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The Limited trim also brings along a 360-watt, six-speaker stereo system with an external amp should you decide to rock your passengers' socks straight off their body.
Like most Hyundais, it has about a $1,000-$1,500 price advantage with comparable equipment.
Optioned smartly, the Elantra is more than just a lot of car for the money.
Edmunds' Inside Line
one of the industry’s most straightforward iPod interfaces
Car and Driver
The infotainment interface is merely okay unless you order navigation-some of the functions require multiple steps to access.
All Elantras come with a feature set that makes it one of the best-equipped base vehicles in the segment. Even the base GLS has power windows, locks, and mirrors; keyless entry; and (on automatic models) air conditioning; cruise control; and telescopic steering.
The Limited model adds a sunroof, leather seats and trim, heated front and rear seats, fog lamps, mirror-mounted turn signals, and 17-inch alloy wheels with Continental tires. Top options on the Elantra Limited, all part of a Premium Package, bring the nav system, premium audio, and proximity key entry and push-button start. Even on the GLS, you can get a Navigation Package.
Options can turn the Elantra into a luxurious sedan; the navigation system has one of the largest LCD touchscreens in the class, and it's beautiful to look at and to use, with voice recognition for phone, audio, and and destinations, plus real-time traffic and weather. Bluetooth and audio streaming are standard, too, and a rearview camera comes with the navigation system.
Hyundai boasts that the nav system has the largest screen size in this class. For the price, its beautiful. And it really is a great system, incorporating voice recognition for phone, audio, and nav control, plus XM NavTraffic, NavWeather, Sports and Stocks integration, Bluetooth audio streaming, 16GB of onboard flash memory, Satellite Radio capability, and the capability to play JPEG or BMP slideshows from thumb drives.
To help make the whole ordeal of supply and demand a little easier for all involved, the new Elantra is being offered in just seven build combinations. The down side of this strategy is that there are still holes; you can't, for instance, get the navigation system if you want a manual transmission. Also, oddly, Hyundai makes the telescopic adjustment optional on manual-transmission cars, however, as as part of a Popular Equipment Package.
The 2012 Hyundai Elantra offers the very well-equipped car that most shoppers want, without breaking the bank.