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2012 Hyundai Elantra GLS

2012 Hyundai Elantra Review

(0 Stars)  A stylin' compact and an excellent wagon.

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Overview
The Elantra plays in a tough category that is traditionally dominated by the likes of the Honda Civic and the Toyota Corolla and has recently been joined by top-notch new models such as the Ford Focus and the Chevrolet Cruze. For 2011, Hyundai unleashed an entirely new Elantra sedan that is more than ready to take on the best in its class. In fact, every Elantra sedan, no matter the trim level or specification, receives an impressive 40-mpg highway rating thanks to a new 148-hp, 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine, light weight, slick aerodynamics, and just plain smart engineering. The sedan is available with fancy features such as heated front and rear seats, navigation, and a backup camera. Its styling is distinctive, but ride quality is merely OK, and excess engine and suspension noise sometimes invade the otherwise pleasant cabin. The truly excellent Elantra Touring station wagon continues largely unchanged for 2012, even though the next-generation Elantra hatchback recently debuted for the European market. If you have too much stuff to fit into a small sedan but not enough space to park a typical mid-size car, then the Touring might be the perfect vehicle for you. It drives well, too, and not merely by station-wagon standards. Six air bags, antilock brakes, power windows and locks, tilt steering, an iPod-friendly stereo, and keyless entry are standard on all Elantras. Options such as heated leather seats and a power sunroof appear across the lineup. A lengthy warranty helps seal the deal in the fight for thrifty buyers' cash.

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2012 Elantra GLS Sedan Vehicle Overview

  Performance Review  
Engine: 1.8L Nu in-line 4 DOHC and variable valve timing
Unleaded fuel
Fuel economy: Gasoline:, 28 MPG city, 38 MPG highway, 32 MPG combined and 409 mi. range
Multi-point fuel injection
12.8gallon fuel tank
Power (SAE): 148 hp @ 6,500 rpm; 131 ft lb of torque @ 4,700 rpm

'12 Hyundai GLS Reviews

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'12 Hyundai GLS Standard Equipment

  Climate Control  
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Front Air Conditioning
  Convenience  
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Cruise Control
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Keyless Entry
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Power Locks
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Power Outlet(s)
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Power Windows
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Steering Wheel Scope
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Steering Wheel Tilt
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Trip Computer
  Interior  
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Cup Holders
  Safety  
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Brake Assist
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Daytime Running Lights
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Driver Air Bag
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Front Wipers, Variable Intermittent
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Head/Curtain Airbag
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Heated Outside Mirrors
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Passenger Air Bag
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Rear Airbag
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Rear Curtain Airbag
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Side Air Bag(s)
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Stability Control
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Theft Deterrent System
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Traction Control
  Seats  
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Folding Rear Seat
  Sound and Entertainment  
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Compact Disc MP3 Capable
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Compact Disc Player
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iPod Connector
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Satellite Radio
  Tires and Wheels  
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Wheel Covers
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