Current Hyundai Elantra

The Hyundai Elantra is a compact sedan, although there is a related four-door hatchback known as the Elantra Touring. The sedan has been redesigned for 2011 with improvements in fuel economy, design and features. Two trim levels are available: GLS and Limited. The GLS comes equipped with 15-inch wheels and higher-rung features like heated mirrors, power accessories and a six-speaker audio system with iPod/USB interface. Options include air-conditioning, cruise control and Bluetooth.

The Limited upgrades to 17-inch alloy wheels, a sunroof, leather upholstery and heated front and rear seats as standard equipment, with options including keyless ignition/entry, a navigation system, a rearview camera and a premium audio system.

Either Elantra is powered by a 1.8-liter inline-4 rated at 148 horsepower and 131 pound-feet of torque. GLS models offer a six-speed manual transmission standard, with a six-speed automatic as an option. The Limited includes the auto as standard equipment. Elantras sold in California or states with California emissions standards get a car that's SULEV/PZEV-certified, which lowers power output to 145 hp and 130 lb-ft of torque.

Slide inside the Elantra and you'll find a cabin that transcends most others in it class. A stylized center stack and controls lends some flair to the cabin, and the materials, while not best-in-class, offer a rich look. Ample headroom and a smaller-diameter steering wheel contribute to the interior's spaciousness. The Hyundai Elantra also scores points with its high fuel economy and distinctive styling. If you're looking for a new small car, the latest Elantra is a great choice.

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