We're in a new golden age of compact cars, and nothing says it more succinctly than pointing out how good the Elantra is compared to today's Honda Civic.
The Elantra's imaginative and a leader in economy--while the new Civic suffers from a cheapened interior and a stark lack of imagination in design.
The new leaders in the class include the Elantra and the latest Ford Focus, TheCarConnection's Best Car To Buy 2012, for its sleek design and its crisp handling and its MyFord Touch next-gen infotainment controls.
We also strongly recommend both the Chevy Cruze for its refinement and fuel economy, and the Mazda3 for its road manners and 40-mpg highway rating.
Even Kia's Forte eclipses the old standards with a spacious interior and lots of standard features, not to mention a handsomely Euro-influenced design.
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|28 MPG City / 38 MPG Hwy||25 MPG City / 42 MPG Hwy||26 MPG City / 38 MPG Hwy||22 MPG City / 41 MPG Hwy||22 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy||18 MPG City / 40 MPG Hwy|
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|4-Door Sedan Manual GLS (Alabama Plant)||4-Door Sedan LS||4-Door Sedan S||4-Door Manual DX||4-Door Sedan Manual LX||4-Door Sedan Manual i SV|
|Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|4 Door Sedan||Sedan||4 Door Sedan||Sedan||4 Door Sedan||4 Door Sedan|