Motor Trend names Hyundai Elantra new compact sedan leader

It’s unanimous. There’s a new compact king in town, and its name starts with Hyundai.

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There’s a new compact king in town, and its name starts with Hyundai.

In a recent comparison test by U.S.-based Motor Trend magazine, the 2011 Hyundai Elantra was found to be the best car when compared to seven other rival vehicles.

In a comparison test last month, Wheels also came to the same conclusion, ranking the Elantra tops among five other best-selling passenger cars in Canada.

Editors at the U.S. magazine pitted eight of the best-selling, four-door cars in the class against each other, all in the $20,000 price range. These included the Toyota Corolla, Honda Civic, Mazda3, Ford Focus, Chevrolet Cruze, Kia Forte, Volkswagen Jetta TDI, and the aforementioned Elantra.

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The Elantra earned a first-place finish in the latest test thanks to best-in-class standard fuel economy, a long list of standard safety features, and strong value.

The new 2012 Honda Civic EX came up in second, followed by the 2011 Mazda3 Touring. VW’s Jetta TDI came in fourth, followed by the 2012 Ford Focus Titanium and the 2011 Chevrolet Cruze LTZ RS. Rounding out the list was the 2011 Kia Forte EX and 2011 Toyota Corolla, finishing seventh and eighth, respectively.

It’s been a good month for the Korean automaker. Last Thursday, the Elantra earned a “top safety pick” rating by the U.S.-based Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), joining the 2012 Ford Focus, Honda Civic, Nissan Juke, Lexus CT 200h and Toyota Prius.

“While I’m certainly happy to talk about the virtues of our vehicles, these awards mean you don’t have to take my word for it,” said John Vernile, Vice President of Marketing at Hyundai Canada. “We’re honoured that our relentless efforts to maximize quality, design, and value are being recognized.”

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