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2012 Hyundai Elantra
2012 Hyundai Elantra
Available Price Range $6,582-$13,494 TrimsN/A Combined MPG 33 SeatsN/A

Our Take on the 2012 Hyundai Elantra

Our Take

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 seg... Read Full Report

What We Don't Like

  • 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

Notable Features

  • 148-hp four-cylinder
  • Six-speed manual or automatic
  • 38 mpg on the highway
  • Available heated rear seats


Our Expert Reviews

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 co... Read full review for the 2012 Hyundai Elantra

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Best Car I Have Purchased

by Samwise from City Driver on July 20, 2011

This vehicle not only has the best exterior styling in it's class but it has an interior well above average. Gas mileage is very good and the ride is sporty. I have racked up a lot of miles on my new ... Read Full Review


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There are currently 2 recalls for this car.

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Warranties Explained


Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.


Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

Roadside Assistance

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

Free Scheduled Maintenance

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

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