2012 Hyundai Elantra ReviewApr 30th, 2012
The 2012 Hyundai Elantra is a top pick for a sedan, this is comes with no surprise. Bold styling on both the exterior and interior, fuel efficiency and the best in safety features makes the Elantra a top dog within this category. There are no big changes because 2011 was the main remodelling year. This year the 2012 Hyundai Elantra offers an Active Eco System that modifies engine and transmission parameters at the push of a button to increase fuel economy by up to 7 percent. Also new for this year, is the change in the names of the trim level.
The interior of the 2012 Hyundai Elantra is innovative and easy on the eyes. Attractive styling features and plush-like materials make for a luxurious ride. The best in safety features like leather, heated in front and rear seats, an excellent navigation system and a rearview camera. Other wonderful features in the 2012 Hyundai Elantra are a AM/FM/CD/MP3 player with 6 speakers, centre console with storage compartments and armrests, driver’s seat height adjuster and a trip computer.
The exterior of the 2012 Hyundai Elantra is sleek, modern and innovative. The rear has unique taillights, a large trunk and a sloping hood that is sleek and sporty. The Elantra is a bigger version of the Prius. With this added size is an exceptional amount of trunk space and enough headroom that is spacious enough for anyone over six-feet. The steering wheel is also smaller in diameter which adds to the spacious cockpit.
The 2012 Hyundai Elantra has a little spunk under its hood. It can go from 0 to 95 km/h (60 mph) in 9.4 seconds. The available trim models are: L 6 Speed Manual, L, GL 6 Speed Manual, GL, GLS 6 Speed Manual, GLS, Limited and Limited with Navigation.
The 2012 engine is a 1.8L Dual CVVT DOHC 16V: 148 horsepower and 131 lb-ft of torque.
The 2012 fuel economy for the city is 6.8 (34) and highway is 4.9 (47).
Standard safety features include: advanced front airbags, front seat-mounted side airbags and roof mounted curtain airbags, anti-lock brake system, electronic brake force distribution, vehicle stability management and electronic stability control with traction control system. In Insurance Institute for Highway Safety crash tests, the Elantra earned a top score of “Good” for its performance in frontal-offset, side-impact and roof-strength tests.
The 2012 Hyundai Elantra has won many awards:
- Canadian Car of the Year – Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC)
- 2012 North American Car of the Year – North American Car of the Year (NACOTY)
- Top Safety Pick – Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS)
- 2012 Compact Car of the Year – Auto123.com
- Best New Small Car over $21,000 – Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC)
The 2012 Hyundai Elantra is a reliable, fun and fuel efficient vehicle. It is also extremely versatile. It can be a great family vehicle or a vehicle you can use for long road trips to music festivals.