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2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 brings nearly 300 miles of all-electric range to the U.S. market

The 2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 is a new all-electric addition to the company's lineup.

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The newest member of the Hyundai family brings with it the prestige of also being the first of at least three all-electric vehciles that will wear the Ioniq name and be on-sale in the coming years. The 2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5 battery electric vehicle (BEV) redefines the company's EV strategy, making models solely for EV purposes rather than modifying internal combustion engine cars and SUVs for EV power.

The car is built on Hyundai's dedicated BEV architecture called the Electric-Global Modular Platform (E-GMP). The new underpinnings allow the Ioniq 5 to be uniquely sized compared to Hyundai's other vehicles. It's six inches longer than the Tucson but four shorter than the Santa Fe. Its width is nearly the same as the Santa Fe, but it's four inches shorter. The CUV's wheelbase is four inches longer than the three-row Hyundai Palisade's.

The Ioniq is smaller than the Santa Fe but larger than the Tucson.Photo courtesy of Hyundai Motor Group

The exterior of the car features a clamshell hood that rests above unique daytime drumming lights. Small, pixel-like clusters are at the rear of the car as taillights.There are design nods to the 2022 Hyundai Tucson and Hyundai's '45' concept car in the company's exterior styling choices. The car is offered with aero-optimized 20-inch aerodynamic wheels and has a solar panel roof similar to the one on the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid.

Hyundai will sell the two-row model in four configurations offering Standard Range or Long Range models equipped with rear- or all-wheel drive. The Standard Range RWD model has a 58-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack below the floor of the car. It paired with a 160-kilowatt motor that sits on the rear axle of the vehicle. Total power output is 250 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. Hyundai says that this model gets from zero to 60 mph in 8.5 seconds but it's quicker above 60 mph.

The Standard Range AWD model adds a motor to the front axle giving the car an output of 235 horsepower and 446 pound-feet of torque.

Which part of the work you're in will determine what the capacity is for the Ioniq 5 Long Range models. In North America, the larger 77.4 kilowatt-hour battery will be offered. Globally, a 72.6-koliwatt-hour battery pack will be sold in Long Range models. There, it is paired with the same motor setup as in the Standard Range RWD CUV to deliver about 300 miles of range per charge on the WLTP testing cycle.

2022 Hyundai Ioniq 5

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The Long Range AWD model gets a more powerful front motor than the one offered in the similar Standard Range AWD setup allowing output to climb to 306 horsepower and 446 pound-feet of torque. It can get from zero to 60 mph in 5.2 seconds.

The Ioniq 5 employs the latest charging technology. It can be plugged in using a standard J1772 combined charging system (CCS) port that will rapidly charge at up to 350 kilowatts. At that speed, the Ioniq 5 can charge from 10 to 80 percent in 18 minutes. Plugging in for five minutes can give up to 62 miles of range. Charging times for other speeds has not yet been released.

Like the Ford F-150 Hybrid, the Ioniq offers a power source that camping equipment, electric bicycles, computers, and tailgating equipment can be plugged into. There's a separate battery for that with an output of 3.6 kilowatts - about half as strong as the F-150's most powerful option, but 70 percent more than the standard 2.1 kilowatt unit in the truck.

Unlike many hybrids and EVs on the market today, Hyundai is giving its Ioniq 5 a towing rating estimated at over 3,500 pounds.

Hyundai has given the car a movable center island that can be maneuvered forward and aft about 5.6 inches. It paired with electronically adjustable front seats that are able to recline. Front seats are not as thick as they traditionally are, allowing rear seat passengers to have more legroom.

Many of its interior touchpoints - seats, headliner, door trim, floor and armrest - use eco-friendly, sustainably sourced materials, such as recycled PET bottles, plant-based (bio PET) yarns and natural wool yarns, eco-processed leather with plant-based extracts, and bio paint with plant extracts.

Customers can choose from nine exterior colors, while the interior is offered in three color schemes.

In front of the driver is a 12-inch, customizable digital gauge cluster and an augmented reality head-up display. The car's 12-inch infotainment screen can also be customized.

One of the highlights of the Ioniq 5's body style, aside from the option for more passenger space, is the impressive cargo space. It has slightly less than a Subaru Crosstrek when the seats are upright and slightly more when the 60/40 split-folding rear seat is folded flat. At the front of the car is small trunk that can fit a charging cord and little else.

