2011 Hyundai Elantra Overview
Say hello to the completely redesigned 2011 Hyundai Elantra, which promises to deliver great style, a low sticker, and 40 highway mpg on a compact frame.
Last year proved to be a big year for the Korean automaker, and 2011 is shaping up the same way with a lot of help from the new Elantra. The Elantra gets treated to a dose of the “fluidic sculpture” styling that’s making its way across Hyundai’s lineup. It looks similar to the new Sonata, which has proven to be a hit with new car buyers, and features a coupe-like belt line that makes the Elantra look anything but tame.
What goes under the hood of the 2011 Elantra has been similarly made over. A smaller, more efficient 148-horsepower, 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine provides motivation, but where this new power plant really excels is at the pump. Other cars claim to reach the magical “40 mpg/highway” number, but to get there in competing cars like the Chevrolet Cruze and Ford Fiesta, you have to order specialized Eco-versions which end up adding a couple thousand to the sticker price. However, on the 2011 Elantra, you can expect to get 29 mpg in the city and 40 mpg on the highway, across all trims, and with both the six-speed manual and six-speed automatic transmissions. Toss in the Elantra’s sub-$15,000 MSRP (not including destination charges) and you can see how the Elantra is a bargain in the showroom, and in day-to-day driving.
The 2011 Hyundai Elantra is also very well equipped for a compact car, and spreads its ample options across two trim levels: GLS and Limited. Standard on all Elantras are features like power windows and locks, satellite radio, and iPod/USB auxiliary input jacks. If you want to spruce up the interior even more, the Elantra can be equipped with advanced features like a navigation system with a 7-inch high-resolution display, leather upholstery, Bluetooth® connectivity, push-button start, and heated front and rear seats. What’s also remarkable about the Elantra’s interior, is that it avoids the cramped feeling you get in many compact cars – in fact, it has more interior volume than the segment-above Nissan Maxima.
Safety features on the 2011 Elantra include antilock brakes with brake assist, six standard airbags, daytime running lights, and an anti-theft system. To keep the Elantra composed during quick maneuvers, electronic stability control and traction control both come standard as well.
It’s safe to say that the 2011 Hyundai Elantra represents one of the best values on the road today, and it also manages to deliver fresh styling and a quality interior to boot. Toss in Hyundai’s market leading warranty (10 years/100,000 mile powertrain), and the Elantra becomes a can’t miss car in the compact segment.