Buyer’s Guide to the 2017 Hyundai Tucson

tucsonThere’s plenty of choice when it comes to the 2017 Hyundai Tuscon. You can choose between petrol and diesel versions, and some models come with additional features such as 4-wheel drive and automatic gearboxes. What they all have in common is a luxury approach to compact SUVs. With plenty of tech included as standard and a luscious interior that makes you feel like you’re behind the wheel of a much more expensive car, the 2017 Hyundai Tucson is a car that offers a great ride experience to the most demanding buyers.

A Blend of Performance and Smooth Handling

When it comes to driving, the Hyundai Tuscon is a real treat. Both the available engine sizes (a turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder or 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine) are strong enough to tow whatever you need, without compromising on speed.  The suspension is also excellent so that you get a smooth ride even over bumpy roads. Handling is likewise secure and stable as you’d expect from an SUV, so even though it’s only a compact version you still get a drive that feels like a full-sized SUV.

Performance is paired with a good fuel economy estimated at 26 miles per gallon combined (23 city/30 highway). Light when parking in a tight spot, but secure on the highway, the 2017 Hyundai Tuscon is a blast to drive. Continue reading


4 Walking and Hiking Trails in Terrell

arborhillsSummer is almost here which means it’s the perfect time to start exploring the outdoors! One of the best ways to do that is on one of the various hiking and walking trails in and around Terrell, Texas. If you’re looking for a short trail to spot some wildlife or an all-day lengthy walking adventure, you’ll find that and more. Below we’ve compiled a list of some of our favorite local hiking and walking trails. Read on to discover your next favorite!

Hike With Your Furry Best Friend

Attention dog lovers! If you’re looking for a well-kept, scenic nature area and trail to explore with your furry friend look no farther than Arbor Hills Trail. Located twenty miles north of downtown Dallas in a suburb of Plano, you’ll find a paved trail that loops for 3 miles through 200 acres of wooded nature preserve. For those looking for a little more adventure, this trail does provide access to unpaved hiking routes and mountain biking trails. This spot is also a favorite among families. Featuring plenty of parking and restrooms amid a quiet setting, Arbor Hills Trail is definitely one of the area’s best trails. Continue reading


5 Family-Friendly Activities in Terrell

familyfriendlyPlanning a family bonding day? You’re in luck, there are plenty of fun family bonding activities right here in Terrell, Texas and the surrounding area. Whether your family is adventurous, more educationally minded, or is simply looking for some light-hearted fun, Terrell is the place to be! Below we’ve compiled a list of recommendations for some of the best family-friendly activities in the area.

Get a Little Wild

Located just outside of Dallas in Forney, families will be met with an adorable little farm with tons of things to do. At the Gentle Zoo, families can feed a variety of animals including goats, emu, pot belly pigs, peacocks, chickens, and more. There is also a well-kept playground, sandbox, hopscotch, and plenty of other activities to keep the kids entertained. To complete a lovely day at the zoo, a ride on the train will allow everyone to relax and unwind. Continue reading


Why the 2017 Hyundai Ioniq Should Be Your Next Hybrid or EV

ioniqHyundai is an innovative automotive manufacturer that offers a wide variety of options within its lineup. The 2017 Ioniq combines impressive features with unbelievable efficiency, making this a top choice among buyers who want to reduce their environmental impacts.

Three Versions of the Vehicle

Hyundai will offer three different versions of the Ioniq, making it easier to find the option that works best with your lifestyle. The most popular option is the Ioniq Hybrid, which will operate with a gas-powered 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine and a lightweight 1.6-kWh battery pack, similar in operation to the Toyota Prius. But it actually gets better gas mileage than the Prius, coming in with a combined estimate of 58 miles per gallon.

The second Ioniq option is a plug-in hybrid, which will come out later in 2017. The third is a battery-electric model, which will become available in April in California and later in the year in other states. The main developer on the Ioniq has been working on the project for over a decade, so the car is certainly ready to arrive on dealership lots. The goal when working on the eco-car powertrain division within the automotive company was to create a vehicle that is more fuel-efficient than its competitors, and the Ioniq has succeeded in this regard. Continue reading


What’s the Difference Between the Santa Fe and the Santa Fe Sport?

sportWhen you’re shopping for a crossover SUV, you have quite a few different options. Just about every automotive manufacturer offers at least one crossover, but they’re not all the same. Even from one auto brand, Hyundai, you may feel confused when looking at various options and trying to determine which one is best. The Santa Fe and Santa Fe Sport are similar in styling, but they do have some major differences.

Size

One of the main differences between the Santa Fe and Santa Fe Sport is the seating capacity. The Sport model is slightly smaller, with seating for five, while the Santa Fe can seat either six or seven, depending on the trim level and configuration. But while the Sport has one or two fewer seats, the interior cabin actually feels quite spacious in both cars. The height and width are the same between the two, but the Sport’s overall length and wheelbase are shorter. In the front and second row (or back row in the Sport), the amount of headroom is exactly the same. Continue reading


2017 Overview of the E! Terrell Entertainment Series

overviewofeterrellThe E! Terrell Entertainment Series is the live performance branch of the Terrell Alliance for Education and the Arts. 2017 marks the 14th year of this exciting series, which includes concerts and other forms of entertainment in Terrell, Texas. Check out what’s on the agenda this year.

