2018 Hyundai Elantra

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Key Specs

of the 2018 Hyundai Elantra. Base trim shown.

Our Take

From the Cars.com Vehicle Test Team

The Good

  • Fuel economy
  • Available safety features
  • Hands-free trunk access available
  • Handling
  • Multimedia system
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto available

The Bad

  • Bland interior design and materials
  • Backseat headroom
  • Many active safety features only in expensive packages
  • Road noise

Notable Features of the 2018 Hyundai Elantra

  • New SEL trim level
  • Five-seat compact sedan
  • Turbocharged Eco and Sport models
  • Seven-speed dual-clutch transmission available
  • Automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection available

2018 Hyundai Elantra Overview

By Cars.com Editors
Vehicle Overview

What it is: Hyundai redesigned its Elantra compact sedan last year with structural enhancements and new styling inside and out, as well as new powertrains, safety features and technology. Elantra competitors include the Chevrolet Cruze, Ford Focus, Honda Civic, Mazda3, Nissan Sentra and Toyota Corolla. The Elantra GT four-door hatchback is covered separately in the Cars.com Research section.

New for 2018

A new SEL trim level slots between the SE and Value Edition. It includes blind spot warning with rear cross-traffic alert, a 7-inch touchscreen multimedia system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, a backup camera with dynamic guidelines, 16-inch alloy wheels, heated side mirrors and automatic headlights. The Sport version gains a power sunroof and blind spot warning with rear cross-traffic alert.


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Consumer Reviews

Exterior Styling
(4.8)
Performance
(4.7)
Interior Design
(4.7)
Comfort
(4.8)
Reliability
(4.8)
Value For The Money
(4.8)

What Drivers Are Saying

(5.0)

The most comfortable and up to date model I have d

by kineven from evanston IL on October 15, 2018

I am so pleased with all the safety factors on this model. The comfort and ease it is to handle. Love this purchase. The price was modest. Read full review

(5.0)

most comfortable riding car I have ever owned

by Aleks from Cleveland, Ohio on October 13, 2018

I really enjoy the comfortable ride, the excellent gas mileage, the beautiful exterior and interior styling. It is really a great value. I also find that the controls are very user friendly. Read full review

Safety & Recalls

Recalls

The 2018 Hyundai Elantra currently has 0 recalls

IIHS Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2018 Hyundai Elantra SE

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Child Seat Anchors (Latch)

Ease of Use
acceptable

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
good
Overall Rear
good
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
good

Headlights

Overall Rating
good

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Other

Roof Strength
good

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
good
Driver Torso
good
Overall Side
good
Rear Passenger Head Protection
good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
acceptable
Structure/safety cage
good

Small Overlap Front - Driver Side

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Hip/Thigh
good
Lower Leg/Foot
acceptable
Overall Evaluation
good
Restraints and Dummy Kinematics
good
Structure and Safety Cage
good
good

Small Overlap Front - Passenger Side

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Hip/Thigh
good
Lower Leg/Foot
good
Overall Evaluation
acceptable
Restraints and Dummy Kinematics
acceptable
Structure and Safety Cage
acceptable
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Manufacturer Warranties

Backed by Hyundai
New Car Program Benefits
  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    60 months / 60,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    60 months / unlimited distance

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits
  • Maximum Age/Mileage

    Newer than 5 model years/less than 60,000 miles

  • Basic Warranty Terms

    5 years/60,000 miles (from remainder of original)

  • Powertrain warranty

    10 years/100,000 miles and 10 years/100,000 miles for hybrid/electric vechicle batteries.

  • Dealer Certification Required

    150-point inspection

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Elantra received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*

Latch or Latch system

A

Infant seat

B

Forward-facing convertible

(second row)

A

Rear-facing convertible

A

Booster

(second row)

A
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.
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Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

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.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

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.

What is included in 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).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

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.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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