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SAFETY | 8 out of 10
The Car Connection has high expectations for the 2011 Elantra, as other Hyundai products that have been recently redesigned—like the 2011 Hyundai Sonata—have earned excellent crash-test ratings.
Among budget-priced compact cars, not all safety equipment is always standard (stability control, for instance is sometimes optional in this class). But it's all here and standard across the model line: stability control; anti-lock brakes with Brake Assist; a new Steering Effort Assist system that helps steer you back toward stability and control in a skid; front seat-mounted side airbags; and front and rear side-curtain bags.
Outward visibility is quite good in the Elantra, even considering the swoopy shape, though there is a rearview camera system available.
The 2011 Hyundai Elantra is shaping up to be a very good choice for the safety conscious small-car shopper.