The Elantra is available in three trims: SE, Sport, and Limited. Standard features include air conditioning, power windows, remote keyless entry, and illuminated entry. All trims also come standard with alloy wheels, seating for five, and some cool technology amenities. The SE in particular comes standard with a 1.8-liter DOHC 16-valve 4-cylinder engine that gets up 145 horsepower and gets 38 mpg on the highway. SE standard features include cruise control, power windows, 60/40 split rear fold-down seats, and an AM/FM radio with CD player and MP3 decoder, and 6 speakers. The Sport trims revs it up a bit with 173 horsepower and a 2.0-liter DOHC 16-valve inline 4-cylinder engine, 6-speed manual transmission (automatic is also available), sport-tuned suspension and steering, leather seating, a backup camera, LED projector head- and taillights, a rear lip spoiler, chrome accents, and more. The Limited edition comes fully loaded with the same engine as the SE but the addition of leather seating, a BlueLink telematics system, heated front and rear seats, black chrome grille and window-belt molding, leather wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, and steering-wheel-mounted audio and cruise controls.
The 2014 models are the first in their class to off the option of heated back seats and the Drive Selectable Steering (DSS) available on the GT hatchback, SE, and Limited sedans, means you can choose your driving experience for Comfort, Normal, or Sport. The exterior of the sedan has gotten some more modern upgrades for 2014 like wraparound projector headlights with LED accents, front go lights, LED rear tail lights and a sportier profile thanks to a lower wheelbase. Hyundai call its newer more fluid design “Fluidic Sculpture” and says that this design makes the car lighter, more aerodynamic and more fuel efficient
The interior of the Elantra sedan is so roomy that its 110.4 cubic feet of space qualify it as a midsize vehicle. Available amenities like dual-zone climate control, leather seating, a navigation system with a 7-inch touchscreen (or 4.3 inch), and an electronic push button start jettisons your sedan experience to something a bit more luxurious.
The Elantra coupe also has its charms—with two trims available the GS, starting at $17,595, and the SE starting at $19, 895. The coupe, by nature, is sleeker and comes with a bit more of a sophisticated exterior design than its sedan cousins. The GS offers features like fog lights, steering wheel mounted audio control and Bluetooth hands-free phone system, and heated front seats. It tops out at slightly more horsepower than the sedan at 148 and maintains the estimated highway mpg of 38. The SE has the same features as the GS but has a more meticulous exterior design that includes features like a rear spoiler and a more unique front grill. Additional interior features include a power tilt-and-slide glass sunroof and aluminum pedals.
The hatchback model comes with only one trim—the GT—but that trim packs plenty of punch. Standard features include a 173 horsepower 2.0L GDI DOHC 16-valve, 4-cylinder engine, Driver Selectable Steering Mode (DSSM), electronic stability control, and traction control, front fog lights, remote keyless entry, Bluetooth hands-free phone system, SiriusXM radio, iPod/USB and MP3 jacks, and 6 speakers.
HYUNDAI ELANTRA SAFETY
The Elantra sedan series was named a 2014 Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Standard safety features for all trims include brake assist, dual front side, dual front, and overhead airbags, anti-lock brakes, electronic stability and traction control, approach lights, a panic alarm, and a security system. It earned a 5 out or 5 star Overall rating from the NHTSA as well as ratings of “Good” for side impact, rear crash, and roof strength by the IIHS.
All trims also come with the Vehicle Stability Management (VSM) system The VSM includes electronic stability control, traction control, and anti-lock brakes with brake assist and electronic brake-force distribution.