The 2008 Hyundai Elantra stands out in its class, pragmatically, with a roomier interior, a more settled ride, and better drivability than most of the cars in its segment, but many of its rivals have it beat for personality or sportiness.
The Civic, Spectra, and Mazda3 all feel sportier on the road, with more responsive handling and a better feel of the road, but each of those models arguably has more road noise inside and a ride that isn't quite as smooth.
The new-for-2008 Ford Focus is a close competitor, with a softer, smoother ride and a quieter interior than in years past, along with a refined powertrain, but the Focus's interior just isn't as spacious.
The Elantra's 14.2-cubic-foot trunk capacity also beats Civic and Corolla.
The Elantra's long warranty is only matched by the Kia; Hyundai's warranty--five years or 60,000 miles comprehensive and 10 years or 100,000 miles on the powertrain--gives it a distinct advantage to buyers who want to keep the Elantra for a long time with no financial fuss.
|2008 Hyundai ElantraBrowse Used Listings||2009 Toyota CorollaBrowse Used Listings||2008 Ford FocusBrowse Used Listings||2008 Kia SpectraBrowse Used Listings||2008 Mazda MAZDA3Browse Used Listings|
|24 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy||22 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy||24 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy||23 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy||18 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy|
|Gas I4||Gas I4||Gas I4||Gas I4||Gas I4|
|4dr Sedan Man GLS||4dr Sedan Man (Natl)||2dr Coupe S||4dr Sedan Man LX||4dr Sedan Man i Sport *Ltd Avail*|
|Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|4 Door Sedan||4 Door Sedan||2 Door Coupe||4dr Sdn||4 Door Sedan|
|Manual w/OD||Manual w/OD||Manual w/OD||Manual w/OD||Manual w/OD|