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8.1

Overall

Scorecard

Critics' Rating: 9.3
Performance: 8.4
Interior: 8.8
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.5
Safety: 10.0
Reliability:
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2011 Hyundai Elantra Review

The 2011 Hyundai Elantra ranks toward the top of its class for its excellent fuel economy ratings, ample cargo and passenger space and outstanding safety scores.

Pros & Cons

  • Great fuel economy
  • Outstanding safety scores
  • Class-exclusive available heated rear seats
  • Plenty of passenger and cargo space
  • Engine could be more powerful

2011 Hyundai Elantra Overview

The Hyundai Elantra was completely redesigned for the 2011 model year, and reviewers loved nearly everything about the updated model. In addition to a new exterior, powertrain and cabin, the Elantra has a strong safety rating. Test drivers thought two of the Elantra’s most impressive updates were its spacious interior and good fuel economy. The 2011 Elantra has one of the biggest cabins in the class, and reviewers said it has enough passenger room and trunk space to compete with some 2011 midsize sedans.

While car reviewers loved the Elantra’s fuel economy, they thought that its 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine was pleasant, but not powerful. The Elantra gets 28/38 mpg city/highway with either the standard manual transmission or the available automatic. 

Critics were also impressed with the Elantra’s class-competitive list of standard and available features. The base Elantra comes with keyless entry, power windows and door locks and a six-speaker stereo with satellite radio and a USB port. Bluetooth, navigation and class-exclusive heated rear seats are available.

See the full 2011 Hyundai Elantra specs »

Other Cars to Consider

The 2011 Honda Civic was named the U.S. News 2011 Best Compact Car for the Money and the 2011 Best Compact Car for Families for its combination of substance and style. The 2011 Civic has a quality interior, though the Elantra offers more passenger and cargo space. Additionally, the base Civic lacks standard electronic stability control, though the feature does come with higher trims.

Like the Elantra, reviewers considered the 2011 Chevrolet Cruze one of the nicest cars in the class. With enough space for five adults and a huge trunk, test drivers said it is one of the most spacious small cars available. Base Cruze models have good fuel economy, and Cruze Eco models can get up to 42 mpg on the highway. The Cruze also has very good safety scores.

Compare the Elantra to the Civic and Cruze »

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