Sonata and Genesis Win “Best Bet” Awards


A lot of things have changed in the 36 years since Jack Gillis first published The Car Book, a guide to making informed car-buying decisions with an eye toward safety and reliability. With the advent of the internet, finding out a vehicle’s specifications are as simple as typing what you’re looking for into a search bar, but The Car Book, which is published in conjunction with the Center for Auto Safety, was ahead of its time.

So when the 2016 Car Book gave special recognition to the Hyundai Sonata and Hyundai Genesis, we took it as a serious compliment. Both the Sonata and Genesis received the Car Book’s “Best Bet” award, which recognizes the vehicles that best understand what American consumers expect a car to provide in terms of performance, styling, and safety.

“Hyundai continues to exceed customer expectations in terms of build quality and standard features,” said Jack Gillis. “By offering vehicles that respond to the safety and performance needs of today’s consumers, Hyundai continues to make a significant contribution to improving the market choices for the American car buyer.”

It would have been hard to believe how many awards and honors Hyundai gets heaped on it even 15 years ago, but these days it feels like a different vehicle-quality authority is singing our praises every week. A full trophy case is a pretty good problem to have.