After a complete redesign last year, the 2012 Hyundai Elantra returns largely unchanged. However, shoppers may be happy to learn that a new "Active Eco System" now allows drivers to modify transmission parameters so they can save up to an additional seven percent in fuel usage. Keep reading to learn why the 2012 Hyundai Elantra is worth a test drive for anyone in the market for a compact, fuel-efficient car.
2012 Hyundai Elantra Styling
Last year's refresh did much to revitalize the Elantra nameplate. In fact, the stylish, pulled-back sedan design has earned almost universal praise from the auto community. As such, if you're looking for an affordable small car that also offers a bit of flash, the Hyundai Elantra is likely to appeal to you.
Inside, the 2012 Elantra's level of materials is about average for the class. However, upscale accoutrements such as leather seats and rearview camera are available as extras. Passenger comfort is also fairly roomy given the vehicle's class. Maximum cargo space is listed at 14.8 cubic feet, which is above average when compared to competitors.
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2012 Hyundai Elantra Performance
The Hyundai Elantra receives a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine that manages 148 horsepower and 131 lb-ft. of torque. Both manual and automatic models offer an impressive 29 mpg in the city and 40 mpg on the highway (33 mpg combined). These fuel numbers beat out just about every competitor in the small car class. While not the best option for speed-enthusiasts, the Elantra earns praise for responsive steering and good braking. As such, it will likely prove capable enough for the average daily commute.
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2012 Hyundai Elantra Safety
Standard safety features for the 2012 Elantra include antilock disc brakes, front-side airbags, side curtain airbags, traction control, stability control and active front head restraints. In crash tests performed by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the Elantra earned a best-possible rating of "Good" in all categories.
2012 Hyundai Elantra Pricing and Features
Initial asking price for the Elantra is listed at $15,345. This MSRP is average for the class. For that price, you'll get a standard features list that includes keyless entry, air conditioning, full power accessories, six-speaker stereo, auxiliary input and the Active Eco System (automatic transmissions only). Available options are plentiful, and include steering-wheel mounted audio controls, navigation system, power moonroof, heated front seats, automatic headlights, leather seats and more. Opt for all the bells and whistles, and you're looking at a Hyundai Elantra Limited that starts around $20,595.
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