2011 Mazda
3 i Touring
vs. 2012 Hyundai
Elantra Limited

2012 Hyundai Elantra Limited

10.0

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
2011 Mazda 3 i Touring

8.5

Runner-up

Mazda 3 i Touring

starting from

$19,745
"Energetic 2.5-liter engine."
edmunds.com | talking about the 3's engine
"A five-speed automatic is optional."
edmunds.com | talking about the 3's transmission

Reasons to buy the Mazda 3 i Touring

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Tighter turning radius
17.1 ft
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Average-sized back seats
42.4 ft3
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Premium radio
Optional
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CD changer
Optional
Luxury Features 7.8 vs 10.0
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  • Leather comes standard on the Elantra Limited; the 3 i Touring only offers cloth seats
Cost 9.2 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 20% more miles per gallon in the city, 29 mpg vs 24 mpg
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  • Both have pokey 1/4 mile times
  • Both have sluggish 0-60 times
  • Both take longer to stop from 60mph
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
  • Neither has a good drivetrain for off-road or bad weather driving
Practicality 10.0 vs -
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  • Both have a rear seat that folds down for extra storage space
Entertainment System 10.0 vs -
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  • Neither offers an entertainment system
Overall 8.5 vs 10.0

Luxury Features

Mazda
3 i Touring
2011 Mazda 3 i Touring
2012 Hyundai Elantra Limited Hyundai
Elantra Limited
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moon roof Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers a sun roof
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power seats Not Available vs Not Available Neither has a power seat option
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keyless entry Standard vs Standard Both have keyless entry
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leather Not Available vs Standard Leather comes standard on the Elantra Limited; the 3 i Touring only offers cloth seats

Cost

Mazda
3 i Touring
2011 Mazda 3 i Touring
2012 Hyundai Elantra Limited Hyundai
Elantra Limited
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MSRP $19,745 vs $21,195 Inexpensive
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In-city gas mileage 24 mpg vs 29 mpg The Elantra Limited has great city mileage and the 3 i 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 i 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 i Touring's warranty is very limited

Road Tests

Mazda
3 i Touring
2011 Mazda 3 i Touring
2012 Hyundai Elantra Limited Hyundai
Elantra Limited
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0-60 mph 9.4 seconds vs 9.5 seconds Both have sluggish 0-60 times
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Braking distance at 60mph 145 ft vs 136 ft Both take longer to stop from 60mph
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1/4 mile 17.2 s @ 83 mph vs 17.2 s @ 83 mph Both have pokey 1/4 mile times
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Lateral acceleration 0.81 g vs 0.82 g The Elantra Limited has OK cornering abilities compared to the below average 3 i Touring
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Top speed Unknown vs Unknown

Safety Features

Mazda
3 i Touring
2011 Mazda 3 i 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 i Touring
2011 Mazda 3 i 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 i Touring
2011 Mazda 3 i Touring
2012 Hyundai Elantra Limited Hyundai
Elantra Limited
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Horsepower 148 HP @ 6,500 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 19.7 lb/hp vs 18.2 lb/hp The Elantra Limited has OK performance while the 3 i 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 i Touring turns on a dime, and the Elantra Limited is comparable to most other vehicles

Practicality

Mazda
3 i Touring
2011 Mazda 3 i Touring
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 479 miles vs 512 miles The Elantra Limited has good highway range and the 3 i Touring is reasonable
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Cargo space 11.8 ft3 vs 14.8 ft3 Both have OK cargo room
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front seats 51.9 ft3 vs 56.4 ft3 The Elantra Limited has roomy front seats and the 3 i Touring is OK
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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 Not Available vs Optional The Elantra Limited offers an optional navigation system; not available on the 3 i Touring
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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 i Touring
2011 Mazda 3 i Touring
2012 Hyundai Elantra Limited Hyundai
Elantra Limited
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Number of speakers 6 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 Optional vs Not Available Like your tunes? In the 3 i Touring, you can upgrade to 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

Other Vehicles to Consider

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

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