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2012 Hyundai Elantra vs. Its Competition

 
2012 Hyundai Elantra 4-door Sedan Auto GLS (Alabama Plant) Angular Front Exterior View
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Our expert editors build comparisons like this one to make it easy for you to understand the small handful of cars you should compare to whatever car you are already looking at. You get general thoughts on each car you should consider plus an easy way to compare basic information for yourself.

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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The 2012 Hyundai Elantra has officially left the Civic and Corolla in the dust, thanks to a 38-mpg gas mileage rating, a sleek look, and tremendous value for the money.
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The 2012 Chevrolet Cruze is a practical, comfortable, fuel-efficient, and a strong value, but it does lack the nimble, tossable feel that some small-car fans appreciate.
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With the 2012 Focus, Ford shows that small cars don't have to feel so banal, with charismatic compacts that are more satisfying to drive, more luxurious, and better-equipped.
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The 2012 Honda Civic is a little more spacious, comfortable, and economical, but it's now one of the blandest of the bunch.
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The 2012 Kia Forte family of vehicles manages to feel more eager, comfortable, and sophisticated than its sticker price might suggest.
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With its new Skyactive powertrains, the 2012 Mazda3 is the eco-conscious choice that sure doesn't drive like one.
MSRP From     
$15,345$16,800$16,500$15,955$15,200$15,200
Gas Mileage     
28 MPG City / 38 MPG Hwy25 MPG City / 42 MPG Hwy26 MPG City / 38 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 41 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 40 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4
EPA Class     
Midsize carsMidsize CarCompactCompact CarsCompact CarsCompact
Style Name     
4-Door Sedan Manual GLS (Alabama Plant)4-Door Sedan LS4-Door Sedan S4-Door Manual DX4-Door Sedan Manual LX4-Door Sedan Manual i SV
Drivetrain     
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
555555
Passenger Doors     
44N/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
4 Door SedanSedan4 Door SedanSedan4 Door Sedan4 Door Sedan
Transmission     
ManualManualManualManualManualManual
 
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