2018 Hyundai Elantra

2018 Hyundai Elantra
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2018 Hyundai Elantra
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What’s new

  • SEL trim replaces the SE with Popular Equipment package
  • Part of the sixth Elantra generation introduced for 2017

Pros

  • Offers broad range of technology and safety features
  • Comfortable ride
  • Quiet cabin with simple, intuitive controls
  • Offers one of the best warranties in its segment

Cons

  • Lackluster performance from the base 2.0-liter engine
  • Seven-speed automatic's slow shifts during low-speed acceleration


Which Elantra does Edmunds recommend?

Hyundai's changes to the Elantra's trim levels for 2018 mean that the SEL gives you everything you really need. From safety features such as blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert to technology features such as Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, niceties such as push-button start and a leather-wrapped steering wheel to necessities such as sun-visor extensions, the Elantra SEL is a compelling package for the price

Edmunds' Expert Review

Overall rating

3.5 / 5

Last year's full redesign gave the Hyundai Elantra a new look, a more refined interior and an improved ride quality. The changes have made the Elantra downright pleasant to live with, and all but the base trim come with extensive technology upgrades. Take a look at the aptly named Value Edition trim level, for instance. For a reasonable price it comes with all sorts of desirable features, such as a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system, a sunroof, heated seats, and keyless entry and ignition.

If the Elantra has a downside, it's performance. The 2.0-liter engine that most Elantras come with isn't as powerful as those in some other top small sedans. Hyundai does offer two optional turbocharged engines, which might have added appeal, but the dual-clutch automatic transmission that they come with doesn't have the smoothest-shifting characteristics.

During your search, there are some other top sedans to take a look at. The Honda Civic is unquestionably the benchmark for the class given its mix of power, features and wide range of available trim levels. We also like the Mazda 3 and the Volkswagen Golf hatchback for their engaging driving experiences and upscale interiors. Overall, though, the Elantra has a lot to offer, and it is particularly worth checking out if you're looking for a comfortable sedan that has a lot of features for an agreeable price.

Trim levels & features

There are six trim levels for the 2018 Hyundai Elantra, with three engines and three transmissions shared among them. The base SE has a pretty limited equipment list, but moving up to the SEL, the Value Edition and finally the Limited nets quite a few improvements. The Eco offers a more fuel-efficient engine with midlevel equipment, and the Sport comes with a strong turbocharged engine.

The base engine, and the only option for the SE, SEL, Value Edition and Limited trims, is a 2.0-liter four-cylinder (147 horsepower, 132 pound-feet of torque). The SE trim comes standard with a six-speed manual transmission but can be upgraded to a six-speed automatic. The other four trims all use the automatic transmission.

The SE trim is somewhat minimally equipped, with 15-inch steel wheels, front disc and rear drum brakes, power mirrors, a height-adjustable driver seat, air-conditioning, a 60/40-split folding rear seat, and a six-speaker sound system with a 3.5-inch display and a USB port. Adding the optional automatic transmission also adds cruise control, steering-wheel audio controls and Bluetooth phone connectivity.

Stepping up to the SEL trim adds 16-inch alloy wheels, rear disc brakes, automatic headlights, heated side mirrors, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, and a rearview camera, keyless entry with push-button start, dual-zone automatic climate control, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and rear seat cupholders. Rounding out the SEL's upgrades are keyless entry with push-button start, a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment display, Bluetooth audio streaming, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone integration, satellite radio and — a special treasure for those who live in sunny climates — sun visor extensions.

From there, the Value Edition adds a sunroof, LED daytime running lights, door-handle approach lights, and hands-free trunk release. Inside, the Value Edition gets heated front seats and an auto-dimming rearview mirror.

As its name suggests, the Eco gets a more fuel-efficient engine: a turbocharged 1.4-liter four cylinder (128 hp, 156 lb-ft of torque) paired with a seven-speed automatic transmission. It's equipped similarly to the Value Edition, but it doesn't get the sunroof or the auto-dimming rearview mirror and rolls on 15-inch alloy wheels.

Compared to the Value Edition, the Elantra Limited moves up to 17-inch alloy wheels, LED taillights and unique appearance tweaks. It gets a power driver seat and leather upholstery, but it keeps the sunroof for its solitary option package. It also comes with three USB ports and Hyundai's Blue Link system. Blue Link connects your car to an app that allows you to control some basic functions such as locking and unlocking, receive diagnostic information, and search for destinations with Google.

