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Reliable Hyundai Used Car Guide 2021

Hyundai used cars are a popular choice for Vancouver Island car buyers, and it’s no wonder why. Hyundai offers customers several affordable, fuel-efficient vehicle options to choose from. This is likely why Hyundai vehicles are a common sight on roads in the Greater Victoria Area. Used Hyundai’s are an excellent choice when purchasing a used car, truck or SUV because of the company’s increasingly robust reputation as a car manufacturer.

When shopping for a Hyundai used car that’s reliable, affordable, and fuel-efficient, specific makes and models from this South Korean carmaker are well worth your time to consider. In this article, we’re sharing four Hyundai vehicles to look for when shopping for a used car, SUV, or crossover.


Hyundai Used SUV: Santa Fe 

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As one of the top-selling SUVs in Canada, the Hyundai Santa Fe is an excellent choice for families and adventurers that want a smooth ride with both power and cargo space. These vehicles help to dispel top myths about buying used cars. The third generation of Hyundai’s Santa Fe released 2016 – 2018 is our preferred choice, with the Santa Fe Sport model topping our list. 

Additionally, Santa Fe vehicles from 2012 – 2018 will provide good reliability and comfort with a lower sticker price than comparable SUVs, such as a Honda CR-V or a Toyota Rav4. 

Best Features of Hyundai’s Santa Fe

  • 5-inch touchscreen display
  • Back up camera
  • Third-row seating option (select models)
  • Top safety rating


Top Hyundai Used Sedan: Sonata

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The Hyundai Sonata has been a staple of the sedan market since the mid-nineties. It has been a breadwinner for the Hyundai motor company in North America since the early 2000s. Comparable to highly-sought cars in this class – such as Honda’s Accord and Toyota’s Corolla, the Hyundai Sonata holds its ground because of its superb fuel efficiency, sleek look, and impressive manufacturer warranty.

When shopping for a used Hyundai Sonata, any model from the fifth generation and onward can be a good choice, but only if it’s in the right condition. However, we tend to think options from the sixth generation of Sonata’s, released 2011 – 2014, offer superior value to used car buyers.

Best Features of Hyundai Sonata 2011 – 2014

  • Good acceleration
  • Great Fuel efficiency
  • Top safety rating
  • Hybrid engines available
  • Lower purchase price than comparable sedans


Fuel-Efficient Used Hyundai Compact Car: Hyundai Accent

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When looking for a used entry-level or compact car, we recommend checking out the Hyundai Accent. Hyundai Accent’s have been a quality choice for car owners who don’t need a larger car’s passenger capacity or cargo space.

Hyundai Accent’s have steadily improved quality, comfort features, and fuel economy since the model’s debut in 1995. All generations of the Accent can be good options if previously cared for appropriately. Still, models from 2013 – 2014 are our preferred choice because of the standard features included in all trim levels.

2013 – 2014 Hyundai Accent Standard Features

  • Stability/Traction Control 
  • 4-Wheel ABS 
  • Stereo
  • Standard one-touch turning signal
  • Sliding sun visors
  • Six airbags 


Other Hyundai Models to Keep An Eye On

Hyundai is expanding its range of vehicles with impressive and eye-catching cars, SUVs and crossovers. New makes to keep an eye on include the Palisade, Ioniq, and Kona. Time will tell if these new models will prove as reliable and trustworthy as Hyundai’s classic Accent, Sonata, or Santa Fe. However, if recent history is any indication, we expect these new additions to hold their own for years to come.


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Buy Used Hyundai at Howie’s Car Corral

When shopping for a used Hyundai vehicle in the Greater Victoria area, be sure to visit us at Howie’s Car Corral. We pride ourselves on offering only the best quality used cars, trucks, and stand-by with our 3-month/3,000km warranty, and a 15% discount on parts and labour for life. For a look at our current inventory, stop by the Corral at 1658 Island Highway or visit our online showroom.