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2018 Hyundai Elantra

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$9,500 - $17,985
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2018 SE 4dr Sedan (Alabama Plant)
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2018 SEL 4dr Sedan (Alabama Plant) Price:   -  From $18,850
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2018 Value Edition 4dr Sedan (Alabama Plant) Price:   -  From $19,850
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2018 ECO 4dr Sedan Price:   -  From $20,550
2018 Sport 4dr Sedan Price:   -  From $21,800
2018 Limited 4dr Sedan (Alabama Plant) Price:   -  From $22,100
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In a sea of compact sedans, the 2018 Hyundai Elantra floats above most competitors. Available in six trim levels and starting at $17,835 (including an $885 destination charge), the 2018 Hyundai Elantra sedan is loaded with standard technology features, has a fun sporty variant, and returns rather impressive EPA-estimated fuel economy ratings. The Elantra is best suited for small families or singles looking for a reliable, comfortable daily driver.

What's New for 2018

In 2017 the Hyundai Elantra underwent a needed wholesale exterior redesign. As the calendar turns, the 2018 edition focuses on improving standard safety systems for each of the six trims. The SEL trim adds blind spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, a seven-inch touchscreen audio system, a rearview camera, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. The Sport trim now comes standard with a power sunroof and added safety systems.

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Choosing Your Hyundai Elantra

Hyundai makes selecting the perfect Elantra rather easy for consumers by creating six distinct trim levels. For example, the SE, SEL, and Value trims are well-equipped with popular technology and safety features. You'll get a perfectly fine 2.0-liter, four-cylinder with 147 horsepower and 132 pound-feet of torque that can return 26 miles per gallon city, 36 mpg highway, and 29 combined with the SE's standard manual transmission or 28 city, 37 highway, and 32 with the six-speed auto on the SEL, Value, and Limited trims.

The Eco trim returns an EPA-estimated 32 mpg city and 40 mpg highway for 35 mpg combined, which is perfect for those who commute daily. The improvement is thanks to the standard 1.4-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder and seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. Look for a modest 128 hp and 156 lb-ft of torque.

Grab the Elantra Sport for its 1.6-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder, 201 hp, and 195 lb-ft of torque. Available with a standard six-speed manual or an optional seven-speed dual-clutch, it's inarguably the most entertaining and least efficient Elantra, returning 26 city, 33 highway, and 29 combined.

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With a standard six-speed manual, the $17,835 (including $885 destination charge) the Elantra SE is a solid base offering. A six-speed auto is a $1,000 option. The SE’s rear seating is a 60/40-split folding configuration, which features all cloth interior. A tilt and telescoping steering wheel, six-way adjustable driver seat, power windows and door locks, and cruise control are also standard features. A six-speaker audio system with USB and Bluetooth connectivity are also included in the Hyundai base.

Standard safety features include electronic stability control, a traction control system, electronic brake assist, and standard antilock brakes. There are no additional packages available in the SE, but several dealer accessories can be added.

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The SEL trim starts at $19,735 and offers the same engine as the base SE but is standard with the six-speed automatic. 16-inch alloy wheels replace the base car's 15-inch wheel covers.

A blind spot detection system with rear cross-traffic alert arrive at this price point, while a rearview camera works through a seven-inch center display. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard, as are rear center armrests with cupholders. Hyundai offers SEL trim buyers a complimentary SiriusXM activation with a three-month trial.There are no additional packages available for the SEL.

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Value Edition

The Value Edition has a beginning price of $20,735 and adds multiple upgrades from the SEL all focused on adding, um, value. A power sunroof, heated exterior mirrors, LED running lights, a pair of heated front seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls, dual-zone automatic climate control, and a proximity key with push-button start are easily justify the Value Edition's premium. In fact, getting all this equipment for just $1,000 is an absurdly good deal, making the Elantra Value Edition the smartest buy in this lineup.

As with the SEL, there are no optional extras

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If fuel economy is the top priority, the Eco Elantra trim is the only trim to consider. Starting at $21,435, the main distinction between the Eco and the Value Edition – aside from its thrifty turbocharged engine – are its 15-inch wheels on low-rolling-resistance tires. Otherwise, the equipment list is virtually identical to the Elantra Value Edition.

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The Sport is the peppy trim of the bunch and starts at $22,685. It gets flashy 18-inch wheels, a unique multi-link rear suspension that's been firmed up for increased agility and feedback, sporty exterior touches, and more heavily bolstered seats. HID headlights provide better illumination and a more premium look.

The Sport trim can be upgraded with a Premium Package that will add $2,250 to the price. This package comes with an eight-inch touchscreen infotainment system that features navigation, an Infinity audio system with eight speakers, a Blue Link telematics system, dual automatic temperature control, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror.