Only one option package is available for the Limited trim, the Limited Ultimate package. This package ups the infotainment screen to 8 inches and adds navigation and a premium eight-speaker stereo system. You also get the sunroof, driver-seat memory settings, heated rear seats, a larger gauge cluster information screen, the sunroof, and a full set of active driver aids: adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning and intervention, and forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking.

The 2018 Elantra Sport, whether you get it with an automatic or manual, is equipped largely like the Limited. (It loses the dual-zone automatic climate control but it comes with the sunroof.) There also also quite a few sport-oriented changes, including a turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine (201 hp and 195 lb-ft of torque, with either the six-speed manual or a seven-speed automatic), a more sophisticated rear suspension with firmer tuning, 18-inch alloy wheels with grippier tires, stronger brakes, an appearance package and xenon headlights. Inside, the sporty theme continues with a flat-bottomed steering wheel, special gauge cluster and leather-upholstered, heated front sport seats.

One package is available for the Sport trim: the Sport Premium package. It includes the 8-inch touchscreen with navigation, 8-speaker premium sound system, Blue Link telematics, dual-zone climate control and auto-dimming rearview mirror.

Trim tested

Each vehicle typically comes in multiple versions that are fundamentally similar. The ratings in this review are based on our full test of the Hyundai Elantra Limited (2.0L inline-4 | 6-speed automatic | FWD).

Driving

3
Of the three engines available in the Elantra, the base 2.0-liter is our least favorite. Acceleration is leisurely and has unfortunate effects on other areas. We like the well-tuned steering and the brakes better.

Acceleration

2
The Elantra's 2.0-liter is uninspiring, especially when cars such as the Mazda 3 and the Honda Civic exist. Accelerating to 60 mph takes a sluggish 9.7 seconds, a full second longer than the identically priced Elantra GT hatchback. It has one upside: It doesn't drone like the GT's more powerful engine.

Braking

3.5
The brakes are easy to modulate, with no excess play or squishiness. They aren't performance-oriented brakes, but they feel nice and are predictable to use. In our panic-braking test, the Elantra needed 126 feet to stop from 60 mph, which is average for the class.

Steering

4
As in other Hyundais, the Elantra's steering feels direct and builds effort naturally. It still lacks road feedback, but for the most part this is a well-tuned steering system. The Sport mode's increased steering effort feels appropriate.

Handling

3
It's difficult to truly exploit this car's handling capabilities mainly due to its powertrain shortcomings and low-grip tires. The Elantra feels composed in most cases, with the potential to be playful if it had the proper tires for it.

Drivability

3
At slow or highway cruising speeds, drivability is fine. But the lack of engine power often results in a downshift at the smallest request for more speed. Sport mode helps since it keeps the transmission a gear lower than normal, but it also makes the throttle too sensitive for casual use.

Comfort

The highlights include easy-to-use climate controls with great temperature regulation, a comfy ride and a quiet, rattle-free cabin. The seats are also more comfortable for longer drives than the ones found in the comparable Elantra GT hatchback model.

Seat comfort

3.5
The seats are comfortable and offer a nice balance between soft and firm to help you out on longer rides. There's not a lot of lateral support, but it's enough for the Elantra's driving purposes. Lumbar support is adjustable but not repositionable. The armrest padding is sufficient even if the material isn't that nice.

Ride comfort

4.5
The Elantra has a pretty nice ride for a compact car. Sharp impacts are softened to a pleasant degree without the suspension feeling overly mushy. It remains composed over bumpy sections of road. It's one of the most appealing aspects of the car.

Noise & vibration

4.5
There's some mild wind and road noise at highway speeds, but overall the cabin is quieter than average among compact cars. At lower city speeds, road noise is particularly well-isolated, and there are no discernible interior rattles or creaks. It feels well put together in that regard.

Climate control

4
Climate controls are straightforward, well-labeled and easy to operate. There's nothing fancy about the design, but we appreciate the simplicity and clarity. Auto temperature settings work great. There are no ventilated seats, but the front seats offer three-level heating and the rear seats two-level heating.

Interior

Hyundai's cabin controls are always easy to figure out and use. There's nothing sleek or fancy about them, but we can't fault the functionality. Taller folks may find the door openings too short and little headroom in the front.

Ease of use

4
The Elantra has the standard Hyundai button layout. It's not fancy, but all the usual assortment of controls are clearly marked and easy to figure out. There are quick access buttons for most of the driver assist functions, and the menus are easy to navigate and find what you're looking for. Nicely done.

