Cars.com awarded the 2020 Hyundai Veloster N with the 2020 Most Fun-to-Drive Car of the Year award, an accolade given annually to a model that’s defined by how fun it is to drive, on the racetrack or off. The Veloster N was up against an array of fun-to-drive contenders, including the 2020 Ford Mustang and the 2020 Jeep Wrangler.
“Veloster N offers an exhilarating driving experience for drivers of all skill levels,” said Scott Margason, director, product planning, Hyundai Motor America. “We are elated to receive this award as it recognizes the vehicle’s thrilling drivability and performance from the track to winding canyon roads.”
Hyundai’s high-performance N line-up was developed to make the driver’s heart beat faster whenever they’re behind the wheel. Instead of focusing on outright performance numbers, Hyundai chose to emphasize the N driver’s heartbeats per minute (BPM), rather than revs per minute (RPM). With fun-to-drive character as a top priority, Veloster N has been developed to deliver thrilling cornering ability coupled with everyday sports car drivability and race track capability.
The Veloster N offers a comprehensive degree of exterior, interior and mechanical features at a competitive price point. Mechanically, the Veloster N offers a 2.0-liter, direct-injected turbocharged powerplant. The engine boasts up to an available 275 horsepower at 6,000 RPM and 260 lb.-ft. of torque from 1,450-4,700 RPM for responsive, thrilling performance at every RPM range. Furthermore, the Veloster N includes a suite of features normally found in higher-priced sports cars, such as Drive Mode Select, Michelin Pilot® Super Sport Tires, rear spoiler and 8” display audio with Bluetooth®, Apple CarPlay and Android capabilities, as well as numerous safety features.
Cars.com’s editorial team of automotive experts performs more than 100 in-depth reviews of new vehicles each year in addition to producing thousands of articles for car shoppers to navigate the purchase process. Each car represented on the Best of Awards list excels in three key criteria: quality, innovation and value.