Back in the day, having a car with four wheels and automatic transmission was considered an honor. But these days, having a car with the latest technology features is considered the ultimate status symbol. Since its humble American beginnings in 1986, Hyundai has continued to evolve with our technology trends. Here are some of the brand’s most popular features that will make your ride more enjoyable and operating your car more convenient.

Start Your Engines

It looks like the days of simply starting your engines with your keys are slowly coming to an end. Hyundai started incorporating the proximity key and push button technology in 2011 with the 2012 Sonata. It has since been included in several vehicles in the brand’s lineup. However, not every trim will include this technology. For now, it is limited to advanced and special edition models as well as technology packages that are purchased.

Models that do come with push button technology and the proximity key gives drivers ultimate convenience. When your hands are full with groceries or kids, the key can recognize when you are by the vehicle and will unlock or lock the car, open the trunk, and start the engine with the simple push of a button. The car’s technology will only work when the proximity key is within three feet of the vehicle for at least three seconds.

All Access Pass

When you purchase a new Hyundai with satellite radio capabilities, you will receive three months of free SiriusXM radio. The All Access package will come with every available channel of satellite radio as well as Sirius XM Internet Radio, which will let you listen to your favorite artists and talk shows online or using the app.

“Customers tell us that quality audio entertainment is one of the most important features in a vehicle, so the continuation of our relationship with SiriusXM makes their very first experiences in their new Hyundai even more memorable," said Michael Deitz, the Senior Group Manager of Connected Cars for Hyundai in a press release about the partnership. "We are pleased to continue giving Hyundai customers access to SiriusXM's best-in-class audio entertainment as a standard feature across our vehicle lineup."

New vehicles aren’t the only ones that come with SiriusXM radio subscriptions. All certified pre-owned vehicles with satellite radio capabilities are also eligible for the three-month trial subscription of the All Access Package. But it’s only the new vehicles with navigation technology that receive a three-month trial of XM services such as NavTraffic, NavWeather, and Sports and Stocks.

Personal Assistant

When you have a Hyundai, there is no need to have a personal assistant. The manufacturer has designed a vehicle system that helps with everything from car maintenance to finding your destination coordinates. And it comes complimentary for one year after your purchase.

Blue Link first made its debut in 2011 with the release of the 2012 Hyundai Sonata and has since been included in most of the brand’s new vehicle releases. All of the technology’s features are tied together with voice recognition abilities. It maintains a monthly vehicle health report and has mobile app abilities that allow drivers to remote start, stop, lock, and unlock their vehicles. There are also features that will immobilize your vehicle if someone is trying to carjack you or connect you to operators in the event that you are in an accident and need assistance.

The Blue Link technology isn’t limited to what’s in your vehicle. Your smartphone can connect to the feature using Bluetooth technology or a USB cable and the Blue Link app. The in-vehicle technology automatically upgrades for you.

What technology would you like to see Hyundai add to its vehicles? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below.

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