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Cars.com, a leading online resource for new and used car buyers, announced today that the 2011 Hyundai Elantra is the winner of its 'Best Value: Price to Pump' award as the winner of its Under 20/Over 35 Shootout. The site's editors evaluated five compact cars that seat five, get better than 35 miles per gallon and have a price tag under $20,000. The 2011 Hyundai Elantra came out on top for its exterior and interior design as well as its smooth ride.
"With unrelenting gas prices and continued economic uncertainty, our shootout couldn't be timelier in terms of what car shoppers are looking for," said Patrick Olsen, Cars.com editor-in-chief. "In fact, four of the five models that competed have been among dealer's best sellers in April and May. Based on our results, every car shopper looking in this segment needs to put the 2011 Hyundai Elantra at the top of their consideration set. Not only does this car get 40 mpg on the highway, the Elantra also has refined styling, solid handling, a comfortable interior and incredible affordability for all the features that buyers will get."
To determine the winner of the shootout, experts from Cars.com and USA Today and a Chicago-area family put the contenders through a variety of tests over a series of three days. Tests included a day-long drive to determine accurate real-world mileage, back-to-back driving by all judges on the same course to determine handling and comfort and a side-by-side comparison of the cars' features and styling.
"These shootouts are really about determining the best car in a segment," Olsen said. "Because of that, we always include a full day of testing by shoppers who evaluate the cars features, comfort, handling and styling. This helps us to determine what really matters to drivers in a car and that feedback contributes to the crowning of our winner."
Cars.com's 'Best Value: Price to Pump' rankings:
Cars.com was recently named the "Best Overall Customer Experience" by Keynote Systems, the world's leading Internet usage research company. Cars.com is an online destination for car shoppers that offers information from consumers and experts to help buyers formulate opinions on what to buy, where to buy and how much to pay for a car. With price listings, side-by-side comparison tools, photo galleries, videos, unbiased editorial content and a large selection of new- and used-car inventory, Cars.com puts millions of car buyers in control of their shopping process with the information they need to make confident buying decisions.
Launched in June 1998, Cars.com is a division of Classified Ventures LLC, which is owned by leading media companies, including Belo (NYSE: BLC), Gannett Co., Inc. (NYSE: GCI), The McClatchy Company (NYSE: MNI), Tribune Company and The Washington Post Company (NYSE: WPO).