2013 Hyundai Elantra vs. Its Competition

2013 Hyundai Elantra 4-door Sedan Auto GLS (Alabama Plant) Angular Front Exterior View
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

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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Quick Specs
Civic who? Corolla what? The Hyundai Elantra's one of the new standard bearers in the compact class, with 38-mpg fuel economy, better safety, and class-leading standard features.
The 2013 Chevrolet Cruze is one of the smartest picks for anyone wanting practicality, comfort, and safety in a compact sedan—although it's missing the fun-to-drive edge of some other models.
Whether or not you consider the exciting new ST performance model, the 2013 Ford Focus lineup is evidence that small cars don't have to feel so appliance-like.
The 2013 Honda Civic takes a step back in the right direction with an impressive feature set, a sophisticated new look, and much-improved refinement.
It's a family affair: the Kia Forte lineup is more comfortable, more eager, and better finished than ever, and a step up from what its sticker price might suggest.
The 2013 Mazda 3 drives with a lot more sophistication and verve than you might expect for a small car this affordable, practical, and fuel-efficient.
MSRP From     
Gas Mileage     
26 MPG City / 38 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 42 MPG Hwy23 MPG City / 38 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 44 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy18 MPG City / 40 MPG Hwy
Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4Gas I4
EPA Class     
Midsize carsMidsize CarsCompactCompactCompact CarsCompact
Style Name     
4-Door Sedan Manual GLS (Alabama Plant) *Ltd Avail*4-Door Sedan Manual LS4-Door Sedan S2-Door Manual LX4-Door Sedan Manual LX4-Door Sedan Manual i SV
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
Passenger Doors     
Body Style     
SedanSedanSedan2 Door Coupe4 Door SedanSedan
Detailed Spec Comparison
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