2018 Hyundai Elantra

Rating8.1

Ranked #4 in Compact Sedan

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Starting MSRP $16,950 - $22,900
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Key Spec of 2018 Hyundai Elantra
fuel economy

26/31/36

fuel type

Regular Unleaded

horsepower

147 hp @ 6200 rpm

basic warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

ProsConsWhat's New

Bevy of standard features

Base model is barebones

The 2018 Hyundai Elantra now gets a new SEL trim that replaces equipment package equipped SE trim.

Sharp and attractive exterior styling

Standard engine is anemic

Value Edition trim gets rear disc brakes.

Long list of trims and engine options

Low rent interior material

Limited trim sees some features shifting from optional package to standard list.

Low NVH inside cabin

Steering wheel lacks feel and feedback

2018 Hyundai Elantra Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: January 23, 2023

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The 2018 Hyundai Elantra after the re-design last year now comes with a sharper and more stylish look. The other changes with the re-design were the better ride quality and more features added to the trim levels. This year there is one new trim on offer while there has been a minor shuffling of features in the trim levels. As usual, the 147 hp, the 2.0-liter inline-4 engine remains the Achilles heel of the Elantra due to its lackluster performance and mediocre gas mileage. While those looking for better mileage will need to go for the Elantra Eco trim powered by a 128 hp, 1.4-liter turbo-four engine.

2018 Hyundai Elantra

Those looking for better performance will need to upgrade to the Elantra Sport model that gets the most powerful 201 hp, 1.6-liter turbo-four engine. However, choose whichever trim you feel like but the Elantra has a numb steering and uninspiring handling that plays a spoilsport. The base trim of the Elantra is pretty much barebones in terms of safety and other features yet it managed the 'Top Safety Pick+' award from IIHS. That said, the 2018 Hyundai Elantra has an aggressive starting price of $16,950 and goes up to $22,100 for the topmost Limited trim.

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Trim wise pricing breakdown


NameInvoice PriceMSRPNumber of Listings
Eco 4dr Sedan (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 7AM)$19834$205509 Listings
Limited 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 6A)$21078$2210044 Listings
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Over All Rating

8.1Out of 10

8.20
7.00
8.50
9.10
8.60
7.00
8.90
9.00
Notable Rankings

#4 in Compact Sedan

#13 in Sedan


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Trims

SE$16,950 onwards
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  • 15-inch steel Wheels
  • 3.5-Inch display
  • 60/40-Split folding rear seat
  • Air-Conditioning
  • Front disc and rear drum brakes
  • Height-Adjustable driver seat
  • Power mirrors
  • Six-Speaker sound system
SEL$18,850 onwards
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  • 16-Inch alloy wheels
  • Automatic headlights
  • Blind-Spot monitoring w/ rear cross-traffic alert
  • Dual-Zone automatic climate control
  • Leather-Wrapped steering wheel
  • Rear disc brakes
  • Rearview camera
Value Edition$19,850 onwards
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  • Auto-Dimming rearview mirror
  • Hands-Free trunk release
  • Heated Front Seats
  • Led daytime running lights
  • Sunroof
Eco$20,550 onwards
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  • 15-Inch alloy wheels w/ rolls on
  • Sunroof
Sport$21,800 onwards
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  • 18-Inch alloy wheels
  • Grippier tires
  • Heated front sport seats
  • Xenon headlights
Limited$22,100 onwards
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  • 17-Inch alloy wheels
  • Hyundai'S Blue Link system
  • Leather upholstery
  • Led taillights
  • Power driver seat

Used Hyundai Elantra For Sale

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15New
Price Drop, $2001
Earlier Price: $12000
1 Nov 2022
Norfolk, VA

2017 Hyundai Elantra SE Sedan

SE FWD

$9,999
Est. $135/mo
Excellent Deal
$4,042 Below market
RMV: $14,041
Mileage 74,309 mi.
Listed On 18 Jun 2021 (586 Days)
12
28
Cheney, KS

2017 Hyundai Elantra SE

SE 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 6A)

$10,999
Est. $149/mo
Excellent Deal
$4,444 Below market
RMV: $15,443
Mileage 102,564 mi.
Listed On 23 Oct 2021 (459 Days)
11
7
Sparta, TN

