Filled with comfort and technology
Full of comfort, with a superb cabin also filled with enough technology to meet the demands of the gadget-savvy driver, the Elantra is back as Hyundai’s go-to car for sedan-seekers.
We have six trim levels to choose from -and three engines and the same number of transmissions available.
The trims are SE, SEL, Value Edition, Limited, Eco and Sport, and for this review, I had the opportunity to drive the SEL.
It has come to my attention that the base trim (the SE, that is), is the most frugal of them all in the accessories and gadgets department, but, I can say that from the SEL and on, we can have a vast array of trinkets to play with.
Smart and attractive
Going through the attractive, spacious and meticulously built SEL’s cabin, we can find devices such as blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, a rearview camera, dual-zone automatic climate control, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and keyless entry with push-button start.
There’s also a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment display, Bluetooth audio streaming, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone integration and satellite radio.
It is worth nothing that all the controls and displays are well and strategically placed, to be intuitive and easy to use, even for the most technophobe driver -if he still exists.
On the outside, the SEL trim offers us heated side mirrors, 16-inch alloy wheels, rear disc brakes and automatic headlights, just to name a few of its perks.
Now, in the performance front, this trim has a somewhat lackluster 2.0. liter four cylinder engine, that outputs 147 horsepower and 132 pound-feet of torque.
It is mated to a six speed automatic transmission.
Now, on the upside, this engine gives us a fuel economy of 28 miles per gallon in the city, and an outstanding average of 37 mpg’s in highway rides. That’s impressive, even for its segment, and translates on making it a versatile vehicle, since it can be a great family car or also the perfect vehicle for a single working guy or gal.
Its home, the road
Since we are kind of talking about highway rides, another strong point that the Elantra has to offer is the fact that its interior is as soft and silent as a cloud at highway speeds.
At the highway, you won’t feel a bump and you will forget about wind noise. At the highway, it is where the Elantra has a chance to really shine.
If you are not looking for power, but fuel economy and a car that is ‘wallet-friendly’, the 2018 Hyundai Elantra is perfect for your needs.