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Narrowing down the best used Hyundai to buy is a challenge. The South Korean automaker sells some of the most reliable used cars on the market. Car and Driver reviewed the best models to buy pre-owned in 2021.

For used Hyundai shoppers who don’t want to miss out on style

The 2019 Hyundai Accent is an incredibly reliable used car. U.s. news ranked this year and model number 4 and its list of top 2019 subcompact cars. This small, efficient, and economical daily driver is one of Hyundai’s best used options. The Accent has roomy, comfortable seating for five as well as an intuitive infotainment system. The car does not receive high marks for power and performance. Clocking in at 130 horsepower, don’t expect much get-up-and-go. Competitors ranked higher in handling.

This model makes up for its flaws. An estimated highway fuel economy of 38 miles per gallon means filling up the Accent will not break the bank. US News also awarded this car “Best New Car For Teens.” Many parents of young drivers prefer to purchase used vehicles for teenagers. The Hyundai Accent’s stylish appearance, comfortable features, and high safety ratings make this the perfect used Hyundai for teens. 

Tech details give this Hyundai a fresh feel

A charcoal grey 2019 Hyundai Elantra GT on display
2019 Hyundai Elantra GT | Raymond Boyd via Getty Images

An affordable used car doesn’t need to feel austere. The 2019 Elantra is one of the best years of the popular model. Earlier models like the 2017 hold their own, but interior and exterior style updates give the 2019 a fresh feel.

The 2019 model gains a rearview camera and a 5-inch infotainment display. New features such as wireless charging and Bluetooth connectivity make this car feel modern. The Hyundai Elantra scores above average in reliability; therefore, it’s a safe bet for a used model. The 2019 Hyundai Elantra gets an estimated 36 miles per gallon highway fuel economy. 

This small SUV is a great used car for families

The 2019 Hyundai Tucson is an excellent subcompact SUV for families. This year’s model features more passenger and cargo space than previous releases. It also received updates to its long list of safety and tech features.

Wireless device charging gives the Tucson a modern feel. Buyers will also enjoy Apple CarPlay as well as AndroidAuto smartphone integration. Is surround-view parking camera is a high-tech feature the whole family will appreciate. Pedestrian detection is an added feature to this year’s model that makes this a great starter car for young drivers just learning safety on the road. 

Similar models feature higher-quality interior materials. The quiet, comfortable cabin balances out this lack of luxury. The Tucson features less overall cargo space than similar models; however, it seats five passengers comfortably. 

Hyundai offers this sporty surprise

A yellow 2009 Hyundai Genesis Coupe on display
The 2009 Hyundai Genesis coupe on display| Brian Ach/WireImage via Getty Images

2010 Hyundai Genesis coupe’s high-tech features give this car a modern feel despite its age. Drivers looking for an affordable yet sporty option may find the Genesis Coupe a perfect fit. Features like standard Bluetooth connectivity, keyless entry, and rear parking sensors give this 11-year-old a contemporary feel.

Responsive handling and excellent fuel economy made this Coupe popular with commuters who did not require much passenger space. The standard 201 horsepower 2.0 L turbocharged 4-cylinder engine and manual transmission gave the coupe a sporty edge that some drivers prefer. With an estimated 21 miles per gallon City or 30 miles per gallon highway, the Genesis Coupe is an affordable option for the Long Haul. In short, this coupe is a fun, cheap, daily driver.


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