2011 Mazda
3 s Grand Touring
vs. 2012 Hyundai
Elantra Limited

2011 Mazda 3 s Grand Touring

9.5

starting from

$24,605
"Impressive list of luxury options."
edmunds.com | talking about the 3's build-quality
"The Grand Touring gains a sunroof."
edmunds.com | talking about the 3's interior quality

Reasons to buy the Mazda 3 s Grand Touring

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Tighter turning radius
17.1 ft
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Moon roof
Standard
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Power seats
Standard
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OK cornering
0.87 g
2012 Hyundai Elantra Limited

8.9

starting from

$21,195
"It zips around in city driving with ease, and then is surprisingly robust on the freeway."
bullz-eye.com | talking about the Elantra's handling
"Yet another impressive offering from Hyundai."
bullz-eye.com | talking about the Elantra's overall satisfaction

Reasons to buy the Hyundai Elantra Limited

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Longer-lasting basic warranty
5 year
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Longer basic warranty
60,000 mile
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Fantastic highway fuel efficiency
40 mpg
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Spacious front seats
56.4 ft3
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 7.8
2011 Mazda 3 s Grand Touring Winner: 3 s Grand Touring
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  • Enjoy additional natural light with the 3 s Grand Touring's standard sun roof
  • Conveniently adjust your seat with the 3 s Grand Touring's power seats; not available on the Elantra Limited
Cost 9.0 vs 10.0
2012 Hyundai Elantra Limited Winner: Elantra Limited
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  • Basic warranty lasts 2 more years, 5 year vs 3 year
  • Basic warranty lasts 24,000 more miles, 60,000 mile vs 36,000 mile
  • Gets more than 30% more miles per gallon in the city, 29 mpg vs 22 mpg
Safety Features 10.0 vs -
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  • Child door locks come standard
Crash Test Ratings 10.0 vs -
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Performance 10.0 vs -
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  • Both offer a semi-automatic transmission, a nice perk for this class
  • Neither has an air compressor to maximize power output
  • Underpowered
Practicality 10.0 vs -
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  • Both have a rear seat that folds down for extra storage space
  • Both offer an upgrade to a navigation system
Entertainment System 10.0 vs -
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  • Neither offers an entertainment system
Road Tests 10.0 vs -
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Overall 9.5 vs 8.9

Luxury Features

Mazda
3 s Grand Touring
2011 Mazda 3 s Grand Touring
2012 Hyundai Elantra Limited Hyundai
Elantra Limited
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moon roof Standard vs Not Available Enjoy additional natural light with the 3 s Grand Touring's standard sun roof
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power seats Standard vs Not Available Conveniently adjust your seat with the 3 s Grand Touring's power seats; not available on the Elantra Limited
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keyless entry Standard vs Standard Both have keyless entry
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leather Standard vs Standard Both come standard with leather interiors

Cost

Mazda
3 s Grand Touring
2011 Mazda 3 s Grand Touring
2012 Hyundai Elantra Limited Hyundai
Elantra Limited
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MSRP $24,605 vs $21,195 The Elantra Limited has a great price and the 3 s Grand Touring is pretty reasonable
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In-city gas mileage 22 mpg vs 29 mpg The Elantra Limited has great city mileage and the 3 s Grand Touring is pretty reasonable
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basic warranty miles 36,000 mile vs 60,000 mile The Elantra Limited's basic warranty is fantastic, but the 3 s Grand Touring's warranty is very limited
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basic warranty years 3 year vs 5 year The Elantra Limited's basic warranty is fantastically long-lasting, but the 3 s Grand Touring's warranty is very limited

Safety Features

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3 s Grand Touring
2011 Mazda 3 s Grand Touring
2012 Hyundai Elantra Limited Hyundai
Elantra Limited
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antilock brakes Standard vs Standard Both come standard with ABS brakes
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Stability control system Yes vs Unknown
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Airbags 5 vs 5 OK number of airbags
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Rear brakes Disc vs Disc Both have the usual brakes for this class of vehicle
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child door locks Standard vs Standard Child door locks come standard
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Roadside assistance system None vs None

