2018 Hyundai Elantra

MSRP $16,950 - $22,900

Ranked #5 in Sedan

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2018 Hyundai Elantra Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: August 23, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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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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Pros

Bevy of standard features

Sharp and attractive exterior styling

Long list of trims and engine options

Low NVH inside cabin

Cons

Base model is barebones

Standard engine is anemic

Low rent interior material

Steering wheel lacks feel and feedback

What's New?

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

Value Edition trim gets rear disc brakes.

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


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$19850

bodystyle

dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

top speed

130 mph

drivetrain

front wheel drive

engine type

displacement

122 cu.in.

horsepower

147 hp @ 6200 rpm

torque

132 lb.-ft. @ 4500 rpm

transmission

2 speed CVT w/OD and auto manual

chassis

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Semi-independent rear torsion beam suspension

capacity

passenger volume

95.8 cu ft.

cargo volume

14.4 cu ft.

performance

zero to 60 mph

6.3 sec.

zero to 100 mph

22 sec.

rolling start 5-60 mph

8.4

standing 1/4-mile

15 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

28/32/37 mpg

highway range

518 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

10 yr./ 100,000 mi.

corrosion warranty

7 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


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Trims

SE$16,950 onwards

SE SULEV$17,950 onwards

SEL$18,850 onwards

SEL SULEV$18,850 onwards

Value Edition SULEV$19,850 onwards

Value Edition$19,850 onwards

Eco$20,550 onwards

Sport$21,800 onwards

Limited$22,100 onwards

Limited SULEV$22,100 onwards

Colors and Styles

2018 Hyundai Elantra in Black Diamond color
Black Diamond

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Features

8.5

Engine and Performance

7.0

Fuel Economy

8.0

Interior

9.0

Exterior

7.5

Safety

7.0

7.8

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.8

Overall Rating


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.


8.5/10
Features

7.0/10
Engine and Performance

8.0/10
Fuel Economy

9.0/10
Interior

7.5/10
Exterior

7.0/10
Safety


2018 Hyundai Elantra 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. 

2018 Hyundai Elantra Engine and Performance

7.0/10

“The 2018 Hyundai Elantra has athletic intentions—they just fall closer to marathoner than sprinter.” – Carconnection

2018 Hyundai Elantra Engines and Transmission

The 2018 Hyundai Elantra comes with a 2.0-liter naturally aspirated inline-4 engine in the SE, SEL, Value Edition, and Limited trim. This engine puts out 147 hp and 132 lb-ft of torque and comes standard with a six-speed manual in the SE trim and a six-speed automatic in the other trims.

6-speed manual2018 Hyundai Elantra Engine

The other engine option for the 2018 Elantra is offered in the Eco trim. The Elantra Eco trim is powered by a 1.4-liter turbocharged inline-4 engine that puts out 128 hp and 156 lb-ft of torque and is mated to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. The standard engine is mediocre in terms of performance while the turbo-four is tuned for better gas mileage.

Model 2018 Hyundai Elantra 2018 Toyota Corolla 2018 Honda Civic 2018 Mazda Mazda3 
MSRP $16,950 $18,600 $18,940 $18,095
Engine  2.0-liter inline-4 1.8-liter inline-4 2.0-liter inline-4 2.0-liter inline-4
Transmission 6-speed manual CVT 6-speed manual 6-speed manual
Power 147 hp @ 6200 rpm 132 hp @ 6000 rpm 158 hp @ 6500 rpm 155 hp @ 6000 rpm
Torque 132 lb-ft @  4500 rpm 128 lb-ft @ 4400 rpm 138 lb-ft @ 4200 rpm 150 lb-ft @ 4000 rpm

The Hyundai Elantra undercuts the rivals in terms of pricing by a margin. All but Toyota Corolla comes with a 2.0-liter inline-4 engine while the Corolla gets a 1.8-liter engine. The Mazda 3 remains the most powerful sedan in this comparison putting out 8 hp more and 18 lb-ft more compared to the Elantra.

