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2012 Hyundai Elantra GLS Review

Smart and Sleek Compact Sedan

A three-quarter rear view of a 2012 Hyundai Elantra GLS

In short: A well-equipped, fuel-efficient entry-level sedan.

Affordable, attractive and fuel-efficient, the Hyundai Elantra GLS is an ideal vehicle for city dwellers and freeway frequenters looking for something beyond the standard econobox. Featuring responsive handling, peppy acceleration and a surprisingly spacious cabin, the compact sedan is a practical buy; however, we prefer to focus on the fun. Inside the cabin, the base model Elantra GLS is fitted with the type of accessories not normally seen in cars of its class, including satellite radio with a six-speaker sound system, iPod connectivity, remote keyless entry and an on-board trip computer. A step up to the Limited trim level brings a voice-activated navigation system, rearview camera and a host of other intelligent features.

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Warranty/Service: 5-year/60,000-mile limited new vehicle warranty; 10-year/100,000 powertrain limited warranty; 7-year/unlimited-mile anti-perforation warranty; 5-year/unlimited-mile 24-hour roadside assistance

Base Price: $17,080 / As Tested: $17,760

Technical Specifications

Vehicle type: front-engine, front-wheel drive, 5-passenger, 4-door sedan

Engine: 1.8-liter 4-cylinder engine with Dual Continuous Variable Valve Timing
Horsepower: 148 hp @ 6,500 rpm
Torque: 131 lb-ft @ 4,700 rpm
Transmission: 6-speed automatic with SHIFTRONIC

Curb weight:
2,701 lbs
Wheelbase: 106.3 in
Length/Width/Height: 178.3/69.9/56.5 in
Turning circle: 34.8 ft

Brakes: 4-wheel disc brakes with ABS; electronic brakeforce distribution; brake assist
Suspension: MacPherson strut front with coil springs; torsion axle rear with gas-filled hydraulic monotube shock absorbers

Traction: electronic stability control with traction control

Top Speed: 120 mph (governor limited)
0-60 mph: 7.8 seconds

EPA City:
29 mpg
EPA Highway: 40 mpg

Safety: driver and front passenger airbags; driver and front passenger side-impact airbags; front and rear side-curtain airbags

Likes: style; value; room

Dislikes: buttons on steering wheel; feels light; metallic inside


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PNW013112 (Updated: 02/17/12 NW)