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Why Should I Buy a Hyundai Elantra Over the Competition?

The Hyundai Elantra is one of the smallest cars available from Hyundai in North America. The Elantra is a compact sedan, and as such, doesn’t stand out much. But Hyundai has been climbing the ranks lately and has been pushing the Elantra to prove that it is worth consideration against some of the biggest names in compact sedans, like the Toyota Corolla or the Mazda3. Read the rest of this entry to learn more! 


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What Cars Are Similar to the Hyundai Elantra? 

Since the Toyota Corolla is the best-selling vehicle nameplate of all time, the easiest comparison to make is to the Corolla. Toyota is a Japanese automaker, but Hyundai is a Korean company, and as such celebrates a combination of reliability, trendiness, and high tech. Also be aware that Hyundai owns Kia. The Forte is a compact sedan from Kia, and probably the one car that is most like the Elantra. 


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Other competitors in the Eastern Hemisphere would include the Mazda3, Honda Civic, Subaru Impreza, and the Nissan Sentra. Each of these have their own personalities that make them quite different from the Elantra, with the Honda Civic probably being the most similar. 


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From North America, the only real competitor would be the Chevrolet Cruze. Dodge, Ford, Chrysler, Buick, and Tesla either don’t make vehicles of a similar size or only make luxury cars whose prices don’t compare to the Elantra. 

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How Much does the Hyundai Elantra Cost? 

The MSRP for the Hyundai Elantra starts at $17,149 for the 2020 model year. This price applies to the Essential trim level, and as its name implies, it only includes the minimum of features for the vehicle. The preferred trim has a starting MSRP of $20,599, the luxury trim has a starting MSRP of $24,299, and the Ultimate trim has a starting MSRP of $27,599. With a range of almost $10,000 between the minimum and the maximum trim levels, it should be easy to determine which one you would pick, and what trim levels you can compare with competitor’s trim levels. At its base trim level, the Elantra demands neither a high cost of entry nor does it try to lure you in with an “unbelievably low price” that you know will end up costing you later. It’s got balance, something every sedan should have.