Midsize Cars Cheaper Than Their Small Cousins Page 2

August 27, 2010
2010 Hyundai Elantra

2010 Hyundai Elantra

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2010 Hyundai Sonata

2010 Hyundai Sonata

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2010 Hyundai Elantra vs. 2010 Hyundai Sonata

The Hyundai Sonata has a lot to offer buyers who are considering a Civic or Corolla.  It has the footprint of a small car, but is so spacious that the Environmental Protection Agency classifies the Elantra as a midsize car.  It offers a surprisingly refined driving experience as well.  And a the Elantra Touring wagon version offers caro flexibility that's hard to beat.  Yet the Elantra can push over $20,000 fully equipped.

Its Sonata midsize cousin, howeve, may be a bargain option for some Elantra shoppers. There is a new, sexier 2011 Sonata on dealership lots winning a lot of press.  But Hyundai dealers still have thousands of 2010 models left to sell.  They are reliable, and not only offer more space than the Elantra, but out-accelerate it as well.  Because Hyundai wants dealers to get rid of the 2010 cars, it's offering a $3,000 cash back rebate to customers, and an additional $1,000 rebate to dealers to move the cars.  That can push the price of a decently-equipped 2010 Sonata close to just $16,000.

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