Facing years of payments on a depreciating asset, it is not surprising that companies like Hyundai continue to conceive clever ways to allay the fears of new-car buyers. First it was the 10-year powertrain warranty and then it was the Hyundai Assurance plan. These programs have helped make Hyundai a well-known brand, but a growing array of desirable vehicles has been equally instrumental.
Representing a 180-degree departure from the days of the Hyundai Excel, the current crop of Hyundai cars showcases genuine value, plenty of safety features, and desirable styling and amenities. To varying degrees, these attributes are evidenced by the entry-level Hyundai Accent, the Toyota Corolla-fighting Hyundai Elantra sedan and Hyundai Elantra Touring wagon, the Hyundai Sonata sedan, the Hyundai Azera, and the attractive Hyundai Santa Fe, a crossover sporting an available third row seat. You'll also find room for several passengers in the Hyundai Entourage minivan and the Hyundai Veracruz, though less so in the small Hyundai Tucson. For a bit more excitement, check out the Hyundai Tiburon, the turbocharged Hyundai Genesis coupe, or the V8-powered Hyundai Genesis sedan.
Prices range from about $10,000 for the Hyundai Accent to more than $37,000 for a Hyundai Genesis sedan.