Hyundai's Ultra Modern 2011 Elantra - Interior makes Ward’s 10 Best list.
Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG
- April 11, 2011
2011 Hyundai Elantra – $14,945 to start with each and every trim no matter the transmission rated at 28/40 mpg city/highway.
Hot off the Ward’s Automotive presses, the 2011 Hyundai Elantra Limited was recently named to Ward’s 10 Best Interiors list. In a prepared statement, Ward’s said that economy cars “ain’t what they used to be” and that the 2011 Hyundai Elantra Limited delivers enough flair to suggest the South Korean auto maker has found its own unique interior feel.
The instrument panel of the $22,110 5-passenger sedan has a “curvaceous” (<-- Ward's actually added that one
) appeal just as the exterior provides with a center console then widens as it flows down to the gear shifter. This 10-Best honor further demonstrates that a car achieving 40 mpg standard highway fuel economy is not only practicable but fashionable as well. In one of the most competitive groups in years, Ward’s editors evaluated 51 vehicles that were all-new or featured significantly upgraded interiors. This year’s 10 Best Interiors list represents a broad cross section of the industry, from utility vehicles and minivans to small cars and high-end premium sedans.
The 2011 Elantra is Hyundai’s modern day answer to the traditional compact sedan featuring an eye catching exterior style, advanced safety features, small D-Segment interior volume and standard 40 mpg highway fuel economy across the board. Inside the Elantra, customers are going to discover that Hyundai’s “wind-craft” or “fluidic sculpture” design language has been incorporated just as tastefully as it was on the exterior. This design approach is visible in the clarity of the instruments and the control layout on the tilt and telescopic steering wheel. The seats help fuel economy and the environment, being made of lightweight, environmentally friendly foam. Heated seats are available in the front and the rear, a segment first.
2011 Hyundai Elantra Limited Interior
The 11 Elantra was rated amongst an automotive universe that includes peers known for their stratospheric price tags and “supposed
” epitome of luxury including the $93,000 Audi A8, $52,000 BMW X3 and $46,000 Volvo S60. While the 2011 Elantra’s interior is quite in the same league as the A8 for example, just being named in the same write-up speaks volumes for the ultra aggressive Korean automaker’s ultra-modern new interior designs.
Other models that made the “10 Best List” include the Elantra’s chief rivals in the form of the 2011 Cruze RS and 2012 Focus Titanium. From our own time behind the wheel of each, the 2011 Hyundai Elantra Limited is on top with the Focus Titanium in a close second and the Cruze RS in third.
Ward’s editors picked the winning interiors using the same methodology employed for the annual Ward’s 10 Best Engines program. Scoresheets are completed for each vehicle driven based on materials, ergonomics, safety, the human-machine interface, comfort, fit-and-finish, overall value and aesthetics. Following the evaluation, Ward’s editors have extensive discussions to determine the winners.
Who would have thought that one of the least expensive cars that can be purchased in America is also one of the best