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2014 Hyundai Elantra SE Sedan

Price: $19,985
Mileage: 28 mpg city/38 hwy/32 combined
Estimated Annual Fuel Cost: $1,600

The first thing you notice about the Elantra is its stylish, even striking, exterior. Not something you expect in a fuel sipper. Then you climb inside and find the Elantra is the roomiest ride in our slide show. There's enough interior space for the Elantra to be rated as a midsize sedan by the EPA. Handling and performance are competitive with most compacts. You'll definitely like Hyundai's super-long warranties — 5 years/60,000 miles bumper-to-bumper and 10 years/100,000 miles on the powertrain.  We've priced it here with the six-speed automatic transmission; 145-horsepower, 1.8-liter engine; and $975 Preferred Equipment Package that includes Bluetooth connectivity, a backup camera and heated front seats.