Getting in/getting out

3
The doors swing open pretty wide, but the height of the apertures are a little short and may feel small for taller adults, both in front and in back. The step-over height is nice and low with an easy sill to cross.

Driving position

3
There is more seat height adjustment than you'd guess based on the available headroom, presumably to cater to shorter drivers who want to sit higher up. There's plenty of fore-aft adjustment, and the steering wheel reach and tilt is adequate.

Roominess

3
Front legroom is generous, but headroom is somewhat limited. Rear kneeroom, headroom and under-the-seat toe room are all decent. Middle passengers will appreciate the nearly flat floor in back. Three smaller adults would likely fit in the back given the amount of seat width, but two would be ideal.

Visibility

3.5
For the most part, you won't have trouble seeing out of the Elantra. The rear view is unobstructed and the rear side windows are pulled back far, helping thin out the rear roof pillars. The side mirrors and front pillars don't obscure too much when the driver's making left turns. A backup camera and rear cross-traffic alert are usable bonuses.

Quality

3
There are areas of this cabin that look nice and others that appear cheaply made. Hyundai spent money in the right places, such as the leather-wrapped steering wheel and gearshift knob, encouraging forgiveness of the surrounding hard plastic bits. But, unlike the Elantra GT, it does not emit a quality feel.

Utility

3
The Elantra's trunk is above average for the class, and the rear seatback releases are easy to access. In-cabin storage is decent, but there are cars that do it better in the class, especially with the lack of anti-tip design for the cupholders. If you're looking to fit a car seat, there are some concerns.

Small-item storage

3.5
The center armrest bin is a decent size, and the sliding drawer up front is big enough to hold a phone and wallet. The door pockets are average and fit a standard water bottle. There are two cupholders both front and back, without anti-tip design.

Cargo space

4
At 14.4 cubic feet, the trunk isn't the largest, but it's above average. It has a nice wide opening and a short liftover, but it narrows a bit toward the rear seatbacks. The split-fold seat releases are in the trunk and easy to access, though you have to push the seats down from the rear doors.

Child safety seat accommodation

3
LATCH anchors are buried in the seat cushions and are a little difficult to get to. They are easy to locate thanks to markers, but hooking them in will be a task. The top tethers are located under plastic flip doors and easier to access. Rear-facing car seats may be a squeeze.

Technology

3.5
Hyundai was one of the first to offer Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and it continues to provide smart, well-integrated solutions to connect and use your smartphone. Driver aids tend not to be as user-friendly, but they have improved with this Elantra model.

Audio & navigation

3.5
The audio system produces decent sound, but because the door speakers point toward your legs, you don't get quite the surround effect audiophiles may be looking for. The factory navigation system is standard issue from Hyundai — easy to use and straightforward but nothing remarkable.

Smartphone integration

4
Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are included as standard on all but the base SE. On the Limited you get two USB ports. There are no phone accessory plugs for the rear passengers. Bluetooth pairs quickly.

Driver aids

3.5
Hyundai has improved the performance of the Elantra's driving aids in recent years. The lane-keeping assist system has various settings and works well. Adaptive cruise control works OK, though sometimes it does not look far enough ahead when adjusting speed.

Voice control

3.5
Apple CarPlay and Android Auto voice controls become the default if plugged in. The native voice control system takes a little longer to process commands than some other systems in rival cars.

Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2018 Hyundai Elantra.