2018 Hyundai Elantra Acceleration

The 2018 Hyundai Elantra does 0-60 mph in 8.6 seconds and covers the quarter-mile in 16.5 seconds. While the Elantra Eco trim powered by the turbo-four engine goes from 0-60 mph in just 7.8 seconds. 

Car 2018 Hyundai Elantra 2018 Toyota Corolla 2018 Honda Civic 2018 Mazda Mazda3 
0-60 mph (sec) 8.6 sec 9.9 sec 8.2 sec 7.9 sec
Quarter-mile (sec)  16.5 sec 17.5 sec 16.4 sec 16.2 sec

Engine

2.0-liter inline-4 1.8-liter inline-4 2.0-liter inline-4 2.0-liter inline-4

In this comparison, the most powerful Mazda 3 remains the faster in both the runs and beats the Elantra by 0.7 seconds in the 0-60 mph run and by 0.3 seconds in the quarter-mile run.

2018 Hyundai Elantra Ride and Handling

The ride quality of the 2018 Elantra isn't very firm or squishy rather it slots right in between the two. The suspension does its job well of absorbing bumps and undulation in day-to-day driving while it remains firm enough to ensures a composed ride on the highway. But don't keep your hopes high as the Elantra is not at all a fun-to-drive car.

2018 Hyundai Elantra Engine

The steering of the Elantra is light for the most part but feels direct. Although being overly light there is no chance of trying for sporty maneuvers but the steering is well-calibrated and weighs up decent as you pick speed. That said, the anemic engine of the Elantra coupled with the average suspension setup won't let you have too much fun in any case.

2018 Hyundai Elantra Braking

The 2018 Hyundai Elantra took 125 feet to stop from 60-0 mph. The 2018 Elantra gets an 11.0-inch disc at the front and 8-inch drum brakes at the rear. The brakes are easy to use and offers predictable stopping power under panic braking.

Car 2018 Hyundai Elantra 2018 Toyota Corolla 2018 Honda Civic 2018 Mazda Mazda3 
Front Brake Rotors (in.) 11.0 10.8 11.1 11.0
Rear Brake Rotors (in.)  8.0 9.0 10.2 10.4
Curb Weight (lbs.) 2,767 2,840 2,742 2,899
Braking Distance (60-0 MPH) 125 ft. 131 ft. 117 ft. 171 ft. (70-0 MPH)

In this comparison, the Honda Civic which is the lightest sedan here took just 117 feet, 8 feet less than the Elantra, to stop from 60-0 mph.

2018 Hyundai Elantra Fuel Economy

8.0/10

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.

2018 Hyundai Elantra Interior

9.0/10

“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.

2018 Hyundai Elantra Exterior

7.5/10

“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 

2018 Hyundai Elantra Safety

7.0/10

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

2018 Hyundai Elantra Competition

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.

2018 Hyundai Elantra 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. 


FAQs on the 2018 Hyundai Elantra:

How reliable is the 2018 Hyundai Elantra?

The 2018 Hyundai Elantra has a reliability score of 87 out of 100 and a reliability rating of 3.5 out of 5 from J.D.Powers both of which put it above-average in reliability.

What is the warranty offered on the 2018 Hyundai Elantra?

The 2018 Hyundai Elantra gets a 5 years or 60,000 miles basic warranty, 10 years or 100,000 miles powertrain warranty, and 7 years or unlimited miles corrosion warranty.

How many recalls does the 2018 Hyundai Elantra have?

The 2018 Hyundai Elantra sedan has zero recalls while the 2018 Elantra GT hatchback has been recalled once for sunroof by NHTSA.

What are the major problems in the 2018 Hyundai Elantra?

As per the NHTSA's customer complaint database, the 2018 Hyundai Elantra owners faced major issues with engine and powertrain, fuel system, steering, brakes, and electricals.

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