2010 Hyundai Elantra Blue Road Test Specs | Edmunds

2010 Hyundai Elantra - Road Test Specs

2010 Hyundai Elantra Sedan

(2.0L 4-cyl. 5-speed Manual)


Model year2010
StyleBlue 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 5M)
Base MSRP$14,865
Options on test vehicleComfort Package ($1,700 -- includes air-conditioning, AM/FM/XM/CD/MP3 audio system with six speakers, iPod/USB/auxiliary input, cruise control), Carpeted Floor Mats ($95).
As-tested MSRP$16,660


Drive typeFront-wheel drive
Engine typeInline-4
Displacement (cc/cu-in)1,975cc (121cu-in)
Block/head materialCast iron/aluminum
ValvetrainDouble overhead camshaft
Compression ratio (x:1)10.1
Redline (rpm)10
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)138 @ 6,000
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)136 @ 4,600
Transmission typeFive-speed manual
Transmission and axle ratios (x:1)I: 3.308; II: 1.962; III: 1.189; IV: 0.844; V: 0.660; R: 3.583; Final: 4.188


Suspension, frontMacPherson strut
Suspension, rearMultilink
Steering typeSpeed-proportional power steering
Tire brandKumho
Tire modelSolus KH16
Tire typeAll-season front and rear
Tire size, front195/65R15
Tire size, rear195/65R15
Wheel size15-by-5.5 inches front and rear
Wheel materialSteel
Brakes, frontVentilated disc
Brakes, rearDisc

Track Test Results

0-45 mph (sec.)5.3
0-60 mph (sec.)8.3
0-75 mph (sec.)12.9
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)16.3 @ 84.7
0-60 with 1 foot of rollout (sec.)7.9
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)32
60-0 mph (ft.)127
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)64.3
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)0.80
Sound level @ idle (dB)41.2
@ Full throttle (dB)77.1
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)67.5

Test Driver Ratings & Comments

Acceleration commentsRemarkably peppy off the line with aggressive gearing in 1st and 2nd, but 3rd is much taller. Shifter is tight and precise, but a bit of a reach. Clutch uptake is linear and intuitive (no traction control).
Braking ratingGood
Braking commentsGood pedal feedback, little dive, good fade resistance. Some front-end wiggle when it was hunting for grip.
Handling ratingVery good
Handling commentsSkid pad: Unnatural steering feels like winding a spring rather than pushing hydraulic fluid around, but there's plenty of grip with neutral behavior and a flat attitude. Minimal understeer. (No ESP) Slalom: After killing numerous cones due to bizarre steering feel and response, the car exhibits uncommon neutrality, poise and grip. The steering ruins it, however, and feels "stepped" where 45 degrees of input produces a far different yaw response then say, 48 degrees.

Testing Conditions

Elevation (ft.)2,518
Temperature (°F)63.1
Wind (mph, direction)4.6

Fuel Consumption

EPA fuel economy (mpg)26 city/35 highway/29 combined
Edmunds observed (mpg)25.2
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)14

Dimensions & Capacities

Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)2,723
Curb weight, as tested (lbs.)2,817
Weight distribution, as tested, f/r (%)62.4/37.6
Length (in.)177.4
Width (in.)69.9
Height (in.)58.3
Wheelbase (in.)104.3
Track, front (in.)60.7
Track, rear (in.)60.7
Turning circle (ft.)33.9
Legroom, front (in.)43.5
Legroom, rear (in.)35.0
Headroom, front (in.)40.0
Headroom, rear (in.)37.6
Shoulder room, front (in.)55.6
Shoulder room, rear (in.)55.1
Seating capacity5
Cargo volume (cu-ft)14.2


Bumper-to-bumper5 years/60,000 miles
Powertrain10 years/100,000 miles
Corrosion7 years/Unlimited miles
Roadside assistance5 years/Unlimited miles
Free scheduled maintenanceNot available


Front airbagsStandard
Side airbagsDual front
Head airbagsFront and rear
Antilock brakesFour-wheel ABS
Electronic brake enhancementsElectronic brakeforce distribution
Tire-pressure monitoring systemTire-pressure monitoring
NHTSA crash test, driver5 stars
NHTSA crash test, passenger5 stars
NHTSA crash test, side front4 stars
NHTSA crash test, side rear4 stars
NHTSA rollover resistance4 stars

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