Overall Consumer Rating

Most helpful consumer reviews

Pleasantly surprised.
Brian McDonald ,01/20/2018
This is my first Hyundai vehicle after much research and i am pleased with my purchase. There are great discounts on this model in my case 3k discount. I wanted a reliable comfortable car with decent room and great gas mileage. The Value Edition Elantra fit the bill. My test drive revealed an uncommonly quiet and smooth ride for the class. Im 6 ft tall and was able to easily find a comfortable driving position. Once warmed up engine was smooth and quiet for a four cylinder. The performance for me was more than satisfactory as im not heavy on the gas. If i wanted more performance i would have opted for the sport version but you also pay more for it in gas and insurance. The sport driving mode gives this car a decent amount of pep if you want it but you take a hit in gas mileage. Regular mode is just fine with me. Ive been averaging 34 mpg in mixed driving. I hit 41 mpg in just hwy driving at one point. In addition this car has a real spare tire, a hand brake as opposed to electronic , real knobs for tuning , volume and other functions! Apple car play works flawlessly as with Bluetooth and phone functions. The fit and finish are top notch. I am impressed with Hyundai and will likely buy another one fir my next vehicle.
Way Better Than I Would Have Thought
John,04/06/2018
A 2018 Elanta was the last car that I thought I would buy. I owned a 2008 Elantra which was the only new car that I could afford at the time. It was an okay budget car, but I have driven golf carts with better driving dynamics. Ten years later, I wanted something more upscale with better road manners. My research led me to believe that the Civic or Jetta would be my best choices. But the Civic looks to me like a weird insect and the seats are really low. And the new Jetta has promise, but the old maxim of not buying a redesigned car in its first year lead me away. I was thinking of buying the current Jetta model assuming that I could negotiate a great deal on a discontinued car. Then I was on vacation and the rent-a-car place allowed me to choose which car I wanted in the aisle. I saw the new Elantra and thought it would be interesting to see what it is like to drive. I was totally blown away. Inside the car is really nicely designed and looks sporty. The value edition feels like a luxury car. And the way it rides is so improved over previous models. It is quiet and holds the road well. A number of the professional reviews say that it is not fun to drive, which compared to other new compact cars on the market (Golf, Civic, Mazda 3) is probably correct, but I think it is fun enough. It’s certainly a refined driving experience. Gas mileage is really good. I’m getting over 45 MPG on highway drives. The engine is a little slow at lower speeds but not at all a problem on the highway when you are already over 50+ miles per hour. I would recommend taking it for a test drive. Hyundai seems to realize that once you drive you, you will actually like it. I guess that is why they are giving out $40 gift cards with test drives. Hey, that is nice of them as well. I suggest calling around to various dealers to get the best price. It was not too hard for me to get $4500 off MSRP for the value edition.
check it out for yourself
MICHAEL SMIETANA,12/28/2017
the vehicle is awesome.great ride and comfortable on long trips.handling is superb.but had my first problem ever was the lights went out on me when i used my turn signals.and it happened at night.now my elantra is in the shop having a turn signal harness installed.havent even made my first payment yet.very frustrating.
Enjoyed 07 model and how a 2018
Kay Jay,03/15/2018
I enjoyed every mile of my 07 Elantra and have thus far no reason not to expect the same of my 18 model. The 18 model had a 'compact' familiar feel when driving and really responsive like the 07, a strong selling point for me. The 'bad' was in discovering later just how much less cubby hole room the 18 has in comparison! The seat shape however for me is a HUGE plus compared to the 07. I economized to the cloth seats from the leather seats which I do miss as pet/horse hair does NOT just brush off! (I do cover upholstery anyway but it still is evident.) I do not understand why manufacturers tend NOT to use HARD to scuff plastic on door panels and foot areas!?? For glare/reflection reasons a black interior is a big plus, in consideration of dust etc., black is NOT a plus. I currently have just shy of a 1000 miles on my 18 and am really enjoying the driving experience of the 18 model. The cruise control is MUCH more precise and responsive compared to the 07. I am really impressed with the quicker auto shifting (in ECO mode too)! I drive many hills and a big grade frequently. I too enjoy the ability to shift up or down when applicable. The acceleration is much better than the 07 by a good bit! Actually 'shocks' me at times :) My mileage is largely consistent with my profession and I've already noticed a significant difference in going longer between fill ups than the 07, YEAH! Getting used to the computer system has taken some persistence and I'm still learning though 'getting along' better with it. MISS a CD player! I was glad to see a UCB port and an auxiliary plug. The variety of comfort related controls is nice and enjoying my moon/sun roof :)) and the THREE settings for heat in the front seats! The suspension system buffers quite a bit more than the 07 which is very nice, even on wash board roads! However I miss the additional road feel I had in the 07 especially when frequently driving a curvy highway. Pros/cons... can't have it all.... Overall being tuned into details when I am driving, I am really impressed with the performance of the 2018 Elantra. (The leather steering wheel was a bit 'slippery' so I rubbed in a hand lotion with my normal addition of liquid lanolin. Problem solved :) ) Thus far I've only had a chance to get a combined rural city driving and hwy figure for mpg. Though I 'gave up' a leather interior, the performance of the car makes up for it and I walked out paying just 1800 more than I did for my 07 brand new (both having extended warranties)!
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Features & Specs

