2011 Hyundai Elantra

MSRP $14,945 - $20,195

Ranked #5 in Sedan

7.7

Overall Rating

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2011 Hyundai Elantra Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: August 10, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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Being stated as an alternative to the best-selling Japanese compact sedans like the Civic and Corolla, the all-new Hyundai Elantra has now become a tough competitor for the same cars it once feared. All-new ‘fluidic’ design, long list of standard features, a less expensive price tag, exceptional fuel economy, and a lot more standout attractive features of this new compact sedan has helped the Korean manufacturer get back in the game.

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Pros

Impressive gas mileage

Refined ride quality

Plenty of features at an affordable price

Cons

Sluggish throttle response

Not as sporty as some rivals

Tight rear headroom

What's New?

Completely redesigned for 2011 model year

2.0-liter engine has been downsized to a 1.8-liter unit

New six-speed automatic transmission


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$14945

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

top speed

116 mph

drivetrain

front wheel drive

engine type

displacement

110 cu.in.

horsepower

148 hp @ 6500 rpm

torque

131 lb.-ft. @ 4700 rpm

transmission

6 speed manual w/OD

chassis

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Semi-independent rear torsion beam suspension

dimensions

wheelbase

106.3 in.

length

178.3 in.

width

69.9 in.

height

56.5 in.

curb weight

2661 lbs.

ground clearance

6 in.

capacity

passenger volume

95.6 cu ft.

cargo volume

14.8 cu ft.

payload capacity

1058 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

9.5 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

17 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

28/33/38 mpg

highway range

486.4 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

5 yr./ 60,000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

10 yr./ 100,000 mi.

powertrain warranty

10 yr./ 100,000 mi.

corrosion warranty

7 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


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Trims

GLS$14,945 onwards

Limited$20,195 onwards

Colors and Styles

2011 Hyundai Elantra in Blue Sky Metallic color
Blue Sky Metallic

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Ratings

Pricing and Feature

7.0

Features

8.5

Engine and Performance

9.0

Fuel Economy

9.0

Interior

7.0

Exterior

8.0

Safety

7.0

Competition

7.0

7.7

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.7

Overall Rating


The engine has also been marginally downsized without any compromise in power, and is paired up with a new six-speed automatic transmission for the 2011 model year. Prices begin at an affordable MSRP of $15,695 to better compete against the likes of Honda Civic, Kia Forte, Mazda 3 sedan and Toyota Corolla.


8.5/10
Features

9.0/10
Engine and Performance

9.0/10
Fuel Economy

7.0/10
Interior

8.0/10
Exterior

7.0/10
Safety


2011 Hyundai Elantra Features

8.5/10

The 2011 Hyundai Elantra is offered in two trim levels. The base trim is named GLS, while the second trim is named the Limited trim. The Elantra comes at a base price of $15,695 and the Limited trim is priced at $20,945. The GLS trim comes with a choice of a manual or automatic transmission, while the Limited trim comes only with the automatic transmission.

Trim

GLS

Limited

MSRP(Manual)

$15,695

-

MSRP (Automatic)

$17,945

$20,945

Key Features

1.8-liter four-cylinder engine

Features of GLS trim plus: Front Fog driving lights

 

Cruise control

Leather steering wheel

 

Heated mirrors

Leather trim shift knob

 

Rear ventilation ducts

Multi-level heating front seat

 

Satellite radio

Leather Upholstery

 

Tire Pressure monitoring

Heated front seats

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There is no lack of features in the standard GLS trim of the Elantra, however, if you desire utmost comfort and luxury, then opting for the Limited trim would be better. A relaxed drive is available in both the trims thanks to the automatic transmission, but GLS comes with a manual transmission as well that allows the driver to be more engaged in the driving experience.

2011 Hyundai Elantra Engine and Performance

9.0/10

The engine has been downsized after the redesign, the 2011 Hyundai Elantra now comes with a 1.8-liter inline-4. The new smaller engine has no lack of power as compared to the outgoing bigger engine, but it offers improved fuel efficiency. The engine, however, takes away the brisk feel of the Elantra. The engine is made on the new ‘Nu’ concept which uses all-aluminum materials and it also uses a lot of lightweight materials which not only helps in weight reduction but also improves gas mileage.

