After being redesigned last year, the 2018 Hyundai Elantra has a new look. A better quality drive and a more comfortable interior. The changes have made the Elantra really fun to drive, and almost all trims are equipped with many technology upgrades. For example, the Value Edition trim. With an affordable price, it comes with many desirable features, such as keyless entry and ignition, a sunroof, heated seats and a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system.
If there is a shortage, it’s performance. The Elantra 2.0-liter engine is not as strong as in some rival sedans. Hyundai does offer two optional turbocharged engines, which add to its appeal, but the dual-clutch automatic transmission that come with also has no subtle shift characteristics.
There are some other top class sedans to take a look at. The 2018 Honda Civic is a benchmark for the class, with a blend of strength, features and trim levels offered. The Mazda 3 and Volkswagen Golf hatchback come with their exciting driving experience and upscale interior. But overall, the 2018 Hyundai Elantra has a lot to offer, and it’s worth a try if you’re looking for a comfortable sedan with many features and affordable price.
Trim, Features and Engine Specs
The 2018 Hyundai Elantra is a four-door compact sedan offered in six main trim levels: SE, SEL, Value Edition, Limited, Eco and Sport.
The base SE trim comes with standard equipment includes front disc and rear drum brakes, 15-inch steel wheels, power mirrors, air-conditioning, a height-adjustable driver seat, a 60/40-split folding rear seat, a 3.5-inch display, a six-speaker sound system with a USB port. The optional automatic transmission also adds steering-wheel audio controls, cruise control and Bluetooth phone connectivity.
The 2018 Hyundai Elantra SEL trim adds 16-inch alloy wheels, automatic headlights, rear disc brakes, heated side mirrors, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, dual-zone automatic climate control, a rearview camera, keyless entry with push-button start, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, rear seat cupholders, Bluetooth audio streaming, a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment display, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration, satellite radio and sun visor extensions.
The Value Edition adds LED daytime running lights, a sunroof, door-handle approach lights, hands-free trunk release, an auto-dimming rearview mirror and heated front seats.
The 2018 Hyundai Elantra Eco is equipped similarly to the Value Edition, but it uses 15-inch alloy wheels and doesn’t get the auto-dimming rearview mirror or sunroof.
The Elantra Limited gets a unique appearance, 17-inch alloy wheels, LED taillights, a power driver seat, leather upholstery, Hyundai’s Blue Link system and three USB ports.
The only option for the Limited trim is the Limited Ultimate package, which adds adaptive cruise control, a sunroof, lane departure warning and intervention, a larger gauge cluster information screen, forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, driver-seat memory settings, heated rear seats, 8-inches infotainment screen, navigation and a premium eight-speaker stereo system.
The 2018 Hyundai Elantra Sport is similar to the Limited except the sunroof and dual-zone automatic climate control. It also gets a few sport-oriented changes, including stronger brakes, 18-inch alloy wheels with grippier tires, xenon headlights, a more sophisticated rear suspension with firmer tuning, an appearance package, special gauge cluster, heated front sport seats, leather-upholstered and a flat-bottomed steering wheel.
The Sport Premium package adds an auto-dimming rearview mirror, dual-zone climate control, 8-inch touchscreen with navigation, Blue Link telematics and 8-speaker premium sound system.
Every the 2018 Hyundai Elantra uses front-wheel drive and offers three different engine.
Standard on the SE, SEL, Value Edition and Limited trims is a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 147 horsepower and 132 pound-feet of torque. Its mated to either a 6-speed SHIFTRONIC automatic or 6-speed manual transmission. In performance testing, the 2018 Hyundai Elantra Limited with automatic transmission accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in 8.1 seconds, which is an average time for a sedan with the base engine. EPA fuel economy stands at 33 mpg combined (29 city/38 highway) for the automatic and 29 mpg combined (26 city/36 highway).
The 2018 Hyundai Elantra Eco is powered by a 1.4-liter turbocharged gasoline direct injection (GDI) that produce 128 hp and 156 lb-ft of torque. The engine paired with a 7-speed EcoShift dual clutch transmission (DCT). EPA estimated fuel economy return 35 mpg combined (32 city/40 highway).
The 2018 Hyundai Elantra Sport is powered by a powerful 1.6-liter turbocharged GDI engine generates 201 horsepower and 195 lb-ft of torque paired with a 6-speed manual transmission or with the optional 7-speed DCT. In performance testing, the Elantra Sport with manual transmission hit 60 mph in 7.1 seconds. EPA fuel economy at 29 mpg combined (26 city/33 highway) for the automatic and (25/22/30).
The interior is definitely the 2018 Hyundai Elantra highest point. It’s spacious, well built and on par with class leaders. Material quality is generally good, although you’ll find some hard plastic at some point. In the base trim the seat fabric does not feel or look cheap, but the controls are logically placed and work smoothly.
With its compact form, the 2018 Hyundai Elantra utilize the space very well. It offers plenty of room for drivers and passengers. Two passengers in the back seat will find enough space and good visibility, but adding a third can cause discomfort. Thin windscreen pillars and low hoods provide good front visibility, and the side windows are large enough to easily check your blind spot.
With lots of small storage places in the cabin, and a decent space in the back for a child seat, the 2018 Hyundai Elantra really useful. It’s easy to access the trunk, with a low liftover height and a 14.4 cubic feet space near the top of class. Split and folding rear seats provide additional flexibility.
Release Dates and Price
The 2018 Hyundai Elantra is on sale and arriving at dealers. Official pricing starts at $18,785 for the SE trim with automatic and ranges up to $22,935 for the Limited. Key competitors include the Honda Civic, Mazda Mazda3 and Kia Forte.