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Sonata, Palisade Reach North American Car of the Year/Utility of the Year Semifinals

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2020 Hyundai Palisade
The 2020 Hyundai Palisade
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A pair of new Hyundai models are still in the hunt for two of the industry’s top awards after the first round of voting.

The 50 judges for the North American Car of the Year and North American Utility of the Year sent numerous longlisted vehicles packing. However, their list of 12 car semifinalists retained Hyundai’s all-new 2020 Sonata. And the new Palisade SUV was among the 12 utility vehicle semifinalists.

Now that the field has been narrowed down, the next step for the remaining vehicles is a rigorous series of comparison drives by the judges, who hail from a variety of car-centric publications in Canada and the U.S.

After this round of testing, finalists will be announced at the Los Angeles Auto Show in November. The winners will be unveiled sometime in early 2020.

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2020 Hyundai Sonata
Photo: Hyundai

2020 Hyundai Sonata

Arriving soon at dealerships across North America, the 2020 Sonata boasts a comprehensive redesign, a more advanced platform, and a variety of new technologies like shift-by-wire gear selection, Digital Key, and a solar roof for the hybrid model. The Sonata’s competitors in Car of the Year voting include the BMW 3 Series, the Cadillac CT5, the Kia Soul, and the Toyota Supra.

2020 Hyundai Palisade

The 2020 Palisade went on sale this summer and quickly took its place as Hyundai’s flagship SUV. Featuring three spacious rows, the Palisade provides drivers with power, sharp style, and a wealth of standard safety and connectivity technologies. In voting for Utility of the Year, the Palisade is competing against vehicles like the Audi E-Tron, the Ford Escape, the Lincoln Aviator, and the Subaru Outback.

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