AutoGuide.com gathered six of the most significant new cars for the 2017 model year for our annual Car of the Year evaluations. This year, our contenders are the Hyundai Elantra, BMW M2, Volkswagen Golf Alltrack, Kia Optima, Ford Focus RS and Chevrolet Cruze. There was no hard price cap on this year’s entrants, but we tried to make sure none of them were extravagantly priced. We will release a new video on each contender every day leading up to Dec. 13, when we announce our winner. Stay tuned for our Crossover/SUV of the Year and Truck of the Year series, which is also coming soon!

The 2017 Hyundai Elantra is an impressive car that really exemplifies how the Korean automaker has been on a roll lately. Doing what it does best, Hyundai has packed its popular compact offering with a big list of features and technology all for a very affordable price.

You might remember that the 2016 Honda Civic was AutoGuide.com’s Car of the Year for 2016 and that it won because it was such a massive improvement over the previous-generation model that it set a new standard for what compact cars should be like. This year, the Hyundai Elantra is trying to do the same thing.


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