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(Sorry, someone had to say it.)
Come out with that Elantra hatch already, Hyundai!
some more comparisons according to edmunds (frontal driver/frontal passenger/side front/side rear):
06 Elantra: 5/5/5/4
07 Corolla: 5/5/4/4
07 Matrix: 5/5/3/4
07 Fit: 5/5/5/3
07 Rabbit: 4/4/5/5
07 Jetta: 4/4/5/5
(Note that the frontal crash scores of cars like the Rabbit and Jetta shouldn't be directly compared to those of the Elantra because of the weight difference.)
From the photo, it appears the passenger compartment maintained its integrity very well.
Overall on the NHTSA tests in this class, only the Civic (5/5/4/5) has better scores than the Elantra (5/5/4/4).
Or maybe HMA has something up its sleeve for the near future, related perhaps to the new rules from the IIHS about what it takes to be a top-rated car in their eyes. One thing is available stability control. Since Elantra already has it outside the U.S., adding it to the U.S. spec cars can be done anytime Hyundai wants to.