2018 Hyundai Elantra vs. Its Competition

2018 Hyundai Elantra
Aaron Cole Aaron Cole Managing Editor

Note to buyers: The compact sedan market is full of value—and peril.

The Honda Civic is tops for now, thanks to its competent engine and good looks.

Honda redeemed the Civic with this latest model, and it’s certainly worth a look.

Mazda prioritizes driving, and its Mazda 3 is proof.

It’s fun to drive, although its infotainment and finish isn’t as impressive.

The Toyota Corolla is getting long in the tooth, but standard safety features make its case to be in the conversation.

The Ford Focus is similarly old and we’re not fans of its cramped back seat and dated look.

The Kia Forte is worth a look, but we’re not as hot on the sedan.

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Quick Specs
The 2018 Hyundai Elantra adds a versatile hatchback to the fold and makes a more compelling case as a compact contender in a value-packed segment.
The 2018 Ford Focus is irony on wheels: it comes in a dizzying range of models, of which the SEL and ST are our picks.
The 2018 Honda Civic is a good car made better by plenty of options and value at nearly every stop.
The 2018 Kia Forte leaves eco-performance to rivals; it focuses on safety and luxury touches.
The 2018 Mazda 3 adds standard active safety features to an already compelling value. Among compact cars, this is one to consider.
Perfectly average in every way, the Toyota Corolla is thoroughly competent, but not at all interesting.
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Detailed Spec Comparison
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