2010 Hyundai ElantraEnlarge Photo
2010 Hyundai SonataEnlarge Photo
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.