The 2005 Hyundai Elantra has practically no new features this year save for a new hatchback model. The exterior is well fitted with many features and options on both the GLS and GT models. The interior has good options and features as well with an upgradeable audio player and more. Safety is high on this vehicle with the driver being the safest. For this particular class of vehicle, the Elantra has great power and is priced quite well. The fuel economy is high as well making for fewer trips to the gas station. All in all, this is a good choice for an everyday vehicle if buyers not looking for advanced gadgets and add-ons. Hyundai keeps it simple with the Elantra.
Body Styles: sedan, hatchback
Engines: 2.0-liter inline four-cylinder
Transmissions: five-speed manual, four-speed automatic
Models: Hyundai Elantra GT, Hyundai Elantra GT SULEV, Hyundai Elantra GLS, Hyundai Elantra GLS SULEV
The 2005 Hyundai Elantra added the GLS model to its hatchback lineup.
The 2005 Hyundai Elantra comes in five different basic colors. The bumpers, door handles, and body-side moldings match the body color. The Hyundai Elantra comes with power mirrors, a chrome front grille, aerodynamic halogen headlamps, tinted glass with a sunshade band and variable intermittent wipers and washer. The hatchback GLS models have a wiper and washer for the rear window. The GT models add a body color rear lip spoiler, black body-side moldings, a black European front grill, front fog lights, body-colored heated power mirrors with timers, and GT badging. On the GLS models, the 15-inch steel wheels come with wheel covers and all-season Michelin tires. The Elantra also includes a compact spare tire. The GT models are upgraded with 15-inch aluminum wheels. GT options include a sunroof. Port-installed accessories include mud guards, and the GLS can be fitted with a rear spoiler.
The 2005 Hyundai Elantra GLS has many interior options and features which include cloth seat trim, reclining front bucket seats, 60/40 split folding rear seat, center console, deluxe cut pile carpeting, a four-spoke tilt steering wheel, tachometer, coolant temperature, odometer, digital clock, power windows with driver auto-down and lockout features, power door locks, remote keyless entry with an alarm, remote fuel and trunk door releases, air-conditioning, rear window defroster with timer, cup holders in the rear, illuminated 12-volt power outlets, armrest, door map pockets, cloth inserts, dual visor vanity mirrors, assist grips and coat hanger. The four-speaker stereo on the GLS is an AM/FM radio with a cassette player and spiral mast antenna. The GT is upgraded with leather seat trim, carpeted floor mats, leather-wrapped four-spoke tilt steering wheel, purple illuminated instrumentation, and cruise control. The GT’s six-speaker stereo is a 200-watt Kenwood AM/FM/CD player with a spiral fixed mast antenna. Cruise control is optional for the GLS models. Port-installed accessories include a wood grain trim, cargo net, and cargo tray for the hatchback. The GLS has optional carpeted floor mats.
Performance & Handling
The 2005 Hyundai Elantra comes with a two-liter, inline-four cylinder engine rated at 138 horsepower, which provides for 136 lb-ft of torque. The Elantra comes with either a four-speed automatic transmission with overdrive or a five-speed manual transmission with overdrive. The vehicle is front-wheel drive, and the automatics come with a transmission shift interlock. The alternator is 75 amps. The Elantra includes an independent MacPherson strut front suspension with gas shocks and independent multi-link rear suspension with trailing arm and front and rear stabilizer bars. The steering is power assisted rack and pinion and the disc brakes are of the drum variety. The GT models include a sport-tuned suspension and steering system and larger stabilizer bars.
The 2005 Hyundai Elantra earned five out of five stars for driver front and side impact ratings and four stars for passenger front and side impact ratings and rollover ratings. The GLS model comes with advanced dual front airbags with a passenger presence detection system and advanced dual front side-impact airbags. Also included are rear three-point seatbelts. The LATCH rear child seat attachment system is included. The steering column is energy absorbing, and the body has side reinforcements as the front and rear have crumple zones. The hood has buckling creases and safety stops. A group four package adds anti-lock brakes and traction control.
EPA Fuel Economy
Hyundai Elantra GT, GLS: 23/31 mpg city/highway
Hyundai Elantra GT SULEV, GLS SULEV: 21/19 mpg city/highway
- Power for the class
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