As for the acceleration, 0-60 MPH comes up in 8.2 seconds while the quarter mile strip is covered in roughly around 16.5 seconds, both of which are on par with the segment. Overall ride quality has also been improved with a better suspension setup that gives the Elantra a smoother and more poised ride, however, the electric-assist steering provides a dull driving experience, and the feel of being connected to the road seems to be absent.

Models

2011 Hyundai Elantra

2011 Honda Civic

2011 Kia Forte

2011 Toyota Corolla

MSRP

$15,695

$16,745

$15,950

$16,925

Engine

1.8L, Naturally Aspirated Inline-4

1.8L, Naturally Aspirated Inline-4

2.0L, Naturally Aspirated Inline-4

1.8L, Naturally Aspirated Inline-4

Drivetrain

FWD

FWD

FWD

FWD

Transmission

6-speed manual 

5-speed manual

6-speed manual

5-speed manual

Power

148 HP @ 6,500 RPM

140 HP @ 6,500 RPM

156 HP @ 6,200 RPM

132 HP @ 6,000 RPM

Torque

131 lb-ft @ 4,700 RPM

128 lb-ft @ 4,300 RPM

144 lb-ft @ 4,300 RPM

128 lb-ft @ 4,400 RPM

0-60 MPH (sec)

8.2

8.5

8.4

9.8

Quarter-Mile (sec)

16.5

16.8

16.6

17.4

Top-Speed (MPH)

130

127

124

116

While Hyundai offers better top speed and is faster to the quarter-mile. Kia offers more power, and also better torque, but is slower to 60 mph than the Hyundai. Toyota Corolla is not only the most expensive of the lot but also has the least power and torque figures and hence is also the slowest off the line. The Honda Civic is marginally less expensive than the Toyota but performs far better in the straight line acceleration tests. 

2011 Hyundai Elantra Fuel Economy

9.0/10

If you are worried about MPG figures then you wouldn’t be disappointed. The EPA estimates state that the 2011 Elantra would return 28 mpg in the city and 38 mpg on the highway with a combined rating of 32 mpg. The light body, longer gear ratios, and an intelligent engine with a smooth 6-speed transmission combine to provide the best in class Efficiency figures to the car. The small 12.8 gallon fuel tank is disappointing though, but it still offers a respectable driving range on par with the segment. 

Models

2011 Hyundai Elantra

2011 Honda Civic

2011 Kia Forte

2011 Toyota Corolla

MPG (City)

28

28

25

27

MPG (Highway)

38

36

34

34

MPG (Combined)

32

31

29

30

Fuel Capacity (gal)

12.8

13.2

13.7

13.2

Range (City / Highway / Combined) (miles)

358 / 486 / 410

370 / 475 / 409

343 / 446 / 397

356 / 449 / 396

The smaller fuel tank of the Elantra does not prove to be an inconvenience in the day-to-day city drive as it provides an overall better range in combined city and highway driving conditions and highway driving. The Honda Civic is next in line in terms of frugality while the 2011 Kia Forte employs the largest gas tank in this comparison, both offer a marginally shorter driving range.

2011 Hyundai Elantra Interior

7.0/10

The new design gives the 2011 Hyundai Elantra more of a compact look, and while upfront there is no lack of space even with the optional sunroof, in the rear taller folks would suffer a little due to the tight headroom. Overall comfort is excellent throughout the cabin, and while there is a noticeable use of hard plastic inside, it also uses a few high-quality materials and soft-touch plastics which give the interior an upscale feel. 

Seats all around are comfortable and offer good support, with a huge trunk. The seats in the rear can be folded to help increase the overall cargo space, but the inability of the seats to fold fully flat seems like a missed opportunity. The trunk of trunk capacity is one of the best in the segment too at 14.8 cu-ft of cargo space, which is enough to carry around a small family’s weekend worth of luggage comfortably. 

