2012 Hyundai ElantraChange Vehicle
of the 2012 Hyundai Elantra base trim shown
From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team
- Ride and handling poise
- Gas mileage doesn't come at the expense of drivability
- Roomy cabin, especially in front
- Interior quality
- Stylish design
- Telescoping wheel doesn't extend far enough for tall drivers
- Left front roof pillar, rearview mirror limit visibility
- Unconvincing faux-metal interior trim
- Limited backseat headroom for adults
- 148-hp four-cylinder
- Six-speed manual or automatic
- 38 mpg on the highway
- Available heated rear seats
Editor's note: This review was written in December 2010 about the 2011 Hyundai Elantra. Little of substance has changed with this year's model. To see what's new for 2012, click here, or check out a side-by-side comparison of the two model years.
Estimated mileage ratings have been lowered to reflect a November 2012 EPA audit of this car's stated mileage.
One of the likely consequences of the federal government's push for more stringent fuel economy standards is that more people will be driving smaller cars in the future. Not too long ago, with the exception of a few distinguished compact cars, that didn't look like a very appealing reality.
That's changed with the debut of efficient models like the Chevrolet Cruze, the upcoming 2012 Ford Focus and now the redesigned Hyundai Elantra. The Elantra has all the makings of a sales success: stop-and-stare styling, a fuel-sipping four-cylinder engine and an optimal blend of ride comfort and handling poise — all at a competitive price.
In short, the Elantra is a home run in the compact segment, allowing more drivers to happily enter a fuel-efficient future.
The 2011 Elantra sedan is available at Hyundai dealerships now and is offered in two trim levels: base GLS and upscale Limited. I tested automatic-transmission versions of both trims; click here for a side-by-side comparison of the two models.
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Our view: 2012 Hyundai Elantra
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Best Looking and Most Comfortable Compact
My third Elantra and I will soon own my fourth. They are just great cars. Very comfortable, great gas mileage, great gauges, highly recommended Read full review
Most value for the money car I ever owned.
This car is categorized as a compact but it really feels like a sedan. Plenty of legroom space even for tall people riding in the back seat. Very good on gas (about 39 mgp) Read full review