2018 Hyundai Elantra SEL

SEL 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 6A)

$10,365
Est. $140/mo
Excellent Deal
$4,179 Below market
RMV: $14,544
Mileage 132,870 mi.
Listed On 13 Aug 2022 (165 Days)
6
22
Flowery Branch, GA

2019 Hyundai Elantra Sedan

Value Edition FWD

$10,990
Est. $149/mo
Excellent Deal
$4,393 Below market
RMV: $15,383
Mileage 135,000 mi.
Listed On 15 Oct 2022 (102 Days)
9
7
Alvin, TX

2019 Hyundai Elantra SE Sedan

SE FWD

$10,000
Est. $135/mo
Excellent Deal
$3,985 Below market
RMV: $13,985
Mileage 140,689 mi.
Listed On 07 Oct 2022 (110 Days)
21
18
Hattiesburg, MS

2019 Hyundai Elantra SE

SE 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 6A)

$12,900
Est. $175/mo
Excellent Deal
$5,137 Below market
RMV: $18,037
Mileage 123,937 mi.
Listed On 03 Jun 2022 (236 Days)
3
6New
Price Rise, $2115
Earlier Price: $8885
17 Nov 2022
Hollywood, FL

2017 Hyundai Elantra Sedan

SE Value Edition FWD

$11,000
Est. $149/mo
Excellent Deal
$4,260 Below market
RMV: $15,260
Mileage 60,762 mi.
Listed On 06 Oct 2022 (111 Days)
18
27
Price Drop, $1000
Earlier Price: $12000
23 Sep 2022
Alvin, TX

2019 Hyundai Elantra SE Sedan

SE FWD

$11,000
Est. $149/mo
Excellent Deal
$4,229 Below market
RMV: $15,229
Mileage 126,040 mi.
Listed On 14 Aug 2022 (164 Days)
23
22New
Little Ferry, NJ

2017 Hyundai Elantra Sedan

Limited FWD

$10,350
Est. $140/mo
Excellent Deal
$3,918 Below market
RMV: $14,268
Mileage 104,581 mi.
Listed On 22 Nov 2022 (64 Days)

Colors and Styles

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Black Diamond

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

The 2018 Hyundai Elantra tries to make a mark in the compact sedan segment with an aggressive starting price of $16,950. Although the base trim is spartan and you would nevertheless be needed to upgrade to the next higher trim which is priced similar to the rivals thus negating the pricing edge it had in the first place.

2018 Hyundai Elantra Side View

The ride and handling along with the performance of the Elantra remains mediocre while the safety scores are its only major highlight. The cabin of the Elantra is pretty straightforward and well laid out while the seats offer a decent level of comfort. Although the rear seats aren't as spacious as the rivals. Speaking of rivals, the 2018 Elantra goes against Toyota Corolla, Honda Civic, and Mazda 3 sedans.


Features

8.5/10

The 2018 Hyundai Elantra sedan is offered in five major trims and two engine options. The five trims include SE, SEL, Value Edition, Eco, and Limited trims. The SEL trim that sits above the base SE trim is the new addition for this year. The SEL trim starts at $18,850 and gets a 6-speed automatic transmission. The SEL trim is based on the SE trim with the equipment package. On the other hand, the Elantra SE trim is the base trim that starts at $16,950 and gets a 2.0-liter inline-4 and a six-speed manual transmission as standard while the six-speed automatic will cost you one grand extra. 

2018 Hyundai Elantra Front Angular View

Next comes the Value Edition trim that starts at $19,850 and adds a few more features to the standard list of SEL trim. Above Value Edition trim sits the Elantra Eco trim that starts at $20,550 and is powered by a 1.4-liter turbocharged inline-4 engine mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. Sitting at the top is the Elantra Limited trim that is based on the Value Edition trim and commands an MSRP of $22,100. The Eco trim and Limited are both based on Value Edition trim but they delete a few features that are standard on the Value Edition trim.

