Certified Benz & Beemer Compares 2013 Hyundai ELANTRA VS 2013 Mazda 2 Near Scottsdale, AZ

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2013 Hyundai ELANTRA

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2013 Mazda 2

Safety Comparison

The Hyundai Elantra Sedan has Daytime Running Lights to help keep it more visible under all conditions. Canadian government studies show that driving with lights during the day reduces accidents by 11% by making vehicles more conspicuous. The Mazda 2 doesn’t offer Daytime Running Lights.

The Elantra Sedan offers an optional backup monitor to help drivers see any and all obstacles behind their vehicle. The Mazda 2 doesn’t offer any parking assist system.

Both the Elantra Sedan and the Mazda 2 have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, front wheel drive, height adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control and electronic stability systems to prevent skidding.

In a 31 MPH side-impact test, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety crashes a 3300 pound sled into the side of new vehicles. In this test, results indicate that the Hyundai Elantra Sedan is safer than the Mazda 2:

Elantra Sedan

2

Overall Evaluation

GOOD

ACCEPTABLE

Structure

GOOD

ACCEPTABLE

Driver

Head Protection Rating

GOOD

GOOD

Head Injury Rating

GOOD

GOOD

Torso Injury Rating

GOOD

GOOD

Pelvis/Leg Injury Rating

GOOD

MARGINAL

Head Injury Criterion

172

542

Rear Passenger

Head Protection Rating

GOOD

GOOD

Head Injury Rating

GOOD

GOOD

Torso Injury Rating

GOOD

GOOD

Head Injury Criterion

175

361

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety rates the general design of front seat head restraints for their ability to protect front seat occupants from whiplash injuries. The IIHS also performs a dynamic test on those seats with “good” or “acceptable” geometry. In these ratings, the Elantra Sedan is safer then the Mazda 2:

Elantra Sedan

Mazda 2

Overall Evaluation

GOOD

ACCEPTABLE

Head Restraint Design

GOOD

GOOD

Distance from Back of Head

20 mm

38 mm

Distance Below Top of Head

13 mm

56 mm

Dynamic Test Rating

GOOD

ACCEPTABLE

Seat Design

Pass

Fail

Torso Acceleration

10.7 g’s

12.4 g’s

Neck Force Rating

Low

Low

Max Neck Shearing Force

0

0

Max Neck Tension

453

642

(Lower numerical results are better in all tests.)

For its top level performance in frontal, side, rear impact and roof-crush tests, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety rates the Elantra Sedan as a “Top Pick,” a rating only granted to 147 vehicles tested by the IIHS. The Mazda 2 was not a “Top Pick.”

Warranty Comparison

The Elantra Sedan comes with a full 5 year/60,000 mile basic warranty, which covers the entire car and includes 24 hour roadside assistance. The 2’s 3 year/36,000 mile basic warranty expires 2 years and 24,000 miles sooner.

Hyundai’s powertrain warranty covers the Elantra Sedan 5 years and 40,000 miles longer than Mazda covers the 2. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 10 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the Mazda 2 ends after only 5 years or 60,000 miles.

The Elantra Sedan’s corrosion warranty is 2 years longer than the Mazda 2’s (7 vs. 5 years).

Reliability Comparison

A reliable vehicle saves its owner time, money and trouble. Nobody wants to be stranded or have to be without their vehicle while it’s being repaired. Consumer Reports predicts that the Elantra Sedan’s reliability will be 6% better than the Mazda 2.

J.D. Power and Associates’ 2012 survey of the owners of three-year-old vehicles provides the long-term dependability statistics that show that Hyundai vehicles are more reliable than Mazda vehicles. J.D. Power ranks Hyundai 9th in reliability, above the industry average. With 38 more problems per 100 vehicles, Mazda is ranked 23rd.

Engine Comparison

The Elantra Sedan’s 1.8 DOHC 4 cyl. produces 48 more horsepower (148 vs. 100) and 33 lbs.-ft. more torque (131 vs. 98) than the Mazda 2’s 1.5 DOHC 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the Hyundai Elantra Sedan is faster than the Mazda 2 (manual transmissions tested):

Elantra Sedan

2

Zero to 60 MPH

7.8 sec

8.8 sec

Quarter Mile

16 sec

16.8 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

86.6 MPH

80.8 MPH

As tested in Consumer Reports the Hyundai Elantra Sedan is faster than the Mazda 2 (automatics tested):

Elantra Sedan

2

Zero to 30 MPH

3.4 sec

3.9 sec

Zero to 60 MPH

9.5 sec

11.1 sec

45 to 65 MPH Passing

5.9 sec

7.1 sec

Quarter Mile

17.2 sec

18.5 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

83.4 MPH

75.5 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range Comparison

On the EPA test cycle the Elantra Sedan gets better fuel mileage than the Mazda 2:

Elantra Sedan

Mazda 2

Manual

28 city/38 hwy

29 city/35 hwy

Auto

28 city/38 hwy

28 city/34 hwy

The Elantra Sedan has 1.5 gallons more fuel capacity than the Mazda 2 (12.8 vs. 11.3 gallons), for longer range between fill-ups.

Brakes and Stopping Comparison

For better stopping power the Elantra Sedan’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Mazda 2:

Elantra Sedan

2

Front Rotors

11 inches

10.2 inches

Rear Rotors

10.3 inches

7.9” drums

The Hyundai Elantra Sedan has standard four-wheel disc brakes for better stopping power and improved directional control in poor weather. Only rear drums come on the Mazda 2. Drums can heat up and make stops longer, especially with antilock brakes which work much harder than conventional brakes.

