array of vehicles, especially crossovers and SUVs. The manufacturer continues the expansion. We already saw and learned about some changes for the 2022 season, but there is more to come in 2023.
The lineup is almost completely covered. The mid-size Palisade is the largest SUV for now and Hyundai lacks a full-size SUV. Santa Fe is another mid-sizer, now available with hybrid units. Tucson is the best-seller. Expectations are higher now with extra options. Kona is a small crossover, which is better known for the electric drivetrain. Venue is the smallest model. Nexo Fuel Cell represents the next step in the evolution, as well as the Ioniq 5. Hyundai expanded the business to the premium segment with the Genesis brand. GV80 is the first model. A mid-size luxury SUV is getting a reinforcement – the GV70.
2023 Hyundai Palisade
Palisade was presented in 2018 and the production started next year, while the first models appeared as 2020 YM. It actually replaced Santa Fe XL SUV as a three-row SUV. But, the Palisade added something new, besides the design. Hyundai is now competitive with leaders in this segment, such as Toyota Highlander, Ford Explorer, or Honda Pilot.
The 2023 Hyundai Palisade is coming with the first notable updates. We saw most of the lineup getting hybrid and PHEV systems. Palisade is definitely the next one to get such a configuration. Meanwhile, engineers will stick to a new 3.8-liter V6 plant. All-wheel drive is optional and the pricing is expected to start from $33,000. Calligraphy is the unique premium package, which is going to make the MSRP breach the $50k mark.
2023 Hyundai Santa Fe
Santa Fe SUV suffered a lot of changes recently. It used to be a seven-seat model before it was downgraded and the Santa Fe XL took its place. Now, the XL version is discontinued, and the 2023 Hyundai Santa Fe is coming out as a two-row mid-size SUV. This market is still attractive, but the competition is not as tough as in the three-row class.
The 2023 YM is not bringing too many serious changes. Already in 2022, buyers can order this SUV with a hybrid or plug-in setup. The basic hybrid is using a 1.6-liter turbo-four engine and electric motor to provide 178 hp and 195 lb-ft of torque. The plug-in hybrid brings another dimension to the lineup. Now, you can ride the 2023 Hyundai Santa Fe by using only an electric motor. The range is not stunning, but the SUV can cover 31 miles. The pricing for the PHEV starts at around $36,000, which is a $3,000 investment over the standard hybrid.
2023 Hyundai Tucson
The fourth generation of the Tucson debuted last year and we are surprised with the options the vehicle introduced. Fans are a bit disappointed with a price increase. But, there are plenty of features you are getting, which were not available previously. Now, there are hybrid, PHEV, and N Line editions. The lowest MSRP is now $25,000 and you will have to add $5,000 for a hybrid.
Experts believe the 2023 Hyundai Tucson plug-in hybrid will cost over $35,000. The electric range should be similar to Santa Fe PHEV. The system cracks out 260 horsepower. The N Line is also a new member of the lineup. It is not the performance edition we were expecting. But, the package is bringing sporty exterior styling and minimalistic interior design. Unique details will make it distinctive from the rest of the squad.
2023 Hyundai Kona
Kona is another model where we expect a big update. Well, this is one of the most fascinating lineups in the market. When buying the 2023 Hyundai Kona, you will have several drivetrain options. The base version uses a naturally-aspirated 2.0-liter motor, good for 147 hp. A 1.6-l turbocharged four-pot raises the bar to 195 hp and 195 lb-ft of torque.
But, the highlight of the conventional lineup is the 2023 Hyundai Kona N. We wanted to see a similar configuration for the Tucson, but the company is not releasing the performance edition yet. Turbochargers increase the power output of a 2.0 motor to 276 hp and 290 lb-ft of torque. Still, the nameplate is best known for its zero-emission drivetrain. The 2023 Hyundai Kona Electric should cover more distance from the current edition 258-mile range.
2023 Hyundai Venue
The 2023 Hyundai Venue is the smallest model in the lineup. The vehicle debuted in 2020, with a 99-inch wheelbase and an overall length of 160 inches. A subcompact crossover is a great choice for the urban drive. A 1.6-liter engine returns 120 horsepower but saves a lot of fuel. It is also an affordable crossover, with a starting price under $19,000.
