The mileage numbers for the new 2011 Hyundai Elantra might get some folks checking the fine print to see if they refer to a hybrid model. But no, the all-new model, which debuts at the Los Angeles Auto Show this week, really is rated at 40 miles per gallon on the highway and a respectable 29 mpg around town.
And that doesn’t just refer to a special edition model of the Korean carmaker’s new compact sedan. That covers all versions, unlike the Chevrolet Cruze, which breaks that significant mileage milestone – hitting 42 mpg — only with its Eco edition.
But mileage isn’t the only thing Hyundai hopes the 2011 Elantra will have going for it. Traditionally a conservative compact that aimed to sell on price, the new model gets a decidedly more modern and stylish exterior design, using Hyundai’s new Fluidic Sculpture form language, that might be thought of as a Baby Sonata. And that’s not a bad thing considering the strong consumer response to the latest version of that midsize offering.
As with the bigger Sonata, the 2011 Elantra will be offered only with a four-cylinder engine, in this case a 1.8-liter package that’s mated to a six-speed automatic. It turns out 148 horsepower and 131 lb-ft of torque.