• Top Ten Under the Radar Cars For 2010

There are certain vehicles that just sell well. Take the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry for instance. No matter what happens or how good the competition is, these two will sell well for their companies. We’re not saying that there is anything wrong with these two models, except for the Camry, which is dull as a dishwasher, but a buyer needs to look at what else is on the table. The first choice might not be the best choice.

In many cases, the cars that are often ignored are the better buys. These are the dark horses of the automotive world. These are cars that fly under the radar of the American public.

Below are our ten best cars that aren’t quite known to the general public. Sure, us car people know about them, but your average consumer might be unaware. This list is not a top ten; so don’t think that one is better than ten, because it might not be.

There are a few models on the list that won’t be under the radar for long, but as of now, we still consider them dark horse models.

Hit the jump to see the list.

1) 2010 Suzuki Kizashi:

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We were lucky enough to get a chance to drive this sedan and we were very impressed. It offers fantastic looks inside and out, a big trunk, a powerful engine, and great interior materials. This car could easily pass for an entry-level luxury car, but luckily it’s not, so the price is low. The Kizashi is a little smaller than the Accord and Camry, but it’s the best choice for people who don’t need a big family sedan. We reviewed the Kizashi a while back and found it to be stunningly good.

2) 2010 Mazda 5:

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Full-size minivans are neat, but they are bit too big. The Mazda 5 offers the same sort of options and room as the bigger boys, but in a smaller package. This compact minivan will give you power-sliding doors and room for six people. It’s also a bit more maneuverable than the large vans, so those trips to the grocery stores will be a tad bit easier.

3) 2010 Subaru Legacy:

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Who doesn’t like all-wheel drive? Apparently most people, as the Legacy hasn’t sold nearly as well as the competition. That’s odd to us because the Subaru looks great inside and out, drives well, and offers the safety of all-wheel drive in bad weather. There is little wrong with the Legacy. It might cost a bit more than the Fusion and other cars, but it’s well worth it.

4) 2010 Hyundai Genesis:

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They might not have the same sort of brand recognition as Audi or Mercedes, but Hyundai has come a long way. In fact, the Genesis doesn’t have many badges on it at all. The Hyundai offers everything a luxury car shopper could possible want and maybe just a bit more. It’s powerful, looks good and handles well. Plus, since it’s a Hyundai, it’s fairly cheap too.

5) 2010 Buick LaCrosse:

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Remember the Buick models of the 1990s? Sadly, we do as well, but things have changed for the better over at GM. The newLaCrosse isn’t your grandparents Buick. With bold, assertive styling and one of most modern looking interiors in the segment, this is truly a Buick for the new generation. It even drives well too. The car has sharp, well-balanced handling and it’s pretty quick. We had a chance to drive one on the Wisconsin interstates and it was clear that this car is a highway cruiser. If you’re in the market for an entry-level luxury sedan, the LaCrosse is worth a look.

6) 2010 Kia Sedona:

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For the best bang for your buck van, theKia Sedona is the top of the list. This van offers all the features that you can find on the popular vans, but without the large sticker price. It rides well and it has enough room for the whole family. Plus, with Kia’s warranty, this van is hard to ignore. You might not be the coolest mom in the soccer field parking lot, but you might be the smartest.

7) 2010 Subaru Outback:

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It seems like we could add every model that Subaru makes as an under the radar machine. They just haven’t caught on with the mainstream crowd. The Outback is an amazing off-road machine and it looks fairly good as well. The interior is sharp and the thing is bound to live forever. These are the kinds of vehicles that keep going and going and going.

8) 2010 Mazda 3:

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In a world dominated by Civics and Corollas, the little Mazda is left out of most conversations. But, those who leave this machine out will be feeling a bit sick, as the 3 is a fantastic car. The interior is best in class and the way it drives is stunning. This car is ahead of the Civic and way ahead of the Corolla. Now all we need is a few buyers.

9) 2010 Volkswagen Routan:

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Another van that is getting no love is the Routan. Part of the reason for the lack of sales is down to the price, as this van isn’t cheap. Yet, a high price tag should not deter buyers from German engineering and a great looking machine. It drives well and has plenty of room inside. If you want to be a bit different, this van is the way to go.

10) 2010 Suzuki SX4:

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It might not be mightier than the Mini, but it’s still pretty good. With lots of standard features, a spacious cabin, and a pleasant driving experience, the SX4 is wonderful. You can even get all-wheel drive. Not to mention the price is pretty low compared to the competition.

