2011 Hyundai Elantra
Hyundai’s all-new compact Elantra is following the Sonata’s lead for 2011, wearing the same fluidic sculpture design language. By comparison, though, the Elantra almost makes the mid-size Sonata look conservatively styled, with talon-shaped head and tail lights wrapped around the most curvaceous fenders in the segment.
Although it will go go head-to-head with compacts like the Toyota Corolla and Honda Civic, the Elantra’s passenger space is nearly mid-size, much like the Chevrolet Cruze.
Like the exterior, interior style runs high, with an un-cluttered center stack, very Sonata-like gauges and steering wheel trim, and upscale seating for five. Seat heat is available, front and rear.
“The new Elantra really blurs the line between economy car and a premiumly-equipped sedan. Every feature inside is perfect to the touch, it’s real comfortable to drive, and you’re saving tons of money at the pump.” Ben Davis
Hyundai expects the Elantra’s new 1.8-liter, 148-horsepower I4 to achieve a 40 miles per gallon highway rating with the 6-speed manual transmission. A 6-speed automatic is optional.
Though it has reverted to a twist-beam type rear axle in order to keep a low price point and save weight, the Elantra drives like a three-quarter size Sonata- and that’s a good thing.
On sale now, the 2011 Elantra starts under $18,000.
- 1.8-liter I4:
- 148 horsepower:
- Starts under $18,000: