Hyundai Elantra vs Honda Civic vs Toyota Camry vs Mazda3

The Hyundai Elantra vs The Competition

A sedan ought to be a lot more than just a simple "car." Lots of dealerships have simple used cars to offer and, while some are affordable, they might not always have what you need and want in your next sedan. Here at Hyundai of Newport, one of the most well-known sedans in our inventory is the Hyundai Elantra and it definitely changes the game of what a sedan should be. With its efficienct engine, safety ratings, interior space and its range of high-tech conveniences, the Hyundai Elantra goes well beyond the average sedan. Best of all, this convenient sedan also begins at the affordable price of $16,950, which is considerably lower than many other sedans of its class. Let's show you everything that the Hyundai Elantra has to offer by comparing it side-by-side with a few other sedans of its class: the Honda Civic, Mazda3, and Toyota Camry. While these worthy competitors can be quite popular, they fall short of the Hyundai Elantra in many ways, such as their safety features or their interior spaces.

The Hyundai Elantra vs The Honda Civic

Hyundai Elantra Performance vs Honda Civic Performance

We begin our side-by-side analysis with the Hondas Civic, beginning with the engines that both of these sedans have underneath their hoods. While both feature some excellent powertrain via their inline four-cylinder engines, the Hyundai Elantra offers you a bit more fuel efficiency and practicality thanks to its transmission and fuel capacity. The base trim of the Hyundai Elantra comes available with either six-speed manual transmission or automatic transmission and holds about 14 gallons of fuel. The Honda Civic gives you the same choices for transmissions, both of which can save you fuel in the long run, but this sedan only holds about 12 gallons of fuel. If your career involves a lot more traveling, then you'll want to know that you're getting the most out of your sedan's fuel economy and the Hyundai Elantra can give you that peace of mind!

Hyundai Elantra Performance vs Honda Civic Interior

Both of these sedans have a lot more interior space to offer than the average sedan, however, the Hyundai Elantra has a lot more to offer in the more important areas. Up front, you and your copilot will enjoy almost 39 inches of head room and your passengers in the back seats will enjoy 55.3 inches of shoulder room and about 52 inches of hip room, which is especially beneficial when taking the kids on longer road trips! The Honda Civic falls short in terms of its backseat space with 55 inches of rear shoulder room and 47 inchers of hip room. In terms of convenience features, the Hyundai Elantra comes available with a lot more even in its base trim levels; this way, no matter which trim you choose, you never feel like you're losing out on anything important. Such features are unavailable on the base trim levels of the Honda Civic and include a trip computer, a compass, a universal garage door opener and a remote fuel door release. In order to find these features on the Honda Civic, you must upgrade to a higher trim level for an additional cost.

Hyundai Elantra Performance vs Honda Civic Safety

While the Honda Civic and Hyundai Elantra are fairly well-matched in their safety features, the Hyundai Elantra definitely rises to the occasion in terms of safety ratings by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) who awarded this sedan with a place on its most-prestigious 2018 Top Safety Pick+ list. In order to make this more-prestigious list, a vehicle must have the highest "Good" ratings in Front Crash Prevention, Headlight Strength, Driver and Passenger Side Crashworthiness and Roof Strength. The Honda Civic missed out on the chance to be considered for any IIHS Top Safety Pick list because of its "Poor" rating in headlight effectiveness.

The Hyundai Elantra vs The Toyota Camry

Hyundai Elantra Performance vs Toyota Camry Performance

Both of these sedans feature an excellent inline four-cylinder engine with lots of fuel efficiency to offer. However, the Hyundai Elantra gives you the option for even more fuel economy as its base trim level is available in both automatic transmission and six-speed manual transmission, the latter of which can save you a great deal of fuel in the long run, if you know how to operate manual transmission properly. The Toyota Camry only features automatic transmission and has a curb weight of 3,241 pounds whereas the Hyundai Elantra weighs in at 2,767 pounds. A lower curb weight ultimately helps reduce the amount of fuel consumed, in the long run, as you operate the vehicle, which is especially beneficial on longer road trips and more frequent commutes. 

