I like the shift action on this Hyundai as the gearshift glides from gear to gear with only two-finger operation. While Hyundai fits steel wheels to the Elantra GLS, the bright wheel covers are handsome. There are upholder in all four doors and in the center of the tunnel in the front-seat area. And yes, the Elantra still plays with keys.
There is an ECO button - never turned it off because economy is so important in these days of nosebleed fuel prices - and a shift light that advises when to up- and down-shift the transmission. While the engine isn't a powerhouse, it's adequate and doesn't mind if the driver goes from fourth to sixth gear, at least most of the time.
Hyundai's audio system includes three XM, two FM and a single AM band together with CD player and it's adequate for a standard item, with six speakers about the cabin. Nice to have satellite radio on an entry-level machine like this; Hyundai certainly does have a lot of standard features for all of its models.
The seats, while manual and without lumbar support controls, are quite comfortable and after three hours there's not a dead feeling in the butt or legs. The cloth fabric looks quite durable, too. While there are hard plastics about the cabin, they're not cheap-looking and all seals, seams and closures are excellent.
Over the road, I find the 2011 Hyundai Elantra excellent for constant-speed travel and in-town traffic doesn't phase this little sedan a bit. The large, 14.8-cubic-foot trunk swallows anything given to it and there is a 60/40 fold to allow additional cargo.
And then there's the warranty - Hyundai's 10-year coverage is the best in the business and, these days the firm's quality makes that almost a moot point. While many of us don't aspire to a compact sedan, oftentimes it's the choice we need to make for our motoring requirements.
The 2011 Hyundai Elantra GLS fills the needs and the wants of the public on wheels and does so without sacrifice. It's handsome, road-worthy and an easy place to spend time when travel plans dictate a longer haul. I highly recommend this sedan.
© 2011 Anne Proffit