Hyundai is an automaker on a roll and with each successive new car launch the brand seems to be leaping from strength to strength. But which models – and more importantly trim levels and engines – offer the most for your hard earned dollars? As follows is a list of the ten best Hyundai models available for sale today.
Hyundai Genesis Sedan 3.8
Like a leather clad cannonball shot over the bow of Lexus and other luxury automakers, the 2010 Hyundai Genesis sedan is amazing not only because it is inexpensive but also because it is so impressive. With plenty of passenger and cargo room, top notch materials and prices starting at just $33,000, this is a truly world class budget luxury sedan.
Hyundai Elantra Blue
Last year the Elantra sedan was named the highest in initial quality in its class by J.D. Power and Associates. The Blue is the most basic version of the Elantra but it comes with a zippy 2.0 liter 4 cylinder and a five speed manual that is a joy to use. Trunk space leads its class and when optioned with the Popular Option Package you get cruise control, air, power everything, peerlessly easy to use iPod connectivity and a crystal clear 6-speaker audio system.
Hyundai Genesis Coupe Track 3.8
This version of the Genesis Coupe may sticker over $30,000 but it comes lavishly equipped with a performance suspension, Brembo brakes, limited slip differential, a 300 horsepower plus V6 engine, automatic climate control, leather and much more. Even better, no rear drive sport coupe for the price looks or drives better.
Hyundai Elantra Touring SE
With as much cargo room as a 2010 Nissan Murano, the 2010 Hyundai Elantra Touring makes a great fuel efficient SUV alternative (31 miles per gallon highway proves that). But even better, this European engineered Hyundai handles and steers in a surprisingly sporty manner and the B&M manual transmission is the best Hyundai makes. The SE version is the uplevel variant and gives buyers a moonroof, heated seats, air conditioning, a 172-watt audio system, alloy wheels, steering wheel audio controls and much nicer trim.
Hyundai Tucson GLS
This smartly styled new cute-ute starts at only $18,995 very nicely equipped and is powered by a sprightly 172 horsepower 4-cylinder that manages 31 miles per gallon. The interior is also a design revelation for a Hyundai so futuristic is its appearance.
2011 Hyundai Sonata SE
The new Sonata is a hugely ballsy design statement from this usually conservative South Korean manufacturer but after the shock wears off you begin to realize it all really does work. Yes, I may have personally made fun of the design at first but I am starting to like it. The SE has twin tailpipes so the direct injected 4 cylinder puts out an even 200 horsepower through a Hyundai designed 6-speed automatic. Very cool.
Hyundai Accent 3-Door Blue
With a price under $10,000 you really can’t buy a cheaper new car anywhere else. Nissan may offer a similarly priced Versa sedan but that model is even more sparsely equipped. Do, however, add the optional air conditioning for $1,000 and you have a really inexpensive runabout that you won’t be embarrassed to show off to your friends. Do keep in mind that the Accent Blue is only available with a five speed manual transmission.
Hyundai Santa Fe SE-V6
The Santa Fe is now equipped with the new 276 horsepower V6 that only gets marginally worse fuel economy than the four cylinder version. The V6 also makes 100 horsepower more than the 4 cylinder (and returns 20 miles per gallon city/26 highway).
Hyundai Genesis Sedan V8
Yes, this means both Genesis sedan models are on this list but that is only because this is such a great car. Nowhere can you find V8 power attached to such a refined package at this price. Seriously Hyundai, only $39,500 for 385 horsepower?
Hyundai Accent GLS 4-Door
With fuel economy ratings of 28 city/34 highway, this is the perfect urban commuter. Starting at $13,465, the only options are a 4-speed automatic and a package that adds cruise controls, power windows, power door locks, steering wheel mounted audio controls, ABS and keyless entry for a total just a bit over $15,000. Surprisingly, this diminutive four door sedan also has plenty of room for people larger than your average Ooompa Loompa.