ABS and side air bags standard. Head protection air bags and ESC standard.
The Elantra sedan combines nimble and secure handling with a fairly comfortable, well-controlled ride. The 1.8-liter four-cylinder and six-speed automatic deliver solid performance and a very good 29 mpg overall. A six-speed manual is also available. The car is well equipped for the price, the interior is nicely laid out, and rear-seat room is decent. Our two major gripes are the low-mounted dash vents and pronounced road and engine noise. The GT hatchback is stylish and competent enough but not a standout. Fuel economy of 27 mpg overall is nothing special and the hatchback's loud cabin and stiff ride are drawbacks not found in the sedan.