8 Alternatives to the 2018 Hyundai Elantra

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Looking for Cars Similar to the Hyundai Elantra

The Hyundai Elantra was last redesigned in 2017. The updates made it less barebones and more stylish than before. Available as a sedan or hatchback, the updated Elantra also came better equipped, offering Bluetooth, a 7-inch display screen, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity for less than $19,000.

Little has changed for 2018, except that the hatchback receives the updates that the sedan got last year. The five-passenger compact car remains as comfortable and roomy as ever, but the cabin’s hard plastic pieces have been replaced by soft-touch surfaces and brushed finishes. Luxury-seeking buyers can even add leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, and heated rear seats – options that aren’t always available in pricier rivals.

Along with its more luxurious new look, the Elantra boasts strong safety ratings and excellent fuel economy – 29 mpg in the city and 38 mpg on the highway for the base model with an automatic transmission. Its excellent safety ratings earned it the Top Safety Pick+ rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Additionally, the similar 2017 model was named the Best New Car for Teens.

But shoppers know the Elantra is not the only safe and well-equipped compact car in the segment. If you’re considering buying one, you might want to look at nameplates such as the Honda Civic or the Mazda3, too. Or you might find that you can get more space for roughly the same price with a Honda HR-V or Mazda CX-3 subcompact SUV.

Read ahead to see how other vehicles compare to the Elantra. Keep in mind that our scores are constantly updated as new expert reviews and data become available. Therefore, the U.S. News scores listed here may differ slightly from the ones listed on our rankings page.

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