New Van

Hyundai reveals first look at its Staria multi-purpose vehicle

The Hyundai Staria will officially debut later this year.

Photo courtesy of Hyundai Motor America

Kia has a new multi-purpose vehicle so it makes sense that its sister company Hyundai would be getting one as well. Just whatever you do, don't call them vans.

The Hyundai Staria is slated to premiere in the first half of 2021 and the company says that it will take families and businesses to the next level as a mobility solution that makes time in transit more "accommodating, productive and worthwhile". Additionally, Staria will be a preview of the innovative use of space that will be available through the company's upcoming purpose built vehicles for the mobility era.

Hyundai has teamed up with Canoo, which recently debuted a pickup truck of its own, to create platforms for their upcoming lineup of purpose built electric vehicles.

Hyundai Staria

Hyundai Staria

Photo courtesy of Hyundai Motor America

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Like Honda does with its vehicles, Hyundai has designed the Staria with its inside-out approach, doing the interior design work first then expanding to the exterior. The shift comes as Hyundai's research shows customers now prioritize the use of interior space.

The exterior of the model is meant to look spaceship-esque. with a streamlined silhouette that is complete with a fluid curve running from front to back. At the vehicle's face are horizontal daytime running lights and a positioning lamp. Its strong grille faces a unique facade. Headlamps are set low and to the sides of the grille. The vehicle appears monochromatic as the company uses the same body color for all frontal parts.

A cleanly designed rear features vertical taillamp and a wide rear view. Its rear bumper is lowered to help passengers easily load and unload the cargo.

Hyundai will sell the Staria in a base and Premium model. There may be more options, but the company hasn't revealed those yet. The Premium grade's grille features a mesh pattern while a chrome line surrounds the cube-type, full-LED headlamps. The tinted brass chrome applied to the Hyundai emblem on the front, wheels, side mirrors and door handles is designed to highlight the vehicle's styling and give it the air of sophistication. The Staria Premium rides on 18-inch wheels with diamond patterns and graphics.

The interior of the vehicle takes its inspiration from a cruise ship. There's a 10.25-inch front display screen, touch-based center fascia, and a button-type electronic shifter. The digital instrument cluster is located on top of the dashboard.

Storage space is available on top of the overhead console, bottom of the cluster, and top and bottom of the center fascia. The center console box is equipped with cup holders, USB ports, and additional storage space for both driver and passengers.

Hyunda will offer the Staria in a number of seating arrangements from two to 11 seats. The Staria Premium has seven, nine, or 11 seats. The seven-seat model features a one-touch relaxation mode on its second-row premium relaxation seats, automatically reclining to a seat posture that comfortably disperses the passenger's weight and improves overall body balance. The nine-seater version has the added ability to swivel 180 degrees to face passengers in the third row.

The model is complete with its 64-color ambient mood lamp as well as indirect lighting that can be aimed at the cockpit, floor console, and door and luggage trims.

More information about the world premiere of the Hyundai Staria will be revealed soon.

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The 2023 Sportage Hybrid starts at around $28,000.

Kia

Kia's moving full steam ahead to an all-electric future, but the automaker's intermediate models should not be overlooked. Kia and Hyundai do hybrids as well as anyone, and the 2023 Sportage Hybrid is coming soon with new tech, updated styling, and a value-forward price. The 2023 Kia Sportage Hybrid goes on sale in spring.

2023 Kia Sportage HybridThe Sportage Hybrid delivers up to 39 mpg.Kia

Kia offers the Sportage hybrid in three trims: The $28,505 LX, $32,205 EX, and $37,405 SX-Prestige. All models come with a turbocharged 1.6-liter engine and a 44kW electric motor that combine to produce 226 horsepower. A six-speed automatic transmission with a rotary shifter is standard, and all-wheel drive become standard at the EX trim. The powertrain is efficient for an SUV, delivering up to 39 mpg when paired with front-wheel drive.

Kia says the Sportage Hybrid's interior features a 12.3-inch infotainment touchscreen and a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster for almost 25 inches of display. Standard tech is generous, and includes wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. There's also plenty of safety tech. Kia adds standard gear that includes:

  • Driver attention warning system
  • LED headlights
  • Lane following assist and lane keep assist
  • Forward collision warnings with cyclist detection
  • Rear occupant alerts
  • Rearview monitor
  • Reverse parking distance warnings
Several optional features are available, including blind spot warnings, forward parking distance warnings, navigation-based cruise control, and more.

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New subcompact crossover

Honda announces freshened HR-V for 2023

The new HR-V is based on the Civic.

Honda

With the release of the all-new Civic and its performance variants, Honda's lineup grew more exciting this year. Even so, the automaker can't forget about its bread and butter models, which in the United States means SUVs. Its smallest, the HR-V, is getting an overhaul for 2023 with fresh styling and a more responsive powertrain. Honda hasn't elaborated on pricing or given out an exact release date for the HR-V, but we know the SUV is coming this summer.

2023 Honda HR-VThe new HR-V gets fresh styling and a more responsive powertrain.Honda

The 2023 HR-V gets a new grille with a longer hood and sweeping roofline. Honda notes that the new HR-V is based on the Civic, so while we don't have full powertrain and tech details for the new SUV, we can draw some inferences from that information. The new Civic comes standard with a 158-horsepower four-cylinder engine and a CVT, which would be a reasonable choice for the HR-V. As it did in the Civic, the base will likely also bring a lively driving experience and confident handling to the HR-V.

2023 Honda HR-VThe HR-V will hit the streets this summer.Honda

Honda says the HR-V features a large greenhouse with door-mounted mirrors and a low cowl for better visibility. LED headlights and tail lights are standard, and the new rear-end design features a more rounded, grown-up shape than the previous model.

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