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2011 Hyundai Elantra

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2011 Hyundai Elantra Review

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KBB Expert Rating: 7.5

For years Hyundai was dogged by a negative reputation for sub-par vehicles, but the Korean manufacturer has turned the corner and drastically improved its image by producing higher-quality and more appealing products like the 2011 Elantra. Often costing about a thousand dollars less than similarly equipped versions of the Honda Civic, Toyota Corolla and Nissan Sentra, the Elantra is an exceptional value with a host of standard features, one of the best warranties on the market and an EPA rating of 40 mpg on the highway. For 2011, the Elantra has been redesigned and sports a style that is sure to steal some attention away from the category leaders.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you're looking for a compact sedan with a sporty design, excellent fuel economy and loads of safety and tech features at a lower cost than comparably-equipped competitors, then the Hyundai Elantra should be on your test-drive list.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If you don't hang on to your vehicles for a long time, the Hyundai Elantra might not be the right choice for you. Although its 36-month residual value is on par with the gold-standard Honda Civic, the Elantra loses its value faster over time and falls behind the Civic after five years - meaning you will get less on your trade when it's time to buy a new car.

What's New for 2011

The 2011 Hyundai Elantra ups the ante in the compact-car segment by offering 40 mile-per-gallon fuel economy at a price lower than many of its competitors.

Driving the Elantra

Driving Impressions The Hyundai Elantra may not be the sportiest car in its class, but it is still fun to drive. You can feel enough of a connection to the road that...

you wouldn't mind putting it through the paces on a curvy weekend drive, but you also won't feel every pothole or road imperfection, making it a great daily commuter car. Steering is just right, and the turning radius is one of the best in its class - which helps in crowded parking lots. Our one caveat is that the engine can get a little buzzy when pushed on a grade or on the highway, but the shifts are smooth and the minor engine noise is a small price to pay for the savings you'll see at the gas pump.

Heated Rear Seats
The 2011 Hyundai Elantra Limited offers not only heated leather seats in front, but also in the rear - a feature practically unheard of in anything less than a luxury vehicle.

Navigation Package
It's true that with the onslaught of smart phones having a navigation system in your car is less of a priority, but Hyundai integrates the seven-inch screen so well into the Elantra's instrument panel (and includes a rearview camera) that we would spend the extra money to get the optional package.

2011 Hyundai Elantra Details
2011 Hyundai Elantra photo Interior

The Hyundai Elantra's interior is nicely appointed and, although plastic can be found on nearly every surface of the cabin, the style is functional and well-done. The Elantra's gauges and center-stack controls are very user-friendly and the integration of the optional navigation system is one of the best we've seen. The 2011 Hyundai Elantra also features 43.6 inches of front legroom, allowing even tall people to stretch their legs. In back, passengers have equally robust legroom, but headroom is a different story. Since the exterior design of the cabin roof slopes to the rear quite a bit, back-seat passengers over six feet tall might find themselves hitting the headliner. Trunk space is larger than most competitors (only bested by the Chevrolet Cruze) and 60/40 split-folding rear seats make it easy to transport bulky items.

Exterior
2011 Hyundai Elantra photo

The 2011 Hyundai Elantra looks sporty, with a sculptured fascia and an aggressively sweeping shoulder line. Competitors offer less-flashy styling, giving the Elantra sedan a leg up in terms of aesthetics. The GLS rides on 15-inch steel wheels while 16-inch alloys are optional. Moving up to the Limited adds athletic 17-inch alloy wheels, fog lamps and turn signals on the body-color heated power mirrors.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The 2011 Hyundai Elantra's base GLS trim level comes with the essentials and more, including a six-speed manual transmission, air conditioning, power accessories, tilt steering wheel, 60/40 split-folding rear seats and a six-speaker AM/FM/CD/MP3 sound system with Satellite radio and USB/auxiliary input jacks. The Elantra includes an impressive array of standard safety equipment, including six airbags, electronic stability and traction controls, Electronic Brake-force Distribution and a remote keyless entry anti-theft system with panic button.

Optional Equipment

Opting for the up-level Limited trim adds a six-speed automatic transmission with SHIFTRONIC, 17-inch alloy wheels, Bluetooth connectivity, steering wheel-mounted cruise and audio controls and leather seats. Packages available for the GLS include a Preferred Equipment Package, which adds Bluetooth, steering wheel-mounted audio controls and 16-inch alloy wheels; and a Navigation Package, which adds a seven-inch navigation screen, automatic headlamps and a rearview camera. The Limited can be equipped with the Premium Package, which features remote push-button start, navigation, a rearview camera and automatic headlamps.

