Improve Your Commute with the Hyundai Elantra
Hyundai has always been a leader in the economical commuter car market, offering an array of subcompact, compact, and midsize vehicles packed with features and solid performance at budget-friendly pricing. Even the newest model year’s Limited trim, the most expensive option, has a starting MSRP of around $22,000. For the subcompact market, that’s pretty impressive when you consider all the included features and brand reputation that comes with this model.
The Elantra gets about 33 miles to the gallon combined with the 4-cylinder 2.0-liter engine and offers an Eco version for $3,000 that offers better fuel economy and overall responsiveness in testing. There’s also a Sport version that offers a 1.6-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine for enhanced performance if you want something with a little more pep in its step. Add in the host of active safety features, courtesy of Hyundai SmartSense, and you’ve got a great commuter to add to any driveway.
All Elantra models include a standard rear view backup camera, along with other features available and/or included on select models. Drivers can choose from a variety of systems and features in the SmartSense arsenal, including:
• Forward Collision Avoidance Assist
• High Beam Assist
• Driver Attention Warning
• Lane Keep Assist
• Smart Cruise Control
• Safe Exit Assist
• Pedestrian Detection and Warning
• Blind Spot Monitoring
The 2019 Hyundai Elantra was named a Top Safety Pick+ by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), as well as earning four stars (out of five) from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
The last thing you need on a long commute is a stiff ride or a lack of entertainment. The Elantra delivers on both, offering comfortable front bucket seats for the driver and passenger, as well as plenty of room in the back for passengers or cargo. The infotainment system includes a standard five-inch display with six-speaker sound system and an integrated USB port. Upgrades include a wireless charging feature, a seven-inch or eight-inch touchscreen upgrade, integrated navigation, satellite radio, and Apple CarPlay or Android Auto integration. An optional eight-speaker premium audio system is also available on select models.
The sedan models offer over 14 cubic feet of cargo space in the trunk alone, while hatchback models provide 25 cubic feet behind the seats and over 55 cubic feet when the seats are folded down. Whether you’re commuting alone, running weekend errands, or carpooling with coworkers, this capable subcompact car can provide all the space you need.
The Bottom Line
The Hyundai Elantra isn’t the only great subcompact for commuting, but it does pack a lot of performance and technology in an affordable package. When you compare the wide selection of models in all price ranges, it shouldn’t be hard to find exactly what you need. If you’re still not sure, head out and test drive one for yourself. With all of the features and best-in-class pricing, this subcompact delivers time and again, and there’s a reason that it has been in the Hyundai lineup for nearly 30 years!