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UPDATED: Jul 1, 2019

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The 2011 Hyundai Elantra’s $14,945 MSRP belies an “expensive-looking” vehicle with excellent fuel economy and handling according to U.S. News and World Report.

It also features a comfortable, spacious interior and is ranked among the highest of all small affordable cars on the market such as the Honda Fit and Ford Fiesta.

Although it is not the most affordable vehicle in its class, the Elantra’s base price is over $500 less than the Honda Civic, the Toyota Corolla, the Mazda 3 and the Ford Focus.

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Hyundai Elantra Auto Insurance Rates

Hyundai Elantra drivers can expect to pay annual auto insurance premiums of around $1,417 for full coverage auto insurance, according to Edmunds.

Auto insurance rates for the Honda Fit are a bit more affordable running around $1,298 and both the Ford Fiesta and Toyota Corolla run a little higher averaging around $1,470.

Hyundai Elantra Maintenance Costs

According to Edmunds’ data, owners will pay approximately $3,743 to maintain their Hyundai Elantras for the first five years of ownership.

This is somewhat more than the $3,430 that Toyota Corolla owners can expect to pay, and it’s quite a bit more than Edmunds’ $3,220 routine maintenance cost estimate for the Honda Fit. It’s also over $1,000 more than the $2,651 that Edmunds projects Ford Fiesta owners will pay.

Hyundai Elantra Warranty and Repairs

Hyundai, along with Kia, offers one of the longest warranties available among consumer vehicles on the U.S. market.

The Elantra’s comprehensive warranty for 2001 extends five years or 60,000 miles, which is as long as some consumer vehicles’ powertrains are warranted.

The Hyundai Elantra’s powertrain is protected for ten years or 100,000 miles, and Elantra owners also have access to the Buyer Protection Program. This arrangement lets consumers who fall on hard times return their vehicles to Hyundai and escape the accompanying payment obligations.

Although the scheduled maintenance costs for the Hyundai Elantra are higher than those for other, comparable small cars, the Elantra’s repair costs are lower than many of its competitors’.

Edmunds projects that Elantra owners will pay just $636 to repair their vehicles over five years, while Ford Fiesta owners will pay about $674. Anticipated repair costs for the Toyota Corolla are even higher, at $730.

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Reliability Scores for the Hyundai Elantra

J.D. Power and Associates conducts surveys to assess vehicles’ initial quality and dependability. In 2010, the Elantra’s overall mechanical quality and overall design quality were both rated “above average.”

However, these scores declined slightly to “average” in 2010.

The scores for the mechanical quality and design of the Elantra’s powertrain declined from “average” to “below average.” The only area in which the Elantra’s quality scores did not decline between 2010 and 2011 was the design of its body and interior.

In 2008, the most recent year for which dependability data is available from J.D. Power, the Elantra was rated “among the best” for the dependability of its features, accessories, body, and interior.

The dependability of its powertrain was rated “above average.”

Hyundai Elantra Safety Ratings

Hyundai Elantra models built after March 2011 are rated a Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). This means that they earned top crash test scores for front-end and side-impact collision performance, as well as whiplash protection and roof strength.

The Hyundai Elantra includes electronic stability control in all models as well, which is also a requirement for “Top Safety Pick” status. The federal government hasn’t assessed the 2011 Elantra’s crashworthiness yet.

Safety Features for the Hyundai Elantra

Besides electronic stability control (ESC), which assists the driver in unsafe road conditions, the Elantra also features traction control and anti-lock brakes. Both of these features work with the vehicle’s ESC to help prevent skidding that can lead to a crash.

The Elantra is also equipped with brake assist, which increases braking power when an impending crash is detected, and tire pressure monitoring, which alerts the driver when tire pressure falls dangerously low.

Other safety features available in the Elantra include:

  • Side curtain airbags
  • Active head restraints
  • Electronic brake force distribution

Hyundai Elantra Fuel Economy

The Elantra is a great value when it comes to fuel economy. It gets an estimated 40 mpg on the highway, which is by far the highest for any non-hybrid or electric vehicle in its category.

The Ford Fiesta and the Mini Cooper both get 37 mpg in highway driving, and the hybrid Honda Insight gets 43 mpg.

The Elantra’s city mileage is also near the top of its class. It gets 29 mpg, which matches the city fuel economy ratings for the Toyota Yaris, the Mini Cooper, and the Mazda 2.

The only 2011 vehicles with better city fuel economy are all hybrids or electric vehicles. They include the CR-Z and the Insight from Honda, as well as the Smart Fortwo.

Hyundai Elantra Interior Features

According to Automobile Magazine, the 2011 Elantra’s interior is “elegant” and “well-built,” and AutoWeek points out that while the Elantra is technically a compact car, its interior feels like that of a midsize vehicle.

Reviewers seem to agree that the Elantra’s front seats are more spacious than most of its competitors’, but assessments of the rear seats are mixed.

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