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2012 Hyundai Elantra - Review


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Last year, the all-new model of the Hyundai Elantra compact sedan catapulted the Korean make into the top tier of compact sellers. The company struggled to build enough Elantras to meet demand, and for 2012, the demand for the stylish yet inexpensive Elantra looks like it will only continue.

Globally, compact cars are the largest segment overall, and competition among major automakers is fierce. Hyundai's new and capable competitor makes the top-selling U.S. compact, the Toyota Corolla, look grim, dated, and dowdy. The 2012 Hyundai Elantra has a distinctive design, a refined ride, and a neatly detailed interior filled with features, for a price that may be $1,000 below comparably equipped competitors from Honda, Nissan, Chevrolet, and Ford. Prices start just above $15,000 and even the highest-spec version starts at only around $20,500.

And as Hyundai points out relentlessly, it's the only compact sedan rated at 40 mpg highway for every model--not just for special "Eco" models. Its...

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