Bordentown, New Jersey
A value-packed and inexpensive alternative to the segment-leading Toyota Corolla and Honda Civic, the 2010 Hyundai Elantra makes a great first (or even second) car. The spacious and fuel-efficient Elantra can comfortably and safely pack in a family of four (five in a pinch) and its cargo. From front to rear, the Elantra’s sharp styling, roomy interior and quality-conscious engineering qualifies this fourth-generation version as a fully contemporary, yet affordable, sedan.
You’ll like this car if high mileage is a must and regular is your gasoline of choice; its 26/35 city/highway EPA fuel economy numbers trump the Volkswagen Rabbit’s, for example. If safety is your issue, the 2010 Hyundai Elantra offers front, side-impact and side-curtain airbags, plus antilock brakes (ABS), as standard equipment.