Auto Safety Comparison: Hyundai SmartSense vs. Honda Sensing®

When shopping for a new family SUV or car, you’ll probably want to pick one that has a robust list of advanced vehicle safety features. But before you even consider selecting a model, it’d be wise to compare auto brands and their available active and passive safety systems. To choose between the two most popular vehicle brands in America, take a few minutes to run through our Hyundai SmartSense vs. Honda Sensing® comparison. They may look alike, but these auto safety systems are worlds apart.

Hyundai SmartSense vs Honda Sensing

Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA) vs. Collision Mitigation Braking System™ (CBMS™)

Hyundai’s FCA is similar to Honda’s CMBS™ in that they both detect imminent crashes and automatically apply emergency brakes to avoid or reduce the severity of a collision.

However, Hyundai’s safety feature also offers Pedestrian Detection, which does exactly that—detects pedestrians. When pedestrians or cyclists are spotted by the forward-facing camera, FCA will activate in-cabin warnings and apply emergency brakes as necessary.

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Hyundai Kona Wins North American SUV of the Year Award

Congratulations are in order, as the 2019 Hyundai Kona and Kona EV drove away from January’s Detroit Auto Show with some serious hardware: The North American Utility Vehicle of the Year award. Scoring 203 out of a possible 540 points, the Kona eked out a win against the Jaguar I-Pace (181 points) and Acura RDX (156 points) to become the latest trophy-winner.

If you took our suggestion and jumped on the Kona bandwagon last year, you’d know that this victory was well deserved. If you didn’t, it’s not too early to hop aboard. Here are a few key reasons why NAIAS judges pushed the new Hyundai Kona and EV crossovers into “Best SUVs in America” territory.

More Affordable Than Most Rivals

Base 2019 Hyundai Kona SE models come with a mouth-watering sticker price of just $19,990, which is lower than competitors like the Honda HR-V and Mazda CX-3. Move up the trim levels and into the range-topping Kona Ultimate, and you’re looking at a $2,000-plus price difference compared to the comparable HR-V trim. (Additional savings on the Kona are also available in the form of Hyundai special offers at our Birmingham Hyundai dealership.)

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2020 Hyundai Palisade: The Year’s Best Vehicle Debut

Something special is arriving at our Birmingham Hyundai dealership later this summer: the all-new Palisade SUV. We briefly touched on its potential game-changing bravado last month, and now we’re back for round two to discuss all the Palisade’s packaged goodies – and why it may be the “next big thing” in a heavily saturated SUV segment. The 2020 Hyundai Palisade, ladies and gentlemen…

2020 Hyundai Palisade_Last Year’s Best Vehicle Debut

Large & Definitely In Charge

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Automotive Gossip & Rumors: What’s In The Hyundai Pipeline?

Have you overheard the chatter around the water cooler? Word has it that Hyundai is on the verge of releasing some really cool stuff in the coming year or two. Nostradamus we are not, but when Hyundai gossip starts spreading, we can’t help but foresee the possible future—and it’s looking splendid. Here’s what the rumor mill’s been spinning.

2020 Palisade, Party of Eight!

It’s no surprise that Hyundai has begun investing heavily in its SUV lineup, and the upcoming 2020 Palisade is proof to that rumor’s pudding. Debuting officially at the LA Auto Show last month, the Hyundai Palisade will be its 3-row, 8-seat, family-oriented flagship SUV. That means all the Sierras and Pilots of the world should prepare for an SUV-versus-minivan battle once it lands at our Birmingham Hyundai dealership.

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The Ultimate List of 2018 Black Friday Sales on Car Gear & Accessories

Skip the Black Friday sale advertisements and head straight for the good stuff: car accessories. We painstakingly went through all the ads for you, pulling the absolute best Black Friday deals on auto accessories and traveling gear. Happy shopping!

Black Friday Car Sales Birmingham

Pittsburgh Advanced 3-Ton Floor Jack

This Black Friday deal has our Hyundai mechanics’ mouths watering. Perfect for show cars, the car jack lifts vehicles nearly 2 feet off the ground in just 3 or 4 pumps. Now you’ll have no reason to avoid changing your oil at home.

Where? Harbor Freight
When? 7 AM on Black Friday
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The 5 Scariest Haunted Houses In Birmingham, AL

Need something to do in Birmingham this Halloween? Sure, you could cross-stitch a new piece for your bathroom, but why pretend to have graying hair when you could scare those follicles white at a Birmingham haunted house? Get your fright on this Hallows’ Eve. Here are the 5 creepiest haunted attractions you won’t want to miss.

The 5 Scariest Haunted Houses In Birmingham, AL

Sloss Fright Furnace

Known for its unique horror attractions come Halloween, the Fright Furnace is no joke. OUTBREAK 2 will have your heart racing; a full zombie-infested forest maze, complete with a 300-foot slide into the pits of Hell, will leave your own pits hellishly damp. If you make it out of the woods in one piece, park your Hyundai Santa Fe near the Marathon of Horror, a 25-foot projection screen, and watch horror films until your pulse normalizes.

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12 Things To Know About The All-New 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe

12 Things To Know About The All-New 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe

As Hyundai’s self-proclaimed “most advanced SUV ever,” the all-new 2019 Santa Fe is certainly a head-turner. But what makes it as refined as it is, and how is it different from the previous generation of the Santa Fe? Here are 11 important changes that put the Hyundai Santa Fe ahead of the pack.

  1. Heads Up!

An advanced heads-up display is standard on the Santa Fe Ultimate and Ultimate 2.0T. It projects important info right on the windshield, preventing driving distractions substantially. You’ll be able to keep track of your speed, MPG, turn-by-turn directions, and the maximum speed limit. Continue reading “12 Things To Know About The All-New 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe”

5 Tips for Buying Your First Car as a New College Graduate

Buying a new car as a recent grad is a real big deal, even if you don’t think so. It’s your first step toward adulthood, after all! Whether you’ve landed a job straight out of UAB or are still on the hunt for a salaried position, it’s important to have a reliable form of transportation for the journey ahead. (Can you imagine failing to show up for an interview because your car won’t start?)

As you prepare to join the work-sleep cycle, take our advice and remember these 5 tips when buying your first new Hyundai or used car.

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Top Summer Events in Birmingham for Kids

Top Summer Events in Birmingham for Kids

Between swim classes, day camp, and soccer matches, your schedule doesn’t always allow time for your kids to fully enjoy summer. With the few spare moments you do have, make sure to take advantage of some of the best Birmingham events for kids. From concerts and plays to festivals and parties, here are some of the top events in Birmingham for families and children.

Float Your Boat Summer Festival

Date: Saturday, July 21
Time: 10 AM
Location: Turkey Creek Nature Preserve (Pinson, AL)
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9 Secret Camping Tricks Every Alabama Camper Should Know

9 Secret Camping Tricks Every Alabama Camper Should Know

It ain’t an Alabama summer without an intense weekend sleeping in tents. But before you go loading up your new Santa Fe with all the camp gear, read through our camping tips and tricks. You’ll save time and cut back on the hassle—we promise! Continue reading “9 Secret Camping Tricks Every Alabama Camper Should Know”