Consumer Reviews Summary
66 of 76 (86%) customers said they would recommend this vehicle to a friend.
2012 Hyundai Elantra Overview
Fresh off of a complete redesign in 2011, the 2012 Hyundai Elantra picks right up where the previous year left off delivering great value and 40 highway mpg across all trim levels.
For 2012, the Elantra gets a few small updates including a new Active Eco System, which improves the car’s stellar gas mileage by up to seven percent by smoothing throttle response. There is also a new horn and revised steering so the car tracks even straighter.
The Elantra possesses some of the boldest exterior styling of any car in the competitive compact segment, wearing Hyundai’s latest “fluidic sculpture” design concept and its unique lines. The sedan’s positives continue when you move to the interior where it has one of the most modern and well put together interior in its class. There’s also plenty of room on the inside for passengers, as somehow it has more interior volume than a Nissan Maxima and is technically considered a midsize car by the EPA based on the amount of space you get.
Under the hood, there is only one engine option: a 148-horsepower, 1.8-liter four-cylinder that is mated to a six-speed manual or automatic transmission. The front-wheel drive Elantra will get you 29 mpg in the city and 40 mpg on the highway, regardless of transmission or trim level. Other competitors in the segment require specialized Eco packages that add thousands to the base price to reach these mileage targets, but that isn’t so on the Elantra.
Moving inside, the 2012 Elantra features seating for up to five passengers and a standard 60/40 split folding backseat for when you need to move longer objects. The Elantra is only available in two trim levels (GLS and Limited) and both come well equipped. Standard equipment includes power windows and locks, USB/iPod input jack, satellite radio, remote keyless entry, and premium cloth seating. Further tech options are also available, like a high-res navigation system and Bluetooth® connectivity. The Elantra is also available with class exclusive rear heated seats, in addition to front heated seats and leather upholstery.
Safety features include all-disc antilock brakes, six airbags, an electronic stability system, and a tire pressure monitoring system (all standard). The 2011 Elantra with identical features received a Top Safety Pick Award from the IIHS and this year’s model will be no exception.
The 2012 Hyundai Elantra remains the class of the compact segment and a great choice for commuters who want to save some green at the pump or for young drivers with its low sticker price and great safety features.