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Hyundai Elantra: A Look Back at The 2012’s Vehicle of the Year

Updated on March 12, 2013

Hyundai Elantra

Hyundai Elantra
Hyundai Elantra | Source


Automobile shows are notorious for showcasing the latest and greatest that the car industry has to offer. One of the most respected automobile shows in America is, of course, the North American International Auto Show, held in Detroit, Michigan. The location is significant, as it is the home of the three major car manufacturers: Chrysler, GM and Ford.

For those looking for a new motor vehicle, automobile shows can be a great way to see the variety of cars in a short amount of time. It’s also a great way to check out the vehicle that is named car of the year. This year, the Hyundai Elantra received the honors. The criterion was based on safety, design and value. Typically, award winners experienced a mixed bag of success; winning the title of car of the year doesn’t necessarily mean an increase in sales. Before you go out and buy the new motor vehicle that was touted the best by industry experts at automobile shows, have a closer look at what you’re getting.

Safety Rating

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety rated the 2011 Elantra as one of its top picks for overall safety. It’s safe to say that they will do the same for this year’s model, as very little has changed in the design and manufacturing process. Considering this is a compact car, the safety rating is quite impressive. Standard features include Electronic Stability Control, six airbags and 4-wheel disc brakes. The Traction Control System and Vehicle Stability Management mean safer winter driving.


The Elantra offers a sleek design with lots of aesthetic flair. The instrument panel is well laid out, and the leather-wrapped steering wheel can be gripped easily. The seats are quite comfortable, and while the leather isn’t of the highest quality, but that is made up for with heated seats, both front and back. The outside doesn’t have that boxy look to it, like many compact cars of the past.


Part of the reason that the Elantra won the title of car of the year was the fantastic fuel mileage. With 29 miles to the gallon in the city, and 40 miles to the gallon on the highway, this new motor vehicle requires fewer trips to the pumps, period. Pricing starts at $14,775 for basic models. With all of the standard features that are included, you won’t need too many upgrades.

Remember to do your due diligence when you’re searching for a new motor vehicle. No matter what the automobile shows tell you, at the end of day choose something that will suit your needs. The Elantra may not be for you if lots of trunk space is needed, or you’re looking for a larger size vehicle. Driving your son to his weekly soccer game may be a challenge, as will summer camping trips with the entire family.

Automobile shows can be a great educational experience, giving you a broad overview of what’s hot and what’s not. At the end of the day, it will be up to you to decide which vehicles make your hot list.


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