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The premium trim for the 2018 Hyundai Elantra is the Limited. Starting at $22,985, the Limited features LED interior and exterior lights, rides on 17-inch wheels, includes a power driver seat with lumbar support, gloss black interior accents, and leather heated front seats.

The Limited also includes a 3.5-inch dash display, dual charging USB ports, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob. Like the Sport, the Limited is upgradable when consumers add the Ultimate Package for an additional $4,350. This package includes an eight-inch touchscreen that comes with a navigation system, an Infinity premium audio system, a 4.2-inch color instrument cluster, a power sunroof, heated rear seats, along with a plethora of safety systems such as automatic emergency braking, a smart cruise control system, and a lane keep assist system.

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With so many different trims, Hyundai provides a lot of different characters for the Elantra. The Value Edition offers the best bang for the buck, coming in just north of $20,000. Consumers who drive 100 miles per day or more should carefully consider the Eco as a viable option, as a combined 35 mpg can save a bunch on fuel bills while still enjoying the Value Edition's healthy feature list.

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: Very Good vehicle. Very good and close to being the best vehicle in its class.

: Good vehicle. Decent, but not quite the best. Often affordable, but lacking key features found in vehicles of the same class.

: Below average vehicle. Not recommended, and lacking attributes a car buyer would come to expect for the price.

: Poor vehicle. Simply does not deserve to be on the road.

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The 2018 Hyundai Elantra, redesigned just last year, has shed much of the previous model's swoopy lines for a more restrained, mature look. The redesign also came with more passenger space and a trio of new engines – two that offer better fuel economy and a third that, paired with a firmer, more sophisticated suspension, nudges it closer to sport compact territory.

Best Value

Prices for the 2018 Hyundai Elantra start at $17,835 for the base SE equipped with a six-speed manual transmission and top out at $27,335 for the Limited trim equipped with the Ultimate Package. In between, the SEL and Value Edition represent volume examples, the Eco is a perfectly happy fuel sipper, and the Sport does a good impression of a hot small car.

But it's the Limited model – minus the Ultimate Package – that offers the best value. Owners can enjoy HID headlights, leather seats, a seven-inch infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility, blind-spot monitoring, a rearview camera, and push-button start as standard equipment.

  • Model: 2018 Hyundai Elantra Limited
  • Engine: 2.0-liter four-cylinder
  • Output: 147 hp / 137 lb-ft
  • Transmission:Six-speed automatic
  • Drivetrain: Front-wheel drive
  • MPG: 28 City / 37 Highway
  • Options: Carpeted floor mats ($125)
  • Base Price: $22,985 (including an $885 destination charge)
  • Best Value Price: $23,110


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The Elantra sedan is offered with three engines, while the Elantra GT makes do with two. Base versions of both body styles feature a 2.0-liter four-cylinder with 147 horsepower and 137 pound-feet of torque in the sedan, and 162 hp and 150 lb-ft of torque in the GT mated to either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission.

In Sport trim, both models share a 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that generates 201 hp and 195 lb-ft of torque, bringing some much-needed performance to the lineup. It can be matched to either a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic or – our pick – a six-speed manual.

Our tester was the Eco model, which is equipped with the third engine: a turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder that develops 128 hp and 156 lb-ft of torque. Paired with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic, the Eco is even fun to drive once things get going – in this case, merging into traffic and passing at highway speeds is no problem.

Most Elantra sedans score an EPA-estimated 28 miles per gallon in the city, 37 mpg on the highway, and 32 combined. The Eco model stretches those numbers out to an EPA-estimated 32 mpg in the city, 40 on the highway, and 35 combined. Our own observed fuel economy was a vehicle-measured 32 mpg in spirited driving that, for the most part, was spent in around-town driving.

The good news here is that a smooth, controlled ride and composed handling are the name of the game across the lineup with either suspension – most models use a MacPherson front, torsion beam rear, while Sport models feature an independent rear suspension. Around town, the ride is quiet and the suspension does a nice job of isolating most road imperfections, while the brakes offer a decent amount of feedback.

But all is not perfect as there's not much of initial bite to the brake pads, there's very little feedback through the steering wheel, and those who have driven the Elantra Sport note that there's a wooden feel to the brake pedal with little feedback, and noticeable fade during hard stops.

At the same time, both the six-speed automatic and seven-speed dual-clutch automatic are calibrated for fuel efficiency rather than performance. The seven-speed, in particular, features wide gaps between the first three gears, underlining the Eco model's lack of power especially at the low end, while the base 2.0-liter engine in the sedan is only adequate when compared to the competition.


Not as daring as it once was, the latest Elantra's shapely design is still a standout in its class. The sedan's grille is lower and wider than before, giving it a more substantial presence, while a more chiseled upper character line and more deeply sculpted lower swage line blend nicely with the fenders and roofline.

