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First Drive: Hyundai Elantra

The perfect vehicle for turning your company mileage into a profit-sharing check.

by on Jun.02, 2011

As fuel sippers go, they don't come any more beautiful than Hyundai's new Elantra.

Correction: Hyundai did not work with Microsoft to develop the Elantra’s infotainment system, according to a spokesman for the automaker.

When you’re traveling on business, the amount your company pays for mileage does not change based on the car you drive. Nope, whether you drive a high-mileage hatchback or a heavy-duty full-size pickup, the rate that your company pays for business travel is probably fixed, or, at best, tied to fuel prices.

The bottom line? If you drive a fuel miser, you’ll pocket more money from your mileage check than if you drive something with enough horses to power the city water treatment plant. And now that filling your tank costs enough to make you faint, it might be time to buy something that costs less than a night at a swanky hotel to fill.

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Many recent Hyundais, such as this Elantra, seem to fit the bill. Hyundai has made a habit of introducing new cars rated at 40 mpg highway, including the midsize Sonata hybrid and of course, the subcompact Accent. The Elantra is also rated at 40 mpg. And that’s for a regular version with a six-speed automatic transmission. No strange continuously variable transmission. Not a special high-mileage version.

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