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Contemporary compact sedans have grown roomier, more substantial, and more fuel efficient. These aren't the tiny, "first new cars" the segment used to be. Case in point, the Hyundai Elantra. The Elantra delivers the roominess and fuel economy to compete in this crowded segment, but it falls short in refinement and performance. User-friendliness is an Elantra strong point, aided by a relatively spacious interior.
Hyundai Elantra Road Test

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The SEL offers a good value and includes blind-spot and rear cross-traffic warning. But you have to buy the full-boat Limited version to get the most important safety gear, such as forward-collision warning and automatic emergency braking.
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sedan SEL 4-cyl 6-speed Automatic
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