2010 Hyundai Elantra TouringEnlarge Photo
(Starting at $15,995)—Although you will want to pony up for the $17,995 SE edition to get all the must have toys and extras, no one can deny this affordable wagon’s cargo carrying ability which equals that of a Nissan Murano. Also, unlike most SUVs, the 31-mile-per-gallon highway Hyundai Elantra is a genuine pleasure to drive especially when equipped with a manual transmission.
Another area in which the Elantra Touring shines is with its interior. Built from plastics that would be acceptable in cars two price classes above, even the most hardened critic can’t deny this would be a fabulous interior for a long road trip. So no matter if you are looking for a small wagon or just need an inexpensive runabout there might just be the perfect SUV alternative waiting for you at the nearest neighborhood Hyundai dealer.