Under the Hood

The only engine offered in the 2011 Hyundai Elantra is a 1.8-liter four-cylinder that produces 148 horsepower and 131 pound-feet of torque. It can be matched with either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic with SHIFTRONIC for those drivers who want to shift their own gears on occasion. We had the opportunity to drive both the manual and automatic Elantras and found both drivetrains have their virtues. The manual transmission shifts smoothly and easily and would make a solid choice if you wanted to save the $2,000 premium that the automatic adds to the bottom line. The automatic provides sure shifts, and if you want to shift your own gears, the SHIFTRONIC system is easy to use.

1.8-liter in-line four cylinder
148 horsepower @ 6500 rpm
131 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4700 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 29/40 (manual), 29/40 (automatic)

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2011 Hyundai Elantra Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.0
Out of 10

Based on 327 Ratings for the 2011 - 2015 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.4/10
    Quality
    8.2/10
  • Reliability
    8.8/10
    Performance
    7.6/10
  • Comfort
    8.3/10
    Styling
    8.7/10

Completely satisfied with the 2015 Elantra GT

By on Monday, March 16, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 600

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Smooth transmission, good around-town gas mileage"

Cons: "Highway speed road noise, no power liftgate"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"The GT is great value for money. Mine is equipped with both the style and the tech package. Leather seats are of high quality, and the navigation system is far superior to some systems on other automobile brands. The sound system is quite good but should be have been upgraded in ine with the sedan upgrade. The car drives like a dream, seamlessy shifting up and down the gears. Steering can be set to sport, normal or comfort mode. I am getting 26-27 miles around town, in eco mode, which is better than advertised. At speeds above fifty miles an hour there is probaby more road noise that some would prefer but less than the last car I owned. I would not hesitate to recommend the GT to anyone. It has a power driver's seat and panoramic sun roof and I added a homelink auto-dimming mirror and cargo net as accessories."

5 people out of 6 found this review helpful

i love my car, hyundai has really stepped up!!

By on Monday, March 16, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 12,679

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
6/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "great gas mileage, looks great, sporty..."

Cons: "can't lock glove compartment..."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"this is my first hyundai, and wont' be my last..i had the car for a little over a year, and i'm looking to upgrade to another hyundai...really enjoy the car, it is sporty and has a great look..i get many compliments on it, and i would recommend to anyone."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

Great vehicle

By on Saturday, March 14, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 120,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"I've owned this car 3 1/2 yrs. 120,000 miles without any problems. I'm looking at a new one now. Great value amd warranty."

Great Value for poeple that care more about tech

By on Friday, March 06, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 9,873

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "great price, value, warrenty, style, technology"

Cons: "fuel economey, can be sugglish in auto mode"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I got this car because it was a hatchback, i love the versatility, and because it had all the features I was looking for well below the price of other cars in this class. The leather seats are great quality, as good as you would find in much more expensive cars, the navigation and Bluetooth are the best i have ever used in a car. Great features if you live in a cold climate, like heated side mirrors and an auxiliary heater which allows for the car to warm the interior within 3 minutes of turning it on which means no need to let it run for a long time on a cold morning. And the car looks great, the panoramic sunroof makes it look very stylish. A complaint is the sub-par fuel economy, don't expect to get the rated MPG. It can also be a bit sluggish to shift, but this is over come with the ability to manually tell the car to change gears, i think Hyundai calls it shiftronic, i use it when i am passing someone to downshift so i can accelerate faster. All and all I love the car, no car is perfect for everyone, but if you are like me and is more concerned about the interior comfort and features, plus the versatility of a hatch, then this car is one you should look at."

4 people out of 5 found this review helpful

loved my car until it started snowing!!!!!!

By on Thursday, March 05, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 30,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
7/10
Performance
5/10
Styling
6/10
Comfort
9/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 7

"the traction control was no help it was just annoying couldn't move up hill even in low on dusting of snow not a good car for Mass!"

10 people out of 15 found this review helpful

Excellent car

By on Tuesday, March 03, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 55,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "Great car all around"

Cons: "None"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"I bought this car to commute to work 250 miles away one way and back weekly and it has been more than that. we use it as a family car for trips as well"

3 people out of 4 found this review helpful

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