INTERIOR

The Elantra's interior has a masculine feel to it, thanks to the black dash with metallic accents and gray-colored seat upholstery. The dash and center stack have a simple layout with only a few buttons and knobs on it. A quick once-over of everything and I was good to go in the Elantra.

The Elantra's low starting price means that a lot of features aren't standard. Optional features include air conditioning and cruise control. These features and a tilt/telescoping steering wheel are part of an options package, which my test car had. My test car also had the optional Navigation Package, which adds a navigation system, backup camera and automatic headlights.

In the backseat, my two boys had plenty of legroom in this compact car. They found their cupholders in the fold-down armrest, and I made use of the front row's two cupholders near the center console.

The Elantra is a five-passenger car, but the second row's middle seat is best for short trips, especially if car seats are on either side of it.

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    VENTILATION
    To operate the ventilation system: o Set the air intake control to "Fresh" mode (). o To direct all intake air to the dashboard vents, set the air flow control to the () position. o A ...

    Front Brake Disc/Pads, Calipers
    Check the pads for excessive wear, discs for run out and wear, and calipers for fluid leakage. ...

    TPMS (Tire Pressure Monitoring System) Malfunction Indicator (If Installed)
    TPMS malfunction indicator comes on for 3 seconds after the ignition key is turned to the "ON" position. If the warning light does not come on, or continuously remains on after comming ...