The 2018 Hyundai Elantra Sport is an impressively well-equipped compact sedan that offers a host of technology and connectivity features. With a standard 7.0-inch touchscreen and optional 8.0-inch touchscreen with navigation, the Elantra Sport offers an intuitive and streamlined user interface. It also has Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, as well as an upgraded audio system with eight speakers. The Elantra Sport also comes with a power sunroof.
The 2018 Hyundai Elantra Sport is a good all-around daily driver. It’s comfortable, reliable, and under-the-radar. While its lack of a limited-slip differential might make some buyers gravitate toward the Civic Si, this sedan is also very competent on back roads.
The 2018 Hyundai Elantra Sport has a starting price of $22,685, although the Sport Premium package can cost up to $24,000. That price is competitive with rivals like the Honda Si and Volkswagen GTI. However, some downsides to this sedan include lower fuel economy and a higher side crash risk than the average car.
The sport trim has the most powerful engine, a 1.6-liter turbocharged engine that makes 201 horsepower at 6,500 rpm and 195 lb-ft of torque at 1,500-4,500 rpm. These higher torque levels help the Sport accelerate with maximum force. Though internal combustion engines tend to have lower EPA mileage ratings, there are numerous safety and technology features in all trim levels, including tire pressure monitoring, vehicle stability management, traction control, and anti-lock braking.
The Elantra is available in five-door hatchback and sedan body styles. The base version comes with a 148 horsepower 2.0-liter engine that’s paired with a seven-speed automatic transmission. The Sport and Eco trims come with a turbocharged 1.6-liter engine that makes 201 horsepower. The Sport trim comes with heated front seats, power sunroof, and an eight-inch touchscreen.
Prices for the 2018 Hyundai Elantra Sport range from $21,800 for the base model to $22,900 for the sport version with seven-speed dual clutch transmission. The sport trim adds sport front seats with leather surfaces, 18-inch alloy wheels, sport-tuned suspension, thicker rear stabilizer bar, and larger front brakes. It also includes manual air conditioning and dual USB charging ports.
Depending on the trim level, the 2018 Hyundai Elantra Sport offers a variety of drive modes. Eco mode lowers fuel consumption, while Sport mode gives you more feedback and control over the car’s handling. It also has the ability to switch to Normal mode when you’re finished with a specific mode.
For the best mileage, opt for the Eco trim. Its turbocharged 1.4-liter DOHC engine offers more torque and the highest mileage. It’s available with either a manual or automatic transmission. The Eco trim level has front disc brakes only. The Eco trim lacks a sunroof and a HomeLink-compatible auto-dimming mirror.