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Avg. Price Paid: $8,503 - $10,172
Original MSRP: $14,145 - $17,845
MPG: 26 City / 34 Hwy
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Used Car: 2010 Hyundai Elantra Review

Review Last Updated: 7/25/12

The 2010 Hyundai Elantra has some of the best passenger and cargo space in the class, as well as good reliability and safety ratings. That makes it an excellent choice for anyone shopping for a small used car.

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The Hyundai Elantra, which was the U.S. News 2010 Best Compact Car for the Money, is a smart choice for shoppers who want a fuel-efficient small car with plenty of interior space, pretty good performance and reassuring reliability and safety scores.

Though it has a lot of interior space for the class, the Hyundai Elantra doesn’t have many standard features. The base model has standard power windows and door locks, but it doesn’t come with a stereo or air conditioning. Those features were available as options when it was new, along with a USB port, satellite radio and cruise control. Navigation, however, wasn’t available at all. Though the base Elantra’s standard safety features are typical for the class, you have to choose the highest SE trim to get electronic stability control, traction control and brake assist. The Elantra’s crash test scores, however, are among the best in the class.

When it was new, reviewers said the 2010 Elantra is a good commuter car, with decent power and maneuverability. Though no reviewer called the Elantra fun to drive, it has good fuel economy ratings, averaging up to 26/34 mpg city/highway. 

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Other Cars to Consider

Like the Elantra, the highly-ranked 2010 Honda Civic is a wise choice for shoppers who want a reliable, safe and fuel-efficient commuter car. Compared with the Elantra, the Civic has better performance, though its reliability score is slightly lower. Passenger and cargo space is smaller on the Civic as well. The Civic’s standard features are in line with what the Elantra offers.  

Unlike a lot of 2010 small cars, the 2010 Toyota Corolla comes packed with many safety features, and has above-average safety scores. The Corolla also has the highest reliability rating in the class, as well as more standard interior features than the Hyundai Elantra. The Corolla has less interior space than the Elantra, but reviewers still said the Corolla’s back seat was comfortable.

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