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96% of Hyundai vehicles for sale in the U.S. offer standard automatic emergency braking

Hyundai's automatic emergency braking technology senses if a crash is imminent and works to avoid the collision.

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In 2016, Hyundai Motor America joined the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), and a number of automakers in committing to make automatic emergency braking standard on all new cars no later than NHTSA's 2022 reporting year.

Hyundai announced this week that it has met that goal two years ahead of schedule. During the past year, 96 percent of all Hyundai vehicles produced for sale in the U.S. offered automatic emergency braking as standard equipment.

Automatic emergency braking is also called forward collision avoidance assist. It works using technology to sense when the vehicle is traveling at a rate of speed and in a direction that may cause it to crash into the vehicle, cyclist, or pedestrian ahead of it. Then, the car's safety system will apply the brakes in an effort to not make that collision occur. Some systems will also steer the car in an effort to mitigate a crash. Not all systems detect cyclists or pedestrians. Some systems also have large animal detection technology that pairs with automatic emergency braking to avoid hitting animals like moose and elk.

When the agreement came to fruition, automatic emergency braking was available on the 2017 Hyundai Elantra, Santa Fe, and Santa Fe Sport in addition to the 2016 Hyundai Sonata, Tucson, and Genesis. Since that time, the Elantra, Santa Fe, and Sonata have all been redesigned. The redesigned Hyundai Tucson was recently unveiled. Genesis has become its own brand. The model previously known as the Hyundai Genesis has evolved in the Genesis G80.

At that time, Hyundai's automatic emergency braking technology used forward-facing radar and camera to to detect a vehicle or pedestrian, and warn the driver of a potential collision. If the driver did not react to avoid the impact, the system will apply emergency braking.

Today, the system uses a camera or radar to determine if a crash is imminent. If it is, the system sounds an alarm and flashes a visual alert to gain the driver's attention. Depending on the circumstances, the technology can apply the brakes to avoid impact or minimize damage.

"Hyundai's AEB safety technology, Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist, is now standard on 96% of our lineup of cars and SUVs," said Brian Latouf, chief safety officer, Hyundai Motor North America. "We are proud to offer this life-saving technology on the vast majority of new Hyundai vehicles. It speaks to our organizational dedication to vehicle safety and the industry's ability to work together and advance motor vehicle safety voluntarily."

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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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