2019 Hyundai Elantra Review

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2019 Hyundai Elantra Overview

The Hyundai Elantra, which has come a long way since its launch in 1991, is a great example of Hyundai’s progress in developing its reputation for building reliable, affordable, and likable small cars. The Elantra GT hatchback was redesigned in 2018, and the Elantra sedan gets a full redesign for 2019.

The Elantra sedan gets a bold new look all over. The front-end redesign includes new front fenders, hood, fascia, grille, and headlight design, which are tied together with sharp angles and crisp lines. On Limited and Sport models, the front lighting is upgraded to LED units. Updates to the rear come courtesy of a new trunk and fascia, flanked by new taillights. Fresh wheel designs are available for every trim level.

Three engines are available for the 2019 Elantra, and all Elantras are front-wheel drive (FWD). Most models come with a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine, which can be paired to a 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic transmission; it makes 147 horsepower and 132 pound-feet of torque. The Elantra Eco gets a turbocharged 1.4-liter 4-cylinder, rated at 128 hp and 156 lb-ft and matched with a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. The top-end Sport, which comes with a turbocharged 1.6-liter 4-cylinder engine and the choice of a 6-speed manual or 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, makes 201 hp and 195 lb-ft. When equipped with the automatic transmission, the base Elantra achieves 28 mpg city, 37 mpg highway, and 32 mpg combined. Those numbers drop to 28, 36, 29 with the manual transmission. The Eco model comes in at 32 city, 40 highway, and 35 combined. Fuel economy data for the Elantra Sport has yet to be released.

The Elantra’s interior changes feature new designs for the center stack, instrument cluster, controls, vents, and storage tray. Every Elantra includes remote keyless entry, Bluetooth, and an adjustable driver’s seat with height adjustment. SEL models and above get heated front seats, push-button start, and a proximity key.

Most Elantra models get premium cloth upholstery, but the Limited and Sport come standard with leather. The base SE trim comes with a 6-speaker AM/FM/CD audio system with MP3 compatibility and a 5-inch display, while higher trims get a 7-inch touch screen display that adds satellite radio, Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay. Limited and Sport models offer an upgrade to an 8-inch touch screen with the newest version of Hyundai’s infotainment system and navigation. The Limited also includes wireless device charging and an 8-speaker Infinity audio system that is optional on the Sport model.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) awards a 4-star overall score to the 2019 Elantra. It has not yet been tested by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Most of the Elantra’s active safety features are included in the SEL trim level and above, though the base SE trim does include a reversing camera. This list of premium features includes forward-collision avoidance (a version with pedestrian detection can be added on the Limited trim), driver attention warning, blind-spot detection, lane-keep assist, lane-departure warning, blind-spot monitoring, and rear cross-traffic alert. Adaptive cruise control and safe-exit assist are available on the Limited trim level.

With an emphasis on balancing new tech features with affordability, the redesigned 2019 Elantra is another big step toward establishing Hyundai as a leading manufacturer of value-oriented vehicles. The new Elantra will be available in late 2018.

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Cherise is a Chicago-based freelance writer and editor with nearly 15 years of experience covering the automotive industry. Cherise loves writing about car culture and sharing common-sense car-buying advice. She is eagerly awaiting delivery of a 2019 Subaru WRX Series.Gray, which will join her household's 2008 Toyota RAV4, 2007 Genuine Buddy Italia 150, and 2015 Honda Grom.

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