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On Styling
The 2011 Hyundai Elantra positively grabs our attention and won’t let go—a feat in a class of otherwise boring small-car styling.
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cohesive and well balanced while clearly standing out from the rest of the segment
Autoblog

this is definitely not a toylike small car
Edmunds' Inside Line

the one car in this reinvigorated class that actually looks like anything at all
Car and Driver

while some features, like the headlights that stretch nearly to the A-pillars, can look odd by themselves, they all work together to create an attractive whole
Motor Trend

not a single bad angle
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From the back you might mistake the Elantra for its large Sonata sibling; but with the Elantra an even smoother take. Hyundai intended to take the Elantra in a "sporty and modern" design direction this time, and we think it succeeded—this new compact sedan looks, from some side angles, like it's about to leap forward. The exterior builds on the automaker's Fluidic Scupture theme that applies to the mid-size Sonata, but in the Elantra it's a little more crisp and aggressive, a little more athletic.

The level of detailing for the Elantra's exterior is particularly noteworthy. Up close, the front marker lights extend to a point almost directly over the front wheel center—and to the front of the cowl—and the windshield that looks like it might possibly be the steepest of any small car. Take another step back and there's an entirely new dimension—as the deep crease from beside the headlamps softens as it continues all the way to the C-pillar and that prominent, rising shoulder line emerges from smooth sheetmetal just inches behind the lipped wheelwells.

Hyundai's design direction with these sedans makes them standouts, but the down side, to these eyes, is that it risks looking dated sooner than more conservative models.

Inside, the Elantra combines traditional Hyundai swoopiness with some interesting new cues—specifically, the pinch point where the center console meets the rest of the dash. In person, the new interior impresses as a little odd at first, but the more we pored over the details, like the nice hooded gauge cluster and well coordinated two-tone themes, the better we liked it—and the more the entire design seemed to 'pop,' and make sense.

Conclusion

The 2011 Hyundai Elantra positively grabs our attention and won’t let go—a feat in a class of otherwise boring small-car styling.

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