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The Brand New 2012 Hyundai Elantra

In 2011 we saw a complete redesign and now, the 2012 Hyundai Elantra adds an Active Eco System; modifying transmission and engine parameters with just a push of a button. This allows for a much improved fuel efficiency up to 7%. You also see minute changes in the option packages; however, they are not that different.

2012 Hyundai Elantra Review

All the 2012 Hyundai Elantra models feature front wheel drive and the standard 4 cylinder 1.8 liter engine. This produces 148 hp and a torque of 131 lbs / foot. The GLS comes to the table with a standard 6 speed manual transmission. In this case, the automatic gearbox is an optional feature but you will find it included if you decide to opt for the LIMITED trim.

Hyundai ElantraIn a nutshell, this vehicle has just enough power, with tremendous fuel efficiency. The consumption is 29 MPG in the city and 40 MPG on the highway. The only negative thing that can be mentioned is the fact that you will have some trouble in reaching that MPG rating on the highway. Many have said you will basically need to drive flawlessly to do this with the manual transmission.

When discussing safety features, there are many different high quality security systems included in the Hyundai Elantra 2012 model. The standard features that should be mentioned include: stability control, traction control, active head restraints for the front passengers, anti-lock disk brakes, side curtain airbags and side impact airbags.

The security rating offered by the government is an impressive 5 stars for overall crash protection. You see 4 stars in impact protection and 5 stars for side impact. The rating offered by the Insurance Institute is “Good”, which is the maximum rating you can receive.

Special Features and Interior Design

The 2012 Hyundai Elantra is very well designed and the interior is quite attractive. All the climate and audio controls are styled with a new look and they’re also very easy to use. The materials used are not among the best (similar to the 2011 model), but you still get a luxurious feel. You can also include a set of high end features like: heated front seats, heated rear seats, a rear-view camera and a navigation system as well.

The interior design offers lots of space and it is more than what you usually receive in a compact car. You get suitable headroom and the backseat is very spacious for most adults and for all kids.

2012 Elantra Driving Experience

As a whole, the 2012 Elantra looks really impressive and it is only normal that you would expect the driving experience to be fascinating as well. This is actually not all that true. Driving the car is definitely not that exciting; however, this does not mean that you will get bored behind the wheel.

The new engine that was included offers more than enough power and you will surely love the fact that just a little wind noise can be heard. There is some engine noise though and this does remind the driver that he is behind the wheel of an economy car and not a high priced sedan.

In conclusion, the 2012 Hyundai Elantra brings in a proper balance from performance, reliability, and looks. The only problem comes from the handling abilities as they are not as high as some of the competitor models. Although not that big of a deal, it is worth mentioning. All in all I feel that Hyundai did a great job improving on many of the qualities that the 2011 model lacked and makes it a great buy for a low price.