A complete redesign of the Hyundai Elantra has many car shoppers waiting in anticipation for the vehicle's 2011 release. With the official unveiling of the vehicle only days away (at the Los Angeles Auto Show), it's about time to become better acquainted with this next-generation Hyundai. Review photos, specifications and features of the 2011 Hyundai Elantra to determine if it will be worth the wait.
2011 Hyundai Elantra Styling
Hyundai's upcoming generation of cars incorporates a "Fluidic Sculpture" aesthetic. The first vehicle unveiled with this styling philosophy was the 2011 Hyundai Sonata. As such, if you like the looks of that car then, you'll probably be smitten with the new Elantra as well. The vehicle boasts a sleek, wind-swept exterior that gives the Elantra a much more modern appearance than the outgoing model.
This modern appeal continues on the inside. Slide behind the wheel, and you'll be greeted with a truly 21st-century cockpit that boasts a variety of high-tech features. As a vehicle designed to appeal to younger drivers, you can expect a number of youth-oriented features as well.
2011 Hyundai Elantra Performance
Under the hood, the new Elantra comes standard with a four-cylinder engine that manages 138 horsepower. Mated to a six-speed transmission, Hyundai boasts that the vehicle will be "10 percent more fuel efficient than its closest competitors." While official EPA figures have yet to be announced, shoppers can expect the model to post close to 40 mpg.
An upgrade 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine is also expected on the 2011 Elantra. This engine is currently standard on the 2011 Sonata. EPA figures suggest 24 mpg in the city and 35 mpg on the highway.
2011 Hyundai Elantra Safety
The Elantra has a good track record in the category of safety. For 2011, the vehicle will likely deliver a similar package as the 2011 Sonata. This probable package will include anti-lock brakes, traction control, stability control, six airbags and active front head restraints.
2011 Hyundai Elantra Prices
The 2010 Hyundai Elantra started at $14,145. Given the numerous updates and improvements, it is likely that this price will increase by a few hundred dollars. Standard features will be announced at the LA Auto Show, but shoppers can expect the vehicle to come with a healthy mix of features.