The Elantra is just one of a handful of compact cars that changed hearts and minds about the perennial class leaders, the Civic and the Corolla.
Great alternatives are available now in the shape of the Ford Focus, as much for its brilliant handling as for its styling and class-leading features, and the Mazda 3, with its nimble steering and high gas mileage ratings bringing Mazda's economy car even closer to its roots.
The Kia Forte is a handsome package as a sedan, hatchback, or coupe, but crash-test scores are a concern.
The Honda Civic has cured its recent interior and handling woes, and recalibrated its standard-equipment list in a smart way.
Finally, the latest Toyota Corolla is a little more stylish, a lot more efficient, but still the most conservative four-door in the class.
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|2015 Hyundai ElantraBrowse Used Listings||2015 Chevrolet CruzeBrowse Used Listings||2015 Ford FocusBrowse Used Listings||2015 Honda CivicBrowse Used Listings||2015 Kia ForteBrowse Used Listings||2015 Mazda MAZDA3Browse Used Listings|
|24 MPG City / 38 MPG Hwy||22 MPG City / 46 MPG Hwy||23 MPG City / 38 MPG Hwy||22 MPG City / 47 MPG Hwy||21 MPG City / 39 MPG Hwy||25 MPG City / 41 MPG Hwy|
|Regular Unleaded I-4||Gas I4||Regular Unleaded I-4||Regular Unleaded I-4||Regular Unleaded I-4||Regular Unleaded I-4|
|Midsize Cars||Midsize Cars||Compact Cars||Compact Cars||Mid-Size Cars||Compact Cars|
|4-Door Sedan Manual SE (Alabama Plant)||4-Door Sedan Manual L||4-Door Sedan S||2-Door Manual LX||4-Door Sedan Manual LX||4-Door Sedan Manual i SV|
|Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|Manual w/OD||Manual||Manual w/OD||Manual w/OD||Manual w/OD||Manual w/OD|
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