2014 Hyundai Elantra Video

All three versions of Hyundai's popular Elantra got revisions for 2014, making an already good thing better, says Cars.com reviewer Kelsey Mays. The compact sedan, GT hatchback and coupe got exterior styling tweaks like snazzy-looking LED-accented headlights and revised bumpers.

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The coupe and GT along with a new sedan Sport model ride on a stiffer suspension and use a more powerful 173-horsepower, 2.0-liter engine. Inside, most versions of the Elantra will use a new touch-screen control interface. Check out the video for more.

By Jennifer Geiger | November 22, 2013 | Comments (2)

2014 Hyundai Elantra, Coupe, GT: Up Close

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Hyundai's Elantra series has been a favorite of ours since the latest redesign arrived for 2011 and wowed critics and customers alike with its style, utility, value and quality. The addition of the two-door coupe and five-door hatchback GT only furthered that respect, adding style and sass to the compact segment. Now for 2014, Hyundai has given the Elantra lineup a mild refresh, focusing mostly on the four-door sedan in terms of styling updates.

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The company seems to have followed the "if it's not broken, don't fix it" idea, as the updates to the Elantra sedan are indeed subtle. A new set of headlights with LED running lamps and concept-car-like polymer light pipes have appeared up front, along with a new bumper and grille. Optional chrome trim on the beltline at the base of the windows and new LED taillights out back round out what is now a slightly more upscale and refined look. Those light-pipe headlights are truly distinctive, however, and are sure to please more than a few shoppers.

By Aaron Bragman | November 22, 2013 | Comments (0)

2014 Hyundai Elantra Sedan Photo Gallery (24 Photos)

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You'll have to look closely to tell the 2014 version of Hyundai's compact sedan from the 2013 model. The exterior styling changes are subtle, and one of the most noticeable is the addition of LED-accented headlights, a bandwagon that many automakers are jumping on. 

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Other changes include tweaked front and rear bumpers, revised fog lights and a bit of chrome along the sedan's beltline. In back, LED taillights are new, and the sedan no longer rides on steel wheels; they are replaced by alloy wheels in 15-, 16- or 17-inch sizes.

The updates combine to give the Elantra an overall classier look — not bad for a sedan that was already pretty stylish. Check out the gallery below; Cars.com photos by Evan Sears.

By Jennifer Geiger | November 21, 2013 | Comments (1)

2014 Hyundai Elantra at the 2013 L.A. Auto Show

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Competes with: Kia Forte, Toyota Corolla, Honda Civic
Looks like: Not much different than the current Elantra, now with more LEDs
Drivetrain: Carryover 145-hp, 1.8-liter four-cylinder (Elantra SE and Limited sedan); new 173-hp, 2.0-liter four-cylinder (Elantra Sport, GT and coupe).
Hits dealerships: February 2014

Hyundai's highly popular Elantra trio (sedan, coupe and GT hatchback) is getting a mild update for 2014, and the automaker chose the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show to show off the production versions.

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All three models get a slight appearance massage, a new engine option and some updated audio units, while the sedan has its trim levels shuffled a bit, adding a new Sport model and replacing the GLS with the SE trim.

By Aaron Bragman | November 20, 2013 | Comments (7)

2013 Hyundai Elantra: Car Seat Check

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Hyundai has all its bases covered with the 2013 Elantra. This compact car comes in three body styles — sedan, coupe and hatchback. We've put both the Elantra coupe and the Elantra GT hatch through our Car Seat Checks, so it's about time that we see how the sedan fares with child-safety seats.

While we normally use a Britax Roundabout convertible car seat in our checks, we used a Britax Marathon convertible in this one. The Marathon is roughly the same width and height as the Roundabout, but the Marathon's depth is 21 inches while the Roundabout measures at 24.4 inches.

