Both are quite soft and not tremendously exciting.
However, the Touring model of the Elantra stands as an intriguing option for those who would rather have a more distinctive, fun-to-drive vehicle.
Versus the Touring, the Mazda3 five-door is the most natural rival.
The Mazda3 has a little more refinement and more of an enthusiast-oriented driving feel, but the Touring has more interior space.
The Elantra's long warranty is only matched by the Kia—and Kia’s new Forte sedan resembles the Elantra in many respects, with a slightly sportier feel, although the Forte offers a two-door Koup model instead of a wagon.
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 and the exterior styling is odd.
The Honda Civic feels sportier and tremendously refined—nicely finished inside, too—but its curvaceous exterior pays a price in a cramped backseat that’s difficult to get in and out of.
|2010 Hyundai ElantraBrowse Used Listings||2010 Kia ForteBrowse Used Listings||2009 Toyota CorollaBrowse Used Listings||2008 Ford FocusBrowse Used Listings||2008 Mazda MAZDA3Browse Used Listings|
|26 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy||22 MPG City / 34 MPG Hwy||22 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy||24 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy||18 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy|
|Gas I4||Gas I4||Gas I4||Gas I4||Gas I4|
|4dr Sedan Man Blue||4dr Sedan Man LX||4dr Sedan Man (Natl)||2dr Coupe S||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||4dr Sdn||4 Door Sedan||2 Door Coupe||4 Door Sedan|
|Manual w/OD||Manual w/OD||Manual w/OD||Manual w/OD||Manual w/OD|