2018 Hyundai Elantra sedan

Pros: Generous level of features for the money; simple, logical control interface; refined ride; nimble handling in GT Sport; GT’s generous cargo room

Cons: Cramped rear seat; cabin trim trails best in class; engine grows noisy when accelerating

CG Says: The Hyundai Elantra GT is redesigned for 2018. Elantra GT is the hatchback stablemate of the Elantra compact sedan that was redesigned for 2017. The Elantra sedan is unchanged except for the addition of a new SEL model. Hyundai claims better NVH (noise, vibration, and harshness) levels, improved structural rigidity, lower weight and improved ride quality and handling for both sedan and GT. Both Elantra sedan and GT offer a Sport model that is powered by a 201-horsepower turbocharged 1.6-liter 4-cylinder engine mated to either a 6-speed manual or 7-speed automated-manual transmission. Sport has unique styling and sport suspension. The Elantra sedan offers a choice of three engines. A 2.0-liter 4-cylinder with 147-horsepower is in all trims except the previously mentioned Sport and fuel-miser Eco, which is powered by a new turbocharged 128-horsepower 1.4-liter four. The Elantra GT’s base engine is a 162-hp version of the 2.0-liter engine. The 2.0-liter is available with 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic transmissions; the 1.4-liter comes only with a 7-speed automated-manual transmission. Elantra offers many safety and convenience features that are unusual for the class. Among the available features are steering-linked xenon headlights, hands-free trunk opening, heated rear seats, wireless cell-phone charging, adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, driver-attention-alert system, blind-spot alert, lane-keep assist, and cross-traffic alert. The Elantra sedan doesn’t stand out in any one area. However, it has generous amount of features for the dollar and offers wide range of available equipment. The same can also be said for the Elantra GT, which also has a large cargo capacity that rivals some compact SUVs.

The Facts
Class Compact Car
Body Style(s) 4-door sedan, 4-door hatchback
Passenger Count 5
Drive Wheels front-wheel drive
Manufacturer Hyundai
Nation of Manufacture USA, South Korea
Base Prices SE sedan: $17,835
SEL sedan: $19,735
Value Edition sedan: $20,735
Eco sedan: $21,435
Sport sedan: $22,685
Limited sedan: $22,985
GT 4-door hatchback: $20,235
GT Sport 4-door hatchback: $24,135

Base Engine
2.0-liter 4-cylinder (SE, SEL, Value Edition, Limited, GT)
Horsepower
147 (162 GT)
Std. Transmission
6-speed manual
Avail. Transmission
6-speed automatic
EPA City Range (mpg)
23-29
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
31-38

Optional Engine
turbocharged 1.4-liter 4-cylinder (Eco)
Horsepower
128
Std. Transmission
7-speed automated-manual
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
32
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
40

Optional Engine
turbocharged 1.6-liter 4-cylinder (Sport, GT Sport)
Horsepower
201
Std. Transmission
6-speed manual
Avail. Transmission
7-speed automated-manual
EPA City Range (mpg)
22-26
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
29-33