Just ahead of it’s local launch at the 2011 Australian International Motor Show, Hyundai’s all-new 2011 Elantra 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 it’s exterior and interior design as well as it’s 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.