Each Ioniq is equipped with Hyundai SmartSense, the company's advanced driver assistance system (ADAS). The car will be the first Hyundai model to offer Highway Driving Assist 2. It will also have forward collodion warning, blind spot warning and assist, Intelligent Speed Limit Assist, driver attention warning, and automatic high beam headlights.

Look for the first deliveries of the Ioniq 5 to start this summer. Timing for U.S. deliveries is to-be-announced.

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The Santa Fe Hybrid offers plenty to like.

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The 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe Hybrid is all-new for 2021, and features an impressive list of standard features, great safety scores, and family-friendly space. If you're looking for a new SUV, it's hard to imagine a better fit for an urban family, or any other family, for that matter. Beyond a few small complaints, the Santa Fe Hybrid offers plenty to like.

Here are three things to like about the 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe.

2021 Hyundai Santa Fe Hybrid The Santa Fe Hybrid brings great passenger space and an upscale interior.Hyundai

It offers plenty of passenger and cargo space

The Santa Fe offers roomy seating for up to five adults with more than reasonable head and legroom in both rows. Second-row passengers have room to move, and don't end up jockeying for position with taller front-seat passengers. When the SUV is packed with people and needs to haul gear, it's more than capable of doing that, too, as it offers 36.4 cubic feet of space behind the second row and up to 72.1 cubic feet with the second-row seats folded down. Making the space more accessible, power-folding second-row seats and a hands-free power liftgate are standard.

2021 Hyundai Santa Fe Hybrid All trims come decked out with safety equipment.Hyundai

It delivers excellent fuel economy

The Santa Fe Hybrid returns impressive fuel economy numbers, especially in town, making it an excellent urban family runabout. The EPA estimates that the SUV can deliver 33 mpg in the city, 30 mpg on the highway, and 32 mpg combined. The Santa Fe Hybrid Blue returns 36 mpg in the city, 31 mpg on the highway, and 34 mpg combined. That's several miles per gallon better than the standard Santa Fe and better than some sedans.

2021 Hyundai Santa Fe Hybrid Fuel economy is better than many smaller cars.Hyundai

It earned great safety scores

The 2021 Hyundai Santa Fe earned a Top Safety Pick award from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). That score is due in part to the Santa Fe's Good marks in crash tests, but the SUV's long list of standard safety kit helps, too. All models come with forward collision-avoidance assist with pedestrian, cyclist, and junction turning detection, lane keeping assist, driver attention warnings, lane following assist, and a rear occupant alert system. Optional features include blind spot collision-avoidance assist, rear cross-traffic collision-avoidance assist, a parking distance warning system, and a highway driving assist system.

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The Corolla Cross hits a sweet spot in terms of size and price.

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Smart move! Every automaker is trying to grow their lineups. Toyota is no exception, and has now filled the white space between the C-HR subcompact utility vehicle and the compact RAV4 with the 2022 Corolla Cross, an entry-level offering that marries the Corolla sedan to an all-new model with crossover styling and utility. The venerable Corolla isn't simply well-known -- it's the best-selling nameplate of all time and is marketed in 150 countries with over 50 million in sales to date. And, even though the segment that Corolla Cross will join is filled with close to two-dozen offerings, it's attracting more buyers than ever as consumers choose crossovers over sedans.

A Sweet Spot in a Crowded Segment

Toyota's goal was to seek a sweet spot in the value-priced small crossover market, marrying engaging driving features with cargo-carrying functionality, and to endow the 2022 Corolla Cross with a long list of technology, infotainment and safety features. On sale in October, starting at $22,195 for the front-drive base model (an all-wheel drive version adds $1300) and up to $27, 625 for a top-of-the-line AWD (delivery and handling adds $1,215). Grades include L, LE and XLE; all can pull up to 1,500 pounds. This weight will accommodate personal watercraft on a trailer. Fuel economy is estimated to be 32mpg on the FWD and up to 30 on the AWD. Wheel options include 17-inch steel on L and 18-inch alloy on XLE. It will be built at the new Mazda Toyota Manufacturing plant, in Huntsville, Alabama on Toyota's high-strength TNGA-C platform.

