2018 Hyundai Elantra

2018 Hyundai Elantra: GT, Review, Release Date, Specs and More

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For years, the Hyundai Elantra has been the ugliest, stubbiest, cheapest looking thing I could think of…besides the Accent.  I could never understand why people bought Elantra’s honestly.

Hyundai Elantra’s were pretty ghastly inside and out.  Apart from being great on gas, there is nothing remotely nice to say about the previous Hyundai Elantra.

Maybe I’m being too harsh.  But I can’t find anything exciting about the Hyundai Elantra as it has been.

But Hyundai has been going through some good old puberty in recent years, updating their cars and making them look more…mature.

In the world of cars, Hyundai is just kind of present.  So, they need some serious excitement to actually gain some market share.  They’ve been popular in car cultures that don’t care about what they drive or have little self-esteem for years, but that doesn’t work in countries like England or the United States.

The 2018 Hyundai Elantra is a completely redesigned little bugger.  Which is great because Hyundai seems to be taking steps in the right direction as a brand.

Along with the new 2018 Hyundai Elantra, you get the Hyundai Elantra GT.  The GT model is pretty much just a hatchback Elantra.  But, I think it looks fantastic.

The Specs-2018 Hyundai Elantra:

 

Vehicle Type: Compact Sedan
Power Plant: 2.0 L 4-cyl / 1.6 L turbo 4-cyl
Gearbox: 6 speed auto/6 speed manual/7 speed auto
Power: 172-201 HP
MPG: Not Available
Torque: 150 – 195 lb-ft.
Length: 170.9 Inches
Width: 70.9 Inches
Height: 57.7 Inches
Wheelbase: 104.3 Inches
Top Speed: Not Available
Seating: 5 Adults
0-60 MPH (0-120 KPH): Not Available
Base Price: Not Available

 

The Exterior-2018 Hyundai Elantra:

2018 Hyundai Elantra

The outside of the 2018 Hyundai Elantra and Hyundai Elantra GT is fantastic. This makes me very happy, since I’m so used to seeing the most disappointing design’s from Hyundai.

Hyundai has always made cars for people who legitimately didn’t care how they looked, excluding the Genesis models (not the coupe) and Veloster, which is a pretty cool hatch.

But, the Elantra has always been among the least desirable cars out there, which is not good for the brand.

However, the new car looks great.  The new grille on the 2018 Hyundai Elantra is much larger and makes the nose look much better.

The head lights look like they’re being pulled in by the gravity of the grille, and there are some really nice lines to compliment the front intakes and fog lights.

My favorite part about the front of the 2018 Hyundai Elantra is the fact that it isn’t cluttered for too fussy looking.

The previous generation of the Hyundai Elantra had one of the most pitiful front ends I’ve ever seen, so this new one looks even better when you consider that the last car and this car are from the same company.

There aren’t too many lines or slashes at all up front.  You get a big grille, attractive eyes and hard dimples.  That’s pretty much it.

I don’t think any other design would have fit the economy hatchback as this one does, so hats off to Hyundai for once!

The Back:

2018 Hyundai Elantra

The side and back of the 2018 Hyundai Elantra GT coincide with the front end of the car.  The simplicity is something to be admired.

Hyundai went with a hatchback design for the 2018 Hyundai Elantra GT, and it looks pretty much as perfect as it gets.

The rear end almost looks like it has some rosy cheeks with the way the reflectors are placed underneath the tail lights.  It looks great.

The Interior-2018 Hyundai Elantra:

2018 Hyundai Elantra

The new interior for the 2018 Hyundai Elantra is a huge step above the previous generations interior.  Hyundai has gotten much more serious for their cars interiors, and it shows well.

However, there are still some issues to be had here.  Hyundai incorporated buttons and knobs on the screen for infotainment.  While this isn’t that big of an issue given the kind of car the 2018 Hyundai Elantra, I can’t help but think of how much cleaner the screen would look with those knobs elsewhere.

The screen is the only bit that looks cheap inside the 2018 Hyundai Elantra, which is great for a compact economy car.  There are plenty of technologies in here as well, cleanly laid out and easy to understand.

The new steering wheel is sporty and has plenty of mounted controls.  It looks much more upscale than what you’d expect from a Hyundai.  Especially from an Elantra.

The 2018 Hyundai Elantra’s interior reminds me a lot of the interior we see on new Mazda models.  This is perfectly fine, since those interiors are gorgeous.  Hyundai didn’t copy Mazda, as the 2018 Hyundai Elantra has it’s own flavor.

You can seat 5 adults inside the 2018 Hyundai Elantra comfortably.  And now, everyone looks a lot more styling than they did in the previous generation.

The Performance-2018 Hyundai Elantra:

The 2018 Hyundai Elantra comes with an option of two engines.  A 2.0 L four cylinder naturally aspirated engine is standard, and a 1.6 L turbocharged four cylinder is an option.

From the base engine, you will be able to get around 170 HP, and the upgraded engine gets 200.  However, the previous generation of the Hyundai Elantra got a bit more power out of the base engine…Interesting.

But, you can get a seven speed dual-clutch automatic as an option, which is also interesting.  It is insane to think what was once Formula One technology is now available in a car like the Hyundai Elantra.

A six speed manual can be found in base trims for those first-time drivers that should be focusing on shifting rather than texting.

While we don’t know the fuel economy ratings for the 2018 Hyundai Elantra, we should expect some very good numbers from the small hatch.

Sum It Up:

The 2018 Hyundai Elantra is a great looking car, which is VERY rare to say about a Hyundai.

I’m excited to see what else Hyundai can spawn from here.  We should expect a release date later this spring.

 

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