These days, small cars aren’t getting much respect — but the 2018 Hyundai Elantra car is out to change all that. For one thing, it isn’t all that small. Elantras are available in sedan and hatchback body styles, but the hatchback Elantra GT is in essence a different car than the Elantra sedan.
Both offer more than reasonable interior space. Because of that substantial interior room, the Elantra is classified by the EPA as a mid-size car, even though by price it typically competes with compact cars like Chevrolet Cruze. The interior space is nice, but these days Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla — two iconic “compact cars” — are classified as midsize, too. So to go them one better, the Elantra GT is classified as a large car. J.D. Power gave the 2018 Elantra its highest marks for Overall Quality while it gets a three (out of a possible five) in Predicted Reliability.