Just ahead of its local launch at the 2011 Australian International Motor Show, Hyundai’s all-new Elantra 2011 topped a list of five compact cars to win the Cars.com ‘Best Value: Price to Pump’ award. Elantra was part of the Cars.com Under 20/Over 35 Shootout, joining four other compact cars that seat five, get better than 35 mpg (7.8 litres/100km) and have a price tag under USD$20,000. The 2011 Hyundai Elantra came out on top during the editor’s evaluations for its exterior and interior design as well as its smooth ride.
“Based on our results, every car shopper looking in this segment needs to put the 2011 Hyundai Elantra at the top of their consideration set,” said Patrick Olsen, editor-in-chief, Cars.com. “Not only does this car get 40 mpg (5.9 litres/100km) on the highway, the Elantra also has refined styling, solid handling, a comfortable interior and incredible affordability for all the features that buyers will get.”
To determine the winner of the shootout, experts from Cars.com, USA Today and a Chicago-area family put the contenders through a variety of tests over a series of three days. Tests included a day-long drive to determine accurate, real-world mileage, back-to-back driving by all judges on the same course to determine handling and comfort, and a side-by-side comparison of the cars’ features and styling.
The all-new Elantra sets the bar in the compact sedan category offering a “class-above” midsize car interior volume, modern design, fuel efficient, and loads of comfort and convenience features, all at an attractive starting price. Hyundai Elantra also continues to lead the industry in standard advanced safety technologies including a new Vehicle Stability Management (VSM) system to optimally manage Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and the Motor-Driven electric Power Steering (MDPS).
Cars.com’s ‘Best Value: Price to Pump’ rankings:
2. Chevrolet Cruze
3. Honda Civic
4. Kia Forte
5. Ford Focus
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