2023 Hyundai Elantra HEV LIMITED - Review by Mark Fulmer
A 29K Hybrid Sedan with 54+ Mpg and a 550 Mile Range
Executive Producer, Editor
THE AUTO CHANNEL
In an unstable world with unstable fuel prices the seventh generation Hyundai Elantra has added the new Elantra Hybrid. It has two trim versions, Blue and Limited. The Limited adds 17-inch alloy wheels, black front grille, and LED headlights. The impressive mpg and range make this edition of the Elantra is bound to attract a lot of interest during these days of energy instability.
The 1.6-liter 4-cylinder gas engine and its companion electric motor send power to the front wheels by way of a 6-speed automated dual-clutch transmission that is buttery smooth. The handling and suspension yield a positive and precise ride quality. There are three on-the-fly drive modes to assist adjusting to strange road conditions and equally strange unpredictable drivers.
The interior keeps its clean uncluttered design and roominess and the heated and ventilated front seats accommodate passengers of all body types.
Front Headroom - 38.7 in
Rear Headroom - 37.3 in
Front Legroom - 42.3 in
The 10.25-inch touchscreen has wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration. Should you tire of musical and news content there is a sounds-of-nature option that can make for a pleasent change of mental space. The Bose® sound system features eight speakers, subwoofer, and applause from passengers both young and old.
The equally lengthy digital gauge cluster changes with the driving mode and can be customized to display your choice of info.
The rear seats drew head nods and comments praising roominess.
Rear Legroom - 38.0 in
Room - 55.6 in
The Elantra has a 14.2-cubic-foot trunk which is a bit larger than than most in this class...
...and that can be further expanded when the second row is folded flat.
Safety systems include:
Lane Departure Warning System Lights
Low Tire Pressure Indicator
Blind Spot Detection
Parking Distance Sensors
Rear Cross-Traffic Alert Radar
Theft Deterrent System
All in all, the hybrid Elantra delivers on the promises of design, comfort, and very infrequent refueling stops.