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Today's Hyundai Elantra has earned a place alongside our favorite cars in the class, the Ford Focus and Mazda 3. It also competes against a host of other compact entries, including the Chevrolet Cruze, Dodge Dart, Nissan Sentra, and Volkswagen Golf, and its cousin, the Kia Forte. For 2016, the Elantra GT (Hyundai's name for the hatchback model) gets a few upgrades. The Elantra nameplate is in its... Read More Below »
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Today's Hyundai Elantra has earned a place alongside our favorite cars in the class, the Ford Focus and Mazda 3. It also competes against a host of other compact entries, including the Chevrolet Cruze, Dodge Dart, Nissan Sentra, and Volkswagen Golf, and its cousin, the Kia Forte. For 2016, the Elantra GT (Hyundai's name for the hatchback model) gets a few upgrades.

The Elantra nameplate is in its fourth generation in the U.S. market. In its current form, the Elantra has won many honors, including the 2012 North American Car of the Year title. The Elantra sedan and hatchback make up the South Korean automaker's compact offerings. The 

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With its 2011 redesign, the Elantra made a bold design gamble. Its radical new style built on the automaker's "fluidic sculpture" theme seen on the larger Sonata. The Elantra interpretation took on a slightly more athletic look that gives it a more dynamic stance, while the interior was thoroughly rejuvenated as well. Power comes from a new 148-hp, 1.8-liter engine, and with weight reduced, the model initially had a 40-mpg highway rating across the entire lineup. While these models aren't especially enjoyable to drive, they're well-equipped small cars, with refinement a step above past efforts, including much reduced wind and road noise.

The Elantra has decent safety gear, although its crash-test ratings were initially a mixed bag. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) gave it the Top Safety Pick award and today's car achieves a five-star overall rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The current Elantra also offers some features that aren't necessarily commonplace in this size class, including a touch-screen navigation system with real-time weather and traffic; heated rear seats; and a backup camera.

One black mark on the 2011–2013 Elantra lineup: Hyundai was found to have overstated its fuel-economy numbers for several vehicle lines, due to what it deemed procedural errors during its testing. Hyundai initially claimed up to 40 mpg highway for some models, but after a consumer campaign alleged lower real-world economy, the EPA ran a confirmation check of the Elantra lineup and of several other Hyundai and Kia vehicles. The tests resulted in restated fuel-economy numbers for all involved model years. Owners can register with Hyundai to receive reimbursement for the gas consumed above and beyond expected levels. For more details, head to HyundaiMPGInfo.com.

The 2013 model year marked the introduction of a new Hyundai Elantra Coupe, essentially a two-door version of the Elantra sedan, as well as a Hyundai Elantra GT hatchback. The GT has more in common with the compact Hyundai hatchbacks sold in Europe. It's related to the Elantra sedan and coupe, but has its own bodywork that's about 9 inches shorter overall, with sharp fastback styling featuring some overt Mazda 3 cues. The interior isn't quite the same as that in the other models: the dash is shallower, without the hourglass shape that defines the center stack of controls in the coupe and sedan. The GT does have its own rear suspension design, and a three-mode electric steering rack that offers added heft, though feedback is still limited.

The 2014 model year brought a new Elantra Sport four-door model that uses a 174-horsepower version of Hyundai's 2.0-liter four-cylinder. That engine was also added to the Elantra GT range as an option. This was also the second and final year of availability for the Elantra Coupe, which did not return for 2015 due to low sales volumes.

Hyundai has announced updates to the Elantra GT for 2016. Changes include a new front end with a slatted grille, as well as several newly available features, including a revised nav system with Siri Eyes Free functionality, ventilated front seats, and the latest Hyundai Blue Link services, which bring remote-start and other capabilities via smartphone app.

The Elantra sedan gets its own changes for 2016. Most concern package content, with a new Value Edition trim level sprouting between the SE and Sport trims; it adds a lot of popular items for a discounted package price. The Sport also gets a price cut, with cloth seats swapped in for the previously standard leather and the removal of its power sunroof.

Hyundai Elantra history

From 1992 to 2000, the first two generations of Elantras were, like most Hyundais of the era, inexpensive economy cars. After 2000, the Elantra made great strides toward mainstream levels of equipment and quality, including standard front and side airbags, air conditioning, and power locks and windows.

Redesigned again in 2007, the last-generation Elantra and the Elantra Touring wagon offered even more room, more powerful and efficient engines, and standard safety features like electronic stability control, brake assist, side-curtain airbags, active head restraints, and all-disc anti-lock brakes. The modern-day Elantra GT five-door hatchback has replaced the Touring wagon in the current Elantra lineup.

With that 2007–2010 model, Hyundai managed to earn a new level of respect for reliability and resale value--even against stalwarts like the Civic and Corolla. This Elantra was offered in just three trims, with the Limited model available from 2001 to 2006 cut from the lineup. The GLS and SE trims were complemented by the Blue, a special fuel-efficiency-focused version of the sedan available only with a five-speed manual transmission. The Elantra Touring was only available in GLS and SE trims.

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Although the fifth-generation Hyundai Elantra, introduced for the 2011 model year, has opened up this compact sedan to consideration by an entirely new style-conscious crowd, it was the fourth-generation (2007-2010) Elantra that won over the practical shoppers, with its generous list of features, refined ride - and, over time, the reputation for reliability that it's earned. The 2009-2012 model-year Elantra Touring models build on that four-generation Elantra with a sportier tune and more versatility. 
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