Coming on the heels of its prestigious Consumer Reports Top Pick Award earlier this spring, the Hyundai Elantra further stakes its position as one of the industry’s leading small cars with two more notable accolades.
First up, the Elantra scored best in Cars.com’s “Under 20/Over 35 Shootout,” which tested compact cars that could seat a family of five, cost less than $20,000, and get better than 35 mpg on the highway. The 2011 Elantra was up against the 2011 Chevrolet Cruze, the 2012 Ford Focus, the 2012 Honda Civic and the 2011 Kia Forte, and underwent real-world testing from expert judges from Cars.com and USA Today as well as a mother and her teen son, who gave the perspective of a typical commuter and a first-time buyer. When the results came back after three days of evaluations for ride comfort, handling, and interior and exterior features, the Elantra came out as number one. Not to mention, it was the lowest priced and most fuel efficient of the five vehicles in this shoot-out.
And speaking of fuel efficiency, the Hyundai Elantra also earned a distinguished spot on TrueCar.com’s list of the Top 10 Most Fuel Efficient Cars, which rated cars for both fuel economy and cost of gas per 15,000 miles driven annually. The Elantra weighed in at the 9th spot and was the only non-hybrid car on the list, holding its own amongst hybrid competitors like the Toyota Prius and Chevrolet Volt. In fact, when considering both the sticker price of the vehicle along with its annual fuel cost, the Elantra’s MSRP was anywhere from $4,500-$25,000 less than the other 9 vehicles, but it only cost $531 per year to fuel than the best performing car on the list, the Toyota Prius. TrueCar.com’s Vice President of Industry Trends and Insights, Jesse Toprak, summed up the results quite nicely: “If you’re looking for the most fuel-efficient car, the Toyota Prius wins. If you’re looking for the most cost-effective and fuel-efficient car, the Hyundai Elantra is the clear winner.”