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.
Hyundai has made steady improvements, however, and buyers no longer face a compromise between value and quality. The fifth-generation Elantra now earns praise as a viable competitor to Japanese competitors. And for 2013, the Korean manufacturer gave it an extra dash of style with a new coupe model.