Now in its fifth generation, the compact, midsize Hyundai Elantra launched back in 1992 to compete against others in its class, specifically the Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla. Things looked shaky for the Elantra at first, quickly earning a reputation for a poor build, unreliability, and powerlessness, but Hyundai, determined to revive the line, has since bolstered the Elantra’s name and image.
The 2007 Hyundai Elantra rolls out of South Korean factories into a bright future, after several updates in the third generation. Improvements make it larger both inside and out, enhance its exterior appearance, increase its reliability, expands the list of onboard amenities, and boost the Elantra’s horsepower.
For 2007, the Hyundai Elantra marks a desirable choice for prospective buyers in search of a top-quality sedan for an inexpensive price.
Body Styles: sedan
Engines: 2.0-liter four-cylinder
Transmissions: four-speed automatic, five-speed manual
Models: Hyundai Elantra GLS, Hyundai Elantra GLS SULEV, Hyundai Elantra SE, Hyundai Elantra Limited, Hyundai Elantra SE SULEV, Hyundai Elantra Limited SULEV
For 2007, Hyundai updates the Elantra's exterior and interior styling, improving its handling, ride quality, and revamping the interior by making many features standard. It now stands taller and wider than its previous incarnation. Lastly, the five-door hatchback Elantra leaves the lineup.
There’s nothing terribly new or inspiring about the 2007 Hyundai Elantra’s exterior design. Yes, it looks larger than last year’s model (2.2 inches taller, two inches wider, and 1.6 inches longer), but it remains a slightly different version of the Hyundai Azera. The Hyundai Elantra’s body lines appear smooth and clean, featuring an attractive horizontal-bar front-end grille with nicely integrated headlamps.
The 2007 Hyundai Elantra’s inside seems a bit more mentionable in terms of design scheme, improved ergonomics, and overall passenger comfort as it looks altogether more cohesively arranged and proportioned. Composed of soft-touch materials, the dash colors and lights exude a soothing quality thanks to its blue-illumination gauges, with plenty of contours sculpted throughout suggestive of a more luxurious experience. In terms of passenger room and cargo capacity, the 2007 Hyundai Elantra ensures ample leg, hip, head, and shoulder room for both front- and rear-seat occupants. The back seat splits 60/40, and the Elantra offers an impressive amount of trunk space with 14 cubic feet altogether. Plus, it includes a good assortment of storage areas along the console, across the dashboard, and in seatback pockets.
Performance & Handling
All trims of the 2007 Hyundai Elantra contain a two-liter, four-cylinder engine that delivers 138 hp and 136 lb-ft of torque, married to either a five-speed manual or a four-speed automatic transmission. While a bit less impressive than its class leaders, the Elantra’s powertrain still offers a fairly zippy ride coupled with a quiet interior experience (minimal wind and road noise), secure handling and cornering, an average acceleration rate for its class (achieving zero to 60 mph in eight seconds), and impressive steering response and feedback. It proves particularly skillful when tackling inclines.
With some excellent crash test scores on its report card and an extensive list of safety features the 2007 Hyundai Elantra stacks up well in terms of driver and passenger protection. Six airbags come standard, including two front, two front seat-mounted side-impact airbags, and two side-curtain airbags. The Elantra also includes four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes, front and rear head restraints with whiplash protection, traction control, and five-year/ 24-hour roadside assistance.
EPA Fuel Economy
Hyundai Elantra: 28/36 mpg city/highway
- Very good fuel economy
- Attractive interior design
- Lots of standard safety features
- Low sticker price
- Nice warranty packages
- Good handling and driver response
You Won't Like
- Loud engine at high rpm
- Somewhat clumsy gear shifting
An affordable compact sedan that’s roomy, reliable, safe, and fuel efficient.
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