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Old 05-30-2011, 11:00 AM   #1
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Motor Trend crowns new compact sedan king in eight-way comparo [w/poll]


With a raft of newly redesigned compact sedans hitting the streets this year, Motor Trend decided it was high time to crown a new king among the diminutive four-door masses. The editors gathered eight of the most popular models in the segment and pitted them against each other, battle royale style.

The magazine started by selecting the three best-selling Japanese compact sedans, the Toyota Corolla, Honda Civic and Mazda3, which, combined, accounted for 700,000 sales last year amid fears fostered by a weakened economy. Those were joined by America's two best sellers, the Ford Focus and Chevrolet Cruze. Korea added the Kia Forte and the Hyundai Elantra, and the Volkswagen Jetta TDI from Germany rounded out the list.

MT tried to get the cars as closely matched as possible; all the cars were front-drive, four-cylinder automatics with alloy wheels and stability control, all stickering somewhere in the low-$20,000 range. Still, despite its efforts, there wound up being a fair amount of variance among each of the cars, which helped shape the results of the test.

In the end, the 2011 Hyundai Elantra came out on top, thanks to radical new styling, a raft of standard features and a new found sense of sophistication. The 2012 Honda Civic EX brought up the next spot in the line, followed by the 2011 Mazda3 Touring. The 2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI snagged fourth, followed by the 2012 Ford Focus Titanium and the 2011 Chevrolet Cruze LTZ RS. The 2011 Kia Forte EX edged out the 2011 Toyota Corolla to take seventh place.

Which one would take your top honors? Let us know in the poll, and head over to Motor Trend to read the full results.


Which compact sedan would you buy?
  • 2011 Hyundai Elantra Limited
  • 2012 Honda Civic EX
  • 2011 Mazda3 Touring
  • 2011 Volkswagen Jetta TDI
  • 2012 Ford Focus Titanium
  • 2011 Chevrolet Cruze LTZ RS
  • 2011 Kia Forte EX
  • 2011 Toyota Corolla
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Old 05-30-2011, 11:19 AM   #2
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So MT made up another page with a poll because they don't like the results on the 1st poll they put on the same review. Now that is funny, seeing an American car rag scrapping around trying to get the results they want. So far it look like the 2nd poll results are going to mirror the 1st poll, at least the new Focus appears to be the "chosen one"

oops it's an autoblog poll . My bad
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So MT made up another page with a poll because they don't like the results on the 1st poll they put on the same review. Now that is funny, seeing an American car rag scrapping around trying to get the results they want. So far it look like the 2nd poll results are going to mirror the 1st poll, at least the new Focus appears to be the "chosen one"

oops it's an autoblog poll . My bad
Yeah, and both polls have the Focus ahead by quite a bit.
Not surprising, really.
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