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2009 Hyundai Elantra vs. Its Competition

 
2009 Hyundai Elantra Touring
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The Toyota Corolla has long been the benchmark in this class; even given its recent redesign, the Corolla stands as competent in every way but not at all exciting, and the Corolla’s interior isn’t as warm or nicely detailed as the Elantra’s.

The Elantra's long warranty is only matched by the Kia.

In terms of sedans, many rivals to the Elantra have it beat for those seeking a sportier feel.

The revised Ford Focus sedan 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 Honda Civic and Kia Spectra sedans both feel sportier on the road, but each of those models exhibits more road noise inside and a less plush ride.

The Mazda3 is a top rival for the new Elantra Touring hatchback model; the Mazda3 still outdoes the Touring with its interior and its responsive handling and steering feel, but the Touring is a lot more exciting to drive than most of the mentioned sedans while offering better cargo versatility.

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The 2009 Hyundai Elantra is one of the most practical—albeit bland—small-sedan choices, while the new Elantra Touring hatchback adds a little more spice.
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The 2009 Toyota Corolla has a split personality: the utilitarian base car and the slightly edgy, expensive Corolla XRS.
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The 2008 Ford Focus isn’t all new, but it is an improvement, and a solid choice if you’re looking for a roomy car that handles well with a base price that starts around $15,000.
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The 2008 Kia Spectra is still a lot of car for the money, but with it’s a bit outclassed by a host of more refined and updated small-car models.
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The 2008 Mazda 3 is easily one of the best compact cars for sale in the United States.
MSRP From     
$14,120$15,350$14,395$12,895$13,895$13,010
Gas Mileage     
23 MPG City / 33 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy24 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy23 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy26 MPG City / 51 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4Natural Gas I4
EPA Class     
Mid-SizeCompactCompactMidsizeCompactCompact
Style Name     
4-Door Sedan Manual GLS4-Door Sedan Manual (SE)2-Door Coupe S4-Door Sedan Manual LX4-Door Sedan Manual i Sport *Ltd Avail*Classic 4-Door Sedan GX CVT w/Side Airbags
Drivetrain     
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
555555
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan2 Door Coupe4dr Sdn4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan
Transmission     
Manual w/ODManual w/ODManual w/ODManual w/ODManual w/ODCVT
 
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