Hyundai Elantra gives buyers and competitors a run for their money

Edmunds recently released its list of the best used cars for 2011, and the Hyundai Elantra was the top pick in the compact sedan category. This car can be a good option for people who are looking to buy a used car with a bad credit car loan, as the Kelly Blue Book value of the 2004 model is just over $7,000.

The Best Used Cars list was compiled based on reliability, safety and availability for cars that were produced between 2004 and 2009. Anything older will likely have too many miles and anything newer will not have depreciated enough to qualify, the site states.

The Japanese automaker is not done impressing with the Elantra series, as the compact sedan has been significantly ungraded for the 2012 model year.

The new car is more fuel-efficient than many of its competitors, getting 40 miles per gallon on the highway and 29 in the city, according to The New York Times. Hyundai gave the vehicle a style upgrade too, with a ferocious front-end and fluid contours and curves that modernize its appearance.