2012 Hyundai Elantra

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2012 Hyundai Elantra
Available in 4 styles:  2012 Hyundai Elantra 4dr Sedan shown
Asking Price Range
$10,516–$17,420
Estimated MPG

28 city / 38 hwy

Summary

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Vehicle Overview

Redesigned last year, the Elantra compact car arrives at a time when automakers are redoubling their efforts in this segment. With seating for up to five, the Elantra's looks and fuel efficiency — it's rated at 38 mpg on the highway — make it a compelling entrant in the segment. Competitors include the Honda Civic, Ford Focus and Chevrolet Cruze.

New for 2012

On automatic-transmission Elantras, a new Active Eco System is designed to improve real-world gas mileage by smoothing throttle response. The 2012 Elantra also gets a horn with improved sound and new steering calibration for better straight-line feel. A roadside-assistance kit is optional.

Exterior
Even though it's a sedan, the Elantra has the look of a coupe. The roofline slopes gracefully down to the trunk lid, and the rising belt line makes a sharp upturn at the rear or the car, giving the rear side windows a triangular shape. This diminishes backseat-passenger visibility, but it gives the car a distinctive and sporty shape.

The Elantra has a thin upper grille and, below the front bumper, a larger opening that's reminiscent of the smiley-face grilles on a number of Mazdas. Pronounced fender flares and dramatic sheet-metal creases along the sides of the car enhance its visual appeal. Other exterior features include:

  • 15-inch steel wheels standard; 16- and 17-inch alloy wheels optional
  • Standard heated side mirrors
  • Available automatic headlights
  • Available power moonroof

Interior
Sweeping dashboard lines and a center console that rises to meet the dash lend a modern appearance. A high-resolution touch-screen navigation system that incorporates a backup camera is optional, and the screen is mounted high on the dash. Other interior features include:

  • Standard cloth seats; heated leather seats optional
  • Standard remote keyless entry
  • Standard trip computer
  • CD stereo with USB and auxiliary inputs
  • Standard 60/40-split folding backseat
  • Large 14.8-cubic-foot trunk
  • Optional air conditioning
  • Optional cruise control
  • Optional Bluetooth connectivity

Under the Hood
The Elantra is powered by a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine that's rated at 148 horsepower, and it gets an EPA-estimated 28/38 mpg city/highway whether you get the standard six-speed manual or the optional six-speed automatic. Mechanical features include:

  • Uses regular gas
  • Front-wheel drive

Safety
Standard safety features include:

  • All-disc antilock brakes
  • Side-impact airbags for the front seats
  • Front and rear side curtain airbags
  • Electronic stability system
  • Tire pressure monitoring system

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