Autospies.com, one of the highest ranked automotive information sites, named the 2011 Hyundai Elantra Car of the Year. In selecting Elantra as Car of the Year, the Autospies.com editors reference the Elantras hybrid-like mileage of 40 mpg highway, gorgeous styling not even known in the compact category until now and acres of interior room with gorgeous fit and finish as changing the paradigm in its segment.

Hyundai has single-handedly changed the compact car segment by creating the first premium compact that is affordable to the masses, said Donald Buffamanti, founder of leading automotive social media site, AutoSpies.com. Starting at a price of $14,830 with class-leading interior volume and an Environmental Protection Agency rated MPG of 29/40 city/highway, the 2011 Elantra is a well-rounded compact car that bests the rest.

The 2011 Elantra sets the bar in the compact sedan category offering a class-above midsize car interior volume, modern design, outstanding fuel economy, loads of comfort and convenience features all at a low starting price of $14,830. Powered by an all-new 1.8-liter Nu engine, the fifth generation Elantra boasts best-in-class standard fuel economy of 40 mpg highway. Elantra also continues to lead the industry in standard advanced safety technologies including a new Vehicle Stability Management (VSM) system to optimally manage Electronic Stability Control (ESC).

Elantra is pushing the compact category to offer innovation, content and style — characteristics often missing from the competition, said John Krafcik, president and CEO, Hyundai Motor America. Car enthusiasts like AutoSpies.com recognize that standard 40 miles-per-gallon highway fuel economy, tremendous luxury and convenience features, and modern design should be the expectation even at an accessible price point.

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