Kia and Hyundai Dominate Motor Trend’s Most-Searched Cars List

There are loads of reasons that people search for cars. Car shoppers look for information, car enthusiasts want to learn more about the latest and greatest, and some vehicles are just in the news, making people curious. Every month Motor Trend compiles a list of the most searched cars. In June, Hyundai and Kia dominated this list, taking four of ten spots.

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Kia and Hyundai have sort of been dominating the car market this year with their new vehicles and safety awards. It’s no surprise that people are searching for more information about their cars. Here are the ten most searched cars in the month of June.

The 2021 Kia Sorento is one of the most searched cars

People love the 2021 Kia Sorento. It’s a 3-row SUV and one of Consumer Reports’ recommended new cars for teens. It’s also an IIHS Top Safety Pick. The Sorento comes with a 191 horsepower four-cylinder engine. It’s also affordable, at $29,390.

The 2021 Hyundai Palisade is another highly searched car

The 2021 Hyundai Palisade is an even bigger three-row SUV. It’s also a Consumer Reports recommended for teens, and it received the IIHS’ top honor, the Top Safety Pick+. The Palisade has a 3.8-liter 291 horsepower engine and is $32,675. Not bad for an ultra-safe three-row SUV.

The Hyundai Santa Cruz is one of the most searched not-trucks

The Hyundai Santa Cruz is not a truck, but it looks like a truck. It also kind of looks like an SUV that started to regenerate but got stuck halfway. Hyundai is calling it a Sport Adventure Vehicle. Whatever it is, the Santa Cruz is one of Motor Trend’s most searched vehicles. 

The Santa Cruz has a 2.5-liter, 191 horsepower engine. It comes in at about $25,000.

The Kia Telluride is Kia’s most searched large SUV

Like the Palisade, the Kia Telluride is a large three-row SUV. It’s an IIHS Top Safety Pick and it also won Motor Trend’s SUV of the year award. It was also the winner in a comparison test with a Toyota Highlander and Ford Explorer. 

The Telluride has a 3.8-liter V6 engine capable of 291 horsepower. It’s more expensive than the Palisade, at $50,000. 

There are other cars on Motor Trend’s most searched cars, too

But they aren’t Kias and Hyundais. The 2021 Toyota Venza is one of the most searched cars. It’s a midsize SUV with a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine. People were also interested in the 2021 Subaru Crosstrek, a hatchback SUV that can go 182-horsepower. 

Honda makes one of Motor Trend’s most searched cars with the CR-V, a small SUV. And don’t forget the 2021 Genesis GV80, a $70,000 luxury SUV.

Ford comes in with two if its own vehicles on the most searched list. The Bronco is back for 2021, and people are excited about it. The Maverick, due out in 2022, is going to be Ford’s compact pickup truck. 

If there’s anything to be learned from this list, it’s that Hyundai and Kia seem to have figured out what people want. Their vehicles keep getting better every year, and their safety awards add to their reputation. It wouldn’t be surprising if both manufacturers have cars on this list for months to come. 

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