A Buyer’s Guide to the 2012 Hyundai Elantra

Car buyers looking for an economical, fuel-efficient sedan that’s also a little sporty and very attractive will love the 2012 Hyundai Elantra. Not only does it have a great list of standard features that any driver would enjoy, but it also comes with an impressive 10-year/100,000-mile power-train warranty, making it even more attractive.

Key Features

The Elantra comes standard with cruise control, power accessories, a 6-speaker stereo with satellite radio and USB input jacks, and a lot of other great features. If you opt for the Elantra Limited, you’ll also enjoy heated front and rear seats, and the navigation package includes a 7” display screen in the infotainment system.

Changes for 2012

Hyundai has added the ActiveECO system to control the Elantra’s engine and transmission to give you a smoother ride and better fuel efficiency. They’ve also recalibrated the steering for a better feel.

What We Like

The 2012 Hyundai Elantra has plenty of power, and a very smooth ride. Its many features make long and short trips more enjoyable and comfortable, whether you’re alone or traveling with the whole family.

What Concerns Us

At its price point, the Elantra should be aimed at drivers of all ages, but especially younger drivers. Its conservative looks might drive some of its key demographics to look at other manufacturers’ models. While this isn’t an issue for drivers who aren’t turned off by the sedan’s look, it may be a concern when trying to sell your Elantra at a decent resale value.

Available Models

All trims of the 2012 Hyundai Elantra are available in either a four-speed automatic or five-speed manual transmission with a four-cylinder engine. In addition to different trim options, you can also choose between a sedan or wagon model. Other specifications include:

  • Power – 148 HP at 6500 RPM
  • Torque – 131 lb-ft at 4700 RPM
  • Fuel economy (MPG city/highway) – 28/38

Major Recalls:

There’s only been one major recall of some 2012 Hyundai Elantra models. The headliner support bracket on these cars may become loose when the curtain airbag deploys and may cause injury.

Common Issues

The most common owner-reported issues with the 2012 Hyundai Elantra include problems with the engine failing to turn over or start, poor gas mileage, and instances of engines ticking or making noises upon startup. These issues are easily spotted and can be handled by either a Hyundai dealer or a qualified mechanic.

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