2012 Hyundai Elantra


Pros: Fuel economy; Warranty; Comfy well-built cabin; Owner cost

Cons: Limited rear headroom; Engine noise; Slow acceleration

The newly redesigned Hyundai Elantra’s shabby look is now in the past. It was once the ugly duckling but now it emerges victorious with its head turning looks and as a leader in sales. The Elantra has shed its square, boring design for a more fluid coupe like design.

With its fresh runway worthy look and all of its available options, even the Elantra can become a near-luxury vehicle. Once nestled into its comfortable seats, you will find that it has a well-built cabin stocked full of amenities. Some materials used in the making of the cabin may not be class leading, but it still has an upscale look to them. The Hyundai Elantra is packed full of fun features and comes standard with an ipod®/USB and auxiliary jacks and XM® radio for your listening pleasure. You can even upgrade to the Elantra Limited without empting your bank account. The Elantra Limited gives you more head turning features such as side mirrors with turn signals, a power tilt and slide sunroof with sunshade, 17 inch alloy wheels, and a 7 inch Navigation system with available XM Nav Traffic®, XM Nav Weather™ and more while still beating most of its competitors prices by a landslide. Also available on the Elantra Limited is Proximity Key Entry with Electronic push button start which tends come in handy when your keys seem to have fallen into the black obis of your bag or coat pocket. So, empting your bag or pocket contents onto the hood of your car, or chasing spilt produce in the grocery store parking lot is a thing of the past.

Now, moving on to the more serious features. Every Hyundai Elantra comes standard with loads of safety features to reduce the risk of getting into and accident and minimizing your chance of serious injury in the event of an accident. These features include: Vehicle stability management; Electronic stability control; Traction control; Electronic brake-force distribution; Advanced driver and front passenger airbags and side airbags; Seat mounted front and rear passenger side curtain airbags; and Tire pressure monitoring system.

The Hyundai Elantra comes standard with a 1.8 liter DOHC, 4-cylinder engine with D-CWT (Dual Continuously Variable Valve Timing) which has plenty of pep for day to day driving but tends to lack in umph. The Elantra may not be the fastest car on the market, but where it lacks in speed, it makes up for in fuel economy with an estimated 29 MPG city, and 40 MPG highway. There is also an Active ECO mode that when selected, the automatic transmission shift point and throttle response is adjusted to increase its fuel economy by up to 7 percent. With its low maintenance costs and less stops for petrol, it is safe to say that the Elantra can’t disappoint in the cost effectiveness department.

Not your average Warranty!
The Elantra includes America’s Best Warranty™! Your new Elantra will be covered by a New Vehicle/Limited warranty for 5 years/60,000 miles; Powertrain Limited warranty for 10 years/100,000 miles; Anti-Perforation warranty for 7 years/unlimited miles; 24/7 Roadside Assistance for 5 years/unlimited miles; 12 month/12,000 mile replacement parts and accessories limited warranty; 8 year/80,000 mile federal emission defect and performance warranty; and a 7 year/70,000 mile California emission control systems warranty.


Elantra 1.8 GLS Manual Transmission Sedan $15,195.00
Elantra 1.8 GLS Automatic Transmission Sedan $17,445.00
Elantra 1.8 Limited Automatic Transmission Sedan $20,445.00

Christine is a Contributing Editor at DriverPulse, a provider of online automotive editorial reviews and news. She is also an Account Manager and Head of Client Services for Nusani Media. She drinks a lot of coffee, loves to drive (manual, of course) and enjoys the company of her dog. She spends her free time exploring the great outdoors, painting and volunteering at her local animal shelter. Her passion for cars started at an early age. While most little girls were playing with dolls, she was playing with matchbox cars and watching her grandfather work on his prized Fords. She believes a vehicle should not only give you goosebumps while speeding around the circuit, its design should be purpose focused and elicit a pure emotional response. Her dream car, the Porsche Carrara GT, may not be easy to control however it is the perfect definition of form following function; mind blowing performance and beauty.

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