Trims SE SEL Value Edition Eco Limited
MSRP (Manual) $16,950 N/A N/A N/A N/A
MSRP (Auto) $17,950 $18,850 $19,850 $20,550 $22,100
Key Features 147 hp, 2.0-liter inline-4 engine Adds or upgrades to 'SE' Adds or upgrades to 'SEL' Adds or upgrades to 'Value Edition' Adds or upgrades to 'Value Edition'
  15-inch steel wheels 16-inch alloy wheels LED daytime running lights 128 hp, 1.4-liter turbo inline-4 engine 17-inch alloy wheels
  Air-conditioning All four wheel disc brakes Hands-free trunk release 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission Leather upholstery
  Six-speaker sound system Automatic headlights Auto-dimming rearview mirror 15-inch alloy wheels Blue Link System
  Height-adjustable driver's seats Rearview camera Sunroof Deletes sunroof and auto-dimming rearview mirror Power-adjustable driver's seat
  Bluetooth phone connectivity Dual-zone automatic climate control Heated front seats   LED taillights
  Front disc and rear drum brakes Heated side mirrors     Optional sunroof
    Blind-spot monitor w/ rear cross-traffic alert      
    Keyless entry w/ push-button start      
    Leather-wrapped steering wheel      

We Recommend:

If you are looking for the 2018 Elantra then we recommend spending the extra cash and getting the Limited trim as it is the only trim that comes with the option of getting a range of advanced driver-assist features which otherwise the lower trims don't even offer as a part of the optional feature list. 

Fuel Economy

9.1/10

The 2018 Hyundai Elantra has an EPA estimated gas mileage of 26 mpg in the city, 36 mpg on the highway, and 29 mpg combined. All these figures are for the 2.0-liter inline-4 mated to the manual transmission while with the same engine mated to the six-speed automatic transmission the gas mileage rises by three mpg in the city and two mpg on the highway. While the turbo-four powered Elantra Eco trim returns a class-leading 32 mpg in the city and 40 mpg on the highway.

Model 2018 Hyundai Elantra 2018 Toyota Corolla 2018 Honda Civic 2018 Mazda Mazda3 
MPG (City) 26 28 28 28
MPG (Highway) 36 36 40 38
MPG (Combined) 29 32 32 31
Fuel Capacity (gallons) 14.0 13.2 12.4 13.2

In this comparison, the Honda Civic remains the most frugal with gas mileage of 28 mpg in the city and 40 mpg on the highway. Compared to that the Elantra returns two mpg less in the city and four mpg less on the highway.

Interior

8.6/10

“The Elantra’s interior is definitely a top selling point. It’s well built, attractive and spacious. In addition, the controls are logically placed, and getting in and out is a breeze.” – Edmunds

2018 Hyundai Elantra  Seating and Comfort

The interior of the 2018 Hyundai Elantra is plain and simple with a driver-centric design. All the controls are tilted towards the driver's side while the passenger side gets a plain dash with AC vents. Falling under the budget segment the Elantra no doubt has plenty of cheap plastics around the cabin but they are nicely concealed in hard-to-see areas although it is no excuse as slightly expensive Mazda 3 gets a more upmarket cabin. The thoughtfully sculpted doors of the Elantra aids in easy ingress and egress.

2018 Hyundai Elantra Dashboard

The seats of the Elantra upfront offers a range of adjustment and depending upon the model you choose you will either get fabric-trimmed seats or leather upholstery with heated seats. The seats offer a decent amount of comfort and support while the rear seats also are in the same line provided you seat only two instead of three. The legroom and headroom in both the rows are sufficient although the all-black interior makes the rear occupant feel a bit claustrophobic. 

Model

2018 Hyundai Elantra 2018 Toyota Corolla 2018 Honda Civic 2018 Mazda Mazda3 

Passenger capacity

5 5 5 5

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg)

(In.)

38.8/ 56.2/ 42.2 38.3/ 54.8/ 42.3 39.3/ 57.0/ 42.3 38.6/ 57.2/ 42.2

Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg)

(In.)

