Powered by a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine with 148 hp and 131 lb-ft of torque, it's mated to either a six-speed automatic or manual transmission. Not only does it earn ULEV (Ultra Low Emissions Vehicle) status, but the engine has more power and fuel efficiency than the Honda Civic, Toyota Corolla
, Nissan Sentra
, and even the Mazda
3. However, Hyundai isn't trying to make the new Elantra into the next fan boy racer, but rather an all-around solid piece of reliable transportation in every relevant category. On sale since the beginning of December 2010, the 2011 Elantra has a base price of $14,830.