4 Hyundai Models that Keep their Value Over Time
It wasn’t that long ago that American car buyers and car critics considered Hyundai models to be bargain-bin alternatives to more solid Japanese and Detroit brands. However, today that’s turned around completely, and now Hyundai vehicles get some of the best durability and reliability numbers around. Between this, the modern features, and the still-low prices, Hyundai now offers several vehicles that do a great job of keeping their value even after several years pass.
The Hyundai Tucson is the company’s entry in the increasingly competitive compact crossover market. The Tucson has a range of six trim levels, but even the top trim is within $7,000 of the base model. However, while the prices are low, the feature list includes a panoramic sunroof, HID headlights that bend around corners, and both heated and ventilated front-row seats. With standard and available options like this, it’s no wonder that the Tucson regularly keeps 45 percent of its original value after five years.
Hyundai’s subcompact car, the Accent, can retain a surprising amount of its value, although in fairness that value starts out very low. As a subcompact sedan, the Accent is the smallest car Hyundai sells in the United States, but that doesn’t stop it from coming with valuable features like a full set of audio and cruise control switches on the steering wheel, an available 7-inch monitor, and other options like heated seats and automatic temperature control. Keep it in good condition and you’ll be able to make a big down payment when you upgrade to a newer model.
The Hyundai Elantra fits in the compact class, and as a close relative of the Accent, it’s no wonder that this model is also good at retaining its value. The Elantra also has a surprisingly low MSRP, but its range of trims includes both Eco and Sport trims since different car buyers are looking for things like extra performance or extra efficiency. Depending on the trim, you can also get an 8-inch touch screen with navigation and an Infinity audio system, and that all adds to the value of a used model.
Santa Fe Sport
Hyundai offers its Santa Fe SUV in two sizes: a longer version with room for three rows of seats, and a shorter version with two seat rows called the Santa Fe Sport. That second model is very good at retaining its value, partly because it has the same trim levels and feature options as the larger model. That means you get a lighter and more efficient crossover with the kind of features you’d expect on a larger SUV, so it’s no wonder that the Santa Fe Sport is good at retaining its value.
These four models retain a large percentage of their value even after several years pass, and that fact is becoming true for a growing number of Hyundai vehicles. While the company started as a South Korean underdog, the growing quality and the growing number of Hyundai dealerships have made the brand worth considering by any car buyer.