Shown above the 2022 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid, which was picked as the best car for teens with a value between $25,000 and $30,000 by US News & World Report. Photo courtesy of Hyundai Motor

U.S. News & World Report praises Sonata, Tucson, Elantra

U.S. News & World Report announced this week the best new cars for teens, and among them were five models of Hyundai Motor, the largest carmaker in South Korea.

In the crowded sedan and SUV market, Hyundai saw four 2022 models of Sonata Hybrid, Tucson, Electra Hybrid, and Kona win segments in various price categories.

U.S. News & World Report offers four awards in the best new cars for teens categories. Also on the list were Subaru’s Forester and Ascent, as well as the 2022 Nissan Maxima.

The 2019 Santa Fe was named the best used mid-sized sports utility vehicle for teens.

The Seoul-based company said that its advanced safety features, Bluelink connected car system, and driver assistance features help keep teens safe on the road.

“All of these models have advanced features that help teens stay safe on the road,” said Ricky Lao, director, product planning, Hyundai Motor North America.

“The combination of strong safety ratings and reliability make these models great for teen drivers.”

To win the best new car recognition for teens, a vehicle should have the best combination of predicted reliability ratings, crash test scores, and available advanced assistance features, according to U.S. News & World Report.

All 2022 best cars for teens are available with forward collision warning and forward automatic emergency braking, as well as lane departure warning and lane keep assist.

These features allow parents to set limits for teen drivers and have an ongoing conversation with their teens about responsible driving habits.

“The Best Cars for Teens awards highlight the cars and SUVs that can help teens hone their driving skills and lower the risk that they’ll be involved in an accident,” Jim Sharifi, managing editor of U.S. News Best Cars, said in a statement.

“Each winner offers active safety features and strong crash test ratings, so there’s a better chance of being protected if a collision occurs.”

Korean observers welcomed the news.

“The vehicles of Korean brands were once regarded as second-rate products. But a mounting number of U.S. motorists appear to purchase vehicles made by Korean brands,” Prof. Kim Pil-soo at Daelim University said.

“It is a very encouraging signal. Our automotive brands are required to find new momentum to remain competitive in the market.”

The publisher studied Korean history in Seoul and management of business administration in the United Kingdom. He has 20-year experiences in the media business. Kim can be reached at or 82-2-6956-6698.