Airman behind the wheel

Airman 1st Class Kaylee Champion is a detail-oriented individual. As a logistics planner at Nellis Air Force, the McCalla, Ala., native pays special attention to the car business and especially to the kind of car she drives.

As a special Christmas present, Champion awarded herself with a 2013 Hyundai Accent hatchback from Centennial Hyundai in the northwestern valley after owning two other Hyundais in the past four years.

“The Hyundai is the only car I have ever owned,” she said. “I have tried driving other ones but nothing compares to a Hyundai. This is my first brand new one and it’s so nice to have a new vehicle.”

Champion has a 3-month old daughter, Madi, so the hatchback was ideal considering that the stroller fits in the back of the vehicle.

The Accent provides 36 mpg in the city and 40 mpg on the highway, so fuel economy was a big element for the young mother. The four-cylinder SE Accent generates 157 horsepower and the vehicle includes an amenities package with Integrated Bluetooth voice command, XM Radio (the dealership provided three months free service) along with other standard features.

The car has 10-year, 100,000-mile power train; five-year, 60,000-mile bumper-to-bumper; and five-year, unlimited mileage roadside assistance warranties.

“The warranty is very important especially with all of the traveling I have to do in the military,” Champion said. “One day I can be at home or traveling across the country. I know my car will be reliable and can be repaired at any time wherever I am.”

Champion bought her vehicle after searching the Internet and worked closely with Internet Manager Florencio Rupley.

“I was in the hole with my other car,” she said. “Florencio made me aware of what was going on with my current vehicle and made me a promise that he’d get me out of the car and into a new one for less. Everything was awesome and he didn’t pressure me. He let me decide for myself.”

Centennial Hyundai is at 6200 Centennial Center Blvd. It is part of a locally owned operation that also includes Planet Hyundai Sahara at 7150 W. Sahara Ave. and Planet Hyundai Used Car Superstore at 7100 W. Sahara Ave. For more information, call 702-483-2200 (Centennial), or 702-938-1400 (Sahara) or visit