2020 Hyundai Elantra vs. Its Competition

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Robert Duffer Robert Duffer Senior Editor

With domestic automakers pulling out of the compact car segment, there are fewer choices but the remaining competitors are all making good cars loaded with standard safety equipment and interiors roomy enough for four adults.

The redesigned Nissan Sentra sedan has grown sleeker, lower and wider, while it hangs on to value.

The Mazda 3 has the best handling of the bunch, even with the switch to the torsion-beam rear axle, and the interior provides an upscale feel, but the hatchback can be cramped in the rear.

The Honda Civic comes as a sedan, hatchback, sport sedan in the Si, and hot hatch in the Type R.

The Civic is prized for its overall value, interior space, and level of customization.

The surprise compact for 2020 is the Toyota Corolla Hybrid, which gets 52 mpg combined and comes well-equipped.

The Volkswagen Jetta sedan doesn’t stand out in any way, but makes good use of available technology and the GLI is a performance-oriented variant on a budget.

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Quick Specs
The 2020 Hyundai Elantra is a well-equipped value.
The 2020 Honda Civic sets the pace among affordable compact cars.
The Mazda 3 punches above its weight class with an upmarket interior, good handling, and optional all-wheel drive.
The 2020 Nissan Sentra is sportier and better equipped but is still a value.
It’s still among the more mildly flavored mass-market sedans, but the 2020 Toyota Corolla has dropped the bland from its diet.
The docile 2020 Volkswagen Jetta is a solid compact sedan choice; for zesty performance, opt into the Jetta GLI.
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