The Civic used to be decent, and it's now a top contender in the compact sedan segment. But to get there, it has traded some of its katana sharpness for some American waterbed coziness.
The Elantra Sport slots somewhere between the comfortable, spacious and dull Civic and a Jetta GLI or something like an Audi A3. It features a unique styling pack that changes the look of the bumpers, sills and wheels for the better.
When you fire up the Sport, you realize that it's not a regular Elantra, and that's because engineers worked hard to give the 1.6-liter turbo engine a unique sound signature. It's almost as if they put an aftermarket muffler on this thing.
The Elantra Sport also boasts sharper steering and a more sure-footed suspension. Paired with that 1.6-liter turbo engine is an honest 6-speed manual gearbox. Like Volkswagen, Hyundai offers a twin-clutch gearbox as an alternative. Adding it makes the combined fuel consumption 4mpg better. However, enthusiasts might want to hear about the dry clutch configuration.
The driver of the Elantra Sport is probably the type who wants to be involved, so the car does without the advanced safety systems offered by the Honda Civic.
The 201 horsepower Hyundai can be yours from $23,585 while a Civic Touring CVT with all the bells stickers for $27,435, which is the last bit of information we want to share ahead of the video.