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2012 Hyundai Elantra GLS: Running with the 40 mpg club

See more of the 40 mpg Hyundai Elantra here!
See more of the 40 mpg Hyundai Elantra here!

2012 Hyundai Elantra GLS


The Hyundai Elantra GLS is one of the cars that I featured as part of the article: Belonging is important: The 40 mpg club.

2012 Hyundai Elantra GLS:  In the 40 mpg club!

During the last few years, Hyundai has brought some very stylish and well engineered cars to the automotive marketplace.

So what does the 2012 Hyundai Elantra GLS have to offer to a road near you?

The Elantra GLS is a compact five-passenger front-wheel drive four-door sedan.

The engine is a 1.8-liter four-cylinder providing 148 hp and 131 ft. lb. of torque. The transmission is a six-speed automatic or a six-speed manual gearbox. This Hyundai’s 0-60 mph time is in 8.9 seconds.

The Elantra has a wheelbase measuring 106.3 inches and the trunk offers 14.8 cubic feet of cargo space. The car’s fuel tank holds 12.8 gallons and its highway cruising range is an impressive 512 miles.

On the exterior the Elantra GLS has a futuristic look.

At the front the windshield is well raked and curved back (the Cd. is a wind-cheating .28). The hood is very compact in length and contains V shaped cut lines and recesses near the edges. The headlights are semi triangular shaped units that point well up the front fenders. The grille is a trim blacked out unit. Below the bumper is a large air intake. Distinctive slanted driving lights are at the corners.

The Elantra’s side profile flows back as if it was a coupe. The car looks very aerodynamic and its rear window is almost fastback flat. There are character lines at the door handles and on the lower part of the doors. The front and rear fenders have flat edges at the wheel wells. A substantial amount of the front headlights and rear taillights can be seen in the fenders.

At the rear this four-door sedan has a short and flat trunk lid with a lip on its edge. The taillights are large units that are in the trunk lid and the rear fenders. They actually approach the rear doors. The recessed area for the license plate has a very clean and defined look. The exhaust is tucked away out of sight.

The interior of the Elantra GLS is modern and quite upscale in appearance. The attention to detail and fit and finish are good. The driver views a large round tachometer on the left and a speedometer on the right. Additionally, two smaller circles in the center provide temperature and fuel readings. Digital information is provided below these gauges. The front bucket seats are very comfortable and include reasonable side bolstering. Many of the car’s controls are located in the center stack located above the console. At the back the rear legroom is good. The 40/60 split rear seat folds down to increase the cargo area.

The brakes are discs at all four corners measuring 11 inches at the front and 10.3 inches at the rear. The Elantra GLS’s 60-0 mph stopping distance is in 124 feet. The tires measure 205 55 16 inch.

The suspension at the front includes MacPherson struts, coil springs, gas shock absorbers and a stabilizer bar. At the rear the setup includes a torsion-beam, coil springs, gas shock absorbers and a stabilizer bar.

Standard features on this Hyundai include air conditioning, remote power door locks, windows and mirrors (heated), cruise control, tilt and telescoping steering wheel, electric power steering, audio and cruise control on the steering wheel, front cup holders, front reading lights, intermittent wipers, interior air filtration, rear window defogger, external temperature display, remote trunk release, 12 volt power outlets, retained accessory power, 6-speaker 172-watt AM/FM in dash single CD player with CD MP3 playback stereo, speed sensitive volume control, auxiliary audio input and iPod integration, XM satellite radio, USB connection and more.

Standard safety features include four-wheel ABS brakes, front and rear head air bags, dual front side-mounted air bags, passenger air bag sensing deactivation, child seat anchors, rear door child safety locks, daytime running lights, remote anti-theft alarm system, emergency brake assist, electronic brakeforce distribution, stability and traction control, tire pressure monitoring and more.

The EPA fuel rating for the Hyundai Elantra GLS is 29 city and 40 mpg highway.

On the road this Hyundai offers reasonable acceleration, a spacious interior, a fairly smooth ride and good fuel economy.

The 2012 Hyundai Elantra GLS’s MSRP starts at $15,345.

If you want a compact sedan that offers sharp styling, a long list of standard features, good fuel efficiency as well as dependability, the 2012 Hyundai Elantra GLS is a hard car to beat!

Kyle Busch is the author of “Drive the Best for the Price: How to Buy a Used Automobile, Sport-Utility Vehicle, or Minivan and Save Money.” His automotive site: includes an exclusive article just for you, additional car articles, information about Kyle Busch and his 510,000 mile car, and you can even submit your automotive questions and get expert answers. Follow Kyle on Facebook and Twitter.


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