Crash Test Ratings

Mazda
3 s Grand Touring
2011 Mazda 3 s Grand Touring
2012 Hyundai Elantra Limited Hyundai
Elantra Limited
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Rollover resistance 4 stars vs Unknown
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Front driver crash test 5 stars vs Unknown
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Driver side crash test 5 stars vs Unknown

Performance

Mazda
3 s Grand Touring
2011 Mazda 3 s Grand Touring
2012 Hyundai Elantra Limited Hyundai
Elantra Limited
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Horsepower 167 HP @ 6,000 RPM vs 148 HP @ 6,500 RPM Underpowered
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Number of gears 5 vs 6 Average number of gears
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Transmission Semi-automatic transmission vs Semi-automatic transmission Both offer a semi-automatic transmission, a nice perk for this class
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paddle shifters Not Available vs Unknown
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Air compressor None vs None Neither has an air compressor to maximize power output
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Power-to-weight ratio 18.7 lb/hp vs 18.2 lb/hp The Elantra Limited has OK performance while the 3 s Grand Touring gives sluggish performance
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Drivetrain type front-wheel drive vs front-wheel drive Neither has a good drivetrain for off-road or bad weather driving
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 17.1 ft vs 34.8 ft The 3 s Grand Touring turns on a dime, and the Elantra Limited is comparable to most other vehicles

Practicality

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3 s Grand Touring
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2012 Hyundai Elantra Limited Hyundai
Elantra Limited
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Passengers 5 vs 5 Average number of seats
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Highway driving range 461 miles vs 512 miles The Elantra Limited has good highway range and the 3 s Grand Touring is reasonable
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Cargo space 17.0 ft3 vs 14.8 ft3 Both have OK cargo room
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front seats 50.8 ft3 vs 56.4 ft3 The Elantra Limited has roomy front seats, but the 3 s Grand Touring is very cramped
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folding rear seats Standard vs Standard Both have a rear seat that folds down for extra storage space
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power outlets Standard vs Standard Both have power outlets
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roof rails Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers roof rails
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navigation system Optional vs Optional Both offer an upgrade to a navigation system
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Cupholders 8 vs Unknown
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Entertainment System

Mazda
3 s Grand Touring
2011 Mazda 3 s Grand Touring
2012 Hyundai Elantra Limited Hyundai
Elantra Limited
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Number of speakers 10 vs Unknown
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Has speed sensitive volume Yes vs Unknown
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Standard vs Not Available Have your pick of music from around the world with the 3 s Grand Touring's satellite radio
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Has auxiliary audio input Yes vs Unknown
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Has subwoofer No vs Unknown
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entertainment system Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers an entertainment system

Road Tests

Mazda
3 s Grand Touring
2011 Mazda 3 s Grand Touring
2012 Hyundai Elantra Limited Hyundai
Elantra Limited
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0-60 mph 8.3 seconds vs 9.5 seconds The 3 s Grand Touring's 0-60 time is average for this class of vehicle, but the Elantra Limited is sluggish
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Braking distance at 60mph 132 ft vs 136 ft The 3 s Grand Touring's braking ability is average for this class of vehicle, but the Elantra Limited is quite bad
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1/4 mile 16.6 s @ 86 mph vs 17.2 s @ 83 mph The 3 s Grand Touring's 1/4 mile time is average, but the Elantra Limited's is quite bad
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Lateral acceleration 0.87 g vs 0.82 g Both have unremarkable cornering abilities
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Top speed 118 mph vs Unknown

Other Vehicles to Consider

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2011 Mazda 3 s Grand Touring 2011 BMW 328i 3 s Grand Touring vs 328i
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2011 Mazda 3 i Sport 2011 MINI Cooper S 3 i Sport vs Cooper S
2011 Mazda 3 i Touring 2011 Toyota Prius Two 3 i Touring vs Prius Two
2012 Hyundai Elantra Limited 2011 Hyundai Tucson Elantra Limited vs Tucson
2012 Hyundai Elantra Limited 2012 Nissan Altima 2.5 S Elantra Limited vs Altima 2.5 S
2012 Hyundai Elantra Limited 2012 Volkswagen Passat 2.5L SE Elantra Limited vs Passat 2.5L SE
2012 Hyundai Elantra Limited 2011 Kia Optima EX Elantra Limited vs Optima EX
2012 Hyundai Elantra Limited 2011 Kia Rio SX Elantra Limited vs Rio SX

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