But the redesigned 2011 Hyundai Elantra likely will woo buyers from the 2011 Ford Fiesta, redesigned 2012 Focus and the 2011 Chevy Cruze. Why?
• Luxury-like interior and exterior styling, heavily borrowed from the highly successful 2011 Sonata.
• Interior space categorized by the government as mid-sized. The wheelbase was stretched two inches.
• 40 mpg fuel economy for all models, manual and automatic.
• A long list of standard features with a base sticker price around $15,500, including destination.
There's been no opportunity to drive the redesigned Elantra. That comes later this year.
But my first impression, based on walking around the car and sitting behind the wheel is that even the big guys, namely Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla, will be keeping a close eye on Elantra sales.
It's an impressive package for an equally impressive price.