37.3/ 55.3/ 35.7 37.1/ 54.8/ 41.4 37.1/ 55.0/ 37.4 37.6/ 54.4/ 35.8

All the sedans in this comparison come with a similar 106.3-inch wheelbase and almost similar width yet they differ a lot in terms of cabin space on offer. Starting with the front seats the Honda Civic offers the best overall space while moving to the rear the Toyota Corolla beats the competition by a margin with a class-leading 41.4-inches of rear legroom, a rarity in the compact sedan segment.

2018 Hyundai Elantra Cabin Angular View

Interior Features:

  • Height adjustable driver's seat
  • Air conditioning
  • 60/40-split folding rear seats
  • Available auto-dimming inside rearview mirror
  • Available leather upholstery
  • Available power-adjustable front seats w/ heating and memory function
  • Available heated rear seats
  • Available dual-zone automatic climate control

2018 Hyundai Elantra Infotainment System

As standard, the 2018 Hyundai Elantra gets a six-speaker AM/FM/CD player along with USB and Auxillary ports. Step to the SEL trim and you get a 7-inch touchscreen with Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto smartphone connectivity.

2018 Hyundai Elantra Cabin Angular View

Higher trims offer a bigger 8-inch touchscreen with a premium Infinity sound system. Other optional upgrades include navigation and Hyundai's Blue Link. The latter offers voice commands and a bunch of connected car tech.  

2018 Hyundai Elantra Cargo Capacity

The 2018 Hyundai Elantra gets 14.4 cubic feet of cargo space in its trunk. The rear seats can be folded in 60/40-split as standard for putting in odd-size cargo or expanding the cargo capacity.

Model

2018 Hyundai Elantra 2018 Toyota Corolla 2018 Honda Civic 2018 Mazda Mazda3 

Cargo Capacity (cu. ft.)

14.4 13.0 15.1 12.4

As for the rivals, the Honda Civic offers the best 15.1 cubic feet of trunk space which is around 0.7 cubic feet more than that of the Elantra.

Exterior

7.0/10

“Hyundai’s emphasis on design is just as important as its fantastic warranty. The Elantra looks more sophisticated than its price tag suggests.” – Kelley Blue Book

2018 Hyundai Elantra Dimesnion and Weight

The exterior design of the 2018 Hyundai Elantra follows the typical fluidic design language of Hyundai. This means you get a set of sweeping lines and attractive proportions throughout the Elantra's body. The front gets a trapezoidal grille with boomerang-shaped foglights flanking from the side. The regular headlights look sharp and the prominent bulge on the bonnet is accentuated by the strong crease line running through it. 

2018 Hyundai Elantra Front Angular View

From the sides, you get a strong shoulder line that abruptly starts from the front quarter panel and cleanly merges in the rear taillamps. Just like the front the rear also features a sharp and angular design theme and the trunk is slightly lifted to give the Elantra a fastback look from the side.

Model

2018 Hyundai Elantra 2018 Toyota Corolla 2018 Honda Civic 2018 Mazda Mazda3 

Curb Weight (lbs)

2,767 2,840 2,742 2,899

Length (in)

179.9 183.1 182.3 180.3

Width (in)

70.9 69.9 70.8 70.7

Height (in)

56.5 57.3 55.7 57.3

Ground Clearance (in)

5.3 6.7 N/A 6.1

Wheelbase (in)

106.3 106.3 106.3 106.3

The dimensions of the 2018 Elantra are like 179.9-inches in length, 70.9-inches in width, and 56.5-inches in height. All four sedans share a similar 106.3-inches of wheelbase irrespective of their body length. Among the rivals, the Corolla is the longest in length, measuring 3.2-inches more than the Elantra. While the Mazda 3 and Corolla both share the same height and are 0.8-inches taller than the Elantra.

2018 Hyundai Elantra Rear Angular View

Exterior Features:

  • 15-inch steel wheels
  • Power outside mirrors
  • Available 16-inch alloy wheels
  • Available sunroof
  • Available automatic headlights
  • Available rear disc brake
  • Available LED daytime running lights 

Safety

8.9/10

Even though the 2018 Hyundai Elantra lacks advanced safety and driver-assist features still it managed to bag the top honors of 'Top Safety Pick+'  from IIHS. The NHTSA gave the 2018 Elantra a four out of five star overall ratings and the same ratings for the front crash, side crash, and rollover mitigation tests. The IIHS on the other hand gave the Elantra the highest rating of 'Good' in five out of six parameters. While the passenger-side small overlap front crash test was given the second-best rating of 'Acceptable'.

