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It is like an all-new Hyundai Elantra for 2018. The compact sedan/hatchback now portrays a lower and wide stance with a cascading hexagonal grille flanked by standard projector headlights and vertical LED daytime running lights. The rear gets a standard spoiler, dual exhaust, and LED tail and brake lamps. Larger than its main competitor, VW Golf, the Elantra goes up 1.6 inches in length and .6 in width from its predecessor. However, the 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine still develops 161 horsepower @ 6200 rpm and 150 pounds-feet of torque @ 4200 rpm. Power reaches the front wheels via a crisp-shifting 6-speed auto gearbox. By no means is this a speedster but the car handles uneven surfaces with little sacrifice to your back side.
The pleasing and functional cabin sports a horizontal dash layout of a standard 8-inch display audio/nav/phone screen, 60/40 rear seat, rearview camera, and Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Available comforts include a/c, tilt/telescopic steering column, trip computer, power windows and door locks, and rear center armrest. Cargo volume is up by 8 percent, now 55.1 cubic feet. For an optional $4,300, you can get leather seats, panoramic sun roof, heated/cooled front seats, full LED headlights/tails, electric parking brake with auto hold, BlueLink Connected services, wireless phone charging, Infinity audio with 7 speakers, among other goodies.
Standard safety features include dual front and side airbags, side curtain airbag, driver knee airbag, four-wheel antilock brakes with electronic brake distribution and brake assist, front/rear crumple zones, electronic stability and traction control, blind spot monitor, front seatbelt pretensioners, remote keyless entry and tire pressure monitoring system.
Base-priced at $20,350, the fuel-sipping but agile, fun-to-drive and delightful Elantra is the perfect car for a daily roundabout. Plus, the Hyundai five-year, 60,000-mile basic, 10-year, 100,000-mile power train warranties should convince you to sign on the dotted line.

Tires: P245/R17
Wheelbase: 104.3 inches
Length: 170.9 inches
Suspension: MacPherson strut front; multilink rear
Steering: rack-and-pinion power
Weight: 2,901 pounds
Fuel capacity: 14 gallons
City: 24 mpg
Highway: 32 mpg
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