The 2018 model year has unveiled a Hyundai Elantra which is almost identical to that of the 2017 model year. The compact Elantra sedan of the company has now bagged the spot together with the midsize Sonata as Hyundai’s two best selling vehicles in 2016 in the United States alone. The standard 5-year per 60,000-mile warrant on new vehicle and the 100,000-mile warranty on powertrain is what made the brand stand out from the rest.
Earlier in 2017, the 2017 Hyundai Elantra Limited has been named by the United States News and World Report as the best new car ideal for teenagers belonging to the $25,000 to $30,000 category due to the fact that the Limited trim comes with lane keep assist, blind spot detection, adaptive cruise control, rearview mirror, and forward automatic braking complete with pedestrian detection.
The Elantra has also been named as a Top Safety Pick + by the IIHS and was ranked by the J.D. Power as the top in the category of compact cars for the tech experience it offers. Even in the year when pickup trucks and crossovers outsold sedans, there are more than good enough reasons why Elantra still manages to outshine the rest.
What’s In Store for Drivers This 2018?
This model year’s Hyundai Elantra takes inspiration from the launch of the sixth generation of compact cars in 2017. It was back in 1990 when the Elantra originally started to roll out of dealerships. Aside fro the modelwide change in color, with Machine Gray replacing Shale Gray Metallic last year, the rest of the changes have now been limited to the particular trims.
For this model year of 2018, there are a total of six trims available for Elantra. The latest SEL trim is the replacement for the 2017 SE with Popular Equipment Package.
Transmissions and Engines
The six trims offered by Hyundai all come with 1 out of the 3 four-cylinder engines. Engine choices are not made available this time because the specific trim you select will determine the engine you will be getting. For the Hyundai SE trim, there is the 6-speed manual or the 6 automatic transmission. As for the Hyundai Sport trim, you can expect the 6 manual shift or the 7 dual clutch transmission. The rest of the trims don’t come with transmission options. The Limited, Value Edition, and SEL come with 6-speed automatic while the Eco makes use of the 7-speed dual clutch transmission. There are three drive modes available for the 6-speed automatics, namely Sport, Eco, and Normal. There are two modes, Sport and Normal, for the 7-speed dual clutch transmission.
The Limited, Value Edition, SEL, and SE trims all come with the 2.0-L DOHC or dual overhead cam engine which can deliver 147hp at 6,200 combined with 132-lb.ft of torque at 4,500 rpm. Estimates of the EPA mileage differ according to the transmission, engine and level. Every trim comes with a fuel tank of 14 gallons.
The Eco trim of 2018 Elantra boasts of a smaller and turbocharged DOHC engine of 1.4-L which can produce 128 horsepower at 5,500 rpm yet its torque is better at 156 pound feet at 1,400 to 3,700 rpm. The Sport trim offers powerful 3 engines. The 1.6L turbo engine offers 201hp at 195 pound-foot of torque and 6000 rpm. Higher torque levels as wider engine revolution range, which helps Sport accelerate with maximum power within most typical operating speeds. Since it’s always the case with the ICEs or internal combustion engines, Sport has lowest EPA ratings for mileage.
All Hyundai Elantra trims models come with tire pressure monitoring, electronic stability control, vehicle stability management, remote keyless entry with the alarms, brake assist, electronic brake force distribution, anti-lock braking, traction control, and so much more.
The base Hyundai Elantra SE has a blind-spot mirror on the driver. The other 5 models include a blind-spot detection with lane change assist and rear cross-traffic alert plus the rearview cameras with some dynamic guidelines. Hyundai Elantra SE has several options in comparison to the transmission colors and choice doesn’t include rearview camera as well as none is optional.
Hyundai provides a wide range of driver assist and safety features, yet only with Hyundai Limited trim and available only in $4,350 Ultimate Package for the Hyundai Limited. With this package, Hyundai Limited has gained automatic emergency braking with smart cruise control, pedestrian detection, automatic high-beam assist, and lane keep assist. There’s no rear or front parking assist and 360-degree view.
Ultimate Package for the Hyundai Limited bundles also a navigation system with eight-inch touch screen, subwoofer, Harmans’s Clari-Fi technology, and infinity Premium audio that comes with 8 speakers. Some goodies in packed package include 4.2” TFT instrument display, heated rear seats, and power sunroof.
The Blue Link Telematics System is packed with must-have list of features with 3 years complimentary subscriptions to Remote Package, Link Connected Care, and Guidance Package solutions. If you like the complete available convenience, safety, entertainment features, and comfort, Hyundai Limited trirm with its Ultimate Package is the best choice.
Tips to Select a 2018 Hyundai Elantra
The 6 trims of 2018 Hyundai Elantra basically range from $16,950 for Hyundai Elantra SE with manual shift to $22,100 for Hyundai Elantra Limited. If you are purchasing Hyundai Limited, you will probably opt for Hyundai Limited’s Ultimate Package, the price range of Hyundai Elantra is from under $17,000-$26,500.
The Eco, Value Edition, SEL, and SE trims have loaded increasingly, yet still basic features sets. If you like a degree of sportiness and power, check out Hyundai Sport trim. If you prefer to max out the luxury potential of Elantra, Hyundai Limited with Ultimate Package is great for you.
You may choose any from the available trims of 2018 Hyundai Elantra. Your choice may depend on your needs or preferences. If you want to experience great riding experience, choose the one with complete features. But, be prepared to pay for a bigger price for added features and technologies.