Models

2011 Hyundai Elantra

2011 Honda Civic

2011 Kia Forte

2011 Toyota Corolla

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front Row (Head / Shoulder /Leg) (in)

40.0 / 55.9 / 43.6

39.0 / 56.6 / 42.0

40.0 / 55.7 / 43.3

38.8 / 54.8 / 41.7

Rear Row (Head / Shoulder /Leg) (in)

37.1 / 54.8 / 33.1

37.1 / 53.3 / 36.2

37.6 / 54.7 / 35.0

37.2 / 54.7 / 36.3

Trunk Capacity (cu-ft)

14.8

12.5

14.7

12.3

The Elantra is a bit tight at the rear, it comes with less legroom than the rivals, yet the sloping roofline still does not hamper the headroom that much, as it stays at par with the segment rivals. It also has the biggest trunk which may be a result of the smaller rear row. The Toyota Corolla offers the best in class cabin space but cuts off significant cargo volume at the back. As for the Kia, it also offers similar cargo space as Hyundai.

Some of the key interior features are:

  • 6-way adjustable driver seat w/height adjustment
  • Leather heated front bucket seats
  • 60/40 split fold-down heated rear seat
  • Leather-wrapped tilt/telescopic steering wheel
  • Leather-wrapped shift knob
  • Leatherette door trim insert
  • Remote keyless entry system w/alarm

How intuitive is the 2011 Hyundai Elantra’s infotainment unit?

The infotainment system inside is placed in the middle of the dash, and has a 'waterfall' like design to it, with neatly placed climate control knobs completing the overall design. While there is an optional display screen available for navigation, (which we have to say is one of the biggest screens in a car of this segment) the standard system also has a lot of features which include satellite radio and Bluetooth connectivity.

Some of the key infotainment features are:

  • 6-speaker audio sound system
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • SiriusXM satellite radio
  • Voice recognition
  • Built-in navigation

2011 Hyundai Elantra Exterior

8.0/10

The new design concept of Hyundai has been named ‘Fluidic’ and it shows. The 2011 Hyundai Elantra has all sorts of wavy lines, curves, and swirls in the body, which not only makes it more appealing but also increases the airflow around the car. The headlights also come with a wave-like design that moves from the grille wrapping up to the front wheel center. The rear sees a bit more character and the design gets a bit aggressive and sporty with a humped trunk. The overall design of the car looks aggressive.

Models

2011 Hyundai Elantra

2011 Honda Civic

2011 Kia Forte

2011 Toyota Corolla

Curb Weight (lb)

2,661

2,608

2,729

2,734

Length (inches)

178.3

177.3

178.3

180

Width (inches)

69.9

69

69.9

69.4

Height (inches)

56.5

56.5

57.5

57.7

Ground Clearance (inches)

5.5

5.5

5.9

5.8

Wheelbase (inches)

106.3

105.1

104.3

102.4

The higher ground clearance in the Kia Forte makes it slightly better to move over high bumps and uneven road surfaces. The Honda is the lightest yet, it still fails to match the MPG provided by the Elantra which has its primary focus on being a lightweight vehicle but it still weighs more than the Civic. Although the Elantra still offers better MPG, which shows how well engineered it is.

Some of the key exterior features are:

  • Halogen headlamps and fog lights
  • Body-color power heated exterior mirrors w/turn signal indicator lights
  • Black chrome grille
  • Power tilt/slide sunroof
  • Tinted glass
  • 17-inch alloy wheels

2011 Hyundai Elantra Safety

7.0/10

The new redesign graces the car with improved safety, and it passed the crash tests with flying colors. The NHTSA gave the car 4 out of 5 stars for its overall safety rating, whereas the IIHS awarded the Elantra with their ‘Top Safety Pick’ accolade as it managed to score the top rating of ‘Good’ in almost all the tests. The standard list of features includes airbags, traction control, ABS, and stability control, a feature which is mostly seen as an option in cars of the segment.

Some of the key safety features that come with the Elantra include:

  • Steering effort assist
  • Rearview camera with parking sensors
  • Tire pressure monitoring system
  • Advanced dual front airbags with the occupant classification system
  • Cruise control

2011 Hyundai Elantra Final Verdict

New always does not mean better, but in this case, it surely does. The 2011 Hyundai Elantra not only gets a new design but has significantly improved overall. It gets better fuel economy, more comfort, and a lot of standard features. All this for a price that seems so low for such a well-equipped and upscale feeling car. If affordability is what matters the most, the 2011 Elantra is the perfect compact sedan for you. 

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