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.
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.