2012 Hyundai Elantra Touring vs. Its Competition

2012 Hyundai Elantra Touring 4-door Wagon Man GLS Angular Front Exterior View
Marty Padgett Marty Padgett Editorial Director

There aren't many compact station wagons left on the market, so shoppers seeking out the Hyundai Elantra Touring should also take a look at some cleverly designed hatchbacks, too--or seek out some higher-priced iron.

The Kia Soul has its own cool character, and wagon-like room behind the rear seats, and it's now available with a stop-start system that improves gas mileage.

Both the Ford Focus and Subaru Impreza are new for 2012, and both come in hatchback body styles that could solve the carrying conundrum as well as the Elantra Touring; the Focus is more entertaining to drive, while the Impreza has standard all-wheel drive.

The Toyota Matrix is still out there, blending Corolla running gear with a tall-wagon body.

Finally, if you're able to spend a little more, the VW Jetta SportWagen has a base price of just under $20,000, and has a very agreeable interior and lovely handling.

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Quick Specs
Compact wagons are few and far between, and with its fine handling and interior room, the 2012 Hyundai Elantra Touring wagon makes us wonder why there aren't more.
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.
The name rings true: this Kia has a Soul, with fun road manners and tall-wagon practicality baked into its kicky shape.
Crisply restyled, with higher gas mileage, more space inside, a nicer interior, and all-wheel drive standard, the 2012 Subaru Impreza is a newly compelling compact alternative.
The 2012 Toyota Matrix combines the frugality of the best-selling Corolla with a little more sportiness and versatility--but it still comes up a bit short in features.
The 2012 Volkswagen Jetta SportWagen isn't exactly like its sedan counterpart--it's noticeably smaller but nicer inside.
MSRP From     
Gas Mileage     
23 MPG City / 31 MPG Hwy26 MPG City / 38 MPG Hwy23 MPG City / 30 MPG Hwy25 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy20 MPG City / 32 MPG Hwy23 MPG City / 42 MPG Hwy
Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas Flat 4Gas I4Gas I5
EPA Class     
Small Station WagonCompactSmall Station WagonCompact CarsSmall Station WagonSmall Station Wagons
Style Name     
4-Door Wagon Manual GLS4-Door Sedan S5-Door Wagon Manual Base4-Door Manual 2.0i5-Door Wagon Manual L FWD (SE)4-Door Manual S
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveAll Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
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Passenger Doors     
Body Style     
4 Door Wagon4 Door Sedan5 Door WagonSedan5 Door Wagon4 Door
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Detailed Spec Comparison
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