The 2019 Hyundai NEXO is a hydrogen-powered car that joins the Honda Clarity and the Toyota Mirai as the only significant vehicles in the United States with a hydrogen fuel cell. Hydrogen technology is clean burning, zero emission, and technology that many other automakers are looking into for its efficiency and environmental benefits. It is also limited currently by cost and scalability concerns, but that is neither here nor there as those in the market for a vehicle of this caliber are already all in on this currently-niche class of automobile. One of the most significant downsides to the NEXO right off the bat is a con that also affects the Toyota Mirai and Honda Clarity: it is only available in the state of California. The infancy of the national hydrogen market, the lack of national infrastructure and economic incentives for this type of vehicle, and its one-state availability make this a tough car to recommend outside of California. If you are looking for an automobile that reduces your carbon footprint, get an electric vehicle. That said, for those in California or those willing to drive there to buy a NEXO, here is a review of this brand new addition to Hyundai’s line up.
The NEXO has two trim choices, the Blue and Limited. The Blue gives you more bang for your buck and offers up to 26 more miles of range, though even the Limited package promises over 350 miles of range. The Limited trim has more creature comforts, but beyond that, it is not worth it’s premium price tag especially when you can upgrade and get the Blue trim. Regarding price, the starting price tag is $58,300 for the Blue package, and the Limited trim starts at $61,800, so neither of these vehicle options are cheap, which is a potential negative factor for some buyers. Beyond price point, and a limited market presence the other issue with the 2019 Hyundai NEXO is how limited the availability of hydrogen refueling infrastructure there is. Electric charging stations, traditional gas stations, and even ethanol filling stations are far more widely available than hydrogen charging stations, meaning that you
have to purchase home equipment or be sure to know how close a hydrogen station is at all times. Despite all these limitations, there is a lot to like about the NEXO.
First things first, this vehicle gives off no carbon emissions and is a clean way to transport yourself from point A to point B. Like most electric vehicles, and in some ways more so than competing
hydrogen vehicles, the 2019 NEXO has impressive torque, a silent ride, a smooth drive, and a rapid acceleration burst. Hydrogen fuel cells have a similar refueling time to a gasoline engine, meaning you
don’t have to wait too long to get back on the road. The NEXO has a 161 horsepower engine and 291 pound-feet of torque. It comes with LED headlights, automatic high beams, keyless entry and ignition, a virtual instrument panel, blind spot monitoring, a heated steering wheel, eight-speaker Krell audio system, and much more. The level of power and comfort is impressive given the experimental nature of this automobile. The NEXO is also built like an SUV, giving it surprising comfortability that allows you to transport more than just you and one other passenger, and offers plenty of room to stretch out.
Again, there is limited refueling infrastructure for hydrogen fuel cells. This vehicle, like its competitors the Toyota Mirai and Honda Clarity, is only available in the state California. This class of vehicle is small and therefore expensive, experimental, and limited in terms of scale. Beyond that, early adopters to hydrogen-powered cars will love the 2019 Hyundai NEXO. It is smooth, it is more powerful than
you think, it has a beautiful SUV frame, and it offers a lot of the comfort and features you come to expect in any vehicle, regardless of how it is powered. The base model NEXO offers over 350 miles of
range before having to charge, meaning that you can put in a full day ‘s worth of commuting without having to recharge. The 2019 Hyundai NEXO is a great value when you consider that given its technologically advanced place among other cars, it offers everything you could want in an automobile and yet reduces your carbon footprint every time you drive it.