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Walser Hyundai has brought in the newest batch of Minnesota’s favorite compact sedan. Carrying over last year’s seventh-generation redesign is the 2022 Hyundai Elantra. The company took no shortcuts with this compact sedan. Built from the ground up, the new Elantra seeks to look fresh for years to come.
Both the interior and exterior of the seventh-generation model carry a sharper aesthetic than those before it. The new generation also saw the Elantra grow in both length and width, allowing for increased cabin space.
Along with visual updates, the seventh generation Elantra saw a steep upgrade in terms of tech.
Ranging from the convenience of a brand new 10.25-inch touchscreen to new safety features such as Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist and Lane Keep Assist, the 2022 Hyundai Elantra now has it all.
Thanks to the increase in both length and width, the Elantra now boasts a bolder look. Adding to exterior changes, the new Hyundai Elantra is now lower to the ground, providing some aggression to its style.
Along with changes in dimensions and ride height, Hyundai made sure to update this vehicle with noticeable quirks. In the front you’ll find its most prominent feature, the jewel pattern front grille, transitioning smoothly into the headlights. In the rear, the Elantra features a trunk lid that aggressively juts away from the car. Below it sits the “H-Tail Lamp”, subtly bearing resemblance to the iconic Hyundai logo.
Hyundai designers have coined the design language of the Elantra as “parametric dynamic”. With these changes, the compact sedan now turns heads as one of the most desirable cars on the road.
The 2022 Hyundai Elantra interior surprisingly takes some inspiration from aviation. Like an airplane cockpit, the driver is enveloped in a cocoon of relevant controls.
Found at the top of the center console, angled towards the driver, is the available 10.25-inch touchscreen display. Within you can expect your standard array of navigation and radio controls. Additionally, the Elantra comes with both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
For those wishing for new advancements, functions can now also be controlled via voice commands. Unlike other systems, the language processing in the Elantra is built to recognize natural speech.
To the left of the center, the display is another optional 10.25-inch display, used as an instrument panel. Side by side, two screens are mounted under a singular piece of glass, adding a sleek aesthetic to the interior. Mood lighting is also found around the interior with an industry-leading 64 optional colors.
With the increase in exterior dimensions, occupants will benefit from the class-leading interior room. Headroom is now an impressive 40.6 inches in the front and 37.3 inches in the rear. For legroom, the front occupants can expect 42.3 inches of space while rear passengers have 38 inches. The trunk of the Elantra has also seen changes now offering 14.2 cubic feet of cargo space.
The Hyundai Elantra starts at $19,850 and is available in four unique trim levels, SE, SEL, N Line, and Limited. Each holding its own weight, the new Hyundai Elantra is a great choice throughout.
|147-horsepower 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine||147-horsepower 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine||201-hp turbocharged 1.6-liter engine||147-horsepower 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine|
|Cloth Seats||Keyless Entry||Combination Leather and cloth seats||Leather-Trimmed Seats|
|8-inch center screen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto||Six-Speaker Audio System||Sports tuned suspension||10.25-inch center screen|
As you move up the ladder from SE to SEL to Limited, more features become standard. The SE starts at the bottom of the list with cloth seats, an 8-inch touchscreen display with included Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as well as a 4-speaker audio system. The extensive safety suite is available in all Elantra trims, so features like Forward Collision Avoidance and Lane Keep Assist can be found even in the SE.
The SEL gains keyless entry, satellite radio, dual-zone climate control, and a six-speaker audio system as standard. It also grants access to both the Convenience Package as well as the available Premium Package.
The Limited trim comes with the optional Convenience and Premium packages from the SEL as standard. As such, this top-of-the-line version also comes with leather-trimmed seats and a 10.25-inch touchscreen.
The N Line branches off from the SEL trim and is similarly equipped. However, it features a sportier exterior trim along with 18-inch wheels and optional performance tires. The shocks and springs on the N Line also differ from the rest as they are tuned for more responsive driving. The N Line trim is Hyundais answer for a performance-oriented Elantra.
Across its four trims, the Hyundai Elantra is offered in two different engine options. The first is a 2.0L four-cylinder engine paired with Hyundai’s Smartstream Intelligent Variable Transmission. This eco-friendly engine produces 147 horsepower and 137 ft.-lb of torque.
Despite using the same engine, the SE trim has slightly better fuel economy than both the SEL and Limited. For city/highway/combined, the SE has a gas mileage of 33/43/37. Both the SEL and Limited have listed gas mileages of 31/45/35. Regardless of which trim you choose, the fuel efficiency is outstanding in the Hyundai Elantra.
The second engine choice is found exclusively in the N Line trim level. Bearing the ‘N’ badge, the N Line Elantra is for those looking for a more dynamic and involved driving experience. The N Line is offered with a 1.6L turbocharged 4 cylinder that can be paired with either a 6-speed manual or a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission. The powerful engine is capable of outputting 201 horsepower and 195 ft. lbs. of torque. Fuel economy is less due to the more power-hungry engine and will also change depending on transmission. The manual equipped Elantra boasts an MPG of 25/34/28 while the dual-clutch version has an MPG of 28/36/31.
The Hyundai Elantra has received good marks for its crash safety receiving both a Top Safety Pick from the IIHS and a five stars score from the NHTSA. Hyundai has also taken accident preventative measures with a suite of safety features.