1999 Hyundai Elantra
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1999 Hyundai Elantra Review
Zippy fun, affordable price.
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The 1999 Hyundai Elantra is a compact car that is offered as a sedan and station wagon. It is perhaps the best-valued compact car on the market. Even with added optional features like a CD player, cruise control, and rear spoiler, the Elantra is much more affordable than a comparably equipped Toyota Corolla or Honda Civic. Hyundai has evolved the Elantra model through the years. The new Elantra is a compact car with style, a powerful engine, and a strong build.
Engines: 2.0-liter four-cylinder
Transmissions: four-speed automatic, five-speed manual
Models: Hyundai Elantra GL, Hyundai Elantra GLS
The 1999 Hyundai Elantra has a new twin-cam four-cylinder, two-liter engine that quite simply leaves most competitors in the dust with its 140 horsepower. The vehicle has also made some significantly stylistic upgrades for 1999.
The 1999 Hyundai Elantra has a 100.4-inch wheelbase, a height of 54.9 inches, and a length of 174 inches. Stylistic changes to the vehicle’s front-end include a confident new grille, new headlights, sleek hood lines, and a bigger air intake opening. The back of the vehicle has also been redesigned for 1999 with reengineered taillights and an optional restyled spoiler. It all comes together aesthetically with additional waistline molding to the midsection and some very sharp five-spoke alloy wheels.
The 1999 Hyundai Elantra gets a newly-designed dashboard layout, climate controls, and a low-weight magnesium steering wheel for maximum durability and strength. The rotary-style controls are somewhat clumsy and awkward. The front seat backs were widened while the driver’s seat lumbar support and adjustable seats have also helped ensure maximum luxury. But despite improvements, seat comfort is still average at best.
The 1999 Hyundai Elantra comes standard with five-mph bumpers, air conditioning, a rear window defroster, rear seat heating ducts, dual remote control mirrors, remote releases for the fuel tank and trunk, intermittent windshield wipers, a cassette stereo, and speed-sensitive steering with a tilt-wheel steering column. Package options include an automatic transmission, power windows, outside mirrors and door locks, a six-way adjustable driver’s seat, a fold-down rear seat for additional storage space, anti-lock brakes, and rear spoilers.
Performance & Handling
The 1999 Hyundai Elantra is reliable and durable and typically handles very well regardless of condition or speed. The horsepower boost is noticeable, and acceleration can be slow at first but cruises once up to speed. The auto transmission doesn't always shift smoothly, especially when shifting from reverse to drive. Regardless, it still ranks as one of the smoothest Hyundai-produced automatics.
The 1999 Hyundai Elantra does have available side airbags. It also receives a NHTSA crash protection rating of three-stars for front side impact but only one star for rear side impact protection.
EPA Fuel Economy
- Surprisingly zippy
- Great car for everyday use
- Easy to park
You Won't Like
- Short blinker handle
- No reminder bell when lights are left on
- Air-conditioning hinders acceleration performance
Zippy fun, affordable price.
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