Thursday, August 18th, 2011...1:30 pm

2011 Hyundai Elantra Limited a tough competitor for Cruz and Focus

The recently launched 2011 Hyundai Elantra Limited from the Korean automaker proved to be a worthy competitor to other models like the Cruz and Focus.

Like its big brother, the Hyundai Sonata, the 2011 Hyundai Elantra Limited is honed from the same “Fluidic Sculpture” design that boasts of a sleek, stylish profile with an impressive coupe-style roofline. Its front headlights, fog lamps, and rounded fascia are pretty attractive as well as its taillights and hatch-style backend. The redesigned Elantra has new 17-inch aluminum wheels and Continental P215/45R17 tires.

Under the hood is a 1.8-liter V4 engine with 148 HP and 131 lb-ft of torque. The GLS model is attached to a 6-speed manual while the Limited trim could have a 6-speed automatic gearbox. The 2011 Hyundai Elantra Limited has EPA figures of 40 mpg on highway and 29 mpg in city driving.

The interiors were also revamped with a now stylish dashboard, leather-treated steering wheel, and comfortable leather seats. There’s also USB ports for your gadgets, Bluetooth Connectivity, and an MP3 player. The 2011 Hyundai Elantra Limited also an option for interior upgrade with its Technology Package at $2,100 for a smashing 7-inch LCD touch screen, a 360-watt sound system, rearview camera, and a push button start feature.

The new 2011 Hyundai Elantra Limited carries an initial price tag of $22,110, which is close enough to the pricier Ford Focus at $23,680 for its SEL model and the even pricier Honda Civic at $25,754 for the EX-L model.

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