We need to be a bit specific on this recommendation, concentrating on the Elantra SE from 2008-2010, or any version 2011 or newer. That is because stability control was not readily available for all trim levels-just the SE-until it became standard for 2011. Since we’re being picky, the Elantra fared better in side crash tests starting in 2010. Fuel economy improved markedly with a 2011 redesign, as did styling and packaging. These two Elantra generations are appealing alternatives to more popular competitors because relatively lower retail values make them attractive buys on the used market.