2022 Toyota Corolla Cross The Corolla Cross brings an impressive list of standard features.Toyota

Look to the compact RAV4 and even the midsize Highlander for some of the Corolla Cross' styling cues. This is especially from the back end, where Toyota has installed an integrated spoiler and LED lighting. This new stretched crossover/hatchback has a high belt line and strong arching shoulders above the wheel wells, and starts with a chiseled front grille with LEDs. It's 5 inches shorter than the RAV4 and 3 inches longer than the C-HR. The idea was to attract young, diverse, multicultural buyers who are smart and tech savvy, so designers penned looks meant to catch their eye in a way that is "refined with an urban edge". Hence, our drive to test the new model took place in the hip environs of Austin, TX. I drove both the FWD base model and the top-level AWD and liked each, with the biggest differences found the in distinguishing trim elements outside and, as expected, a more upscale interior on the XLE.

Strong List of Standard Features

There are a number of impressive features on this 5-passenger runabout with 60/40 folding rear seats include standard heating and air conditioning vents for rear passengers. Up-level models and options include SoftTex-trimmed 10-way power seats, a power moonroof, as well as either single- or dual-zone automatic climate control, a power lift gate with height adjustability, and a host of available accessories such as a roof rack with crossbars, an activity mount for carrying sporting goods such as bicycles, a tow hitch and all-weather floormats. Cargo Capacity with the 2nd Row in place is 26.5 cu.ft. for FWD/ 25.2 for the AWD; with the second row folded, it expands to 66.8/65.5 (slightly less for each for models with the moonroof).

2022 Toyota Corolla Cross The Corolla Cross sits between the C-HR and RAV4 in the Toyota lineup.Toyota

Fuel Economy Over Power

Power comes from Toyota's sophisticated Dynamic Force 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with Dual Variable Valve Timing with intelligence (VVT-i) that makes 169 horsepower and 150 pound-feet of torque and is shifted through a CVT. During my 100-mile-long drive, I found this powerplant has ample horsepower and torque to motivate it around town and on the highway; I found the AWD XLE a bit quieter overall and especially on hard throttle. A physical first gear provides a more punchy and better fuel economy. Also aiding in fuel economy is Toyota's Dynamic Torque Control system that directs up to 50 percent of power to the rear wheels when it's needed – and disengages completely when not. The suspension for AWDs is a fully independent set-up while, while FWDs feature a brand-new torsion beam system in the rear. Impressive is the 8 inches of ground clearance, close to that of the RAV4, that will allow some backcountry and dirt road travel.

The interior will remind consumers of the Corolla sedan and hatch in looks and layout, with quality materials, good visibility and sensibly-placed controls. A 7-inch multimedia touchscreen comes on the L and LE, while XLE features an 8-inch touchscreen. There is a long list of in-car entertainment and connected functionalities, including standard compatibility for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

2022 Toyota Corolla Cross Styling is somewhere between a RAV4 and a Highlander.Toyota

Wireless charging is standard on LE and XLE, and all trims have conveniently-located USB media ports. The LE and XLE grades bring two USB charging ports for rear seat passengers. Also onboard are Audio Plus multimedia with Remote Connect and a nine-speaker JBL sound system as well as Amazon Alexa connectivity. Standard is a three-month SiriusXM Platinum subscription. Of note, XLE owners can get key info at a glance, courtesy of an available 7-inch Multi-Information Display with various vehicle and systems info to choose from.

All grades come standard with nine airbags and both the Toyota Safety Sense suite of advanced active safety systems, as well as Toyota's STAR Safety System. Blind Spot Monitor and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert come standard on LE and XLE, while Front and Rear Parking Assist with Automatic Braking is standard on XLE. Other top features in the safety bundle include Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian and Cyclist Detection, Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist, Lane Tracing Assist, Road Sign Assist, Full-Speed Range Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Automatic High Beams, Enhanced Vehicle Stability Control, and Traction Control.

2022 Toyota Corolla Cross The Alabama-built Corolla Cross goes on sale in October.Toyota

The 2022 Corolla Cross also comes standard with complimentary ToyotaCare that covers normal factory-scheduled maintenance for two years or 25,000 miles, whichever comes first, and two years of Roadside Assistance, regardless of mileage.

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