2012 Hyundai Elantra

  • 2012 Hyundai Elantra GLS Sedan

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2012 Hyundai Elantra Review

Bold and Efficient

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The Elantra remains a value-minded, compact sedan in the 2012 model year. This sedan offers numerous features that come standard, yet keeps its low price of $15,955. Hyundai has adapted to the current rise in gas prices by adding an ActiveEco System that not only makes throttle response smoother, it increases fuel economy by 7 percent; 29 mpg city and 40 mpg highway. The Elantra is powered by a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine producing 148 horsepower and 131 pound-feet of torque. Hyundai's Elantra is equipped with six airbags and a state-of-the-art braking package. The Elantra is a stylish compact sedan that's a good choice for buyers who want a commuter car. Opt for the Limited trim level and you'll get surprising features for a decent price, like leather seats that are heated in the front as well as the outboard two rear seats, too. Those who want a more sporty driving experience might consider looking elsewhere.

The Range

Body Style: Sedan
Engines: 1.8L I-4
Transmissions: 6-speed manual, 6-speed automatic
Models: GLS, SE, Limited

What's New

The Elantra enters 2012 with a few tweaks. New features for 2012 include a dual-shell horn for improved sound, steering calibration, and an optional roadside assistance kit. There are also three new color choices: Shimmering White, Midnight Black, and Indigo Night. The GLS Preferred Package now includes fog lights and a passenger side-sun visor extension.


Like the Sonata and all-new Veloster, the Elantra features Hyundai's "Fluidic Sculpture" design; a variety of rigid surfaces that give the illusion of constant motion, the automaker says. The Elantra is quite similar to the Sonata, both featuring similar lines and a sleek roof. Also, it features Hyundai's signature hexagonal grille and swept-back headlights. Fifteen-, 16-, or 17-inch wheels are available, as well as fog lights.


The interior of the Elantra is basic, yet well-designed. An available telescoping steering wheel is offered for 2012. Also, heated seats continue to be available in the front and rear seats--a feature not found on many cars at any price range. The interior also offers a plethora of storage compartments.

Performance & Handling

The 2012 Elantra is powered by a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine producing 148 horsepower and 131 pound-feet of torque. This sedan weighs 2661 pounds, which gives the Elantra a best-in-class power-to-weight ratio of 18.0. Though the Elantra is still not a quick car, it may be more exciting with the standard six-speed manual transmission.


The Elantra comes standard with six airbags: dual front, front seat-mounted side-impact, and front and rear side curtain. Also, it is equipped with electronic brake distribution that automatically adjusts the braking force to the front and rear axles based on vehicle loading conditions. The Elantra features front and rear crumple zones, as well as internal dual beams placed in the rear doors.

EPA Fuel Economy

Elantra: 29 mpg city/40 mpg highway

You'll Like

  • Lots of features
  • Low price
  • Great fuel economy
  • Lots of storage

You Won't Like

  • Not much power
  • Poor rear visibility

Sum Up

Bold and Efficient

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