As is often the case in these "most-stolen" lists, the vehicles that are most popular with those who buy cars are commensurately popular with those who steal them. Of the top 10 popularly pilfered vehicles on the Des Plaines, Ill.,-based National Insurance Crime Bureau's annual "Hot Wheels" list, seven are also mainstays among the nation's top 10 best-selling cars each month.
Topping the list is the consistently beloved Honda Accord, with nearly 54,000 thefts in the 2013 counting period, followed by the Honda Civic (45,000) and full-size Chevrolet pickup trucks (28,000). Moreover, while No. 8 combines the Jeep Cherokee and Grand Cherokee into one listing, it should be noted that these are two entirely separate vehicles, one a crossover and the other a full-size SUV.
Most significant changes: New option packages for the sedan; Elantra Coupe discontinued for 2015
Price change: Base prices are $50 higher on the base SE and top-shelf Limited models and $100 lower on the Sport
On sale: Since early July
Which you should buy, 2014 or 2015? 2015
The compact Elantra is Hyundai's best-selling model but was last redesigned for 2011, so its sales are falling at the same time that the midsize Sonata (redesigned for 2015) is on the upswing. That and the competitive nature of the compact car market mean that suggested retail prices on 2015 models are about the same as comparable 2014s.
Starting prices are $17,250 for the SE, $21,600 for the Sport and $21,700 for the Limited, not including the $810 destination charge (unchanged from 2014).
It may be difficult to find a 2014 Hyundai Elantra coupe on dealership lots right now, but it will be impossible to find a 2015. The Korean automaker is discontinuing the two-door Elantra after the 2014 model year. Hyundai spokesman Jim Trainor confirmed the coupe's departure from the Elantra lineup for 2015, saying in an email that the automaker always considered the coupe a niche vehicle and it was going to focus attention on the sedan and GT models.
Cars.com currently lists 21,533 2014 Elantras in its national new-car inventory, 20,193 of which are sedans and 1,340 are coupes. Despite the low volume, we still thought the coupe was a well-put-together package. Cars.com reviewer Mike Hanley wrote in his review when the car debuted: "The new 2013 Hyundai Elantra coupe provides the same fuel-efficient driving experience as its sedan counterpart, and it doesn't sacrifice much backseat comfort or cargo room."
Cars.com photo by Evan Sears
Vehicles Affected: Approximately 35,000 model-year 2010-12 Hyundai Elantra Touring wagons manufactured between Dec. 15, 2009, and May 7, 2012.
The Problem: In the affected vehicles, a support bracket attached to the headliner could become displaced during side curtain airbag deployment, possibly injuring the vehicle's occupants. Hyundai is not aware of any injuries related to this issue.
The Fix: Dealers will apply adhesive strips to the headliner for free.
What Owners Should Do: Hyundai will notify owners starting in mid-August. Owners can call Hyundai at 800-633-5151 or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration at 888-327-4236 for more information.
Need to Find a Dealer for Service? Go to Cars.com Service & Repair to find your local dealer.
Hyundai's popular five-passenger compact sedan, the Elantra, received freshened exterior styling, a revised control panel design and a new engine for Sport trim models for 2014. The Elantra comes in sedan, coupe and hatchback trim. For this Car Seat Check, we tested the sedan model, and backseat legroom is unchanged for 2014. Not surprisingly, the revised Elantra performed well in our tests, as the 2013 sedan did.
How many car seats fit in the second row? Two
If you're shopping for a compact car, the Hyundai Elantra is a solid choice. It ranks well in terms of value, and the compact sedan held its own in a recent challenge where Cars.com pit it against a field of competitors. After recently driving a basic SE model, I was moved by its stylish — yet somewhat psychedelic — cloth seat design.
Sure, the Elantra may be known as the compact sedan that has optional heated seats ... in the rear, but most shoppers aren't going ga-ga with features in a practical car.
After scoring poorly earlier this year in the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's stringent small overlap frontal crash test, the 2014 Toyota Corolla received a bit of redemption from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The agency today announced that the redesigned-for-2014 compact sedan earned its five-star overall safety designation, receiving individual scores of five stars in both frontal- and side-impact crashes and a score of four stars in the rollover test.
In October, IIHS announced that the 2014 Corolla had scored marginal in its small overlap crash test, which is only one step up from poor — the lowest rating — preventing the car from earning the institute's Top Safety Pick Plus credentials. The small overlap test simulates a car striking an object such as a tree or light pole at 40 mph. The Corolla earned good ratings in IIHS' other four tests and was named a Top Safety Pick (a step down from Plus designation), falling behind competitors including the Dodge Dart, Ford Focus, Honda Civic and Hyundai Elantra sedan.
All three versions of Hyundai's popular Elantra got revisions for 2014, making an already good thing better, says Cars.com reviewer Kelsey Mays. The compact sedan, GT hatchback and coupe got exterior styling tweaks like snazzy-looking LED-accented headlights and revised bumpers.
The coupe and GT along with a new sedan Sport model ride on a stiffer suspension and use a more powerful 173-horsepower, 2.0-liter engine. Inside, most versions of the Elantra will use a new touch-screen control interface. Check out the video for more.
Hyundai's Elantra series has been a favorite of ours since the latest redesign arrived for 2011 and wowed critics and customers alike with its style, utility, value and quality. The addition of the two-door coupe and five-door hatchback GT only furthered that respect, adding style and sass to the compact segment. Now for 2014, Hyundai has given the Elantra lineup a mild refresh, focusing mostly on the four-door sedan in terms of styling updates.
The company seems to have followed the "if it's not broken, don't fix it" idea, as the updates to the Elantra sedan are indeed subtle. A new set of headlights with LED running lamps and concept-car-like polymer light pipes have appeared up front, along with a new bumper and grille. Optional chrome trim on the beltline at the base of the windows and new LED taillights out back round out what is now a slightly more upscale and refined look. Those light-pipe headlights are truly distinctive, however, and are sure to please more than a few shoppers.
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