CarsDirect.com's editors named the 2011 Hyundai Elantra one of the "Top Ten Cars to Look Forward to in 2011" on their new Pricing Insider Blog. The all-new Elantra encompasses all of Hyundai's latest ambitions including modern design, advanced safety technologies and best-in-class 40 mpg highway fuel economy. In the very competitive compact car segment, the Elantra stands out with "class-above" mid-size car interior volume, a new 1.8-liter "Nu" engine and a low starting price point of $14,830.
"Compact-car buying used to be a compromise with consumers settling for affordable, fuel-efficient cars without style, space, or luxury amenities," said Scott Margason, director of product planning, Hyundai Motor America. "The 2011 Elantra challenges the current compact sedan segment, offering a sleek, sophisticated look and affordable price tag, while still returning 40 mpg of fuel economy."
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"Hyundai [has] pulled it off and delivered a car that not only challenges the compact status quo, but seemingly has the competition totally outgunned," said CarsDirect.com editors. "With a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine producing a respectable 148 horsepower, the Elantra has plenty of power for a compact—especially when you take into account that it has more power than the industry benchmarks, the Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla.
"But what really sets the Elantra apart is its incredible fuel economy. Rated at 29 City/40 Highway mpg, the Elantra is nearly untouchable in its class. Moreover, with its thoroughly modern body style, the Elantra looks and feels more advanced than its Japanese rivals. Even with a new Civic due next year and a new Corolla planned for 2013, we believe this generation of Elantra will enjoy its spot at the top of the compact car hierarchy."
Joining the Elantra on the CarsDirect.com list are the Nissan Leaf, Kia Optima, Chevrolet Volt, Audi A8, BMW 1-Series M Coupe, Ford Explorer, Buick Regal GS, Fiat 500, and Ford Focus. For more information about the "Top Ten Cars to Look Forward to in 2011" from CarsDirect.com visit: http://pricinginsider.carsdirect.com/tag/top-10-cars-to-look-forward-to-in-2011/.
HYUNDAI MOTOR AMERICA
Hyundai Motor America, headquartered in Fountain Valley, Calif., is a subsidiary of Hyundai Motor Co. of Korea. Hyundai vehicles are distributed throughout the United States by Hyundai Motor America and are sold and serviced through about 800 dealerships nationwide. All Hyundai vehicles sold in the U.S. are covered by the Hyundai Assurance program, which includes the 5-year/60,000-mile fully transferable new vehicle warranty, Hyundai's 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty and 5-years of complimentary Roadside Assistance.