2011 Subaru
Forester 2.5XT Touring
vs. 2012 Hyundai
Elantra GLS

2011 Subaru Forester 2.5XT Touring

9.6

starting from

$30,720

Reasons to buy the Subaru Forester 2.5XT Touring

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Front air conditioning
Standard
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Turbocharged engine improves performance
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Average 0-60 time
7.2 seconds
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OK drivetrain traction
all-wheel drive
2012 Hyundai Elantra GLS

8.3

starting from

$15,945
"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 GLS

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Fantastic highway fuel efficiency
40 mpg
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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 city fuel efficiency
29 mpg
Luxury Features 10.0 vs 6.6
2011 Subaru Forester 2.5XT Touring Winner: Forester 2.5XT Touring
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  • Enjoy additional natural light with the Forester 2.5XT Touring's standard sun roof
  • Leather comes standard on the Forester 2.5XT Touring; the Elantra GLS only offers cloth seats
  • Conveniently adjust your seat with the Forester 2.5XT Touring's power seats; not available on the Elantra GLS
Cost 9.2 vs 10.0
2012 Hyundai Elantra GLS Winner: Elantra GLS
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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 50% more miles per gallon in the city, 29 mpg vs 19 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
Entertainment System 10.0 vs -
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  • Neither offers satellite radio
Road Tests 10.0 vs -
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Overall 9.6 vs 8.3

Luxury Features

Subaru
Forester 2.5XT Touring
2011 Subaru Forester 2.5XT Touring
2012 Hyundai Elantra GLS Hyundai
Elantra GLS
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moon roof Standard vs Not Available Enjoy additional natural light with the Forester 2.5XT Touring's standard sun roof
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power seats Standard vs Not Available Conveniently adjust your seat with the Forester 2.5XT Touring's power seats; not available on the Elantra GLS
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keyless entry Standard vs Standard Both have keyless entry
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leather Standard vs Not Available Leather comes standard on the Forester 2.5XT Touring; the Elantra GLS only offers cloth seats

Cost

Subaru
Forester 2.5XT Touring
2011 Subaru Forester 2.5XT Touring
2012 Hyundai Elantra GLS Hyundai
Elantra GLS
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MSRP $30,720 vs $15,945 The Elantra GLS has a great price and the Forester 2.5XT Touring is pretty reasonable
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In-city gas mileage 19 mpg vs 29 mpg The Elantra GLS gets great city mileage, and the Forester 2.5XT Touring gets OK mileage
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basic warranty miles 36,000 mile vs 60,000 mile The Elantra GLS's basic warranty is fantastic, but the Forester 2.5XT Touring's warranty is very limited
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basic warranty years 3 year vs 5 year The Elantra GLS's basic warranty is fantastically long-lasting, but the Forester 2.5XT Touring's warranty is very limited

Practicality

Subaru
Forester 2.5XT Touring
2011 Subaru Forester 2.5XT Touring
2012 Hyundai Elantra GLS Hyundai
Elantra GLS
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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 30.8 ft3 vs 14.8 ft3 The Forester 2.5XT Touring has OK cargo room, while the Elantra GLS has very little
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front seats 56.0 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 Standard vs Not Available Need to carry bulky cargo? The Forester 2.5XT Touring's standard roof rails are great, meanwhile the Elantra GLS cannot be configured with them at any price
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navigation system Optional vs Not Available The Forester 2.5XT Touring offers an optional navigation system; not available on the Elantra GLS
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Cupholders 8 vs Unknown
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front air conditioning Standard vs Not Available On hot summer days, you'll melt in the Elantra GLS, but the Forester 2.5XT Touring will get you around in comfort

Safety Features

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Forester 2.5XT Touring
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2012 Hyundai Elantra GLS Hyundai
Elantra GLS
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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 2.5XT Touring
2011 Subaru Forester 2.5XT Touring
2012 Hyundai Elantra GLS Hyundai
Elantra GLS
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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

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Forester 2.5XT Touring
2011 Subaru Forester 2.5XT Touring
2012 Hyundai Elantra GLS Hyundai
Elantra GLS
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Horsepower 224 HP @ 5,200 RPM vs 148 HP @ 6,500 RPM The Forester 2.5XT Touring is of average power, but the Elantra GLS is underpowered
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Number of gears 4 vs 6 The Elantra GLS has an OK number of gears, while the Forester 2.5XT Touring has very few
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Transmission Semi-automatic transmission vs Manual transmission The Forester 2.5XT Touring'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 Turbocharger vs None The Forester 2.5XT Touring's Turbocharger lets it maximize power output, quite rare for this class of vehicle
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Power-to-weight ratio 15.4 lb/hp vs 18.0 lb/hp The Forester 2.5XT Touring is a sporty car, while the Elantra GLS is just average
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Drivetrain type all-wheel drive vs front-wheel drive The Forester 2.5XT Touring 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

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Forester 2.5XT Touring
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2012 Hyundai Elantra GLS Hyundai
Elantra GLS
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Number of speakers 6 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 Yes vs Unknown
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entertainment system Optional vs Not Available It'll cost you to get an entertainment system on the Forester 2.5XT Touring; but it's not available at all on the Elantra GLS

Road Tests

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Forester 2.5XT Touring
2011 Subaru Forester 2.5XT Touring
2012 Hyundai Elantra GLS Hyundai
Elantra GLS
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0-60 mph 7.2 seconds vs 9.5 seconds The Forester 2.5XT Touring's 0-60 time is average for this class of vehicle, but the Elantra GLS is sluggish
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Braking distance at 60mph 135 ft vs 136 ft Both have average braking ability for this class of vehicle
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1/4 mile 15.6 s @ 91 mph vs 17.2 s @ 83 mph The Forester 2.5XT Touring's 1/4 mile time is average, but the Elantra GLS's is quite bad
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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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