ELANTRA AND AZERA NAMED USED CAR BEST BETS

Edmunds.com named both the Hyundai Elantra and Hyundai Azera to its list of Used Car Best Bets for 2010.  The model years 2003 to 2008 Elantra topped the Compact Sedan category and the model years 2006 to 2008 Azera won out in the Large Sedan segment.  Edmunds.com, a premier online resource for automotive information, chose this year's Used Car Best Bets based on reliability, safety, value, and availability. This year all cars and trucks from the 2003 to 2008 model years were eligible.

"With class-leading interior space, outstanding handling and overall refinement, it's clear that Elantra offers terrific value," said Tracy Bowes, national manager, Retail Operations, Hyundai Motor America.  "Additionally, the award winning Azera continues to top the large sedan segment, packing in more value, upgrades and standard equipment year after year. Both these cars boast Hyundai's class-leading safety technology, allowing them to maintain their reliability and strong residual values at resale."

In order to put together this list of top choices in the used vehicle market, the Edmunds.com editors looked at consumer ratings as well as sources that report on reliability and longevity, and applied their own experience and judgment to determine a vehicle's reliability.  They also regarded how the vehicles rated in various crash tests conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

"A complete redesign in 2001 earned the Hyundai Elantra our respect, which was bolstered further by a tough tour of duty in our long-term fleet," said Edmunds.com editors. "In addition to peppy performance and a smooth ride, the Elantra offers solid build quality, reliability and operating economy.  Impressive crash test scores are another feather in the Elantra's cap."

"Offering an upscale look inside and out and a number of unexpected luxury features for a reasonable price, the Azera also boasts the solid build quality and steadfast reliability that Hyundai is becoming known for," added the editors. "Strong crash test scores, smooth and refined performance and a quiet ride round out the Azera's impressive resumé."

Joining the Elantra and Azera on Edmunds.com Used Car Best Bets list are Toyota Camry, BMW 3 Series, Mazda Miata, Pontiac Vibe, Honda CR-V, Mitsubish Endeavor, Chevrolet Tahoe, Honda Odyssey, Toyota Tacoma, Ford F-150, Infiniti G35 and Toyota Prius.
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