Equinox Little Big Band

Equinox Little Big Band puts on an exciting and high-energy show that will have you tapping your toes along with the beat or even dancing in the aisles. It will take place on May 15 at 7:30 p.m. The set list includes favorites from the Great American Songbook, but the musicians add their own unique style and swagger to each piece. Even hard-to-please crowds will love the music at this show. Continue reading


4 Things You Should Know About Hulsey Public Library

libraryIn an increasingly digital world, people may not see the value of the public library. But with a wide variety of resources and tools available to members, the library certainly has a lot of benefits. Here in Terrell, Texas, check out the services offered by the Hulsey Public Library, located at 301 N. Rockwall Street.

Youth Services

You can bring your family to the Hulsey Public Library, whether you have toddlers, teenagers, or any ages in between. Every Wednesday at 10:30 a.m., the library hosts story time for younger children, as well as events for local preschool and kindergarten classes. During Music Time camps and workshops, children can learn more the various parts of an orchestra, create their own songs and jingles, and use unique instruments to make music. Many of the programs on PBS also feature music, so kids will listen to the latest hits by characters on these shows.

Children can also express their creativity at Kid’s Corner, which has coloring pages, interactive art games, craft pages with items from nature, and hands-on craft projects. Teenagers can get help with their homework, learn about health and fitness to keep their bodies healthy and active, and discuss information about drugs, alcohol, and emotional health. The library also hosts an annual summer reading program to encourage youth of all ages to read more and earn prizes. Please note that kids shouldn’t be left in the library without proper supervision.  Continue reading


The 3 Best Italian Restaurants in Rockwall, TX

bestitalianrestaurantItalian cuisine is consistently ranked as the best in the world, and it’s easy to see why. Italian dishes can be both deceptively simple and gloriously complex, but the end result is always the same; dishes with incredibly fresh wholesome flavors. Whether you’re in search of pasta, pizza, or risotto, there are an impressive variety of Italian restaurants in Rockwall, Texas. Keep reading to find out about the three restaurants that best represent Italian cuisine in Rockwall.

Luigi’s Italian Cafe

Luigi’s is the place to go if you want to sample some traditional Italian dishes in a pleasant, friendly environment. A particular favorite among customers is the creamy Alfredo sauce served with pasta and chicken. Luigi’s has four locations across Texas, and the quality of food found at the Rockwall branch is similar to that found in all other Luigi’s restaurants.

Italian food is characterized by its freshness, and the chefs at Luigi’s don’t take any shortcuts. You’ll find home-cooked produce that has been locally sourced and cooked with the attention to detail and love for food that is required from any Italian restaurant worth its salt. There is a huge variety of seafood dishes on the menu too. You can find Luigi’s on South Goliad Street in Rockwall town.  Continue reading


The 4 Best Features of the 2017 Hyundai Genesis G80

g80The Hyundai Genesis G80 is a newly branded luxury mid-size sedan that replaces the Hyundai Genesis from previous years. Numerous tech features that were only available on premium trim levels are now included as standard. Genesis is now the name of Hyundai’s luxury lineup brand, and the G80 is its flagship car. Read on for an overview of the best features of the 2017 Hyundai Genesis G80.

Powerful Engine

The 2017 Hyundai Genesis G80 is available with your choice of two different powertrains, each delivering exceptional power. Depending on the exact power you require, you can choose between a 3.8-liter V6 engine that delivers 311 horsepower or a 5.0-liter V8 engine that takes this figure up a few notches to 420 horsepower. The basic engine delivers 293 pound-feet of torque, while the V8 engine produces 383 pound-feet of torque.

Both engines are paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission that comes with steering-wheel-mounted shift paddles. The V6 engine operates as a rear-wheel drive car as standard, with the option to get an all-wheel-drive system fitted.  The V8-powered Genesis G80 is only available with rear-wheel drive. These power figures are extremely impressive for entry-level cars in this class, and they rival that offered by any of Hyundai’s competitors.  Continue reading


3 Highly Rated 2017 Hyundai Vehicles

hyundaivehiclesThe year 2017 looks like another promising year for Hyundai, with an exciting lineup of attractive vehicles available that will suit motorists with different tastes and needs. Keep reading to find out all about three highly rated 2017 Hyundai vehicles currently available to purchase at Randall Noe Hyundai.

1. Hyundai Santa Fe

The South Korean manufacturer’s mid-size crossover SUV has been a popular choice in what is a growing market since it first launched in the year 2001. The Santa Fe, named after a city in New Mexico, has been the manufacturer’s most successful vehicle in the United States.

The 2017 model year sees Hyundai introducing even more choices to Santa Fe customers. You can now opt for a two-wheel-drive or four-wheel-drive system, choose between different seat configurations, and select your favorite from four distinct trim levels.

The aesthetics of the Santa Fe have been upgraded for 2017. Each trim gets new wheels, new headlights, a new grille, and new front and rear bumpers. The crux of this is a better-looking SUV that continues the Santa Fe’s tradition of providing an attractive and comfortable ride with lots of superb tech and safety features.  Continue reading