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Cars So Hot They Are Out of Stock

10. Hyundai Elantra
Days to Turn: 12
Price: $16,445
Configuration: 4 Cyl, 4 Door

The Elantra is one of a number of compact cars offered by most of the manufacturers. Its four-cylinder configuration allows it to get 40 mpg highway. The primary import vehicles the Elantra competes with are the Toyota Corolla, the Honda Civic and the Nissan Maxima. Hyundai has gained more market share in the U.S. over that past three years than any other manufacturer. The South Korean company blends low sticker prices with products that do well in most industry tests for reliability.

9. Audi Q5
Days to Turn: 13
Price: $35,600
Configuration: Turbo 4 Cyl, 5 Door

The Q5 is among the crossover vehicles offered by the German luxury manufacturers. A turbo four-cylinder engine powers the base model. The turbo boosts performance to 211 bhp, a level normally found in a V-6. Features beyond the base model can drive the sticker price above $50,000. Audi has done particularly well in the U.S. in the past year, taking market share from BMW, Mercedes and most other imports. Audi’s global sales have also surged, and were up 18% to 1.1 million in the first 10 months of this year.

8. Kia Soul
Days to Turn: 13
Price: $13,900
Configuration: 4 Cyl — 16 Valve, 5 Door

The Kia Soul is one of the lowest priced five-door crossovers sold in the U.S. Its single largest competitor is the Nissan Cube. Highway MPG is estimated at 35. The Soul is one of the inexpensive cars and light trucks that has helped Kia, a division of Hyundai, to grow rapidly in the U.S. The manufacturer sold more than 442,000 vehicles in the U.S. through November compared to 325,000 in the same period last year — an increase of 36%.

7. Toyota Highlander Hybrid
Days to Turn: 14
Price: $38,140
Configuration: 6-Cyl Hybrid, AWD 5-Door

Toyota has had trouble keeping many of its very popular vehicles in stock because of sharp drops in production caused by the Japan earthquake and tsunami in March. Other Toyotas in short supply include the base Highlander, the RAV 4 SUV and the mid-sized four-door Camry. Overall demand for hybrids in the U.S. has risen with the price of gasoline, which soared to nearly $4 per gallon of regular earlier this year. Every large manufacturer with significant sales in the U.S. offers sedan and crossover and SUV hybrids. The Highlander’s hybrid has a bhp output higher than most engines driven by gasoline alone, at 280.

6. Hyundai Accent
Days to Turn: 15
Price: $14,195
Configuration: 4 Cyl, 4 Door

The Accent is Hyundai’s low-priced four-door. Along with other Hyundai models and those of sister company Kia, it has become part of highly popular lines of cars and light trucks from the South Korean manufacturer that had almost no presence in the U.S. five years ago. The Accent competes with the Honda FIT and Ford Fiesta. It gets 40 mpg on the highway. The car is an entry-level vehicle for shoppers who want an extremely low-price, high gas mileage car with a reasonable reputation for quality.

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