The smart exterior is wrapped around a cabin that can boast of 95.8 cubic feet of passenger space, and a trunk that measures 14.4 cubic feet, pushing the Elantra into the EPA's mid-size class. Although more sedately styled, the more versatile hatchback one-ups the sedan with 96.5 cubic feet of passenger space, and a cargo area measuring 24.9 cubes.

Like the larger Sonata, the controls and touchscreen are canted slightly toward the driver for better ergonomics. The front seats are comfortable and nicely bolstered, with Sport models getting deeper buckets covered in grippier cloth (or optional leather). There's ample head and knee room in back with the sedan's lower rear seats and additional inch of leg room accommodating six-footers in comfort, and the optional gesture-controlled automatic trunk makes loading easier when your hands are full.

At the same time, not all trim levels are equally quiet. You have to opt for the most expensive Limited model to get the best sound insulation tweaks. In addition, the Elantra sedan's interior seems to have taken a step backward from a design standpoint and also lacks the same fit and finish and material quality as the hatchback GT model, while rear seat occupants don't share the same comfortable seat cushions found up front.

The Best and Worst Things

The still small-on-the-outside Elantra now boasts a total interior volume of 111 cubic feet, moving it up to the EPA's mid-size class.

At the same time, the Elantra sedan's interior – once an image leader in the compact class – is more restrained and suffers from a number of cheap-looking material choices.

Right For? Wrong For?

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A smooth ride, slick-looking exterior, plenty of interior room, and a model for nearly every pocketbook make the latest Elantra a good choice for singles.

The Elantra's best effort, the Sport model, is a step in the right direction, but it still can't touch class leaders like the Volkswagen GTI, Focus ST, or even the Mazda3. Enthusiasts should look elsewhere.

The Bottom Line

Despite only middling performance from the base engine, the 2018 Hyundai Elantra is a solid offering in the compact class thanks to a smooth ride and quiet interior.

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Specs & Features

Overall Crash Safety Rating
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
2.0L I-4 / 147 HP / 132 ft.lbs.
Standard: 6-spd man w/OD
Available: 6-spd SHIFTRONIC w/OD
Drive Type
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
26 / 36 / 31 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
60 Months / 60,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
2.0L I-4 / 147 HP / 132 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
26 / 36 / 31 Mpg
Front Disc/rear Drum
Front Suspension
Rear Suspension
Semi-independent Torsion Beam Beam
Spare Tire And Wheel
Compact Steel
Fuel Tank
14.0 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Regular Unleaded
Average Cost To Fill Tank
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
14.4 Cu.ft.
Passenger Volume
96 Cu.ft.
Exterior Length
179.9 "
Exterior Width
70.9 "
Exterior Height
56.5 "
Front Headroom
38.8 "
Rear Headroom
37.3 "
Front Legroom
42.2 "
Rear Legroom
35.7 "
Front Shoulder Room
56.2 "
Rear Shoulder Room
55.3 "
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
2,767 Lbs. / 2,811 Lbs.
Wheel Base
106 "
Turning Radius
17.4 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
4 Doors
15.0 " Steel
Clearcoat Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Power Remote, Convex Spotter Driver
Grille Moldings
Black W/metal-look Accents
Rear Spoiler
Stainless Steel
Interior Features
Passenger Capacity
Seat Trim
Front Seat Type
Heated Front Seats
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
Front Armrests
Rear Armrests
Rear Seats
60-40 Bench
Radio & Infotainment
Am/fm, Seek-scan / Am/fm/hd/satellite, Seek-scan
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Telescopic Tilt
Climate Control
Cruise Control
With Steering Wheel Controls
Sun Roof
Rearview Mirror
Day-night / Auto-dimming Day-night
One Touch Open Window
Tinted Windows
Vanity Mirrors
Remote Keyless Entry
Keyfob (all Doors)
Power Outlets
Safety Features
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Overall Front Crash Safety Rating
Overall Side Crash Safety Rating
Rollover Crash Safety Rating
Front Impact Airbags
Driver And Passenger
Driver Side Impact Airbags
Seat Mounted
Knee Airbag
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Seat Mounted
Rear Side Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Blind Spot Sensor
Lane Departure Warning
Autonomous Cruise Control
Pedestrian Detection
Driver Attention Alert
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
Adaptive Headlights
Parking Sensors
Security Systems
Security System
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
60 Months / 60,000 Miles
Major Components Months
120 Months / 100,000 Miles
Included Maintenance Months
Roadside Assistance Months
60 Months / Unlimited Miles
Corrosion Perforation
84 Months / Unlimited Miles
Accessories Months
60 Months / 60,000 Miles

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