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Honda Civic Type R Races Hyundai Elantra N in Edmunds U-Drags

Two hot compacts, one winner

Edmunds U-Drags: Honda Civic Type R vs. Hyundai Elantra N group shot
  • The Hyundai Elantra N is a great performance bargain.
  • The Honda Civic Type R is more expensive, but does that mean it's more capable?
  • Watch this episode of U-Drags to find out.

The Hyundai Elantra N and the Honda Civic Type R are trying to do the same thing — make hot compacts more capable and engaging than ever. Luckily for all of us, they succeed at doing exactly that. Both have front-wheel drive, manual gearboxes, and punched-up turbocharged four-cylinder engines. But there's a catch: The Civic is a much, much more expensive machine.

We've already covered these two little crazies in depth before. The Civic is a step up from its predecessor: sharper, more in tune, and even quicker around a track. The Elantra N, on the other hand, punches well above its weight in terms of laughs and performance. But is that enough to take down the mighty Civic? Watch our U-Drags video to find out.

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Edmunds says

We love both of these cars, and we'd be more than happy to have either sitting in our garage.