Hyundai Elantra Performance vs Toyota Camry Interior

Once again, both of these sedans find themselves fairly equally matched where total interior space are concerned, but the Hyundai Elantra distributes the space more evenly between the front and back rows and gives you about 39 inches of head room and 42.2 inches of leg room up front. The Toyota Camry falls short slightly with 38.2 inches of front head room and 42 inches of leg room. As with the Honda Civic, the Toyota Camry also falls short of the Hyundai Elantra when it comes to the technology that you'll find available in its base trim levels, for your convenience. The Hyundai Elantra features a CD Player, an MP3 Player, a universal garage door remote, a compass and an interior automatic day/night electrochromic mirror. These features are unavailable from the base trims of the Toyota Camry.

Hyundai Elantra Performance vs Toyota Camry Safety

When it comes to safety features, these two sedans are pretty evenly matched as they both rank on the most prestigious 2018 Top Safety Pick+ list by IIHS. However, when it comes to protecting your sedan from any damage on the road ahead, you'll find that the warranties provided by Hyundai have a longer duration than those of the Toyota Camry. The Basic Warranty of the Hyundai Elantra lasts you for 60 months or 60,000 miles (whichever comes first); the Powertrain Warranty covers your engine and transmission components for 120 months or 100,000 miles; and the Corrosion Perforation Warranty protects your sedan from rust damage for 84 months with no mileage restrictions. Meanwhile the Basic Warranty of the Toyota Camry protects this sedan for 36 months or 36,000 miles; its Powertrain Warranty covers the engine for 60 months or 60,000 miles and its Corrosion Perforation Warranty covers the vehicle for about 60 moths, though there are no mileage restrictions on this warranty either. If you're a frequent driver, you'll want to know that your investment is protected for as long as possible and the warranties of the Hyundai brand can provide you with the utmost security!

The Hyundai Elantra vs The Mazda3

Hyundai Elantra Performance vs Mazda3 Performance

Once again, the practicality of the Hyundai Elantra is emphasized over the Mazda3 thanks to its fuel efficiency and transmission. The Elantra has a fuel tank capacity of 14 gallons and features manual transmission in its base trim. The Mazda3 might also feature manual transmission in its base trim, but it features one less gallon of fuel capacity, with a total capacity of 13 gallons. Additionally, the Hyundai Elantra weighs over 130 pounds less than the 2,899-pound curb weight of the Mazda3 sedan.

Hyundai Elantra Performance vs Mazda3 Interior

While both of these sedans feature the same amount of passenger volume, at 96 cubic feet, the distribution of that volume differs slightly between the two sedans, so it's really a matter of where you would prefer to have the most space to move around. The Hyundai Elantra gives you and your copilot up to 39 inches of headroom and 55.3 inches of shoulder room in the backseats for your passengers. By contrast, the Mazda3 sedan has about 38.6 inches of front head room and about 54 inches of rear shoulder room. In addition, the Hyundai Elantra has much more trunk space to offer with 14 cubic feet, versus the 12 cubic feet of cargo volume that the Mazda3 offers. The Hyundai Elantra also provides you and your passengers with some extra entertainment features such as a CD player and MP3 capability; these features are unavailable on the base trim level of the Mazda3 and must be upgraded with the purchase of a higher trim level.

Hyundai Elantra Performance vs Mazda3 Safety

In terms of safety, both of these sedans are in good standing and come standard with a number of important features such as Electronic Stability Control, Brake Assist, childproof rear door locks and seatbelt pretensioners. However, in terms of their safety ratings, the Mazda3 falls slightly short as the Hyundai Elantra recently made the 2018 Top Safety Pick+ list by IIHS. The Mazda3 made the list of 2018 Top Safety Picks by IIHS, but fell short of the Top Safety Pick+ list because of the lower ratings in passenger-side crashworthiness and headlight effectiveness.

A Safe, Convenient and Affordable Sedan Awaits You Here In Middletown


As you can see, while these three sedans certainly provide some tough competition, they fall short of the Hyundai Elantra in a variety of ways. When it comes to your next sedan, you deserve to get the utmost convenience, practicality and efficiency at a price that won't hurt your budget. Discover your next Hyundai Elantra and test drive one here at Hyundai of Newport! We're located at 1133 West Main Road in Middletown, Rhode Island and our sales team can be reached at (866) 980-2485, during regular business hours, with any questions you might have. See you soon!

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