2017 Hyundai Elantra vs. Its Competition

2017 Hyundai Elantra Sport
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

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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2017 Kia Forte EX2017 Kia Forte
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2017 Mazda MAZDA32017 Mazda MAZDA3
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Quick Specs
6.8
We miss the brash, buzzy looks, for sureā€”but the 2017 Hyundai Elantra is now one of the most refined economy cars on the road.
6.3
The 2017 Ford Focus has great road manners and scorching high-performance editions, but it's compromised by a small back seat.
7.8
The 2017 Honda Civic gains a hatchback body this year, but we were already sold. It's a very good compact car.
6.5
The Kia Forte looks more handsome and finely detailed for 2017, as well as even better-equipped for the money, although its tight packaging and lackluster safety scores will likely remain concerns.
7.3
The 2017 Mazda 3 is near the top of our favorite compact cars on sale today. Its good performance, good fuel economy, and good value make for a very good car.
7.2
The 2017 Toyota Corolla takes a well-deserved bow this year for 50 years of drama-free commuting. This model is entirely acceptable, and we're thankful for an available suite of advanced safety tech.
MSRP From     
$17,150$16,775$18,740$16,600$17,845$18,500
Gas Mileage     
22 MPG City / 40 MPG Hwy19 MPG City / 40 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 42 MPG Hwy23 MPG City / 38 MPG Hwy25 MPG City / 37 MPG Hwy27 MPG City / 40 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4
EPA Class     
Mid-Size CarsCompact CarsCompact CarsMid-Size CarsCompact CarsCompact Cars
Style Name     
SE 2.0L Manual (Ulsan)S SedanLX ManualLX AutomaticSport ManualL CVT (GS)
Drivetrain     
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
555555
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
SedanSedanSedanSedanSedanSedan
Transmission     
Manual w/ODManual w/ODManual w/ODAutomatic w/ODManual w/ODCVT w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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