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People's choice: Greatest automotive icons of all time

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A new survey sponsored by Hyundai has determined the top 10 greatest automotive icons of all time. It's no surprise that the list is full of actors that have played James Bond, popular television personalities, and heroes of the silver screen.

Two thousand Brits were surveyed to get the results as part of a larger survey about what petrolheads will be doing to keep themselves busy while sheltering in place.

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No. 10 - Jason Statham

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Jason Statham has been the star of some of the most popular vehicle-centric films of the 2000s:

  • "The Transporter" (2002)
  • "Transporter 2" (2005)
  • "Transporter 3" (2008)
  • "The Italian Job" (2003)
  • "Death Race" (2008)
  • "Crank"(2006)
  • "Fast & Furious 6" (2013)
  • "Furious 7" (2015)
  • "The Fate of the Furious" (2017)
  • "Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw" (2019)
His smooth demeanor and brooding good looks, in addition to his impressive driving skills no doubt played into helping him get onto this list.

No. 9 - Roger Moore

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Roger Moore played James Bond seven times. Though he considered himself to only be the fourth best actor to have played the role, many regard the dapper actor as the one of the best Bonds ever. In "The Spy Who Loved Me" Moore starred alongside an iconic Lotus Esprit. In "The Saint", a television show he starred in prior to his stint as Bond, Moore drove a Volvo P1800 and the widely panned film "Crossplot" featured Moore alongside a 1967 Opus HRF.

No. 8 - Daniel Craig

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The Blonde Bond was a controversial choice to assume the iconic 007 role. His driving, fighting, and dressing style have won him fans the world over and made him into one of the most beloved Bonds ever. In the movies, Craig has been known as a fan of Aston Martin products having driven a DB5 in "Skyfall", DBS in "Casino Royale" and "Quantum of Solace", and a DB10 in "Spectre".

No. 7 - Paul Walker

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Paul Walker may be gone but he is not forgotten. As Brian O'Conner in the "Fast & Furious" franchise, he inspired a generation of vehicle enthusiasts who stepped away from the conventional concours and were able to express their love for unique models from America, Japan, and beyond.

No. 6 - James May

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He's a fan of technology, the history of flight, wine, and classical music. The interest James May is best known for is cars. As one of the hosts of "Top Gear", followed by a stint on "The Grand Tour", May plays the stiff yet knowledgable Captain Slow to co-star Richard Hammond's speed-hungry self and Jeremy Clarkson's brash masculinity.

No. 5 - Sean Connery

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Bond. The original James Bond. Actor Sean Connery starred in seven James Bond films, giving life to Ian Fleming's womanizing, fast-driving, mischievous antihero. In the movies he drove dozens of vehicles including a Ford Mustang Mach 1, Aston Martin DB5, 1935 Bentley 3.5-liter Drophead Coupé Park Ward, 1937 Bentley 4.5-liter Gurney Nutting Three-Position Drophead Coupé, and Ford Galaxie 500. Those movies, however, are Connery's only foray into a vehicle-centric film during his illustrious career.

No. 4 - Vin Diesel

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Vin Diesel has earned his action star chops in a wide variety of movies, but it's clearly the "Fast and Furious" franchise that ccemented his place on this list. As main character Dominic Toretto in the movies, Diesel played a street racer and auto mechanic who drives a 1970 Dodge Charger. The Charger has become nearly as popular as the movies, earning its own Lego model in 2020.

No. 3 - Richard Hammond

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The second of three "Top Gear" turned "The Grand Tour" hosts on this list, Richard Hammond has a penchant for speed and a habit of crashing. That doesn't mean that fans don't love the Hamster. They just fear for him. He's a big car fan, having owned more the two dozen in his life including a 1931 Lagonda 2-Litre Supercharged, 1962 Jaguar E-Type Roadster Mk1, 1963 Opel Kadett, 1987 Land Rover Defender-110, 2009 Morgan Aeromax, and a Volkswagen Type 2.

No. 2 - Steve McQueen

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He was Thomas Crown in "The Thomas Crown Affair" driving a dune buggy around to impress Faye Dunaway. He played Frank Bullitt, the justice-seeking police officer who can't be corrupted but can navigate San Francisco's streets at high speed like a champ in "Bullitt". He was the gentleman racer in "Le Mans". Steve McQueen played car-loving men in the movies but in real life, he was an even bigger fan. He owned four of the Porsches and a Ford used in "Le Mans", a 1956 Jaguar XKSS that now is at the Peterson Museum in Los Angeles, three Hudsons, and a 1969 Chevrolet Baja Hickey race truck among a host of others.

No. 1 - Jeremy Clarkson

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There seem to be two camps when it comes to Jeremy Clarkson - people either tremendously love him or they virulently hate him. Any others just likely have no idea who he is. Clarkson, the "Greatest Automotive Icon of All-Time" as voted, is the final third of the "Top Gear"/"The Grand Tour" trio serving TV viewers as host extraordinaire for decades, first on the BBC then on Amazon. Though he's rather useless when it comes to most mechanics, bullheaded during challenges, and curmudgeonly on a good day, Clarkson has become a heralded part of modern car culture, no matter how you feel about him.

