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Hyundai Elantra proves that styling, eco-friendliness can go hand-in-hand

2012 Hyundai Elantra

In brief: The 2012 Hyundai Elantra makes Kelly Blue Book's 2012 10 Best Green Cars list, even without a hybrid powertrain.

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Make/Model: 2012 Elantra
Manufacturer: Hyundai

The word

2012 Hyundai Elantra

The new Elantra has been touted for its innovative styling and looks as well as its good road presence. It won the 2012 North American International Auto Show Car of the Year in Detroit. It's trend-setting 40mpg highway doesn't hurt either.

KBB doesn't think so, putting the Elantra on its 10 Best Green Cars list for 2012, alongside many other cars that would traditionally be thought of as "green" - hybrids, electrics, and compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicles.

Part of these accolades for efficiency is the fact that, no matter the trim level, the Elantra's 4-cylinder engine still puts out 40mpg on the highway - unlike many other "40mpg cars" that only do so in their base trims.

And so ...

Expect even more fuel economy gains in the next year or two as Hyundai ads something that others have all gone to to achieve the same results: direct fuel injection.

Photo credits: Hyundai

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