Review: 2018 Hyundai Elantra

Review: 2018 Hyundai Elantra

A compact sedan or hatchback is ideal for both small families and students on-the-go, which is why the Elantra is a best-seller in the Richmond area. The popular model was just redesigned last year, but the 2018 model still has a few surprises for you.

The 2018 Hyundai Elantra features more driver assistance tech, improved displays, and new trims that emphasize efficiency and performance. Below, we’ll dig into the details, so check out our full review, then come visit us for a test drive:


You have the choice between four engines when choosing an Elantra model. Most trims, including the SE, SEL, Limited, and Value Edition, come equipped with a 2.0-liter inline-4 engine that makes 147 horsepower and 132 lb-ft of torque. Both options come with either  6-speed manual or automatic transmission. The Elantra Eco features a 1.4-liter turbocharged inline-4 with 7-speed automatic transmission that makes 128 horsepower and 156 lb-ft of torque, and gets up to 40 MPG.

The 2018 Elantra GT has a 2.0-liter inline-4 that produces 162 horsepower and 150 lb-ft of torque, and the Sport and GT Sport have a 1.6-liter turbocharged inline-4 that churns out 201 horsepower and 195 lb-ft of torque. These two engines come with either a 6-speed manual or 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.

Comfort and Convenience

The 2018 Elantra comes standard with cloth seating, air conditioning, 60/40 split-folding rear seats, and cleverly placed consoles and storage throughout. The Limited model adds leather seating surfaces, power 6-way adjustable driver’s seat with lumbar support, and heated power side mirrors.

The Elantra GT includes driver’s seat height adjustment and premium cloth seating, and comes available with leather seating surfaces, heated and ventilated front seats, sliding center armrest, front fog lights Proximity Key with push-button start, automatic headlights, and leather accents.

Safety and Tech

The base SE model comes available with the Popular Equipment Package, which adds a rearview camera with dynamic parking guidelines, automatic headlight control, Bluetooth hands-free tech, heated side mirrors, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and HD Radio. You can also opt for the Tech Package, which gives you LED daytime running lights, Blind Spot Detection with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert, heated front seats, hands-free smart trunk, dual-zone automatic temperature control, and more.

The Limited model is available with the Ultimate Package that includes High-Intensity Discharge Xenon headlights with Dynamic Bending Lights, Automatic High Beam Assist, Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection, Smart Cruise Control, and Lane Keep Assist.

Each model comes equipped with a 7-airbag safety system, driver’s side blind spot mirror, advanced dual front airbags, Vehicle Stability Management, Electronic Stability Control, Hill Start Assist, and Tire Pressure Monitoring System. 


Starting at $16,950 MSRP

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