The Hyundai Elantra has value, space, and styling in its win column, but it also has some extremely determined competition.
Our favorites in this size class include the Ford Focus, our Best Car To Buy 2012 winner thanks to excellent handling, standout technology, and fun styling, and in spite of a slightly cramped back seat.
We'd lodge the same complaint with the new Mazda 3, but its expressive styling and thoughtful features are great companions for its composed feel.
We like the Honda Civic now that its interior is finally up to grade, but it's still less well-packaged and less engaging than any pre-2006 Civic.
The Chevy Cruze is an easy choice for its conservative looks and its new diesel option--but we have more reservations with the latest Kia Forte, now that it's received a rather low crash-test score despite solid improvements in every other way.
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