2018 Hyundai Elantra Overview
Hyundai’s most popular and recognizable model returns for 2018, sporting its recently-redesigned appearance and a slew of fun features at a competitive price. If you’re in the mood for a sub-compact, the Elantra won’t steer you wrong.
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What’s New for the 2018 Hyundai Elantra?
Considering the Hyundai Elantra went through a redesign and entered its sixth generation not too long ago, much of this year’s model is a carryover. The biggest item of note is the introduction of the new SEL trim, which is essentially the Popular Equipment Package as its own trim. This standardizes many of the digital and infotainment items that were previously optional-only for lower tier versions of the Elantra. The rest of the trims get minor additions, such as the Limited’s black accents and auto-dimming rearview mirror, the Sport’s standard power sunroof, and the overall addition of a Machine Grey body color.
The 2018 Hyundai Elantra is available in six trims: SE, SEL, Value Edition, Eco, Sport, and Limited. All trims are offered in standard FWD.
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2018 Hyundai Elantra Exterior
The 2018 Elantra bears the hexagonal grille that Hyundai has been infusing across its lineup; its shape widens the fascia and gives the sedan a less-poised, more laid-back appearance, echoing the premium confidence the Sonata has. The compact vehicle stretches 179.9 inches in total length, with a 106.3-inch wheelbase. Its width sits at 70.9 inches and its height reaches 56.5 inches. Four of the eight available body colors for the 2018 Elantra include white, beige, red, and Lakeside Blue.
Exterior features available on the 2018 Hyundai Elantra
- SE Trim Adds: Dual fold-away power bodycolor side mirrors, Solar control glass, Variable intermittent windshield wipers/washer, Protector headlights with Daytime Running Lights
- SEL Trim Adds: Heated side mirrors, Hood insulator, Automatic headlight control, 16-inch alloy wheels with P205/55R16 tires
- Value Edition Adds: Hands-free smart trunk, LED Daytime Running Lights, Door handle approach lights, Power tilt-and-slide sunroof
- Eco Trim Adds: 15-inch alloy wheels with P195/65R15 tires
- Sport Trim Adds: Side mirrors with turn signal indicators, Chrome beltline molding, Sport front grille and bumper fascia, Sport rear fascia with rear diffuser element, LED taillights, HID headlights, Rear suspension multi-link independent, Sport-tuned suspension and steering, 18-inch alloy wheels with P225/40R18 tires
- Limited Trim Adds: Chrome front grille, HID headlights with Dynamic Bending Light, 17-inch alloy wheels with P225/45R17 tires
2018 Hyundai Elantra Performance
For being a small sedan, the Elantra offers a variety of engine options, each with its own combination of power and efficiency. SE, SEL, Value, and Limited models get the basic 2.0-liter DOHC 16-Valve Inline four-cylinder with D-CVVT paired to a six-speed manual transmission and capable of 147 horsepower and 132 lb-ft of torque. Also available is a six-speed automatic transmission with SHIFTRONIC and Active ECO System. The ECO version gets its own motor: a 1.4-liter DHOC 16-Valve Hydraulic Lash Adjust Turbocharged Inline four-cylinder with GDI. Guided by a seven-speed EcoShift® Dual Clutch Transmission with SHIFTRONIC, it earns 128 horsepower and 156 lb-ft of torque. The Sport ups the ante with its own athletic block: a 1.6-liter DHOC 16-Valve Turbocharged Inline four-cylinder with D-CVVT & GDI capable of 201 horsepower and 195 lb-ft of torque.
2018 Hyundai Elantra Efficiency
The 2018 Elantra is a fitting choice if you value efficiency without paying a lot for it. The standard 2.0-liter engine doesn’t disappoint, mustering an EPA-estimated 28/37/32 mpg city/highway/combined (manual) or 29/38/33 mpg city/highway/combined (automatic). The ECO’s 1.4-liter lives up to its name with 40 mpg average on the highway and 35 mpg combined. The Sport’s 1.6-liter gives a kick at 22/30/25 mpg with manual transmission or 26/33/29 mpg with automatic.
2018 Hyundai Elantra Interior
Despite its small appearance, the Elantra is spacious and comfortable inside. It offers passengers 38.8 inches of head room in the front and 37.3 inches in the back. Leg room stretches to 42.2 inches in the front and a not-too-shabby 35.7 inches in the back. Total interior volume is 110.2 cubic feet, 14.4 cubic feet of that being designated to cargo area in the trunk. Interior material options include black cloth, grey cloth, beige leather, or black leather, depending on the trim level.
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Interior features available on the 2018 Hyundai Elantra
- SE Trim Adds: Power windows/locks with illuminated switches, Six-way driver seat with seat height adjustment for driver and passenger, Premium cloth seating, 60/40 split fold-down rear seatback, Adjustable center head restraint and fixed outer head restraints, Center armrest storage, Front and rear-door map pocket, Center-console-mounted rear cupholders, Illuminated ignition, Tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, Smartphone/USB/AUX input, AM/FM/SiriusXM Radio/CD/MP3 Audio System with six speakers, Multifunction trip computer
- SEL Trim Adds: Rear center armrest with cupholders, Steering-wheel-mounted audio, Bluetooth® and cruise controls, Bluetooth® hands-free phone system with voice recognition, AM/FM/HD/SiriusXM Satellite Radio/MP3 Audio System with six speakers, 7-inch display audio system with high-resolution touchscreen, Android Auto™ & Apple CarPlay™ support, Complimentary SiriusXM activation and 3-month trial subscription, 3.5-inch TFT monochromatic cluster display,
- Value Edition Adds: Dual automatic temperature control with CleanAir Ionizer and Auto Defogging System, One-touch auto-up driver’s window, Heated front seats, Dual illuminated vanity mirrors, Sunvisor extensions, Front passenger seatback pocket, Leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, Proximity Key entry with push button start,
- Eco Trim Adds: None
- Sport Trim Adds: Black headliner, Leather seating surfaces, Sport front seats with red contrast stitching, Leatherette door inserts, Sliding center armrest, Flat-bottom leather-wrapped sport steering wheel and shift knob, Sport instrument gauge cluster, Dual charging USB ports
- Limited Trim Adds: Power driver’s seat with power lumbar support, Blue Link Connected Care & Remote Package (three years), Auto-dimming rearview mirror with HomeLink®
2018 Hyundai Elantra Safety
Although the 2018 edition of the Elantra has not undergone crash test evaluations, the 2017 model—which is practically identical—earned the full 5 stars from the NHTSA, so it’s not unreasonable to expect the 2018 Elantra to earn the same results. While upgraded Ultimate package offers driver assist features like Lane Keep Assist and Automatic Emergency Braking, all versions of the Elantra come with a standard lineup of important safety features and airbags.
Standard Safety Features on the 2018 Hyundai Elantra
- Driver’s blind spot mirror
- Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)
- Vehicle Stability Management (VSM)
- Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
- Traction Control System (TCS)
- Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
- Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD)
- Brake Assist (BA)
- Advanced dual front, side-curtain, knee, and side-impact airbags
- LATCH system for child safety seats
- Power window lock-out button
- Front and rear crumple zones
- Remote Keyless Entry with alarm
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