Hyundai’s 2011 Elantra is generating buzz after coming out on top in yet another comparison of compact cars. The latest contest was the Under 20/Over 35 Shootout conducted by automotive consumer site Cars.com.
The Elantra was up against four other compacts that have made big impressions in the past few months; the Chevrolet Cruze, Honda Civic, Ford Focus and Kia Forte. The cars all have room for five people, travel at least 35 miles per gallon and have a price less than $20,000.
The 2011 Hyundai Elantra came out on top during the editor’s evaluations of ride comfort and exterior and interior design. To find the winner, graders from Cars.com. USA Today and members of a Chicago-area family evaluated the cars’ performance and features over three days.
This is the latest in a string of glowing reviews of the Elantra, which has come to symbolize the combination of low price and high fuel economy available from conventional gasoline-powered economy cars. In March a study by auto industry forecaster TrueCar.com picked the Elantra over nine hybrids as the top overall value among cars with the best fuel economy. As reported in April, the magazine Consumer Reports also gave the Elantra favorable rating –what amounts to a blessing for many car shoppers.
Many models in the latest wave of fuel-saving subcompacts can top 40 mpg on the highway, which is on par with or close to the fuel economy of several hybrids. The cars, many of which are loaded with comfort and convenience features, are attracting buyers who want to save on gas without spending extra for hybrid power.