The Elantra Sedan stops much shorter than the Mazda 2:

Elantra Sedan

Mazda 2

70 to 0 MPH

172 feet

183 feet

Car and Driver

60 to 0 MPH

120 feet

128 feet

Motor Trend

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

139 feet

146 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels Comparison

For better traction, the Elantra Sedan has larger standard tires than the Mazda 2 (205/55R16 vs. 185/55R15). The Elantra Sedan Limited’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Mazda 2 (215/45R17 vs. 185/55R15).

The Elantra Sedan Limited’s optional tires provide better handling because they have a lower 45 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Mazda 2’s 55 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Elantra Sedan GLS has standard 16-inch wheels. Only 15-inch wheels are available on the Mazda 2. The Elantra Sedan Limited offers optional 17-inch wheels.

The Hyundai Elantra Sedan’s wheels have 5 lugs for longer wheel bearing life, less chance of rotor warping and greater strength. The Mazda 2 only has 4 wheel lugs per wheel.

Suspension and Handling Comparison

The Elantra Sedan has standard front and rear gas-charged shocks for better control over choppy roads. The Mazda 2’s suspension doesn’t offer gas-charged shocks.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Elantra Sedan’s wheelbase is 8.3 inches longer than on the Mazda 2 (106.3 inches vs. 98 inches).

For better handling and stability, the average track (width between the wheels) on the Elantra Sedan is 3.1 inches wider in the front and 4 inches wider in the rear than the track on the Mazda 2.

Passenger Space Comparison

Because it has more passenger and cargo room, the Elantra Sedan is rated a Mid-size car by the EPA, while the Mazda 2 is rated a Compact.

The Elantra Sedan has 8.5 cubic feet more passenger volume than the Mazda 2 (95.6 vs. 87.1).

The Elantra Sedan has .9 inches more front headroom, 1 inch more front legroom, 3.1 inches more front shoulder room, .1 inches more rear headroom, .1 inches more rear legroom and 3.6 inches more rear shoulder room than the Mazda 2.

Cargo Capacity Comparison

The Elantra Sedan has a much larger trunk than the Mazda 2 with its rear seat up (14.8 vs. 13.3 cubic feet).

Ergonomics Comparison

To help each driver find a more comfortable driving position, the Elantra Sedan has a telescoping steering wheel. Much better than just a tilt steering wheel or adjustable seat, this allows a short driver to sit further from the steering wheel while maintaining contact with the pedals. The Mazda 2 doesn’t offer a telescoping steering wheel.

The Proximity Key optional on the Elantra Sedan Limited allows the driver to unlock the doors, trunk and start the engine all without removing a key from pocket or purse. This eliminates searching for keys before loading groceries, getting in the car in bad weather or making a hurried start to your trip. The Mazda 2 doesn’t offer an advanced key system.

The Elantra Sedan’s variable intermittent wipers have an adjustable delay to allow the driver to choose a setting that best clears the windshield during light rain or mist. The Mazda 2’s fixed intermittent wipers only have one fixed delay setting, so the driver will have to manually switch them between slow and intermittent.

The Elantra Sedan Limited offers an optional automatic headlight on/off feature. When the ignition is on, the headlights automatically turn on at dusk and off after dawn. When the ignition turns off, the headlights turn off after a delay timed to allow you to securely get to your front door. The Mazda 2 doesn’t offer automatic headlights.

To shield the driver and front passenger’s vision over a larger portion of the windshield and side windows, the Elantra Sedan offers optional extendable sun visors. The Mazda 2 doesn’t offer extendable visors.

The Elantra Sedan’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. The Mazda 2 doesn’t offer heated side mirrors.

The Elantra Sedan offers optional heated front and second row seats (second row heated seats standard on Limited) extremely comfortable in the winter. Heated seats aren’t available in the Mazda 2.

The Elantra Sedan has a standard center folding armrest for the rear passengers. A center armrest helps make rear passengers more comfortable. The Mazda 2 doesn’t offer a rear seat center armrest.

The Elantra Sedan Limited’s optional dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. The Mazda 2 doesn’t offer dual zone air conditioning.

The Elantra Sedan Limited’s optional automatic temperature control maintains the temperature you set, automatically controlling fan speed, vents and temperature to maintain a consistent, comfortable environment. The Mazda 2 doesn’t offer automatic air conditioning.

For greater rear passenger comfort, the Elantra Sedan has standard rear heat vents to keep rear occupants more comfortable. The Mazda 2 doesn’t offer rear vents.

To direct the driver from any location to a given street address, a GPS navigation system is available on the Elantra Sedan. The Elantra Sedan’s navigation system also has a real-time traffic update feature that offers alternative routes to automatically bypass traffic problems. (Service available in a limited number of metro areas.) The Mazda 2 doesn’t offer a navigation system.

With optional voice command, the Elantra Sedan offers the driver hands free control of the radio, cell phone and the navigation computer by simply speaking. The Mazda 2 doesn’t offer a voice control system.

The Elantra Sedan's standard window glass integrated antenna requires no maintenance and resists damage. The Mazda 2 has a manual retracting antenna which has to be pulled out by hand to get radio reception. If it’s left out, it’s more susceptible to damage.

Economic Advantages Comparison

Insurance will cost less for the Elantra Sedan owner. The Car Book by Jack Gillis rates the Elantra Sedan with a number “1” insurance rate while the Mazda 2 is rated higher at a number “3” rate.

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