While it felt like just yesterday the Red Sox went on their magical run to win the 2013 World Series, the 2014 MLB season is actually on the horizon, with the Spring Training opener slated for today.
If you’re like us, you probably aren’t quite done basking in the glory of the 2013 title. At AutoFair Hyundai, we were fortunate enough to relive the moment when we received a recent visit from Wally the Green Monster – who was nice enough to bring the Red Sox’s World Series trophies along with him.
We’d like to thank the entire Red Sox organization for this incredible opportunity, as well as all the dedicated fans that made the trek to our Manchester, NH Hyundai dealership to pose with the hardware. Check out the photo gallery of the event below.
Hyundai is already well known for the value its vehicles provide to drivers, but according to consumer-research firm Strategic Vision, the brand’s appeal extends beyond its customers’ wallets or pocketbooks and into their hearts. With the Hyundai Santa Fe, Sonata, Elantra GT, Equus and Genesis all leading their segments in Strategic Vision’s Most Loved Vehicles in America list, Hyundai had more vehicles honored than any other auto brand.
To determine its Most Loved Index, Strategic Vision developed an elaborate formula for measuring the depth of owners’ emotional responses to their vehicle and dealership experiences. Scores were calculated on a 1,000-point scale based on responses ranging from “Hate it” to “Love it,” and the topics covered included overall satisfaction, commitment, total top emotional responses, proposed repurchase loyalty and actual repurchase loyalty. With a score of 821 points, the Hyundai Equus not only topped the Luxury Car category but also finished second out of all vehicles in the industry, trailing only the Tesla Model S electric luxury sedan.
“The Hyundai brand has grown beyond its reputation for affordability with modern vehicles that also bring out a lot of passion in their owners, and there’s no better example than the refined and luxurious Equus that first came to America for the 2011 model year,” said Drew Hill, general manager of AutoFair Hyundai, a New Hampshire Hyundai dealer in Manchester. “Even Hyundai’s long-established favorites are offering a lot more than their low price tags might suggest, with the Santa Fe SUV now featuring more passenger space and advanced technologies without sacrificing its smooth ride or fuel efficiency.”
Finding the right vehicle for your family has never been easy, but it’s become increasingly hard for a number of reasons. While having enough passenger and cargo space is still important, fuel economy is essential as well, especially since gas prices have spiked in recent years.
And then there’s the need for technology. Keeping your kids entertained has become harder in the digital age, which makes having a vehicle equipped with the latest technology and rear-seat entertainment a major plus.
KBB.com recently tested 21 “mainstream” vehicles from 11 brands to compile its list of the 12 Best Family Cars of 2014. The staff checked everything from cargo space to varying seating arrangements, and also had some of their kids use the rear-seat entertainment systems first-hand. Afterward, they were able to narrow it down to what they felt were the top 12 vehicles for families in 2014 – more than half of which were Honda and Nissan models.
Honda led the way with four selections: the 2014 Honda Accord, CR-V, Pilot and – to no one’s surprise – the 2014 Honda Odyssey. Nissan was represented by the 2014 Altima, Pathfinder and Rogue, and the 2014 Ford Flex also made KBB.com’s list of top family cars. The 2014 Volkswagen Passat was among the initial group of 21 vehicles that were tested, but it wasn’t quite able to make the final list of 12.
Let’s look a little further into what makes each of these models optimal for families: