2011 Hyundai Elantra GLS, an AW Drivers Log Car Review – Autoweek

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2011 Hyundai Elantra an AW Drivers Log Car Review

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NEWS GREG MIGLIORE: The 2011 Elantra GLS is definitely a solid After spending a weekend in a blinged-out version recently, and now tester, I am impressed. For $20,000, with options, you get navigation, radio and nice packaging and out.

That’s a deal.

I the drive character of this There’s plenty of power the 148-hp, four-cylinder mill, and the automatic pairs well that engine. Dial up than 5,000 rpm, and you can into open spaces on the with ease.

Heck, it and this thing has a respectable for such a modest engine The steering has some connection, is felt during turns, it’s largely a light that mainstream consumers like. The chassis is comfortable yet sprung, and the body offers a dynamic most of the time.

It was a little by road imperfections, but out of the ordinary.

Inside is a smartly cabin, and the center stack is to use and handsome. I found a very driving position, which always easy to do in smaller I have to give props to too, for making a reasonably interior setting. Yes, is some four-banger engine and on a wet, windy spring I was aware of the outside.

But for $20,000, it’s quiet

The styling stands out, and is definitely not afraid to swagger its small cars. Nice

INTERACTIVE ASSOCIATE EDITOR LINGEMAN: The Hyundai Elantra is the small car I’d choose instead of a Honda Civic. I saw the next to a Honda this and they have almost the same proportions from the The Elantra just looks

They both have the look going on, but the Elantra’s are much cooler, more and flowing. The car looks as if it would be slippery at speed.

There no problems accelerating up to expressway or passing speed with 148 hp. But the car get blown around a bit. The curb weight is susceptible to on the highway and requires a steady on the wheel.

The six-speed is great and really to the upscale feel. We recently had a that had a four-speed transmission. It faster but less expensive, by On a medium sprint to 60 mph, the just shifts away no drama.

I didn’t get a chance to use the function.

The cabin is modestly It wasn’t so much the engine that bothered me but the expansion on the road. Those and other seemed to transfer into the quite loudly.

But that’s you’re looking at with a car. It’s not the most sedan, but everything buyers are for is there. A decent radio, CD steering-wheel controls, power seats and locks? A Civic all of that costs about 20

Add navigation like that in Elantra, and it’ll cost than $22,000.

Hyundai’s on a right now with the Sonata, the and the Equus, and the Elantra is another one for the price. The American brands so long chasing the Japanese their small cars they forgot about the But all those battles they are good for one group of people–the

EXECUTIVE EDITOR ROGER I was very, very impressed this little car. For the overall package is impressive. The is strong enough, if a bit buzzy.

The does, in fact, help the thing down at freeway The digital display atop the stack is rather nice, but a $20,000 entry-level car really a backup camera? Really?

I it’s nice, but is this necessary for this car in this

I still give Hyundai low for the same two things: suspension and On certain road surfaces, car, like several driven in the recent past, at has trouble keeping the tires on the And as for the seats, I’m really not what template they are for what body size. it is, I know I don’t fit.

An in this seat, and I’m happy to get out of it.

Despite those two this a good-looking car with interior room, it’s appointed and overall, it’s a driver. If you’re shopping for a car, you must put this on list.

COPY EDITOR CYNTHIA L. I really liked this which the hubby called the after our weekend in the car. And it look and feel and drive much like the Sonata.

The four-cylinder pulls strong and gets you up to speed and in and out of passing The car does feel a bit zippier its big-brother Sonata. The center-console is compact and puts all of the necessary easily within reach.

A of bonuses on this $20,000 are the navigation and the backup camera, usually reserved for higher-priced There was decent legroom in the seat and lots of room in the for groceries and gifts and such.

like the Sonata, the Elantra’s is pretty easily upset expansion joints and crumbling around town. Also, is some roll around and the seats are not very comfy for more than short But overall, with fine decent materials inside, a ride and solid fuel-economy this is a good package at a price.

ASSOCIATE EDITOR JONATHAN As many expressed above, also impressed with the of content you get in the Elantra for a hair than $20,000. That navigation, backup camera and a decent sound system.

Elantra hits well on so areas, from its standout comfortable cabin built materials that are on par with the of the class and an efficient drivetrain is rated at 40 mph on the expressway.

I do have to the complaints I had when I drove the version a few weeks ago. The setup could benefit some tightening up. There is of roll in corners, and steering is virtually nonexistent. Sure, the suspension setup is great to potholes and ruts, but the floaty around turns made me really uncomfortable.

As for the steering, an area where Hyundai has struggled.

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And as Roger said, the four-cylinder gets buzzy. it’s certainly up to the task of this small sedan town and on the expressway with ease.

In the end, Hyundai has a seriously small car on its hands. With a of tweaks to the suspension and steering, I this Elantra would be a threat to the rest of the small-car

2011 Hyundai Elantra GLS

Price: $17,800

As-Tested $20,230

Drivetrain: 1.8-liter I4; six-speed automatic

Output: 148 hp @ rpm, 131 lb-ft @ 4,700 rpm

Weight: 2,877 lb

Fuel (EPA/ AW ): 33/28.7 mpg

Options: package including high-resolution, touch-screen display, rearview premium audio with amp, automatic headlights preferred equipment package 16-inch alloy wheels, audio controls, Bluetooth with voice recognition, door trim, sliding armrest, illuminated vanity with driver’s extension,

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