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Even though a new, more attractive Hyundai Elantra is just around the corner, the compact sedan is receiving some minor updates during its 2010 model year, including the addition of an in-dash navigation system. Adding this new feature will certainly make the aging Hyundai sedan more competitive against comparable small cars in its segment, especially when you consider that, at $18,715 (including a $720 destination charge), the Elantra is the most affordable nav-equipped car in its class.

In addition to traditional mapping software, the navigation system features integrated points of interest, including shopping, dining and other entertainment. What's more, the touchscreen unit features Bluetooth connectivity, as well as an iPod/USB interface. By offering a proper in-dash placement, the Elantra's navigation package looks to be substantially more premium feeling than the aftermarket-style options found in vehicles like the Suzuki SX4.

The navigation package will be available on both GLS and SE models when they start arriving at dealerships later this month. In SE grade, the nav option brings the car's MSRP up to $19,845, still making it an affordable alternative to a comparable, though more refined, Honda Civic. For the full details, click through the jump to read Hyundai's official press release.


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ELANTRA OFFERS THE MOST AFFORDABLE FULL-SCREEN NAVIGATION SYSTEM AMONG COMPARABLE MODELS

FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif., 02/15/2010 For the mid-2010 mo del year, the Elantra has been up graded with an optional in- dash LG Electronics navigation unit. This system features Bluetooth and mapping software for the continental United States and has available POIs (Points of Interest) for entertainment, shopping and dining. Route guidance is provided by audio and 2D map prompts. The easy-to-use unit is controlled via 6.5-inch high resolution touchscreen that is significantly larger than the ones found in Nissan Sentra and Mazda3. The Elantra GLS with Navigation Package is only $17,995, making it the least expensive full-screen-navigation-equipped vehicle among comparable models.


2010 COMPETITIVE MODEL MSRP WITH FULL-SCREEN NAVIGATION

Navigation Trim Available

A/T MSRP w/o Freight

A/T MSRP w/ Freight

2010 Hyundai Elantra GLS A/T Navigation

$17,995

$18,715

2010 Toyota Corolla S A/T Navigation

$18,650

$19,400

2010 Nissan Sentra SL CVT Navigation

$19,100

$19,820

2010 Mitsubishi Lancer ES with Navigation System and Install Kit

$19,889

$20,634

2010 Honda Civic Sedan EX with Navigation

$22,255

$22,965

2010 Mazda3 Sport A/T Navigation

$22,430

$23,180

2010 Volkswagen Jetta SE A/T Navigation

$22,440

$24,190

2010 Chevrolet Cobalt

NA

NA

2010 Ford Focus

NA

NA

The system features 8GB of internal flash memory for the map data and comes matched with a 200-watt AM/FM/XM Satellite Radio/CD/MP3 audio system with internal amplifier. It can also access phone numbers employing a Bluetooth hands-free phone book and allows driver and passenger to access their personal listening devices through the iPod®/USB inputs[1]. The FM/XM Satellite Radio interface is also integrated into the navigation unit and features song/artist/title information. XM Satellite Radio is complimentary for the first 90 days. The touchscreen navigation-equipped Elantras arrive in dealerships this month.

2010 ELANTRA

The award-winning Elantra enters 2010 an improved weapon a gainst gas prices, with the all-new Blue mo del achieving a highway fuel economy rating of 35 miles per gallon. Smart engineering enhancements to the rest of the 2010 Elantra lineup improve fuel efficiency by up to four percent. These new fuel economy numbers give Elantra an advantage in price-per-MPG ratio, making it an even stronger value for 2010. In addition to all these enhancements, Hyundai Elantra earned the J.D. Power and Associates award for the highest initial quality in the compact car segment.

Base MSRP w/o Freight Hwy.Fuel economy $/MPG

2010 Elantra Blue

$14,145

35

$404[2]

2010 Corolla M/T

$15,450

35

$441

2010 Civic M/T

$15,655

34

$460

2010 Focus M/T

$16,290

35

$465

2010 Cobalt XFE M/T

$14,990

37

$405

To make the Elantra "Blue," engineers added a "smart" alternator management system, lower friction engine components, revised transmission gear ratios, engine calibration changes and a shift indicator to last year's Elantra GLS manual. This new high mileage Elantra is identified with unique "Blue" badging. From the Blue edition, the rest of the Elantra line receives its lower friction engine components, "smart" alternator management system and an improved lock-up torque converter to maximize fuel economy at highway speeds.

Model

Fuel Economy (mpg)

Percent Increase

City

'09 '10

Highway

'09 '10

Blue

24 26

33 35

8 percent in city, 6 percent on hwy. compared to '09 GLS M/T

GLS

25 26

33 34

4 percent in city, 3 percent on hwy.

SE

25 26

33 34

4 percent in city, 3 percent on hwy.

Elantra also returns this year with the convenience of Hyundai's iPod®/USB auxiliary inputs, a new "waterfall" grille, rear chrome trim, chrome interior accents and a monotone black interior color choice for SE mo dels.

Music lovers will welcome the 2010 Elantra's inclusion of XM Satellite Radio and standard auxiliary input jacks (3.5 mm mini-jack and USB input) to accommodate and charge audio devices such as iPods. When an iPod or flash drive is connected through the USB port, not only does it play music through the vehicle's six-speaker audio system, but it also charges the iPod. The audio display included with this system also allows both driver and passengers to easily view song/artist/title information and control the music from the audio head unit rather than from the iPod itself.

NEW EQUIPMENT HIGHLIGHTS FOR 2010

· High mileage, low price "Blue" edition

· Improved EPA fuel economy estimates for all other mo dels

· Waterfall chrome grille

· Rear chrome trim

· Chrome interior accents

· Black interior color choice

Still standard on the Elantra SE, Electronic Stability Control (ESC) is the industry's most significant new safety technology since the seatbelt. ESC compares the driver's intended course with the vehicle's actual response, then brakes individual front or rear wheels and/or re duces engine power as needed in certain driving circumstances to help correct understeer or oversteer. According to Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) research, if all vehicles were equipped with ESC, as many as 10,000 of the 34,000 fatal passenger vehicle crashes that occur each year could be prevented.

In addition, the Elantra has also received a five-star frontal and four-star si de crash rating in the compact passenger car segment from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), and earned a "Good" rating in the IIHS's frontal offset test, the Institute's highest rating. Finally, the addition of a standard Tire Pressure Monitoring System, which alerts drivers if tires are under inflated through an illuminated readout on the dash, rounds out Elantra's safety features to make it one of the smartest purchases in the compact class.

2010 ELANTRA PRICING

Trim MSRP
Blue M/T $14,145
Blue M/T Comfort $15,845
GLS A/T $16,895
GLS A/T with Sunroof $17,795
GLS A/T with Navigation $17,995
SE A/T $17,845
SE A/T Premium + Navigation $19,845

NOTE: Pricing excludes $720 Freight Charge

HYUNDAI MOTOR AMERICA

Hyundai Motor America, headquartered in Fountain Valley, Calif., is a subsidiary of Hyundai Motor Co. of Korea. Hyundai vehicles are distributed throughout the United States by Hyundai Motor America and are sold and serviced through almost 800 dealerships nationwide. All Hyundai vehicles sold in the U.S. are covered by the Hyundai Assurance pro gram which now includes the 5-year/60,000-mile fully transferable bumper-to-bumper warranty, Hyundai's 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty and 5-year complimentary Roadside Assistance in addition to the highly acclaimed vehicle return policy introduced in early 2009. For more details on Hyundai Assurance, please visit www.HyundaiAssurance.com.