MSRP
$18,850
MPG
28 city / 37 hwy
Seats 5
6-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
147 hp @ 6200 rpm
MSRP
$19,850
MPG
28 city / 37 hwy
Seats 5
6-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
147 hp @ 6200 rpm
MSRP
$17,950
MPG
29 city / 38 hwy
Seats 5
6-speed shiftable automatic
Gas
147 hp @ 6200 rpm
MSRP
$22,900
MPG
26 city / 33 hwy
Seats 5
7-speed automated manual
Gas
201 hp @ 6000 rpm
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Safety

Our experts’ favorite Elantra safety features:

Blind-Spot Monitoring
Alerts the driver when vehicles are in the adjoining lanes and sounds a warning if a lane change might cause a collision.
Adaptive Cruise Control
Maintains a set speed and distance from the car in front of you, even if traffic slows down or speeds up.
Hyundai Blue Link System
Notifies emergency services in case of a collision and sends an alert to your phone if the car is crashed by another driver.

NHTSA Overall Rating

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
    Overall4 / 5
    Driver4 / 5
    Passenger4 / 5
  • Side Crash Rating
    Overall4 / 5
  • Side Barrier Rating
    Overall4 / 5
    Driver5 / 5
    Passenger4 / 5
  • Combined Side Barrier & Pole Ratings
    Front Seat5 / 5
    Back Seat4 / 5
  • Rollover
    Rollover4 / 5
    Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
    Risk Of Rollover10.7%
IIHS Rating
The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.
  • Side Impact Test
    Good
  • Roof Strength Test
    Good
  • Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
    Good
  • IIHS Small Overlap Front Test
    Good
  • Moderate Overlap Front Test
    Good

Hyundai Elantra vs. the competition

2018 Hyundai Elantra

2018 Hyundai Elantra

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Hyundai Elantra vs. Honda Civic

The Civic is certainly one of the best small sedans on the road today. It has an excellent ride quality, a roomy interior, swift acceleration and sharp handling. But it has a few downsides, too. Option packages on the Civic tend to drive the price up quickly, especially compared to the Elantra. For drivers who look toward the future, the Elantra comes with a more impressive warranty upfront.

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Hyundai Elantra vs. Kia Forte

The Elantra and Forte are closely related, so there's not much variation. They both have multiple available powertrains, strong value propositions and appealing interiors. The Kia Forte can save you a few hundred dollars depending on which trim level you choose, but we prefer the Elantra's interior design. It could very well just come down to which car's styling you like better.

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Hyundai Elantra vs. Toyota Corolla

For decades, the Toyota Corolla has been one of the most popular cars sold in America. Like the Elantra, it has a long list of standard features and represents a good value. It's also very roomy inside. Also like the Elantra, though, the Corolla isn't as exciting or engaging to drive as class leaders. Fuel economy is merely average for the class, too. We wouldn't advise anyone against the Corolla, but it's not our first choice either. You'll probably like the Elantra more.

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FAQs

Is the Hyundai Elantra a good car?

The small sedan segment has a wide range of cars with a wide range of virtues. The Elantra stands out with its competitive price, premium-looking cabin and affordable upgrades. The interior surfaces in the Elantra feel high-quality for the class, and the car's ride on the highway is smooth. Rivals such as the Honda Civic and the Mazda 3 are sportier, but both are more expensive.

How can I get a Hyundai Elantra deal?

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Does the Hyundai Elantra have good MPG?

The fuel economy ratings for the Elantra differ depending on which engine you choose. The base engine, a 2.0-liter four-cylinder, gets three different ratings depending on trim level: 33 mpg combined (29 city/38 highway) or 32 mpg combined (28 city/37 highway) with the six-speed automatic transmission, and 29 mpg combined (26 city/36 highway) with the six-speed manual. The Elantra Eco with the turbo 1.4-liter engine gets the best of the Elantra range — 35 mpg combined (32 city/40 highway). The Elantra Sport, with its turbocharged 1.6-liter engine, gets 29 mpg combined (26 city/33 highway) with the seven-speed automatic and 25 mpg combined (22 city/30 highway) with the six-speed manual. The Eco's numbers are the most competitive, while most of the other Elantra ratings fall behind segment leaders.

Does the Hyundai Elantra have good resale value?

If you're ready to buy, you're probably wondering about the Hyundai Elantra's resale value. How much will a 2018 Hyundai Elantra be worth in two or five years — or whenever you decide to sell? Check out the Edmunds True Cost to Own (TCO) calculator. It includes projected annual depreciation over the first five years of ownership based on Edmunds' robust market transaction data.

