2012 Hyundai Elantra, Fords Focus, Honda Civic, Chevrolet Cruze comparison
The all-new 2012 Hyundai Elantra compared against 2012 Fords Focus, 2012 Honda Civic and 2011 Chevrolet Cruze!
When it comes to buying a new car, most savvy consumers will take the time to do side by side comparisons on vehicles that fall into the same class.
For those that simply don’t have the time or resources to do so, Kelley Blue Book -KBB take the time to do it for them. The most recent comparison test came in the compact sedan class, with four cars competing for top spot.
The four sedans in question were the 2012 Fords Focus, 2012 Honda Civic, 2011 Chevrolet Cruze, and 2011 Hyundai Elantra, with all the vehicles being rated in specifics such as exterior and interior design, comfort, performance, convenience and value. KBB takes all those details and then gives an overall rating scored out of 10.
At the end of all the tests, the all-new 2012 Hyundai Elantra and Honda Civic tied for first, both scoring 7.5 out of a possible 10. The 2012 Ford Focus took third, with the Cruze bringing up the rear.
Each of the vehicles had their strong points, which further emphasis the strides being made by all automakers in the compact sedan class.
For their part, Kia scored highly in the design section of the comparison tests, but the folks at KBB were quick to point out how impressed they were with the Elantra overall, saying, “When the 2011 Hyundai Elantra Limited sedan showed up for our test, it arrived as a gut-shot to the entire compact sedan class. It started with the all-new Elantra shape, a small-sedan variation of the look that we already love on the Genesis and Sonata.
It continued with a leather-lined, feature-filled interior that would have been considered excessive in a car from the next class up. At $22,830, the Hyundai Elantra Limited was the least expensive compact sedan in our quartet. The Chevy Cruze LTZ had a nervous breakdown. We spotted sweat on the Ford Focus SEL’s lip spoiler. And even the 2012 Honda Civic was having trouble catching its breath.”
This is another great shot in the arm for Hyundai, and the delight at this latest accolade was evident when Mike O’Brien, vice president, Product and Corporate Planning, Hyundai Motor America said, “The 2012 Elantra stands out in the compact category, offering innovation, content and style — characteristics often missing from this competitive segment.
We are thrilled that kbb.com recognizes that standard 40 miles-per-gallon highway fuel economy, remarkable luxury and convenience features, and advanced design can be found in a compact sedan at such an accessible price point.”