2019 Hyundai Elantra Test Drive

As we enter an era where even the Toyota Corolla is now a stylish-looking sedan, the days of safe/boring vehicle designs seem to be behind us. When it comes to mainstream automakers, Hyundai has been leading the charge in this design revolution. As we can see from recent introductions like the Kona and 2019 Santa Fe, Hyundai is putting added focus on vehicle design to bring more excitement to otherwise bland vehicle segments, and the latest example of this is the updated 2019 Hyundai Elantra. Just two years after the debut of the sixth generation of Hyundai's compact sedan, the 2019 Hyundai Elantra arrives with new style, improved cabin tech and added safety.

2019 Hyundai Elantra Test Drive

2019 Hyundai Elantra Exterior

The 2017 redesign had already given the Elantra the best design this sedan has ever seen, but the 2019 Hyundai Elantra received a facelift to make this car even edgier. In the truest sense of the word, the facelift replaced everything in front of the A-pillars, while the new headlights and turn signals give the new front end a pronounced triangular motif. The rear of the car has also been updated with sleeker taillights along with a cleaner trunk lid and lower fasica. Most trim levels get redesigned wheel options, and this Elantra Limited comes with 17-inch alloy wheels that add even more style with stylish two-tone, interwoven spokes.

2019 Hyundai Elantra Test Drive

2019 Hyundai Elantra Interior

The Elantra's interior was already one of the best in its class, but the 2019 model year still brought some welcomed upgrades. The 2019 Hyundai Elantra gets a new three-spoke steering wheel that adds a sportier look, while the new center stack design has a cleaner layout for the radio and HVAC controls as well as a larger storage tray now opens up space for a wireless smartphone charger on the Elantra Limited. Just in terms of design, the Elantra's cabin is functional and attractive without being overly complex or boring like some of its rivals. The infotainment and HVAC systems are easy to use, and the small touches (such as the sliding center console lid and the hidden storage compartment under the center stack) make for an enjoyable user experience.

The trim level is the top of the 2019 Hyundai Elantra delivering a more luxurious cabin with standard features like leather seats, heated front seats, dual automatic climate control and proximity key with push button start. The $3,350 Ultimate Package adds even more to this trim level including an eight-inch touch screen, navigation, power sunroof, driver's seat and outside mirror memory, a 4.2-inch color TFT display in the gauge cluster and a handful of safety features discussed in the Safety section. Unfortunately, the 2019 Elantra no longer offers the convenience of heated rear seats.

Compared to the previous model, the sixth-gen Hyundai Elantra is almost an inch longer and an inch wider, which opens up more interior space to the point that the EPA actually classifies this compact car as a midsize car. With 95.8 cubic feet of passenger volume, the Elantra is far roomier interior than the Ford Focus but slightly smaller the Civic and Mazda3. The 14.4 cubic feet of cargo space is one of the biggest trunks in this segment.

2019 Hyundai Elantra Test Drive

2019 Hyundai Elantra Powertrain

The 2019 Hyundai Elantra continues to offer three different powertrain options, and while the Eco and Sport trims get exclusive engine and transmission combinations, the rest of the Elantra lineup (SE, SEL and Limited) use a 2.0-liter Atkinson cycle four-cylinder. This engine produces 147 horsepower and 132 lb-ft of torque, and it pairs to a six-speed automatic transmission delivering EPA-rated fuel economy estimates of 28 mpg in the city and 37 mpg on the highway*; the Elantra SE does even better with this engine thanks to its base manual transmission. Showing how refined the current Elantra already was, no changes were made to the powertrain or chassis of the 2019 Hyundai Elantra yet it still has a smoother and quieter ride than anything else in this class.

2019 Hyundai Elantra Safety

The 2019 Hyundai Elantra carries a four-star crash rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and all trim levels come standard with forward collision avoidance assist, driver attention warning, blind-spot detection, blind-spot collision warning, lane keep assist, lane departure warning and rear cross traffic warning. In addition to the luxurious interior, the Ultimate Package also delivers the ultimate safety for the Elantra by adding Smart Cruise Control, forward collision avoidance with pedestrian detection and Hyundai's innovative Safe Exit Assist. This latter function prevents doors from being opened if a moving vehicle is detected nearby.

2019 Hyundai Elantra Test Drive

2019 Hyundai Elantra Overall

Despite a recent push into more luxurious- and performance-oriented markets, Hyundai's core values still center on safety, reliability and affordability, but now style is an obvious focal point, too. The refreshed 2019 Hyundai Elantra brings a new level of design to the compact sedan segment, and the updated interior make this an even better choice in a highly competitive market. The 2019 Hyundai Elantra is priced starting at just $17,100**, and this fully loaded Elantra Limited Ultimate delivers an impressive amount of ameninities with an as-tested price of only $26.960.

Make sure to visit your local AutoNation Hyundai dealership and test drive the 2019 Hyundai Elantra today!

* Based on 2019 EPA mileage ratings. Your mileage will vary depending on specific vehicle trim, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, and other factors. ** MSRP excludes tax, license, registration, destination charge and options. Dealer prices may vary.
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