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More about the 2018 Hyundai Elantra

The 2018 Hyundai Elantra helps to prove that compact sedans have come a long way. Once they might have been little more than barebones, budget-minded transportation, but the current crop offers a lot of quality and value for the money. In order to stand out in this crowd, Hyundai packed the Elantra with features, making for a good-looking small car that does more than you might expect.

Last year's complete redesign improved everything about the Elantra, so Hyundai hasn't done much to change the formula for 2018. The interior is still comfortable and surprisingly quiet, with well-laid-out and easy to understand controls. Space is used efficiently, with lots of clever compartments for small items and enough room to carry adults in the rear seat.

There are six trim levels available. The base SE comes with a pretty limited set of features, and really is the budget option. You get a stereo, Bluetooth phone connectivity, air-conditioning, and a manually adjustable driver seat: just what's needed and not much more. Move up to the SEL, and you get alloy wheels, disc brakes at all four corners, and technologies such as blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert and, just added for 2018, a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.

The Value Edition adds keyless entry with push-button start, a hands-free trunk, dual-zone climate control and a power sunroof. Finally, there's the Limited, which Hyundai has loaded with leather, LED lights, three USB ports, and can be upgraded with a premium stereo, heated rear seats, and a full set of active driver aids such as adaptive cruise control and lane keeping assist.

If the Elantra has a weakness, it's the performance of its base engine. All four of these trims come with a 2.0-liter four cylinder making 147 horsepower. That means these Hyundai Elantra trims are slower than average for the class. Still, they return good fuel economy, and there are two alternate engines for buyers looking for more grunt but who still want that Hyundai value.

The Eco trim is equipped similarly to the Value Edition, but minus the sunroof, and comes with a thrifty turbocharged 1.4-liter engine that returns 35 mpg combined (32 city/40 highway) and still produces more torque than the base motor. There's also the Sport trim, with a 201-hp turbocharged 1.6-liter engine, that comes with a lot of the Limited's upscale features.

The Elantra has a lot to offer tech-savvy and value-oriented buyers, and if you're looking for a compact sedan it's definitely worth checking out. Make sure to read our full review to find out more and take advantage of our shopping tools for the best deal on a 2018 Hyundai Elantra near you.

2018 Hyundai Elantra Overview

The 2018 Hyundai Elantra is offered in the following submodels: Elantra Sedan. Available styles include SEL 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 6A), Value Edition 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 6A), SE 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 6A), Sport 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl Turbo 7AM), Limited 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 6A), SE SULEV 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 6A), Sport 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl Turbo 6M), SE 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 6M), Eco 4dr Sedan (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 7AM), Limited SULEV 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 6A), SEL SULEV 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 6A), and Value Edition SULEV 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 6A).

What do people think of the 2018 Hyundai Elantra?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2018 Hyundai Elantra and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2018 Elantra 4 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2018 Elantra.

Edmunds Expert Reviews

Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2018 Hyundai Elantra and all model years in our database. Our rich content includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2018 Elantra featuring deep dives into trim levels and features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.

Edmunds Scorecard

Overall3.5 / 5.0

Driving

3.0 / 5.0

Acceleration2.0 / 5.0
Braking3.5 / 5.0
Steering4.0 / 5.0
Handling3.0 / 5.0
Drivability3.0 / 5.0

Utility

3.0 / 5.0

Small-item storage3.5 / 5.0
Cargo space4.0 / 5.0

Technology

3.5 / 5.0

Audio & navigation3.5 / 5.0
Smartphone integration4.0 / 5.0
Driver aids3.5 / 5.0
Voice control3.5 / 5.0
Our Review Process

This review was written by a member of Edmunds' editorial team of expert car reviewers. Our team drives every car you can buy. We put the vehicles through rigorous testing, evaluating how they drive and comparing them in detail to their competitors.

We're also regular people like you, so we pay attention to all the different ways people use their cars every day. We want to know if there's enough room for our families and our weekend gear and whether or not our favorite drink fits in the cupholder. Our editors want to help you make the best decision on a car that fits your life.

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2018 Hyundai Elantra Sport 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl Turbo 7AM)

The 2018 Hyundai Elantra Sport 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl Turbo 7AM) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $24,095. The average price paid for a new 2018 Hyundai Elantra Sport 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl Turbo 7AM) is trending $4,483 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $4,483 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$19,612.

