The Elantra is offered in two different body styles--a 4-door Elantra sedan or a 5-door Elantra Touring wagon. Both models have the same powertrain but there are some mechanical differences between the two.
The new Elantra follows Hyundai's current corporate look, with liquid curves and prominent side creases. A short hood and rear deck maximize interior space. It comes with a new 1.8L 4-cylinder engine that uses variable valve timing to make 148 horsepower. Connected to either a 6-speed manual or optional 6-speed automatic, in either form, it's capable of an astounding 38 mpg on the highway and 28 mpg in the city.
The base manual-transmission-equipped Elantra is basic, but still carries a value-laden feature list. It includes heated mirrors, an iPod-integrated stereo, power windows, power door locks, remote keyless entry as well as advanced safety equipment such as stability control, anti-lock brakes and front, side and curtain air bags. Air conditioning, cruise control and a telescoping steering wheel are available via a $1,250 Popular Equipment Package.
Opt up for the 6-speed automatic transmission, and the Elantra also gets 16-inch wheels, standard air conditioning and cruise control. Alloy wheels, steering wheel audio controls and Bluetooth all come with the optional Preferred Equipment Package. A navigation system is also available, and includes a 7-inch screen, 360-watt amplifier and automatic headlamps.
The Elantra Limited sets new standards for compact sedans. Included equipment is well above its class, and includes 17-inch alloy wheels, a power sunroof, fog lamps, power-adjustable leather seats, a heated rear seat and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. The navigation system can be added on for $2,000.