Bob Higdon of Planet Hyundai has been in the car business for about 27 years and he has seen his share of new models in nearly three decades. However, the 2013 Hyundai Sonata is the most impressive new design and model that the native of Omaha, Neb., has seen in recent years.
"It's in the large-car category and it's leading that category in fuel economy, performance and safety (it has a five-star crash rating)," Higdon said. "It's a reasonably priced large-car vehicle that has overwhelming standard equipment."
Higdon said the Sonata is available in four models ranging in price from $22,500 to a little more than $30,000. The models include the base model, the SE with gasoline directed or turbo engine producing 200 and 274 horsepower, respectively, and the Hybrid with 166 horsepower or 206.6 horsepower when combined with an electric motor.
"The Sonata is most definitely affordable," he said. "One of the things I like best about the Sonata is that it offers highly fuel efficient vehicles as performance orientated vehicles. Our 2.0 turbo produces 274 horsepower and still gets a highway mpg of 34 miles to the gallon."
The environment also is a key factor for the new Hyundai model.
"The very affordable hybrid model came out in 2012 and the 2013 model features a 40-mile to the gallon fuel rating," he said. "It features a mode in its navigation system Bluedrive which allows the customer to track his or her carbon footprint. Through everyday driving the customer is awarded so many trees and so many planets on the navigation screen."
Higdon said Hyundai is always searching for new innovations.
"In a nutshell, Hyundai has made it fun to drive the new hybrid."
Even better, he said, is that the Hybrid's lithium polymer battery system features a lifetime warranty.
"Hyundai covers every base when it introduces a new model," said Higdon, who was recently named new-car delivery coordinator to make sure customers know how to work all of the equipment on their vehicles before leaving the dealership. "Planet Hyundai dealership are among the very few that offer this type of concierge service."
Higdon also pointed out that five Hyundai models - Sonata, Veloster, Santa Fe, Azera and Elantra GT - come with a new Bluelink feature that lets the car's driver be in contact with live emergency roadside personnel.
Also under the dealership umbrella is Planet Hyundai Centennial at 6200 Centennial Center Blvd. in the northwest valley.
For more information on Planet Hyundai, visit www.planetlv.com or call 702-938-1400 (Sahara) or 702-483-2200 (Centennial).