2001 Hyundai Elantra

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2001 Hyundai Elantra Review

You just can’t beat the warranty on a Hyundai.

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The 2001 Hyundai Elantra offers a great value at an affordable price. Packed with features, it was clearly designed to compete with vehicles that cost considerably more.

There are some things to consider before committing to the Elantra. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, for instance, has given it terrible safety ratings. That being said, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration released crash results that contrast with those released by the IIHS.

The 2001 Hyundai Elantra also has a mediocre four-cylinder engine that won't impress anyone looking for real power. If you want that kind of performance, though, you're going to have to spend a lot more money. On the positive side, the Elantra has excellent handling, brakes, and a comfortable ride.

If you want a spacious sedan or hatchback at a good price, make sure the 2001 Elantra is on your short list.

The Range

  • Body Styles: sedan, hatchback
  • Engines: 2.0-liter four-cylinder
  • Transmissions: manual transmission, automatic transmission
  • Models: Hyundai Elantra GLS, Hyundai Elantra GT

What's New

For 2001, Hyundai has made adjustments to the Elantra that might completely change your opinion of the car. It now has a bigger interior, a 140-hp engine, and a stylish sheet metal exterior. Vibrations and noise have also been significantly reduced, resulting in a much more enjoyable driving experience.

Some buyers will lament that Hyundai dropped the Elantra station wagon, but a new hatchback version is quite useful.


Whether you want a sedan or a hatchback, the 2001 Hyundai Elantra offers great exterior style (although some critics complain that the front styling looks a little odd). The hatchback has a slightly sportier feel thanks to its elongated body. Both the GT and GLS come with dark-tinted glass that looks cool, offers a bit of privacy, and helps the driver stay focused on the road, even as the sun sits on the horizon. The GT offers alloy wheels, while the GLS comes with steel wheels.


Hyundai has increased the Elantra's interior size, meaning passengers get more room to spread out and feel comfortable. The 2001 Hyundai Elantra comes standard with a rather impressive list of features for its price. Power locks, windows, and mirrors are standard, as is air-conditioning and a stereo with a cassette player. The Elantra has a fairly short list of optional features, so there isn't much room for customization. Other than a CD player, cruise control, and a power moon roof, there is not much to mention in terms of interior features.

Overall, the interior offers excellent value for the price tag. It was clearly designed to compete with more expensive vehicles.

Performance & Handling

The 2001 Hyundai Elantra comes with a 2.0-liter, DOHC, four-cylinder engine that offers 140 hp. That's a small boost from previous years, but performance is hampered by the car's larger size and extra 300 pounds. Buyers can choose to pair the engine with a four-speed automatic or five-speed manual transmission. The manual comes standard and offers better acceleration, without costing extra. If you can drive a stick, then definitely choose the manual.

With a four-wheel independent suspension, it's no wonder that the 2001 Hyundai Elantra offers a smooth ride and stable handling. An anti-roll bar located at the rear, coupled with a nice rack-and-pinion steering system, add to the overall enjoyment of driving this sedan. While the Elantra doesn't offer a lot of power, it is still a nice ride. Plus, Hyundai has added sound-deadening materials that help prevent noise from disturbing passengers, which was a fairly significant problem in earlier models.


The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety typically dislikes Hyundai vehicles, as is evident by the results of crash tests conducted on the Elantra. The IIHS gave the Elantra ""poor"" ratings (it's lowest) in frontal-offset crashes, side-impact crashes, and rear crash protection/head restraint. With those kinds of ratings, you should question whether you even want to stand near the Elantra, let alone sit inside while it's traveling at more than 65 mph.

However, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration tells a different story. According to the NHTSA, the 2001 Hyundai Elantra is a very safe car, awarding it five out of five stars in passenger and front side impact tests, and four stars in driver and rear side-impact tests.

Unfortunately, these conflicting stories don't help consumers much. The Elantra comes with electronic brake force distribution, dual front side-mounted airbags, and ventilated front disc/solid rear disc brakes (in the GT), which suggests the Elantra isn’t completely void of safety precautions. Anti-lock brakes and traction control come optional. Given the mixed reviews, it might be wise to include all of the optional safety features you can.


EPA Fuel Economy

Hyundai Elantra: 21/20 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Hyundai warranty
  • Strong engine
  • Great price
  • Good standard features

You Won't Like

  • Front styling is odd

Sum Up

You just can’t beat the warranty on a Hyundai.

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