As with its Sonata family sedan, Hyundai is betting that stylish design will help generate interest in its redesigned Elantra compact car. The new Elantra arrives at a time when automakers are redoubling their efforts in this segment, but the Elantra’s combination of looks and fuel efficiency — it’s rated at 40 mpg on the highway — has the makings of a sales hit. The just-announced starting price under $15,000 will only add to the allure for car shoppers.
Even though it’s a sedan, the Elantra has the look of a coupe. The roofline slopes gracefully down to the trunklid, and the rising belt line makes a sharp upturn at the rear, giving the rear side windows a triangular shape. This diminishes backseat-passenger visibility, but it gives the car a distinctive, sporty shape.