Hyundai has gone and done it again.

As if stunning new-car buyers with the ultra-sharp Sonata wasn’t enough, the hotshot Korean automaker has just introduced its fifth-generation knock-your-socks-off Elantra sedan.

For anyone unfamiliar with the Korean automaker’s model lineup, the Elantra slots between the entry-level Accent and the larger Sonata in Hyundai’s pecking order.


It was last updated for the 2007 model year and charmed buyers with a combination of generous interior space and extensive standard comfort and safety features.

Those stellar attributes led to a significant uptick in Hyundai converts, despite the fact that the car’s nondescript sheetmetal and underwhelming fuel economy numbers garnered tsk-tsk finger wagging from some quarters.

Whether it was stung from such admonishments, Hyundai’s all-new 2011 Elantra, which should reach dealers in high volumes by early 2011, addresses both fuel economy and style while improving on several areas where it’s already perceived as being dominant.

Dial in a competitive price tag and the Elantra would appear to have mass-transit appeal written all over it.

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