2011 Hyundai Elantra vs. Its Competition

2011 Hyundai Elantra
Bengt Halvorson Bengt Halvorson Deputy Editor

The Toyota Corolla used to be the gold standard among compact sedans.

It’s never been a very impressive performer, but in more recent years its stark interior appointments and hard, dull plastics have dragged it to the back of the pack.

The Kia Forte feels somewhat sportier than the Elantra but not quite as tight and refined inside.

While the Forte is a product of the same parent company, it’s a half-generation behind the Elantra in some respects—and assembled at a different facility altogether.

The Volkswagen Jetta, which is was redesigned for 2011, now has a standard 115-hp four-cylinder engine that’s sluggish yet doesn’t return impressive fuel economy either.

The Ford Focus is quite well-equipped and drives better than it looks (it’s due to be replaced next year), while the all-new Chevrolet Cruze has an especially roomy interior and an especially refined, mature feel; it can also come with an EPA highway rating of up to 42 mpg in Cruze Eco trim.

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Quick Specs
8.2
38 mpg; a sleek, sophisticated look; and even more value for the money confirm that this little sedan has officially left the Corolla in the dust.
7.2
8.0
The 2011 Kia Forte exemplifies the new direction of Kia, with a simple, elegant style, unexpected levels of refinement, and lots of value for the money.
7.2
The 2011 Toyota Corolla is spacious, safe, and well-equipped; but if you're looking for excitement or inspiration, it's not here.
7.8
The 2011 Volkswagen Jetta steps back in tech time and lowers its German street cred—but still delivers a better driving feel and more back-seat room than many other compact sedans.
MSRP From    
$14,945$16,640$14,995$15,900$15,365
Gas Mileage    
28 MPG City / 38 MPG Hwy25 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy26 MPG City / 35 MPG Hwy23 MPG City / 42 MPG Hwy
Engine    
Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4
EPA Class    
Mid-SizeCompactCompact CarsCompactCompact
Style Name    
4-Door Sedan Manual GLS (Ulsan Plant) *Ltd Avail*4-Door Sedan S4-Door Sedan Manual LX4-Door Sedan Manual L (Natl)4-Door Manual
Drivetrain    
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity    
55555
Passenger Doors    
4N/AN/AN/A4
Body Style    
4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan
Transmission    
Manual w/ODManual w/ODManualManual w/ODManual