The new 2017 Hyundai Elantra takes a more refined tack in appealing to compact and mid-size sedan buyers.
It's the opposite philosophy at Honda: the new Civic has a daring fastback shape, a quick turbocharged upgrade engine, and in top trims, the best ride quality of any of its rivals.
Both the Ford Focus and Mazda 3 offer racy shapes and sharp handling, and in the Mazda's case, excellent crash-test scores; the Focus antes up with raucous ST and RS performance models.
The Dodge Dart is a big car in this class, but a slow seller; it's not as refined in performance as its competition, and not as efficient.
Finally, the Toyota Corolla has moved in a more interesting direction, but it's still a more pedestrian car in a class that's making a clear shift in a sporty direction.
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