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  (382) posted on 12.13.2011

Well, I must say that all these cars are so attractive and very reasonable to use for an everyday transportation. That’s why it doesn’t’ really matter whether who is on the number one list!

  (242) posted on 09.29.2011

I have to agree that the Mazda 3 is one of the biggest hatches by now. Anyway, I’m impressed with the list. These models are really a ’dark horses’ cos me either often ignored most of these models, especially the Subaru Legacy.

  (580) posted on 06.10.2011

I think 2010 Suzuki Kizashi is just perfect for everyone. It has the looks and I bet a good performance too. If you own one of this car, what a lucky person you are.

  (366) posted on 03.13.2011

Just a few questions from this list? How did you know that these cars are the best? Is it based on the sales? Or from its special features?

  (797) posted on 09.9.2010

Mazda 3 is one of the hot hatches today, it even out sell the civic and corolla. a nimble but nasty looking hatch.

  (515) posted on 09.7.2010

nice the mazda did reach the top 2 and number 8.

  (778) posted on 09.7.2010

o what’s the real MPG rate of the volt?

  (937) posted on 09.5.2010

Subaru still tops this list for me.

  (708) posted on 08.31.2010

The Subaru outback is an amazing car actually, I have driven one last summer.

  (309) posted on 08.27.2010

Wow! Mazda 5 looks great, but is the performance the same with the looks?

  (647) posted on 07.20.2010

well what do you mean exactly.

  (1) posted on 07.17.2010

The U.S. car market can be a bit strange, specially when it comes to what actually sells, and the general publics pre-conceived ideas of car brands which many times can be very out-dated.
One thing the author of this article gets right is that many times what turns out to be the best buy in a catagory simply gets ignored due to several factors such as the manufacturor not doing enough specific advertising on that particular model, or because some other "teachers pet" car is simply stealing all the attention that year.
I’ve actually driven several of the 2010/2011 cars on this list such as Subaru Legacy, Buick LaCrosse, Suzuki Kizashi, Mazda3, and Suzuki SX4.
Subaru is doing better than it was now that Toyota has bailed them out. Toyota’s main goal with Subaru was to make their line-up more "main stream" and sales numbers seem to indicated that Toyota has succeeded to a certain degree. As far as the Legacy goes though, the interior of it has gone decidedly cheap and plasticky probably because Toyota has Subaru spending more on the flashy exterior, thus sacrificing interior build quality.
The Mazda3 probably won’t catch on until Mazda completely re-styles the exterior. That huge "grin" it has on the front grill is just too polarizing, not to mention the somewhat dated look of the rest of the body. The interior is decent and the performance is good for the price too. But those positives just aren’t enough to make up for the exterior sorespots in todays "appeal is everything" market.
Of all of the cars in this article, the one I think has the best chance to make a name for itself is the Suzuki Kizashi.
The Kizashi is a complete stand-out in its catagory for many reasons. It’s larger than most compacts, yet smaller than most "mid-sized" sedans(most "mid-sized" are now over-bloated full size BOATS), but more refined and better handling than anything else in it’s price range. Actually, it handles better even than most cars costing ALOT more too! I think over the next year or two (aslong as Suzuki does its part to advertise it) the Kizashi will really catch on and become a good seller for Suzuki. An honorable mention should also be made for Suzuki’s SX4, which once again has made Kelley Blue Books " 2010 Top 10 Coolest New Car Under $18,000".

  (807) posted on 07.16.2010

I’m sorry for those few models on the list that won’t be under the radar for long. Well, my bet car is on the top 2010 Suzuki Kizashi.

  (778) posted on 07.16.2010

I’m very impressed with the Suzuki Kisashi, although it a new one, it proves that it can top out all other big cars like the legacy and mazda

  (868) posted on 07.15.2010

The ES350 is faster and handles better than the LaCrosse. The Routan and its Chrysler counterpart are the slowest minivans available; the Sienna is the fastest. The Corolla XRS will destroy a Mazda 3 on any track, and what could be more "under the radar" than a Corolla? And on top of that, all of these Toyotas are more reliable than the cars listed here. This list is ridiculous, and apparently even the author knew that; just look what he says about the SX4: "It might not be mightier than the Mini, but it’s still pretty good." Are you kidding me? So you’re openly admitting that the cars included here aren’t even the best in their classes?

  (1332) posted on 07.15.2010

good thing that my favorite nimble car did make it into number 3 spot.

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