Compact cars have gone off the reservation.
For years, the default recommendations in the segment were the Toyota Corolla and the Honda Civic--but no more.
The Corolla's dated, conservative, and fairly expensive these days, leaving it out of the Elantra's sights.
The latest Civic's more in its field of vision--but Honda has already confessed disappointment with the latest Civic's interior, handling, and overall quality.
Within its own family, the Elantra has competition from the Kia Forte, derived from a platform a half-generation older than the Elantra's, but still a good value and a handsome design, with ample space and available features.
The truly engaging vehicles in the class are TheCarConnection's Best Car To Buy 2012, the Ford Focus--chosen for its brilliant handling as much for its styling and class-leading features--and the Mazda3, with its nimble steering and high gas mileage ratings bringing Mazda's economy car even closer to its roots.
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