The 1998 Hyundai Elantra sells for a low price. This compact model targets budget minded drivers. While it doesn’t represent the lowest priced offering from Hyundai (a position held by the Accent) the Elantra actually comes cheaper than most entry-level vehicles on the market. With a larger interior and a more powerful engine, the Elantra more than justifies the price increase over the Accent for drivers looking to get a bit more bang for their buck.
The Hyundai Elantra suits drivers who need to get from point A to point B without too much cost. The base price of the Elantra remains quite low and it has good fuel economy, reducing the cost of operation. While not luxurious, the interior of the Elantra feels comfortable, especially with a few choice optional features. The Elantra offers decent performance considering how much Hyundai undercuts most of its competition.
Body Styles: sedan, wagon
Engines: 1.8-liter four-cylinder
Transmissions: five-speed manual, four-speed automatic
Models: Hyundai Elantra, Hyundai Elantra GLS
The 1998 Hyundai Elantra remains identical to the previous year’s model.
Measuring 174 inches long, the 1998 Hyundai Elantra feels quite compact, although compares to much of the competition. The Elantra sells as a sedan or wagon for both the base model and the Elantra GLS. The two body designs look nearly identical apart from the extended cabin on the wagon body. The GLS has power locks, power windows, and power mirrors. Optional features include a power moonroof, a keyless entry system, and an anti-theft alarm system.
The Hyundai Elantra, like other vehicles in its price range, does not come as well-equipped as more expensive mid-range vehicles. An AM/FM radio and a cassette player provide the only standard features for all models. Both models offer air-conditioning, a center console, cruise control, and a CD player as optional equipment.
Performance & Handling
The Hyundai Elantra delivers a good performance that holds up well against other entry-level vehicles in the same price range. The 1.8-liter, four-cylinder engine generates 130 horsepower, which gives it solid acceleration and speed. The long wheelbase of the Elantra gives it very stable control, while still allowing it to turn and maneuver nimbly.
Dual front airbags come standard on all 1998 Hyundai Elantra models. Four-wheel anti-lock brakes provide an optional feature for the Elantra GLS.
EPA Fuel Economy
Hyundai Elantra: 20/27 mpg city/highway
- Sedan and wagon options
- Low price tag
- Good gas mileage
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