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Hyundai Elantra

With an attractive design and an efficient engine Hyundai Elantra has many features to make several most users speak in its favour. It is a compact sedan that gives the mid-range sedans a tough competition.

Features and trim levels

Hyundai’s compact sedan, the Elantra, has got two trim levels namely GLS and Limited.

The standard features included in the base trim are 15 inch steel wheels, keyless entry, heated mirrors, trip computer, 60/40 split folding rear seats, tilt steering wheel, full power accessories, six speaker sound system with satellite radio and ipod/USB interface.
The GLS Popular Equipment package comes preloaded with all the standard features plus some more exciting features like 16 inch steel wheels, cruise control, air conditioning, telescoping steering wheel.

The GLS Preferred Equipment package comes with other additional features such as 16 inch alloy wheels, steering wheel mounted audio control, illuminated vanity mirrors, sun visor extensions, Bluetooth and sliding armrest on the centre console.
The Limited trim comes with all the standard features and other features like 17 inch alloy wheels, leather upholstery, sunroof, fog lamps and heated front and rear seats.

The Premium package in the Limited and GLS trim comes with automatic headlights, navigation system, rear view camera, keyless ignition/entry, real time weather and traffic updates and a 360 watt superb audio system.
Elantra has got a good cargo room of 14.8 cubic feet making the trunk large for this segment of cars.

Engine and its performance

Hyundai Elantra is powered by a 1.8 litre inline four cylinder engine producing 131 pound feet of torque and 148 horsepower. The GLS trim has got six speed manual transmission but they do have an option of six speed automatic one. The Limited trim gets the six speed automatic transmission. Elantra zooms from zero to sixty miles per hour in 9.4 seconds which is certainly not the quickest among all. The fuel economy estimated by EPA is 29 mpg in the city and an impressive 40 mpg on highways.

Safety features

Hyundai Elantra has got all the essential safety features for its passengers. They are stability control, traction control, active front head restraints, anti-lock disc brakes, side curtain airbags and front seat side impact airbags covering both the rows. In brake testing the results came out to be 125 feet to stop completely from the speed of 60 miles per hour.

Top Advantages

  • Good for both city and highways due to impressive mileage
  • The sedan is stable even at high speed
  • AC cools well even in high temperature outside

Top Disadvantages

  • back seats & suspension needs more improvement
  • Steering is not very accurate
  • Problems with uneven tire wear.

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