2011 Hyundai Elantra Starts at Under $15,000

Hyundai has released figures and pricing for its fluidly compact sedan contender. The new model is powered by a new 1.8-liter engine and offers good fuel economy figures. Aside from some small alterations here and there, including the modified digital display in the instrument panel, there are no other styling changes over the South Korean market model that was introduced back in July.

U.S-spec Elantras come with a 1.8-liter gasoline unit with conventional port fuel injection engine, rated at 148-horsepower and 131 lb-ft (177 Nm) of torque.The engine is mated to a six speed gearbox in manual or automatic form.

Fuel economy figures stand at 40 mpg (5.88 liters per 100 km) on the highway and 29 mpg (8.11 liters per 100 km) in the city, regardless of the transmission you go for. This is a decent 3 mpg better than the old car.

The new model is just a bit more expensive than the 2010 model, with a starting retail price of $14,830 (EUR10,828) compared to $14,145 (EUR10,327) the outgoing model cost. That price includes standard stability control, traction control, anti-lock brakes, and a trunk-full of other electronic nannies. The price does not however include the $730 (EUR532) delivery fee.

In some states the cars will have less power, 145 hp and 130 lb-ft (176 Nm) of torque, but will be classified as PZEVs (Partial Zero Emission Vehicles), thus benefiting from tax reductions.

The model is available in three trim levels, just like the 2010 model. The basic GLS ranges in priced from $14,830 to $19,380 (EUR10,828 to EUR14,151), while the range topping Premium edition costs $21,980 (EUR16,050).

Optional extras include touchscreen nav system, iPod integration, heated rear seats and a 172-watt or 360-watt sound system, making the Elantra one of the best equipped models in its price range.
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