2019 Hyundai Elantra Review

Written by Anqoinette Crosby

Shortly into the first of my daily 40-mile treks to work in the 2019 Hyundai Elantra Limited, I realized it was a top-notch commuter car. As the week continued, I came to also appreciate its abundant technological features, roomy interior and good gas mileage.

All in all, the Elantra proved it could reliably deliver me wherever I needed to go with no muss or fuss. Now, with that said, if you want to stand out  from the crowd, choose the Elantra in any other color than Galactic Gray, which appears bland and boring.

There are a number of more dazzling colors in the Hyundai’s palette of offerings to complement the reshaped hood, new front fenders, and revised grille for the 2019 model year. The trunk, tail lights, rear bumper and wheels are new too.

However, the bold exterior restyle wasn’t equally apportioned to the interior, where too many  surfaces are covered in hard plastics. On the other hand though, there are a number of benefits inside the car upon which to focus. Among them are 14.4 cubic feet of trunk space, which gave me enough room for several pieces of carry-on luggage.

Further, standard comfort and convenience features include a rearview camera and a user-friendly infotainment system with a five-inch display screen, a six-speaker audio system, a USB port and Bluetooth.

That’s just the beginning though; things ratcheted upwards considerably with my Elantra Limited tester’s $3,350 Ultimate package, which commanded a sunroof and more advanced safety tech, along with an upgraded audio system. Wireless smartphone charging and an eight-inch touchscreen were part of the package as well. Additional infotainment features included navigation and two more USB ports accompanied by Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

The Limited’s safety game opened with forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, driver drowsiness monitoring and automatic emergency braking. It went on to encompass adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning, lane change assist and lane keeping assist. Rounding the package out were rear cross traffic alert and a safe exit function to warn you against opening your door into oncoming traffic.

A 147-horsepower four-cylinder engine and a six-speed automatic transmission made up the powertrain. As you might imagine, Elantra doesn’t exactly set your hair on fire with its performance potential with this combination. However, fuel economy is rated at 28 mpg in the city and 37 on the highway.

 

Pricing starts at  $17,200.

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