2018 Hyundai Elantra: What’s New & Changed?
Hyundai has launched a slightly upgraded Elantra 4-door sedan in the U.S.
The popular Hyundai compact sedan received some subtle changes for the 2018 model year.
These changes include a new trim level (SEL), and some pricing changes that in some cases is less than you would pay for the 2017 model.
The line-up expansion and value pricing help make the 2018 Hyundai Elantra a bit of a better buy than the previous version, but you really can’t go wrong with either.
Let’s take a closer look inside the 2018 model year, starting with the new Elantra SEL trim level.
2018 Hyundai Elantra SEL
The new Elantra SEL will slot in above the SE, with the main difference being that it will come with the features found in the Popular Equipment Package as standard.
That particular option was available on the 2017 SE model at a cost of $800.
The new features that are added to the Elantra SEL include automatic headlights, 16-inch alloy wheels, heated side mirrors, a backup camera, 7-inch display with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, and safety features that include blind spot warning with rear cross-traffic alert and lane change assist.
Hyundai Elantra 2018 trim levels
All told, there are six different trim levels available with the 2018 Hyundai Elantra:
- Value Edition
Elantra Sport price increase
The 2018 Hyundai Elantra Sport trim is the only one that has a slight price increase for the 2018 model year, but it does get some new standard features, including a sunroof, blind spot warning with rear cross-traffic alert and lane change assist.
The line-up also includes the Elantra GT hatchback, which has been given a redesign for the 2018 model year.
The base engine found on most Elantra trim levels is the 2.0-liter 4-cylinder unit mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission, generating 147-hp.
There is also the option for a manual transmission. The differences here can be found in the Eco trim level, which comes equipped with a 1.4-liter turbo mated to a 7-speed DCT. The Sport trim level comes with a 1.6-liter turbo mated to either a 6- or 7-speed DCT.
The Limited trim level comes standard with the Blue Link telematics system, which is offered as an option on the Sport model.
Previous model years featured many of the services free for a year, with a monthly subscription fee of $99 due after the end of the trial period.
For the 2018 model year, a suite of services will be offered free for 3 years, which includes 3 years of free map updates on the navigation system.