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The Hyundai Palisade got a mild refresh for 2023.

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Earlier this year, Hyundai announced changes to the Palisade for 2023. The list includes a new front fascia, an updated grille with new headlights and daytime running lights, a 12-inch touchscreen with navigation, and more. A new XRT trim joined the lineup as well, bringing brawny off-road styling and dar exterior trim. Today, Hyundai announced pricing for the SUV, which starts at a little more than $32,000.

2023 Hyundai PalisadeA new XRT trim adds rugged styling. Hyundai

The Palisade's powertrain carries over from 2022, which includes a 3.8-liter V6 that makes 291 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. It's paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission and either front- or all-wheel drive. Inside, the SUV got several new and updated technology features, including a more powerful wireless device charging pad, an updated digital key system, and a larger infotainment display.

As Hyundai's flagship SUV, the Palisade edges on luxury territory, with plush leather upholstery and a serene cabin that offers excellent noise cancellation and comfort. Captain's chairs and seven-passenger seating are available, but a second-row bench comes standard and brings eight-passenger capacity to the SUV.

Muscular SUVs are more popular than ever before, so Hyundai gave the posh Palisade an outdoorsy treatment with its XRT trim. The new Palisade XRT builds on the SEL trim with 20-inch wheels, a more rugged bumper and lower body cladding, a sunroof, and leatherette upholstery. To be clear, XRT is an appearance package that does not improve off-road capability to a large degree.

2023 Hyundai PalisadeTop trims border on the quality and design of some luxury brands. Hyundai

Standard safety equipment is generous, and includes forward collision warnings with avoidance, lane keep assist, lane following assist, blind spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alerts, driver attention warnings, high beam assist, and adaptive cruise control.

Pricing for the base Palisade SE starts at $36,245, which includes a $1,295 destination charge. The top Calligraphy AWD model starts at $52,095 after destination. All-wheel drive is available for all trims as an added-cost option.

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The N Line forms a midpoint between the standard Kona and the Kona N.

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Hyundai has a lot going on, with new EVs hitting the market, but the brand has been on a surprising run with performance models lately. The Veloster N is an excellent, rowdy hot hatch, and the brand followed that act with the Kona N and Elantra N. Hyundai’s Kona N takes the hot hatch formula to the next level with an incredible powertrain and useful space, but it’s too much for many people. The mid-point is Hyundai’s N Line, which borrows styling cues from the hottest N variants but lacks the all-out grunt of those vehicles.

2022 Hyundai Kona N LineThe N Line gets aggressive styling cues from its sportier N counterpart. Hyundai

The styling works for the Kona N Line, as it does with the Kona N, but the powertrains couldn’t be more different. Where the Kona N gets a 286-horsepower four-cylinder, the N Line comes with a milder turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 195 horsepower and 195 pound-feet of torque. It’s paired with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, which adds a layer of engagement not found in the continuously variable transmission that standard Kona models get.

That modest output lends the Kona N Line modest performance, with more noise generated than expected. In motion, the powertrain feels decently responsive, but it lacks the razor sharp nerves of steel that the Kona N brings. Shifting into sport mode changes the gauge cluster to a bright red and hastens the vehicle's responses, but again, it's important to temper expectations for a milder experience here.

2022 Hyundai Kona N LineThe digital gauge cluster responds to drive mode changes. Hyundai

Styling is more aggressive than the standard SUV, with 18-inch wheels and mean-looking exhaust tips. The Kona’s front-end design is still busy and will still be polarizing, but the dark trim and sporty aero bodywork help the situation. The N Line’s all-black interior gets red stitching and accents that help break up the otherwise monotonous color scheme. The seats are supportive and comfortable, but could be deeper for better body-holding during spirited driving sessions. There’s plenty of room up front and a surprising amount of space in back, aided by the Kona’s large-ish rear door openings. Parents will find an easy time loading kids, and older children can ride in relative luxury with plenty of legroom.

A 10.25-inch digital gauge cluster is standard, which offers configurable colors and legible information. It’s paired with a standard 8-inch touchscreen, but a 102.5-inch screen with navigation is available. Hyundai’s excellent infotainment software runs flawlessly on both units, and offers an intuitive and straightforward way to interact with the vehicle. A Harman Kardon eight-speaker stereo also comes standard.

2022 Hyundai Kona N LineRed accents liven what is otherwise a dark, monotone interior.Hyundai

The Kona N Line, while not as hot as the Kona N, offers a reasonable styling upgrade for people wanting a small SUV with sporty looks. Enthusiasts should look at the full-on N model for thrills, though, because the N Line should be viewed as more of an appearance package than a performance model.

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