By Jennifer Newman | October 17, 2013 | Comments (0)

Recall Alert: 2011-13 Hyundai Elantra

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Hyundai is recalling 186,254 model-year 2011-13 Elantra sedans due to a problem with the air bags that could cause an injury, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The affected sedans were manufactured from Nov. 12, 2010, through March 5, 2013. A support bracket attached to the headliner could become displaced during a side curtain airbag deployment. If the headliner support bracket makes contact with an occupant during a crash, it could cut them.

In a statement to Cars.com, the automaker said it was aware of one minor injury resulting from the problem. A motorist suffered a cut to his ear during a significant collision in a 2011 Elantra that caused the side curtain airbag to deploy.

By Matt Schmitz | April 3, 2013 | Comments (4)

Movers & Losers: March 2012

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The Hyundai Elantra and Toyota Prius were in high demand in March, with just-released 2013 Elantra sedans staying at dealerships just three days before shoppers take them home — proof that if a car is executed right, it can sell fast even in its third year.

There are still nearly twice as many 2012 Elantras versus 2013s in Cars.com's national new-car inventory, and the 2012s moved briskly, too. They averaged just 10 days on dealer lots in March. That's well below the month's 41-day average, which was a tick slower than February's 39-day average but it's faster than March 2011, when new cars took 48 days to sell.

By Kelsey Mays | April 10, 2012 | Comments (0)

2013 Hyundai Elantra Coupe and GT Video

The Elantra's popularity is skyrocketing. Strong sales, rave reviews and big awards are keeping us talking about Hyundai's compact sedan. New coupe and hatchback versions only add to its buzz factor. Building off the sedan's new-for-2011 fluid design language, the coupe offers a sportier take on Elantra, and the GT's hatchback adds a measure of functionality. Cars.com editor Mike Hanley applauds Hyundai for widening the Elantra’s appeal with two new body styles. 

By Jennifer Geiger | February 9, 2012 | Comments (0)

Next Hyundai Elantra Debuts Overseas

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If you didn’t have the Busan International Motor Show on your radar, you probably didn't expect to see Hyundai’s redesigned compact take a bow. But there it was, the Avante as it’s called in the automaker’s native Korean market. Unlike the reveal of the revamped Accent last week, there was no confusion in the press release about this being the new Elantra that will eventually be sold in the U.S.

Hyundai spokesman Dan Bedore would not confirm if this model is anything like what the U.S. will get, but he did confirm a new U.S. Elantra is planned. “As part of our 24/7 (seven new products in 24 months) product surge, we will unveil a new Elantra in the U.S. later in 2010,” he said.

The exterior is a radical departure from the current Elantra, but it's right in line with the new design of the Sonata and Tucson, which have seen brisk sales. The front of the Elantra looks a bit like the Mazda3, but the profile and rear are much more similar to the new Sonata.

Unfortunately, we can’t confirm if the 1.6-liter direct-injection four-cylinder and six-speed automatic will be found in the U.S. version, but it’d be a good bet. Hyundai says the engine is 10% more efficient than its closest competitors, but the company wouldn’t be more specific on that.

We expect other options like high-intensity-discharge headlamps and rear LED taillights to stay overseas as well, but we’ll know more during the next U.S. auto show season that kicks off in Los Angeles in November and runs through the New York auto show in April 2011.

For now, check out more photos below.
By David Thomas | April 29, 2010 | Comments (16)

Hyundai Advances Dealers Cash for Clunkers Funds

2009sonata2 The government hasn’t finished registering dealers for its Cash for Clunkers program yet, and rules for how funds will be distributed haven’t been released to the public or dealers. Hyundai isn’t waiting, however. The company is supplying cash funds to dealers now in advance of CARS going into effect. In fact, it already paid one car shopper last week for turning in a 1995 Ford Explorer while purchasing a new Hyundai Elantra Touring.

Hyundai is being aggressive with its latest incentives, as the company is one of the few to see sales success since the economic downturn. It’s still offering its Assurance plan, and this month it launched a gas incentive good for $1.49-a-gallon gas for a year.

You can check out our up-to-date guide to Cash for Clunkers here, as well as a full list of eligible vehicles (by mpg) here.

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By David Thomas | July 6, 2009 | Comments (7)

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