"Pound for pound" is a term boxing enthusiasts use to compare the merit of fighters who, because they belong to different weight classes, would never square off in the ring. It's a mental trick well suited to the judging the relative merits of automobiles.
We set out to find the best car in Canada, pound for pound. We prorated Consumer Reports rating against cost for Canada's most popular cars, assigning each a score between 0 and 5.
The Hyundai Elantra GLS, for example, received above-average scores for quality and safety (80/100), and comes with a sticker price of $21,149. That adds up to a good score--each $1000 you spend on an Elantra GLS buys you 3.78 overall rating points (PfP 3.78). That’s considerably better than the Hyundai Tucson GLS, which wins 10 fewer points (70) for $5700 more (PfP 2.60)--but not nearly as good as one of our higher-testing models, Mazda's Mazda3 Sport GX, which 'buys' 77 rating points for only $18,195 (PfP 4.23). In this installment of Autos Canada's PfP series, we identify which Hyundai models deserve the title of contenders, and which are the pretenders.
2013 Hyundai Accent GLS
PRICE AS TESTED: $18,249 OVERALL RATING: 65/100
POUND FOR POUND SCORE: 3.56
HIGHS: Transmission, fuel economy, secure handling, controls
LOWS: Ride, noise
TALE OF THE TAPE: The redesigned Accent is a solid choice if you’re looking for a subcompact, combining reliable ride and handling with a budget-friendly price. The plusses aren’t sexy – 7.58 l /100 km, responsive handling, and respectable power – but its more than the sum of its parts, evidenced by its healthy PfP score. Engine and wind noise are noticeable, but not overwhelming. The Accent provides just enough flash that it would make a fantastic first car for a young driver.