2018 Hyundai Elantra IIHS Crash Test

Safety Features:

  • Available blind-spot monitor w/ rear cross-traffic alert
  • Available forward-collision warning w/ automatic emergency braking
  • Available adaptive cruise control
  • Available rearview camera
  • Available lane keep and lane change assist

Competition

9.0/10

2018 Hyundai Elantra vs. 2018 Honda Civic

The 2018 Honda Civic the arch-rival of the Hyundai Elantra is also available in both sedan and hatchback body styles. The pricier Civic gets a more powerful and faster-accelerating engine compared to the anemic and lethargic engine of the Elantra. Not only this the Civic also returns class-leading gas mileage and beats the city and highway gas mileage figures of the Elantra by a margin.

2018 Honda Civic Sedan

Inside, the cabin of the Civic feels more premium and spacious compared to the Elantra even though both share the same wheelbase. Being dimensionally longer in length, the Civic has an edge of having a bigger trunk compared to the smaller Elantra. Thus to conclude, the Civic is the better bet between the two. 

2018 Hyundai Elantra vs. 2018 Toyota Corolla

The 2018 Toyota Corolla once again comes as the dominator of the compact sedan segment. The Corolla that gets a smaller capacity engine than the Elantra is even slower than the latter and lacks any sort of enthusiasm. Although it manages better overall and city fuel economy compared to the Elantra.

2018 Toyota Corolla Sedan

Inside the cabin, both the sedans share almost similar material quality but the cabin of the Corolla feels better put together. The major difference that makes the Corolla take a lead over the Elantra is its class-leading rear-seat space and bullet-proof reliability. So unless you don't want a boring and reliable car the Elantra could be a better pick over Corolla.

Final Verdict


The 2018 Hyundai Elantra has got a lot to prove in the segment dominated by market leaders like Toyota Corolla, Honda Civic, and the Mazda 3. Each of the rivals has something special to offer its target customer while the Elantra tries to play the jack of all trades but master of none. It gets a mediocre engine with average performance and fuel economy. The cabin space is also decent and so is the trunk.

The material quality inside the cabin is although low rent but then the Elantra has at least two grand cheaper starting price tag than the rivals. That said, even after lacking many safety features the Elantra bagged the top honors by IIHS which is commendable. Thus to conclude, the Elantra is kind of a substitute for folks who don't want a boring Corolla or a cramped in the rear Mazda 3 while beating the Civic is still far-fetched for the Elantra as of now. 

Features
vehicle bio
base price

$19850

body style

4dr Sedan

engine type
displacement

122 cu in

horse power

147 hp @ 6200 rpm

torque

132 lb.-ft. @ 4500 rpm

transmission

6-Speed Automatic

dimensions
length

179.9 in

wheelbase

106.3 in

width

70.9 in

curb weight

2811 lbs

Height

56.5 in

Ground Clearance

5.3 in

capacity
passenger volume

95.8 cu ft

cargo volume

14.4 cu ft

passenger capacity

5 Seats

fuel economy
city/combined/highway

28/32/37 mpg

highway range

518.00 mi

warranty
basic warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.


Hyundai Elantra 5 year Cost To Own


Cash Price(MSRP)
$22,684
5 Year Cost To Own
$35,913
Total 5 year Cost To Own -  $35,913
Year 1Year 2Year 3Year 4Year 5total
Depreciation$5,826$1,451$1,390$1,633$1,496$11,796
Insurance$1,341$1,394$1,428$1,547$1,539$7,249
Fuel$1,235$1,281$1,350$1,399$1,414$6,679
Maintenance$86$149$373$795$1,481$2,884
Repairs$48$15$21$-48$653$689
Financing Interest$1,423$1,089$834$553$176$4,075
Taxes and Fees$1,951$158$134$183$115$2,541
Total Cost-To-Own$11,910$5,537$5,530$6,062$6,874$35,913
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