Although the Elantra is the same size as before, Hyundai has managed to carve out more space for backseat passengers. The interior itself bears a strong resemblance to the larger Sonata, and controls are easier to use this time around.
Most versions of the front-drive Elantra carry a new 2-liter four-cylinder engine with 147 horsepower, matched to a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission. Buyers concerned with efficiency can opt for a 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that produces 128 horsepower and yields 35 mpg in combined driving, 2–3 mpg more than the 2-liter with automatic. The 1.4-liter gets its own transmission, a seven-speed automated manual.
Comes with all the basics, including a split-folding rear seat, a six-speaker sound system with satellite radio, and 15-inch steel wheels. Models equipped with the automatic transmission are eligible for a Popular Equipment package with cruise control, a rearview camera, heated mirrors, Bluetooth phone and audio, smartphone compatibility, and 16-inch alloy wheels. Models so equipped can get a Tech package with a host of useful upgrades, including heated front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross-traffic alert.