• Nov 12, 2010

2011 Hyundai Avante/Elantra - Click above for high-res image gallery

Hyundai has just announced that the 2012 Elantra, which will debut next Wednesday at the LA Auto Show, will achieve 40 miles per gallon on the highway and 29 mpg in the city. The engine behind these impressive numbers will be a 1.8-liter inline four-cylinder producing 148 horsepower and 131 lb-ft of torque. We're checking on transmissions options, but a five- or six-speed manual and six-speed automatic are the safe bets.

40 mpg highway ratings are "the new black" for small cars these days, with other vehicles like the 2011 Ford Fiesta and 2011 Chevrolet Cruze achieving 40 mpg or more on the highway and letting everyone know about it in their marketing material. The difference between those American small cars and the new Elantra is that only particular models of the Cruze and Fiesta can reach 40 mpg – more specifically the Cruze Eco, which tops out at 42 mpg, and the Fiesta with a special SFE package. Hyundai tells us that every Elantra model will achieve 40 mpg, from the base model on up, which means that you won't have to pay extra for the privilege of joining the 40 mpg club.

[Source: Hyundai]

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      • 4 Years Ago
      That is so funny. A couple of years ago, all the posts would have been about how this car was such a waste because the engine is so weak. But now it's about MPG and styling. Goes to show that car makers have to follow the trends of the ecomony. I am broke, by the way. :)
      • 4 Years Ago
      Man! That is a nice looking car. This is the best looking small economy car I've seen yet. Huyndai is really going for it - they are really upping the quality, style, performance, technology, and value for the broad buyers market. I like this better than the new Focus or the Fiesta. The Cruz is ugly, and way past due looking.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Anyone else remember -say back in the 80's when the OTHER car company with an 'H' on the grill would have been the one all these recent, impressive articles are about? What happened to Honda? Sure they still sell lots of ho-hum functional cars but they used to RULE the press. Good for Hyundai. Really good. They've worked hard to bust through and it shows. I wonder if they're following the Honda business model from the 80's and 90's.
      • 4 Years Ago

      2012 ?? is that official? no 2011 Elantra??
      AutoBlog (and many other sites) has called this a 2011 up until now.
      Eric Bourlet
      • 3 Years Ago
      Well I don't know who get 40MPG in the Elantra, but they must live where the wind don't blow and it's flat as a pancake. I just purchased the 2112 Elantra GLS. So far the best freeway milage I have seen is 31mpg and town drining is at 20MPG, combimed is at 24MPG. I have the ECO function activated and carefull not to start out fast. I have been told to wate till after it has over 1k miles on it but at 250 miles I am disapointed and think that the new MPG ratings may be hype.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Looks like a concept car

      Will crush the competition with the upcoming focus being the only challenger

      Sonata already is crushing Accord/Camry

      • 3 Years Ago
      40 mpg? I just don't believe it in Greenfield, MA I have a 2012 Hyundai Elantra and even though on the highway the car seems to get around 37-40 mpg (about 26 in town) the overall average true mpg (divide miles driven by gallons of gas when filling tank) I'm only averaging about 27 which is worse than my previous hyundai. What the hell is up with that. Of course not having a spare time in the 2012 when you have a blow out is fun also. The tire pump can't plug up a whole when your husband accidently goes over an awful pot hole in the road. Of course now with the new tire (174.00) and spare tire kit (235.00) we're ready for next time.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Ahh, but Hyundai's are now totally competitive in the power dept as well. This car will have 148bhp when it goes on sale here! Right on target with it's competition, and is rated at 40mpg on the highway. Nice. Look, in order to get close to the horsepower of the Elantra in the new Chevy Cruze,(also a very nice looking piece) you have to upgrade to the turbo engine, which can only be had with an Auto Trans. This combo does not achieve the gas mileage that the Elantra does. Yes, being more green if you will is now the big deal. Still, cars are more powerful then they were (look at the Hp of the Sonata model. Wow) due to the application of more technology. Which is why cars cost more,(yes even Hyundai's). Also why, down the road, cars will be much more expensive to repair as well. The down side. Still the BIG question is: how well will it perform once the car journalists get a hold of one?
      • 4 Years Ago
      The Cruze Eco is one of the cheapest Cruze models available, so you're not paying more for the extra MPG.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Well when the competition has better mpg you've gotta have some way to bash them. Even if it isn't true.
        • 4 Years Ago
        What do you expect in a car that competes in this segment?

        Seriously, you're complaining about the headlights in a sub-$20k car!? I guess if there's nothing better to complain about than the headlights, the car must be pretty darn good.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I think they were referring to Ford.
        Anyway could you pay GM so you wouldn't get crap for headlights on the Cruze.
        Seriously, dual beam headlights in a car at that price is unacceptable. (and the weight)
      • 4 Years Ago
      This is one way to stick it to Ford, and GM, 40mpg at no extra charge, and looks better than the overly priced Fiesta and the Cruze. WTF is wrong with ford and gm selling their extra fuel efficient vehicles at an extra price.
        • 4 Years Ago
        ..exactly. This car will offer far greater value than both.

        I'd still take the Ford, if i had the means, because i'm sure it will have better acceleration.

        GM's car would be the least likely pick for me.. it may have a small MPG lead but the price, turbo lag, and acceleration are all going to be lacking. Interior refinement is less important to me than the powertrain.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The Ford what, Fiesta? The Elantra should definitely have better acceleration numbers. All of the professional Fiesta reviews praise the ride/handling/fuel economy, but acceleration is slow -- worse than the Fit.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Let's throw the Sonata's turbo engine in here and have a party.
      • 4 Years Ago
      WHY do you compare the Fiesta to the Elantra or Cruze?

      The Fiesta is a completely different segment, a much smaller car. Of course it should get better fuel economy

      It is the Focus you should be comparing, not the Fiesta.

      It's like comparing a Civic to a Camry. Apples vs. oranges.
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