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The Elantra is relatively roomy, sparing with fuel, and features intuitive controls. The 2.0-liter four-cylinder returned an excellent 33 mpg overall in our tests but delivers leisurely acceleration and buzzes unpleasantly as revs increase. The Eco version feels more responsive but comes at a $3,000 price premium. Although handling is secure, there isn't much driving excitement. The ride is mostly unobjectionable, but sharp bumps tend to come through noticeably. Road noise is elevated as well. Inside, the front seats in our tested SE are short on lumbar support, though the power seat in the Limited is better. Active safety features and a Sport version with a 1.6-liter turbo four-cylinder are available, and a GT hatchback is new for 2018.

Road Test

Contemporary compact sedans have grown roomier, more substantial, and more fuel efficient. These aren't the tiny, "first new cars" the segment used to be. Case in point, the Hyundai Elantra. The Elantra delivers the roominess and fuel economy...

Highs

  • Roomy interior
  • Super easy controls

Lows

  • Noisy engine
  • Ride lacks refinement

Best Version to Get

The SEL offers a good value and includes blind-spot and rear cross-traffic warning. But you have to buy the full-boat Limited version to get the most important safety gear, such as forward-collision warning and automatic emergency braking.

Specifications

Seating
2 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
Front
Warranty
  • Basic: 5 year/60,000 miles
  • Powertrain: 10 year/100,000 miles
  • Rust through: 7 year/unlimited
  • Roadside aid: 5 year/unlimited
Body Styles
4-door hatchback
sedan
Transmissions Available
  • 7-speed Sequential
  • 6-speed Automatic
  • 6-speed Manual
Engines Available
  • 1.4-liter 4 turbo (128 hp)
  • 1.6-liter 4 turbo (201 hp)
  • 2-liter 4 (147 hp)

Ratings

Safety
Performance
Comfort / Convenience
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