2012 Hyundai Elantra - Edmunds Ratings

2012 Hyundai Elantra Limited (1.8L 4-cyl. 6-speed Automatic)
Date Driven: 7/6/2011 (2011 Elantra Limited)
Performance The Elantra's 9.4-second 0-60 mph time is on par for the class but still relatively slow from an overall standpoint.
Driving Dynamics With 0.82g on the skid pad and a 64.0-mph slalom speed, the Elantra's handling numbers are good. It offers good response and relatively heavy damping.
Ride Comfort In a bubble the Elantra is not an uncomfortable car. Drive it back to back with a Civic, however, and you'll notice a somewhat busy ride. We don't find it disagreeable, however.
Quietness There's nothing outstanding in the Elantra's noise transmission. It's as quiet as most cars in its segment but naturally lacks the luxurious silence of more expensive, more luxurious cars.
Ergonomics A step ahead of most small sedans, the Elantra's centerstack secondary controls are particularly well designed and easy to use.
Visibility Adequate visibility in all directions, but somewhat worse rear-quarter visibility than many cars in its segment. It's noticeable, but won't be a problem for most.
Seat Access & Space Ample legroom and headroom even for large drivers. Will accommodate a 6-foot-plus rear-seat passenger when the front seat is adjusted for the same.
Cargo & Storage Ample small-item storage and good use of door pockets. Rear seats fold nearly flat. Par for the segment when it comes to cargo and storage.
Build Quality Some panel fitment inconsistencies, but good interior materials and high assembly quality. Feels tight. No squeaks or rattles.

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