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Hyundai Elantra Model Years


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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.

Hyundai Elantra Generations

2013 - 2015 Hyundai Elantra

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Major changes included: The Elantra Coupe is all-new and features the same solid chassis and value found in the Elantra Sedan, including a class-leading warranty and fuel-efficient design.

See Year: 2013 - 2014 - 2015

2011 - 2012 Hyundai Elantra

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Major changes included:

In 2011, Hyundai overhauled the Elantra again, giving it a modern design and adding in a new 1.8-liter engine with 148 horsepower and 131 pound-feet of torque. In 2013, the Elantra line expanded, as Hyundai eliminated the Touring model but added in a coupe and GT hatchback to the lineup.

See Year: 2011 - 2012

2007 - 2010 Hyundai Elantra

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Major changes included:

The fourth generation for the Elantra launched in 2007 when Hyundai completely redesigned the model, giving it a more aerodynamic-looking body and headlight setup. The fourth generation spelled the end of the road for the five-door variant of the Elantra, leaving only the sedan model. The only big changes during these years was an enhanced suspension system, new instruments and a five-door Touring model in 2009, and the addition of the stripped-down Blue trim in 2010.

See Year: 2007 - 2008 - 2009 - 2010

2001 - 2006 Hyundai Elantra

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Major changes included:

In 2001, the third-gen Elantra debuted with expanded dimensions inside and out, and a fully revised exterior to give it a more up-market appearance. The wagon vanished from the lineup. Debuting in 2002 was the Elantra GT -- a five-door hatchback model with a sports suspension and four-wheel disc brakes -- and a GT sedan arrived the following year. In 2004, the Elantra underwent a mild refresh with a new hood, trunk lid, bumpers and lighting.

See Year: 2001 - 2002 - 2003 - 2004 - 2005 - 2006

1996 - 2000 Hyundai Elantra

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Major changes included:

In 1996, Hyundai introduced the second-generation Elantra with a fully revised exterior, a new 1.8-liter "Beta" engine producing 130 horsepower and 122 pound-feet of torque, and new-for-1996 dual airbags. This model year also ushered in the wagon variant of the Elantra. In 1999, Hyundai refreshed the Elantra's styling and added a new 2-liter engine with 140 horsepower that it borrowed from its Tiburon cousin.

See Year: 1996 - 1997 - 1998 - 1999 - 2000

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