The average savings for the 2018 Hyundai Elantra Sport 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl Turbo 7AM) is18.6% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 5 2018 Hyundai Elantra Sport 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl Turbo 7AM) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburnarea.

2018 Hyundai Elantra Value Edition 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 6A)

The 2018 Hyundai Elantra Value Edition 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $20,735. The average price paid for a new 2018 Hyundai Elantra Value Edition 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 6A) is trending $6,575 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $6,575 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$14,160.

The average savings for the 2018 Hyundai Elantra Value Edition 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 6A) is31.7% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 131 2018 Hyundai Elantra Value Edition 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 6A) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburnarea.

2018 Hyundai Elantra SEL 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 6A)

The 2018 Hyundai Elantra SEL 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $20,025. The average price paid for a new 2018 Hyundai Elantra SEL 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 6A) is trending $6,539 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $6,539 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$13,486.

The average savings for the 2018 Hyundai Elantra SEL 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 6A) is32.7% below the MSRP.

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We are showing 276 2018 Hyundai Elantra SEL 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 6A) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburnarea.

2018 Hyundai Elantra SE 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 6A)

The 2018 Hyundai Elantra SE 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $18,960. The average price paid for a new 2018 Hyundai Elantra SE 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 6A) is trending $6,360 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $6,360 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$12,600.

The average savings for the 2018 Hyundai Elantra SE 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 6A) is33.5% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 33 2018 Hyundai Elantra SE 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 6A) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburnarea.

2018 Hyundai Elantra Limited SULEV 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 6A)

The 2018 Hyundai Elantra Limited SULEV 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $23,215. The average price paid for a new 2018 Hyundai Elantra Limited SULEV 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 6A) is trending $5,179 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $5,179 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$18,036.

The average savings for the 2018 Hyundai Elantra Limited SULEV 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 6A) is22.3% below the MSRP.

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We are showing 5 2018 Hyundai Elantra Limited SULEV 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 6A) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburnarea.

2018 Hyundai Elantra Limited 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 6A)

The 2018 Hyundai Elantra Limited 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $23,295. The average price paid for a new 2018 Hyundai Elantra Limited 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 6A) is trending $6,032 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $6,032 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$17,263.

The average savings for the 2018 Hyundai Elantra Limited 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 6A) is25.9% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 4 2018 Hyundai Elantra Limited 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 6A) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburnarea.

2018 Hyundai Elantra Eco 4dr Sedan (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 7AM)

The 2018 Hyundai Elantra Eco 4dr Sedan (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 7AM) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $21,435. The average price paid for a new 2018 Hyundai Elantra Eco 4dr Sedan (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 7AM) is trending $2,000 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $2,000 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$19,435.

The average savings for the 2018 Hyundai Elantra Eco 4dr Sedan (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 7AM) is9.3% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 4 2018 Hyundai Elantra Eco 4dr Sedan (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 7AM) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburnarea.

2018 Hyundai Elantra SE SULEV 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 6A)

The 2018 Hyundai Elantra SE SULEV 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 6A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $19,080. The average price paid for a new 2018 Hyundai Elantra SE SULEV 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 6A) is trending $3,766 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $3,766 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$15,314.

The average savings for the 2018 Hyundai Elantra SE SULEV 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 6A) is19.7% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 3 2018 Hyundai Elantra SE SULEV 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 6A) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburnarea.

2018 Hyundai Elantra SE 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 6M)

The 2018 Hyundai Elantra SE 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 6M) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $18,080. The average price paid for a new 2018 Hyundai Elantra SE 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 6M) is trending $3,726 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $3,726 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is$14,354.

The average savings for the 2018 Hyundai Elantra SE 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 6M) is20.6% below the MSRP.

Available Inventory:

We are showing 2 2018 Hyundai Elantra SE 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 6M) vehicle(s) available in the in the Ashburnarea.

Which 2018 Hyundai Elantras are available in my area?

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Should I lease or buy a 2018 Hyundai Elantra?

Is it better to lease or buy a car? Ask most people and they'll probably tell you that car buying is the way to go. And from a financial perspective, it's true, provided you're willing to make higher monthly payments, pay off the loan in full and keep the car for a few years. Leasing, on the other hand, can be a less expensive option on a month-to-month basis. It's also good if you're someone who likes to drive a new car every three years or so.

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