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Comparison Test: 2012 Ford Focus Titanium vs. 2011 Hyundai Elantra Limite

Yes, this is another comparison of inexpensive compact sedans. We know you want to see yet another Burnout Supertest, but this is no less important. Especially when you consider that the winner of this comparison will be crowned nothing less than the best compact car you can buy in America.

It’s a story that’s been in the making for months, as the 2012 Ford Focus Titanium and 2011 Hyundai Elantra Limited are both previous comparison test champions. So what we have here is the best of the best.

Without question both Ford and Hyundai have raised their games. Whether it’s styling, features or performance, both of these sedans are stacked with plenty of everything. And sure enough, both Ford and Hyundai claim that their respective entries set the standard for the segment.

From the Outside In

One look at the new 2011 Hyundai Elantra and it’s obvious that Hyundai gave the art degree types at its North American Design Center in Irvine, California, free rein. The Elantra looks like a shrunken Sonata, but with a friendlier face and more bulbous fenders. It’s what Hyundai calls “Fluidic Sculpture” design and it’s one of the more eye-catching designs in the class.

The new 2012 Ford Focus, with its more purposeful lines, is a welcome change from the dreadfully awkward model that preceded it. It may not have the flair of the Elantra, but its “kinetic design form language” seems more of one piece. Since styling is so subjective there’s no real winner here, but we’re impressed with the sheer design-per-inch of both sedans.

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