The 2023 Hyundai Venue Denim is top of a range version. This is a unique package with the special exterior color, leatherette seats, contrasting white roof, and all the features you are getting with the mid-range SEL trim. A base model is SE. It is still a valuable package with highlights such as an eight-inch screen, a Smart Sense system, and cruise control.
2023 Genesis GV80
Genesis GV80 is the first luxury SUV by Hyundai. Like other carmakers, the Korean company is using a different branch to deliver premium models. It is still a fresh model and we already hear praising. A long list of features is definitely a reason why you should consider the 2023 Genesis GV80 a good buy. The safety package is one of the best in the market, while Hyundai carried over an extended warranty period to its premium class. You can upgrade the ride with an all-wheel drive.
Downsides for the 2023 Genesis GV80 will be a tight rear row, suitable only for children. By the next season, a mid-size luxury SUV should get another drivetrain. Fans hope for a V8. Hybrid is a more likely option. The price is going to be around $50,000. Standard, Advanced, and Prestige are trim levels available for the GV80. A 3.5-liter turbocharged engine in the combination with high-end accessories will make the MSRP go over $75,000.
2023 Genesis GV70
A smaller sibling of the first-ever Genesis SUV is stealing the show with aggressive styling. Meanwhile, engineers kept the same powertrain choices. A 2.5-liter turbo-four can produce 300 horsepower. For more, there is a 3.5-l turbocharged V6 with 375 hp and 390 lb-ft of torque. Compared to the GV80, the 2023 Genesis GV70 is not going to offer three rows. It means occupants in the middle row seats will get more space.
All-wheel drive is standard all across the lineup. The base version is Standard. Select is the trim level available only with a 2.5 engine. The mid-range offer is 2023 Genesis GV70 Advanced. Prestige package includes leather upholstery, 16-speaker Lexicon audio, and panoramic roof. The pricing starts from $41,000 and goes up to $65,000.
2023 Hyundai Nexo Fuel Cell
We hope the 2023 Hyundai Nexo Fuel Cell will be available in more dealerships. For now, you can purchase this vehicle only in California. The price is just under $60,000 and the crossover brings the most advanced technology. No other company is selling a vehicle that uses hydrogen as fuel. Still, there are a lot of downsides, such as high price and limited recharging network, that make market for such vehicles pretty restricted.
A hydrogen fuel cell is producing 160 hp and 290 pound-feet of torque. The crossover covers 355-380 miles, depending on the configuration. Buyers can choose between Blue and Limited versions. The company offers an impressive warranty and covers fuel for the first three years, or 13,000 miles. Still, the price is still putting the 2023 Hyundai Nexo Fuel Cell out of limits if you compare it to other PHEV crossovers.
2023 Hyundai Ioniq 5
Ioniq 5 is a new project, but it looks promising. Again, Hyundai is playing with electric powertrains. The new vehicle is arriving in 2022, so no big changes are going to happen on the 2023 Hyundai Ioniq 5. According to leaking sources, the price will be similar to Kona Electric.
The highlight of the 2023 Hyundai Ioniq 5 is its spacious interior. With plenty of room, the crossover might be a great alternative to mid-size SUVs. A single-motor configuration produces 215 horsepower, which will go to rear wheels. All-wheel drive is optional. The range is going to be close to 300 miles. A high-performance version will feature a dual-motor configuration, good for 302 horsepower.
2023 Hyundai Creta
Creta is a non-US crossover, a match to the Venue. Well, the Creta is older and ready for the redesign, which might occur already in 2022. Highlights of the small crossover are superb ground clearance and attractive base prices. Engine choices are 1.6 and 2.0-liter displacements, and buyers can also opt for an automatic gearbox if they don’t like a stick.
Hyundai improves the offer with different drive modes and upscale materials in higher trim levels. Acceleration and performance are not a strong side of the 2023 Hyundai Creta. The crossover needs 10 seconds to hit 60 mph. Still, you are buying it because of the excellent gas mileage in the city conditions.
2023 Hyundai Terracan
The nameplate might be back if the company decides to make a breakthrough to the full-size segment. The 2023 Hyundai Terracan sounds good, but there are a lot of obstacles. First of all, rumors have no foundations. Next, the full-size class is probably the most demanding tier in the SUV world. So, Hyundai would need heavy investments to deliver 200-inch long vehicle with a mighty engine under the hood. A turbo-six with 375 hp is a good choice. Still, having a V8 is way better.