Hyundai unveiled the new 2011 Elantra yesterday at the Los Angeles motor show, and the company hopes the car will prove as successful as the remade Sonata which is the fourth best selling mid-size car last month.
The new Elantra will have a starting price of $15,550 including shipping, and Hyundai will be able to tempt buyers with a 40 mpg on the highway. Hyundai have attempted to make the Elantra stylish to remind people of the Sonata, but in turn getting some to think of the Honda Civic.
Consumer Reports magazines Jake Fisher said he sees the Elantra as one of the most significant cars of the show. Being a stylish but basic car, through weight savings makes it very fuel efficient, especially compared to some of the other cars on show with all their expensive electric drive systems.
In a quick sit test it was found that even sitting behind a six foot plus driver, there was still plenty of leg room. The Elantra is powered by a 1.8 liter four cylinder power plant with 148hp and 131lbs.-ft. of torque. You will also get the choice of six-speed automatic or manual transmission, and will be built at Montgomery, Ala. Dealers are expected to start taking deliveries by the end of the year.
Source: USA Today.