When introduced in the early 1990s, the Elantra shared Hyundai’s typical virtues and vices. In the pro column: More equipment than its rivals for a lower price. In the con column: Unreliability and subpar build quality. Over the years, however, Hyundai made steady improvements.
Now in its fifth generation, the Elantra earns praise as a solid option for those in the market for a compact sedan. Elantra buyers no longer compromise reliability or fit and finish for the car’s strong points: good performance, a long list of standard features and a low price.