Hyundai Elantra GLS 2011 Model Review

Hyundai Elantra GLS may not be the fastest, greenest, or highest-tech car in its class, but the 2011 Hyundai Elantra GLS has possibly the best balance of those attributes at a great value. This car is fit and finish, the attractive styling, the nimble handling, and the great cabin tech packag can attract your first impressions. I got an overview from hyundaiusa, so check this out bellow from my eyes.


Hyundai has used Power and fuel-efficiency united through technology. A lightweight, high-tech engine helps Elantra achieve the best power-to-weight in its class and standard 40 MPG, highway. That’s better than the Honda Civic or Toyota Corolla. The 2012 Elantra breaks convention, and years of compact car complacency.


2012 Elantra 6-speed auto transmission

6-speed auto transmission

This is not your ordinary compact ride. Elantra’s sophisticated 6-speed SHIFTRONIC® automatic transmission uses new technology to improve durability and reduce weight. The result is greater fuel efficiency with smooth acceleration for the highway, while balancing power and comfort for in-town traffic.
2012 Elantra 1.8L, 4-cylinder engine with D-CVVT

1.8L, 4-cylinder engine with D-CVVT

Elantra’s engine features Dual Continuously Variable Valve Timing (D-CVVT), which improves breathing on the intake, and exhaust camshafts that help lower emissions to provide better fuel economy.
2012 Elantra MPG


With its exceptionally low coefficient of drag (0.28), a highly efficient 4-cylinder engine, and a responsive 6-speed transmission, the Elantra goes farther with less. 40 MPG Hwy standard—more fuel-efficient than the Civic, Corolla and Focus.
2012 Elantra A different kind of performance

A different kind of performance

With the backing of America’s Best Warranty, the Elantra continues Hyundai’s tradition of keeping maintenance costs at a bare minimum. Its high safety rating will save you on insurance. And the projected highest residual value in its class means your Elantra won’t lose its value anytime soon.


The Elantra features six airbags, 4-wheel ABS, and an intelligent Vehicle Stability Management system whose active and passive safety features work in perfect sync—to keep you safer than ever.

Vehicle Stability Management system

The comprehensive Vehicle Stability Management system links and optimizes the function of all active and passive safety features. It incorporates ESC, TCS and ABS in potential collision situations.
2012 Elantra Safety Six airbags

Six airbags

Some car makers try to get by with the bare minimum.
We prefer the opposite, filling the interior with six airbags to help protect you and your passengers in case of an accident.
2012 Elantra Safety Dual rear-door side-impact beams

Dual rear-door side-impact beams

Engineered specifically for the safety of your passengers, in the event of a side impact, this is a new and important link in the chain of safety for the Elantra.


With more interior space than the Corolla, the Civic, and even the Nissan Maxima, the Elantra has plenty of room for premium features like front and rear heated seats, leather seating surfaces and even a 360-watt audio system.

2012 Elantra Interior space

Interior space

Intuitively designed around the driver, audio and climate controls are within easy reach. There’s loads of leg room, and generous head and shoulder room for both the front- and rear-seat passengers—plus 14.8 cubic feet of cargo volume, which makes it ideal for long weekends. Special attention has also been paid to reduce NVH (Noise, Vibration, Harshness) which ensures a smooth and quiet ride.
2012 Elantra Interior Front and rear heated seats

Front and rear heated seats

Standard on the LIMITED, the Elantra is the first compact car to have heated seats for both front and rear passengers.


The 2012 Elantra bucks convention with a style that breaks free of the traditional compact car ‘blah’ factor. Designed in Southern California, the Elantra integrates a sloping, coupe-like roofline and an increased wheelbase to give it a sporty, low profile that leaves its boxier competitors behind.

Tech specs:

Model- 2011 Hyundai Elantra
Trim- GLS
Power train- 1.8-liter in-line 4-cylinder, FWD
EPA fuel economy- 29 city, 40 highway mpg
Observed fuel economy- 28.5 mpg
Navigation- optional solid-state-memory-based with XM Satellite Traffic
Bluetooth phone support- basic voice command, phonebook sync
Disc player- CD/ MP3
MP3 player support- analog RCA auxiliary input, USB/iPod connection
Other digital audio- optional Bluetooth stereo streaming, XM Satellite Radio
Audio system- 6-speaker standard audio
Driver aids– optional rearview camera
Base price- $15,195
Price as tested- $19,510

The 2011 Hyundai Elantra‘s low-speed manners make it a great car for urban environments. For the 2011 model year, nearly the complete cabin tech package is available at the entry GLS level.


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Imrul Haque is Product Engineer at TheTechJournal. He writes about new products and covers mobile apps. You can reach him on Twitter And Google+.

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