2018 Hyundai Elantra

When the Elantra earned Top Safety Pick Plus recently, it joined a growing list of Hyundai cars and SUVs honored by the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety. Similar awards have gone to the 2018 editions of the Elantra GT, Sonata, Santa Fe, Santa Fe Sport and Tucson, to name a few.

The 2018 Hyundai Elantra comes packed with the essentials of crash prevention as well as vital passenger protections. While you may think of them as handling tools, the Elantra's stability and traction systems work tirelessly to keep the car on the road. Brake Assist boosts stopping power in emergency. Brake re-distribution senses which wheels need grip and moves braking power to help balance wheelspin.

The Hyundai Elantra is designed to protect. The car is built to withstand impact and direct it away from the passengers as much as possible. Front and rear end crumple zones are made to reduce force before it can crush the cabin. Recognizing the driver's vulnerability, Hyundai adds a knee airbag and an energy-absorbing steering column. Additional airbags seek to cushion the two front positions and the outboard rear positions. As the IIHS proved in its testing, these passenger protections can serve as they are advertised to do.

Visibility is a big focus at the IIHS. Safety experts are concerned about the strength of headlights. As such, it is important the Elantra got a big nod for its Dynamic Bending Lights and available automatic high beams. The bending lights are a function of the available HID headlights. These illuminate the road better, focusing the light where drivers need it.

Hyundai has its eye on visibility as well. Thus all Elantras start out with a blind spot mirror. The second-tier trim adds the blind spot monitor with its active watch functions. Icons alert drivers to side traffic, and a lane change alert sounds an alarm if it appears that the Elantra will move into the path of a neighbor car. A reverse traffic alert uses the icon system to warn drivers about approaching vehicles. Of course, most trims have a rearview camera, alerting drivers to obstacles along the reverse path.

The automaker received an IIHS superior rating for the specific crash avoidance features. The agency tested the forward collision warning, slow-speed autobrake and high-speed autobrake to determine effectiveness. The Elantra offers even more systems than these. A pedestrian watch can trigger the autobrake. Cameras can watch the lane lines and alert you if the car is moving off of its targeted path.

Although the IIHS didn't take roadside breakdowns into account, Hyundai can offer peace of mind on this issue as well. New car buyers drive away with five years of complementary roadside assistance, covering everything from engine issues to flat tires. Beating most rivals, longer powertrain and limited warranties are valuable assets when you buy Hyundai.

Shoppers have much more on their minds than safety, and you can be sure Hyundai knows it. The 2018 Hyundai Elantra comes in six trims. SE editions start you off right with premium cloth upholstery and a six-way adjustable driver's chair. The dash tech system includes a touchscreen, Apple Carplay, Android Auto and Bluetooth functions. Some of its best-in-class features include a memory-enabled driver's power chair that automatically pushes back to make it easy to exit or enter.

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Categories: Elantra
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