Kelley Blue Book Value®
$5,986 - $9,431
Used Fair Market Range
Crash Test Rating
Source NHTSA
MPG (up to)
28 City / 38 HWY
Horsepower
138-148
Seats
5
Front passenger 3/4 w/ wheels turned.
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Kelley Blue Book Value®
$5,986 - $9,431
Used Fair Market Range
Crash Test Rating
Source NHTSA
MPG (up to)
28 City / 38 HWY
Horsepower
138-148
Seats
5

Ranks #15 Compact Cars by Owners

Ranks #8 Compact Cars by Experts

Ranks #6 Compact Cars by Fuel Economy

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By Kelley Blue Book Editorial Staff

3.5 Overall Score
Performance 2.7 Comfort 3.2 Styling 4.1 Value 3.9

Editor's Overview

The Hyundai Elantra is a stylistic powerhouse and represents a strong value for the compact category. Handling refinement remains a weak point but for those who want a modestly priced sedan that...

Hyundai Elantra Models & Trims

2012 Hyundai Elantra Owner Reviews

4.21
Reviews
43% 40% 14% 2% 1%
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I have owned 2 Hyundais. A 2005 which is still running.

GLS

I have not had any problems with this vehicle except a sensor light going on when the gas cap wasn't on properly. It was actually a good thing just hard to figure out. The only thing I was quite distressed about is when I had a flat tire. My husband went to change it and there was no spare tire! Only a can of tire fix stuff and an air pump. So, we did that and got it to our mechanic. He told us that because we used the can of fix it he would not be able to fix the tire we would have to buy a new one. This was upsetting because when you buy a car, the question of whether or not it has a spare does not come up. You just assume it does, especially when you are my age. So, my advice is to ask for sure and if your vehicle does not come with a spare that you buy one immediately so you are not without if you have a blow out. Performance is top notch. I can rely on this vehicle. Even when the battery gave up the ghost by being to old it did it in a parking lot of a Walmart and the automotive department was able to bring the battery to the car and put it in! The car is very comfortable on the inside, and has a smooth ride. It comes with cruise control, which I like immensely. The stereo has great sound. I like the rearview mirror because it shows me what direction I am going. Air conditioning and heat have never failed me.

- Donna W

Overall I am pleased with the car's performance and its style and would recommend.

GLS

Well the o lt real problem i've had is the overall lack of power. But it does handle very well. It does handle well and is extremely good on gas consumption. It has a fair amount of room. And I really like that it has a fair amount of power for a 4 cyl e under car. And handle pretty good. The interior is specious. And comfortable. And I really like it does not use a whole lot of gas. But the sound system really leaves a lot to be desired. But the interior is clean and somewhat spacious for the overall size of the car. And it is extremely good on fuel consumption is fairly good and handles ok. It has more power than you would think or really expect. I. Do WIsh the material used as the fabric.Is of poor quality. But overall I am pleased with the style and overall performance. I really have enjoyed the vehicle as a whole. And it does need more power. But I am happy with the purchase and would consider purchasing another one in the future. Just improve the power and style and people will be happy owning one.

- Linda S

I would not recommend it to anyone unless they want a cheap car that they don't plan on having for many years.

My car is only 6 years old but I have had many (smaller) issues with it in the last about three years. I have had to replace many parts, the controls started acting funny when it was only about 3 years old and I was told I would need to replace the entire electrical system in the car to fix the issues. There are other mechanical parts I have replaced one or more times. The car gets me from A to B but it definitely isn't made like my older car I had before it. It will not last for years to come without putting a lot of money into the car, which it was only a cheaper to average car to start with. I also had to recently put two carseats in the back of it and although they fit fine, there is room for nothing else. Just to fit a jogging stroller in the trunk or car is a tetris puzzle. If a car seat is rear facing and is not able to be in the middle seat (such as having two carseats in the back), the person riding in front of the rear facing car seat does not have a lot of legroom.

- Kristin R

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Key Specs

Overview

Horsepower

Horsepower
138 hp
148 hp

Bluetooth

Bluetooth
Optional

Engine Type

Engine Type
2.0L DOHC CVVT 16
1.8L DOHC MPFI D

Interior Features

Convenience & Comfort

Alarm

Alarm

Keyless Entry

Keyless Entry

Heated Mirrors

Heated Mirrors

Power Mirrors

Power Mirrors

Steering Wheel Controls

Steering Wheel Controls
Optional

Power Windows

Power Windows

Rear Defrost

Rear Defrost

Power Steering

Power Steering

Dimensions

Front Leg Room

Front Leg Room
43.5 in.
43.6 in.

Front Head Room

Front Head Room
40 in.
40 in.

Rear Leg Room

Rear Leg Room
36.4 in.
33.1 in.

Second Head Room

Second Head Room
39.4 in.
37.1 in.

Entertainment

Bluetooth

Bluetooth
Optional

MP3 Player

MP3 Player

Satellite Radio

Satellite Radio

AUX Input

AUX Input

CD Player

CD Player

Exterior Features

Accessories

Standard Wheels

Standard Wheels
Aluminum

Rear Spoiler

Rear Spoiler
Optional
Optional

Dimensions

Tire Width

Tire Width
P195/65R15
P215/45R17

Wheelbase

Wheelbase
106.3 in.
106.3 in.

Turning Radius

Turning Radius
34.2 ft.
34.8 ft.

Length

Length
176.6 in.
178.3 in.

Width

Width
69.5 in.
69.9 in.

Mechanical Specs

Engine & Performance

Weight

Weight
2937 - 2969 lbs.
2701 lbs.

Horsepower

Horsepower
138 hp
148 hp

Torque

Torque
136 ft. lbs.
131 ft. lbs.

4wheel Disc Brakes

4wheel Disc Brakes

Performance Tires

Performance Tires
Optional

Engine Cylinders

Engine Cylinders
4 Cylinder
4 Cylinder

Drivetrain

Drivetrain
Front Wheel Drive
Front Wheel Drive

Fuel

Fuel Capacity

Fuel Capacity
14 gal.
12.8 gal.

Combined

Combined
27 mpg
33 mpg

City

City
23 mpg
28 mpg

Highway

Highway
30 - 31 mpg
38 mpg

Safety Features

Features

Spare Tire

Spare Tire
Temporary Spare Tire

ABS Brakes

ABS Brakes

Tire Pressure Monitor System

Tire Pressure Monitor System

Child Safety Locks

Child Safety Locks

Stability Control

Stability Control

Traction Control

Traction Control

Assistance

Automated Emergency Braking

Automated Emergency Braking

Air Bags

Driver Airbag

Driver Airbag

Passenger Airbag

Passenger Airbag

Front Side Airbag

Front Side Airbag

Front Head Airbag

Front Head Airbag

Rear Head Airbag

Rear Head Airbag

Passenger Airbag Sensor

Passenger Airbag Sensor

Safety & Reliability

NHTSA Crash Test
  • Front

  • Overall

  • Rollover

  • Side

*National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

IIHS Crash Test
  • Moderate Overlap Front

  • Side

  • Roof Strength

  • Driver-side Overlap Front

*Insurance Institute for Highway Safety