2011 Elantra – Hyundai Elantra Review – Road & Track

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2011 Hyundai Elantra

The Elantra brings high and superb fuel economy to the lowly world of compact

By Andrew Bornhop December 6, / Photos by Morgan J Segal

At the media launch of the all-new. U.S. boss, John had some fun with asterisks. asterisks.

He said there may be a of them soon because being used at a scary by manufacturers to denote special eco of models that manage to out an EPA highway rating of 40 mpg. As for the new Elantra, well, Krafcik that all models, fitted either manual or automatic get a true 40 mpg on the highway. No asterisks no extra price needed to be no special order form to out.

That’s not just impressive; a solid step toward its internal corporate fuel goal of 35.5 mpg by 2016 and the government’s 50-mpg CAFE for 2025.

How does the new Alabama-built manage an EPA rating of 29 mpg city/40 mpg an improvement of up to 18 percent over the model? It takes a straightforward that mates a stronger but unit-body structure with a aerodynamic body and a new fuel-efficient 4-cylinder engine that from lots of friction-reducing but does not, for instance, direct injection or any form of technology. That may come

This long-… aluminum-block dubbed the Nu#151;which puts out 148 bhp at rpm and 131 lb.-ft. of torque at 4700 also 74 lb. lighter than the Beta powerplant it replaces. In to variable valve timing on the intake and exhaust camshafts, the Nu benefits from a silent cam a 2-stage variable induction and throttle control.

Friction-reducing efforts for this and quiet powerplant include an crankshaft that’s been directly below the combustion for reduced piston scuff. compact roller cam followers and lash adjusters help compact engine reach its without sounding strained.

I have a chance to drive an the 6-speed manual gearbox, but the new automatic worked well. The can be shifted manually, but since it feature auto-blip downshifts I left the lever in the automatic where light-throttle upshifts smooth and almost unnoticeable and accompanied by a heavy right were reassuringly crisp.

Beneath the handsome skin#151;whose sculpture styling shows a link to the successful new (and would look at home on a expensive car), the front-drive Hyundai Elantra has a chassis loosely related to the. but a longer wheelbase that create a roomier cabin. In with the longer wheelbase and the new powertrain moved a bit forward in the the new Elantra is remarkably spacious

Hyundai says the Elantra as an EPA compact car on the outside, but has EPA midsize inside and is roomier than such as the. and. Hyundai even says roomier than a. While I verify that, I can say this: of us, each over 6 ft. were comfortable in the Elantra during our test drive.

And on the road, the suspension tuning firm but by no means harsh, good damping and control of motions. In the interest of keeping down and costs in check, the new has a twist-beam rear axle in of the previous car’s independent In our mildly aggressive drive, no were felt because of switch to simpler hardware, but the electric-assist steering did lack feel, even though the of assist was about right.

The tires are 195/65-15s, but 205/55HR-16s and are available on larger alloy

Two models of the Elantra are now available: the GLS and the Limited. Both have an interior, with a handsome covered by a well-textured soft-touch and A-pillars lined with an cloth-like material composed of fibrous tissues and volcanic

The GLS is pretty well equipped, with six standard airbags, a steering wheel, heated power windows, XM satellite 60/40 split-folding rear ABS, 4-wheel disc and electronic stability control. The ups the ante with 17-in. wheels, a leather-wrapped steering leather seats (including rears), Bluetooth and an available package that includes a 7-in. navigation screen, a camera and keyless pushbutton

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Fitted with a manual the Elantra GLS starts at $14,830. with equipment that people like (such as air this GLS Hyundai costs As for the better-equipped Elantra Limited, it at $19,980, while the Elantra Premium tops the price at $21,980.

Good prices, on an impressive new vehicle that’s high style, good to the world of compact cars, continues to grow as more look to downsize and manufacturers for increased efficiency. And remember: the new 40-mpg Elantra, there are no

UPDATE: In November of 2012, walked back the mileage on some 900,000 potentially vehicles, including the Elantra,

Hyundai Motor America and Kia America today announced following discussions with the Environmental Protection Agency they are voluntarily adjusting the economy ratings for approximately or 35 percent of, 2011-13 model vehicles sold through 31, 2012.

Owners can get additional at HyundaiMPGinfo.com

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