compact Hyundai Elantra sedan, now in its sixth generation,
gets a thorough redesign for 2019.
The compact Hyundai
Elantra sedan, now in its sixth generation, gets a thorough redesign
for 2019, inside and out, including more standard technology
features, along with a new infotainment system and additional active
safety features standard on more trims.
Exterior styling is
upgraded with a wider grille featuring horizontal slats, and
deep-set vertical outboard turn signals with enclosures that allow
air to pass through.
headlights with LED running lights seem to pierce the upper grille
corners. The hood is also new, along with the front fascia and front
fenders. The trunk lid and taillights are new, as is the rear
housing has been moved down to the new glossy black rear bumper.
Spear-shaped taillights extend across the trunk lid, echoing the
Trim levels include
the 2.0 SE ($17,100, with six-speed manual gearbox; $18,100 with
six-speed automatic), 2.0 SEL ($19,000), 2.0 Value Edition
($20,400), 2.0 Limited ($22,600, the model I drove), 1.4 Eco
($19,950), and 1.6 Sport (six-speed manual/seven-speed automatic,
price not available at this time).
The Eco trim gets new
15-inch alloy wheels with covers. Limited and Sport trims now have
LED headlights. Inside, the instrument panel and housing, center
console, climate controls, air vents, and storage tray are new.
Elantra now has a
standard rearview camera with guidelines, a larger infotainment
display, and Bluetooth connectivity on base models. Driver
assistance on all but the base model includes forward collision
warning, automatic emergency braking, blind-spot and rear
cross-traffic alert, lane-departure warning/lane-keep assist, and
Driver Attention Alert. It detects tired driving patterns and alerts
the driver with audible and visual warnings on the instrument
My Elantra Limited
was Galactic Gray with two-tone gray interior (dark upper and lower,
light middle, with glossy black and brushed-silver trim and accents,
and gray-on-gray checks across the top of the dash/instrument
panel/air vents and gauges in the instrument cluster).
Under the hood was a
147-horsepower 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with dual continuous
variable valve timing, connected to a six-speed automatic
transmission with Shiftronic (manual shifting), and 17-inch five
V-spoke (lots of angles) bi-color (silver with gray pockets) alloy
wheels. Smart Shift Drive Mode is now standard on SEL models and
Drive Mode allows the
driver to control fuel efficiency and driving dynamics: Normal for
typical driving; Sport for quicker throttle response, longer
shifting, and tighter steering; and Eco for slower, smoother
acceleration, gentler steering, and lower A/C performance for
maximum fuel efficiency Ė up to 40 mpg on the highway. Otherwise,
EPA ratings for my Elantra Limited were 28 mpg city/37 highway/32
combined. In Normal mode, mostly on the highway, I averaged 36.8
A wireless charging
pad, located in a cubby under the center stack, is now standard on
the Limited model only. Limited is also the only model offering an
option package, the Ultimate ($3,350), which adds upgraded
navigation (faster processor; HERE HD Traffic) with an eight-inch
touch screen, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, Blue Link multimedia
map updates (three-year complimentary service), forward collision
avoidance assist with pedestrian detection, smart cruise control,
integrated memory for driverís seat and outside mirrors, 4.2-inch
color instrument cluster display, power sunroof, and safe exit
assist (new for 2019). Navigation maps now have a birdís eye view.
Traffic uses multiple sources of information to supply continuous
updates on traffic flow, road work, accidents, closures, weather,
and ETA, and offers alternate routes. Safe Exit Assist will audibly
alert passengers if a vehicle is approaching from behind as they
attempt to exit from the rear doors. It uses radar positioned inside
the rear fenders to detect vehicles approaching from the rear, and
will not allow the rear doors to be opened if traffic is detected.
For 2019, the Limited
now has standard Infinity premium audio with eight speakers,
including a center channel and subwoofer, HD radio, and Clari-Fi
music restoration technology for clear, realistic sound. SiriusXM is
included for three months.
Blue Link Connected
Services is standard for three years, with features such as SOS
Emergency Assistance (live agent trained to help), Enhanced Roadside
Assistance (out of gas, flat tire, need a tow), Automatic Collision
Notification (notify first responders even without input from driver
or passengers), Monthly Vehicle Report (assist in timely
maintenance), and more.
My Elantra Limited
had four-wheel antilock brakes with electronic brake-force
distribution and brake assist; electronic stability control with
traction control; leather seating with heated front seats, and power
driverís with lumbar support; dual automatic temperature control
with auto defogger; hands-free smart trunk (cavernous 14.4 cubic
feet of cargo space); a compact spare under the cargo floor; and
Blue Link remote start. Auto defogger and remote start came in handy
on frosty mornings, clearing the windows and warming the interior.
sound-absorbing material, my Elantra was quiet, even at highway
speeds. The seats were comfortable, even in the rear, with 35.7
inches of legroom. Driver and front passenger had 42.2 inches of
Charging ports were
limited to two 12-volt outlets (one in the center console armrest
bin) and one USB port.
Elantra was an IIHS
Top Safety Pick Plus for 2018 and offers one of the best warranties
in the segment.
Carpeted floor mats
added $125, and along with the Ultimate package and destination
charges of $885, my Elantra Limited had a delivered price of