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2011 Hyundai Elantra

In the past, Hyundai Elantra did not stand a chance in front of other competitors like the Toyota Corolla or the Honda Civic due to its rather boring look and limited features. Things have significantly changed for the better with the 2011 Hyundai Elantra which was exposed at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The car now looks very attractive and comes bundled with a wide variety of features and an EPA rating of 29 mp city / 40 mpg highway, regardless of the trim level chosen.

Hyundai launched the 2011 Sonata some time ago and received a positive impact from everybody thanks to its superb styling and excellent handling in a price range that only offered rather boring cars. Using the exact same recipe, Hyundai is back with the Elantra model which in our opinion looks very good and comes at an affordable price. If you compare the Elantra with its bigger brother, the Sonata, you will notice that the design was inspired from it, with its swoopy lines and sharp creases. Hyundai finally has a consistent design idea thanks to the Elantra, Sonata and the small SUV – Tucson. Hyundai is planning to sell approximately 200,000 Sonata units this year in the United States which means that if all things go smooth, the Elantra model will be a big hit, following the same recipe.

The 2011 Elantra has a two inches longer wheelbase and the overall length has increased by less than an inch in comparison with the now old generation model. As far as the width is concerned, it remained at the same level, but the height is 1.8 inches lower. Down points include the headroom and the total interior volume which is now two cubic feet smaller. However, the car still is a mid-size vehicle according to EPA classification, over the Corolla and the Civic which are qualified as compact automobiles.

To improve brake efficiency, Hyundai equipped the car will disk brakes an all corners. The rear rotors remained the same, but the front ones grow 0.2 inch, totaling 11 inches. We all know that the previous generations of the Elantra were not known for being very easy to handle and we are eager to find out how the new model is doing, taking into consideration that the rear suspension has been changed from a more expensive multilink setup to a budget-minded torsion-beam axle.

We think that the most important update brought to the car is the new “Nu” engine which is a 1.8-liter four cylinder capable of outputting 148 hp at 6500 rpm, which is 10 hp more in comparison with the older generation 2.0-liter. However, the torque output decreased by 5 lb-ft, to a 131 lb-ft, but in exchange, it is 74 pounds lighter thanks to the all-aluminum construction. This new engine can be linked to a six-speed manual gearbox or to a more comfortable six-speed automatic gearbox.

The Elantra is now equipped with low-rolling-resistance tires, a new electric power steering plus the curb weight is down. The coefficient of drag dropped from 0.32 to 0.28. All of these important changes allow the 2011 Hyundai Elantra to do a 29 mpg city / 40 mpg highway EPA rating.

2011 Hyundai Elantra

The car will be available for sale starting with December and customers will have to choose from one of the two trim configurations available – GLS and Limited. As far as the safety equipment is concerned, the car features anti-lock brakes, electronic stability and traction controls plus six airbags. The entry-level GLS models will be equipped with the 6-speed manual gearbox, body-colored door handlers and mirrors, cabin-air filter, keyless entry, power windows and locks, a six-speaker audio system with USB and auxiliary in puts. The GLS model will ride on standard 15-inch steel rims. The list of optional for the standard model include two different 16-inch wheel options, automatic gearbox, Bluetooth, 7” touch-screen navigation that has Bluetooth streaming audio capability, 8GB memory, rearview camera, air conditioning and auto headlights.

For those of you that are willing to pay more, you could get the Elantra with the Limited trim that offers in addition to the features of the GLS, the following features: 17-inch rims, sunroof, heated leather seats both front & rear and heated mirrors. Optional features include the navigation system and the push-button starting.

We do not know any details about the pricing of the 2011 Hyundai Elantra, but taking into consideration that when the Sonata was launched, it had the same price tag as the outgoing generation. For this reason we are hoping that the Elantra will have the same price as the old generation model, which makes the car a very important player in its price segment.

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