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While they mention it wins in the American car lineup, of course they gave the 'budget car' of the year award to the Elantra...somehow...

Sorry, the Elantra is OK, but...no...
The Elantra is cheaper, a lot cheaper and to many a better value.

Surprised CR says first year reliability issues have been worked out. Maybe they are just referring to the Auto shifting
 

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Than an LS? Nope...I'd take the LS. Surprisingly a lot of car for the money, even if the engine is weak compared to a Civic.

The Elantra doesn't feel like it has the 148 hp they claim (Cruze is faster AND heavier), nor does the Sonata feel like it has 197 (Camry/Accord are much peppier). I think they over-inflate their claims like they did the MPG.
The 1.8L will never garner a top pick for the LS Model. It's just a bad engine
 

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I had an LS with MT as a loaner for two days a while back, and it seemed fine to me. Not as fun as the 1.4t, but for the money, I would have been happy with an LS. Are there reliability problems that warrant calling the 1.8 a bad engine?
Not reliability, just behavior with the auto and low torque, not to mention it has a timing belt (every other GM engine uses a timing chain)
 
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