2011 Subaru
Forester 2.5X
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."
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"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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Fantastic highway fuel efficiency
40 mpg
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Longer basic warranty
60,000 mile
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Fantastic city fuel efficiency
29 mpg
2011 Subaru Forester 2.5X

8.6

starting from

$21,220

Reasons to buy the Subaru Forester 2.5X

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OK drivetrain traction
all-wheel drive
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Average-sized back seats
49.4 ft3
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Roof rails
Optional
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Good ground clearance for rough terrain
8.7"
Luxury Features 7.8 vs 10.0
2012 Hyundai Elantra Limited Winner: Elantra Limited
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  • Leather comes standard on the Elantra Limited; the Forester 2.5X only offers cloth seats
Cost 9.4 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 around 40% more miles per gallon in the city, 29 mpg vs 21 mpg
Practicality - vs -
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  • Both have a rear seat that folds down for extra storage space
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 vehicles can make tight turns
  • Underpowered
Entertainment System 10.0 vs -
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  • Neither offers an entertainment system
  • Neither offers satellite radio
Road Tests 10.0 vs -
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  • Both have pokey 1/4 mile times
  • Both have sluggish 0-60 times
Overall 8.6 vs 10.0

Luxury Features

Subaru
Forester 2.5X
2011 Subaru Forester 2.5X
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 Forester 2.5X only offers cloth seats

Cost

Subaru
Forester 2.5X
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2012 Hyundai Elantra Limited Hyundai
Elantra Limited
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MSRP $21,220 vs $21,195 Inexpensive
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In-city gas mileage 21 mpg vs 29 mpg The Elantra Limited gets great city mileage, and the Forester 2.5X gets OK mileage
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basic warranty miles 36,000 mile vs 60,000 mile The Elantra Limited's basic warranty is fantastic, but the Forester 2.5X'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 Forester 2.5X's warranty is very limited

Practicality

Subaru
Forester 2.5X
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Elantra Limited
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Passengers 5 vs 5 Average number of seats
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Highway driving range Unknown vs 512 miles
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Cargo space 33.5 ft3 vs 14.8 ft3 The Forester 2.5X has OK cargo room, while the Elantra Limited has very little
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front seats 58.2 ft3 vs 56.4 ft3 Both average size front seats
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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 Optional vs Not Available Need to carry bulky cargo? Get the roof rails upgrade on the Forester 2.5X
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navigation system Not Available vs Optional The Elantra Limited offers an optional navigation system; not available on the Forester 2.5X
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Cupholders 6 vs Unknown
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front air conditioning Standard vs Standard A/C for hot summer days comes standard

Safety Features

Subaru
Forester 2.5X
2011 Subaru Forester 2.5X
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 4 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

Subaru
Forester 2.5X
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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 4 stars vs Unknown
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Driver side crash test 5 stars vs Unknown

Performance

Subaru
Forester 2.5X
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2012 Hyundai Elantra Limited Hyundai
Elantra Limited
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Horsepower 170 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 Manual transmission vs Semi-automatic transmission The Elantra Limited's semi-automatic transmission is rare for this class of vehicle
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paddle shifters Not Available vs Unknown
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Air compressor None vs None Neither has an air compressor for increased power output
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Power-to-weight ratio 19.1 lb/hp vs 18.2 lb/hp Both have OK performance
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Drivetrain type all-wheel drive vs front-wheel drive The Forester 2.5X has a good drivetrain for off-road and poor weather driving
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Curb-to-curb turning radius 34.4 ft vs 34.8 ft Both vehicles can make tight turns

Entertainment System

Subaru
Forester 2.5X
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Elantra Limited
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Number of speakers 4 vs Unknown
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Has speed sensitive volume No vs Unknown
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CD player Standard vs Standard CD player comes standard
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premium radio Not Available vs Not Available Neither offers 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

Subaru
Forester 2.5X
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2012 Hyundai Elantra Limited Hyundai
Elantra Limited
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0-60 mph 9.1 seconds vs 9.5 seconds Both have sluggish 0-60 times
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Braking distance at 60mph 134 ft vs 136 ft Both have average braking ability for this class of vehicle
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1/4 mile 17.0 s @ 82 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 Both have unremarkable cornering abilities
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Top speed 125 mph vs Unknown

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2011 Subaru Forester 2.5X 2011 Toyota Highlander Forester 2.5X vs Highlander
2011 Subaru Forester 2.5XT Touring 2011 BMW X3 xDrive28i Forester 2.5XT Touring vs X3 xDrive28i
2011 Subaru Forester 2.5XT Touring 2011 Honda Pilot Touring Forester 2.5XT Touring vs Pilot Touring
2011 Subaru Forester 2.5XT Premium 2011 Mercedes-Benz GLK350 Forester 2.5XT Premium vs GLK350
2012 Hyundai Elantra Limited 2011 Hyundai Tucson Elantra Limited vs Tucson
2012 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2011 Honda Accord LX Elantra GLS vs Accord LX
2012 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2011 Hyundai Genesis Coupe 2.0T Elantra GLS vs Genesis Coupe 2.0T
2012 Hyundai Elantra Limited 2012 Nissan Altima 2.5 S Elantra Limited vs Altima 2.5 S
2012 Hyundai Elantra GLS 2011 Toyota Prius One Elantra GLS vs Prius One

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