TrueCar.com has ranked Fountain Valley-based Hyundai's 2011 Elantra the eighth-most fuel-efficient car of the year. The Elantra is the only non-hybrid vehicle to make the top-10 list.
Rankings were distributed according to average fuel economy and annual cost of gas.
The Toyota Prius came in at No. 1. But TrueCar.com Vice President Jesse Toprak said that when you consider value and fuel-efficiency, the Elantra is hard to beat.
"When purchasing a fuel-efficient vehicle, consumers should consider two factors – price and annual cost of fuel," said Toprak, who specializes in industry trends and insights for TrueCar.com. “If you're looking for the most cost-effective and fuel-efficient car, the Hyundai Elantra is the clear winner."
The Toyota Prius’ average base price is $22,235, while the Elantra’s is $15,052. The Elantra requires an estimated $531 more in annual fuel costs than the Prius.
"With its 29 mpg city and 40 mpg highway standard fuel economy rating, (the Elantra) is a perfect vehicle for consumers looking for an affordable solution to rising gas prices," said Hyundai Motor America Vice President Mike O'Brien. “Elantra is at the core of Hyundai's fuel economy strategy.”
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