2014 Toyota Corolla Joins NHTSA Five-Star Safety Club


After scoring poorly earlier this year in the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's stringent small overlap frontal crash test, the 2014 Toyota Corolla received a bit of redemption from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The agency today announced that the redesigned-for-2014 compact sedan earned its five-star overall safety designation, receiving individual scores of five stars in both frontal- and side-impact crashes and a score of four stars in the rollover test.

In October, IIHS announced that the 2014 Corolla had scored marginal in its small overlap crash test, which is only one step up from poor — the lowest rating — preventing the car from earning the institute's Top Safety Pick Plus credentials. The small overlap test simulates a car striking an object such as a tree or light pole at 40 mph. The Corolla earned good ratings in IIHS' other four tests and was named a Top Safety Pick (a step down from Plus designation), falling behind competitors including the Dodge Dart, Ford Focus, Honda Civic and Hyundai Elantra sedan.

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By Matt Schmitz | December 16, 2013 | Comments (0)

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


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)


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


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 Photo Gallery

Click any photo for a larger version. All photos by Evan Sears.

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By David Thomas | November 10, 2013 | Comments (0)

2013 Hyundai Elantra: Car Seat Check


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)

What Hyundai-Kia's Latest Strike Means to Car Shoppers


Hyundai-Kia's troubled home-turf labor relations continue. The latest chapter has Korean labor unions voting to strike over wage and benefit disputes with the South Korean automaker. The result could mean a production stoppage in its home country.

Hyundai-Kia, which together rank fifth in global sales, is the sixth on the U.S. sales pole, with year-to-date sales down 0.3%. Still, the automaker builds popular cars like the Hyundai Elantra and Sonata, as well as the Kia Optima and Soul. All four rank in the top 35 best-sellers so far this year — and although the automaker operates two assembly plants in the U.S., all Soul and a significant chunk of Optima, Elantra and Sonata vehicles hail from South Korea. A production stoppage could hamstring dealer supply in a matter of weeks.

By Kelsey Mays | August 15, 2013 | Comments (1)

IIHS Tests 12 Compact Cars: Six Pass, Six Fail

A half-dozen compact cars have earned the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's Top Safety Pick+ honor, the nonprofit vehicle-safety advocacy group announced today. Of the 12 models evaluated, top awardees included the two- and four-door versions of the 2013 Honda Civic, 2013 Dodge Dart, 2013 Ford Focus, 2013 Hyundai Elantra and 2014 Scion tC. All of these received Good or Acceptable ratings overall in five different crash tests.

Six other cars — the 2013 Chevrolet Sonic, 2013 Chevrolet Cruze, 2013 Volkswagen Beetle, 2013 Nissan Sentra, 2013 Kia Soul and 2014 Kia Forte — earned Marginal or Poor ratings. "In some cases dummies' heads struck hard structures like the windshield pillar and instrument panel," IIHS media relations associate Kristin Nevels said in a statement.

By Matt Schmitz | August 8, 2013 | Comments (8)

Why Do Lower Trim Levels Use Wheel Covers?

"Why do lower trim levels use wheel covers?"
Henry R., San Francisco


Lower trim levels have plain steel wheels (usually black), and the wheel covers hide this cost-saving move by mimicking the look of aluminum wheels, though with plastic instead of metal. Alloy wheels instead of steel and larger-diameter wheels and tires help differentiate the more expensive price levels and justify their higher prices.

Wheel covers are typically found on the base model of a vehicle line or maybe the lower two price rungs. Here are some examples:

The 2013 Toyota Camry L and LE models have standard 16-inch steel wheels and plastic wheel covers. The higher-priced Camry SE and XLE have 17-inch alloy wheels. On the Hyundai Elantra GLS, 16-inch steel wheels and plastic covers are standard and alloy wheels are optional, but on the Elantra Limited, 17-inch alloy wheels are standard.

With some model lines, including the 2013 Honda Accord, all models have standard alloy wheels, and that is common among luxury brands. You would be hard-pressed to find any model for a luxury brand to have steel wheels and plastic covers.

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