Hyundai Models Dominate the U.S. News 2023 Best for the Money Lists

With four winning vehicles, Hyundai vehicles dominated the U.S. News & World Report 2023 Best Car for the Money Awards. These four models give us three Hyundai SUVs and one compact hybrid sedan to take one-third of the trophies. Let’s learn a little more about these winning Hyundai models.

Which four Hyundais won the Best for the Money awards?

The Hyundai Kona and Santa Fe each won for the third time in their categories, the Elantra Hybrid won for the second time, and the Palisade added a first-time winner to the group. This doesn’t mean these are the top overall choices in their respective classes, but they offer the best combination of quality and value.

U.S. News & World Report rates all vehicles base on safety, reliability, and the collective opinion of the automotive press. This gives U.S. News a better understanding of what each model offers and the overall value expected.

2023 Hyundai Santa Fe

White 2023 Hyundai Santa Fe Hybrid AWD SUV Posed on a Tarmac
2023 Hyundai Santa Fe Hybrid AWD SUV | Hyundai

The 2023 Hyundai Santa Fe is the 2023 Best 2-Row SUV for the Money. This SUV delivers an excellent combination of quality and value with its low starting price and a long list of impressive features. This Hyundai SUV includes standard items you won’t find on most other models, including wireless Apple CarPlay and Android. Hyundai also provides the longest standard warranty for all vehicles.


  • Budget-friendly base price
  • Lots of passenger space
  • Abundant features
  • Above-average fuel economy


  • So-so powertrains
  • Harsh ride on bumpy roads

For 2023, the Santa Fe features have been shuffled, and the SEL Convenience package is discontinued.

2023 Hyundai Palisade

Front angle view of white 2023 Hyundai Palisade midsize SUV
2023 Hyundai Palisade | Hyundai

The 2023 Hyundai Palisade is the 2023 Best 3-Row SUV for the Money. The Palisade brings a strong focus on family hauling, and it’s packed with impressive features that make it an amazing value. In addition to winning as the best model for the money, this Hyundai SUV is:

  • #1 in Midsize SUVs
  • #1 in Crossover SUVs
  • #1 in SUVs with 3 Rows

The Palisade delivers a good amount of passenger space and a smooth ride. The only drawback to this Hyundai vehicle is the mediocre fuel mileage.


  • Capable V6 engine
  • Balance ride and handling
  • Lots of passenger and cargo space
  • A long list of standard features


  • Average fuel economy

For 2023, the Palisade brings a refreshed exterior look, improved interior tech, shuffled standard features, and the new XRT trim.

2023 Hyundai Elantra Hybrid

This red car showing off its side profile and sedan styling is a 2023 Hyundai Elantra Blue Hybrid.
Hyundai Elantra Hybrid Blue | Hyundai

The 2023 Hyundai Elantra Hybrid is the 2023 Best Hybrid Car for the Money. This impressive small sedan is the only Hyundai vehicle to win this award that isn’t an SUV. The Elantra Hybrid brings impressive fuel economy numbers, confident handling, a smooth ride, a comfortable cabin, and loads of standard features. The gas engine can be a bit noisy, and the cabin is a little cheap looking with the abundance of hard plastics.


  • Fantastic fuel economy
  • Energetic powertrain
  • Balanced ride and handling
  • Spacious and high-tech interior


  • Lots of hard plastics in the cabin
  • Noisy gas engine

The Hyundai Elantra Hybrid has no notable changes for the 2023 model year.

2023 Hyundai Kona

A light blue 2023 Hyundai Kona driving outdoors.
2023 Hyundai Kona | Hyundai Motor Company

The 2023 Hyundai Kona is the 2023 Best Subcompact SUV for the Money. This small Hyundai SUV delivers an impressive package of standard features, a fuel-efficient base engine, confident handling, and a smooth ride. You can opt for one of the turbocharged engines, some upgraded features, including leather upholstery, and still enjoy an affordable price. The only drawbacks are the expected cramped second row and small cargo area.


  • Impressive, turbocharged engine options
  • Balanced ride and handling
  • Lots of standard driver-assistance features
  • Easy-to-use infotainment system


  • Small cargo hold
  • Below-average rear-passenger room

The 2023 version of the Hyundai Kona boasts more standard features than the 2022 version.

Will one of these four Hyundai winners become the vehicle you love to drive?

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