The new Hyundai Elantra subcompact is the perfect example of an affordable car with nice amenities and a gas-sipping disposition. The car sells for as little as $18,500. I recently drove a loaded version costing $22,000 that came with navigation, heated leather seats and push-button start. During three days of driving on highway and city streets the Elantra averaged an economical 33 miles per gallon.
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Last updated April 20 2011: 4:01 PM ET