Does the 2011 Hyundai Elantra have a bad angle? Those in disagreement with The Good Car Guy will point out that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. But that’s only if there’s anyone who disagrees with fact that the next Hyundai Elantra is the best-looking C-segment car available in North America.
From the rear, the Elantra is miniaturized 2011 Sonata, only with lines which flow more smoothly. The front is maybe a bit cartoonish, but the drama of the slightly grinning face and windblown headlamps is only let down by the interrupting character line on either side of the grille. The line is fine, but it’d be better if it faded in and out as it approached and vacated the grille area. The profile view of the new Elantra is made more memorable with a defining line striking through the door handles. Apart from that, there are gracefully swollen wheelarches and an artfully crafted greenhouse.
Moving inside, the only shock apparent is the dirty dead pedal Hyundai mistakenly left uncleaned for promo photos. (Intentional? To make the pictures more realistic? That’d be unprecedented.) The concave swing of the IP as it curves toward the stereo controls is a little…. er, odd, but odd is good, right? If there were more “odd” out there then cars wouldn’t look like bulbous carbon copies of each other.
The most important factor Hyundai has homed in on is the 2011 Elantra’s desirability. Compared with the 2011 Toyota Corolla, the Elantra is exciting enough to raise readings on sphygmomanometers. The Kia Forte looks classy but can’t match for the Elantra’s ambience. Even the 2011 Honda Civic, somewhat dramatic when released for MY2006, looks quite boring beside the Elantra. The Elantra makes the Chevrolet Cruze verge on forgettable. Only the 2012 Ford Focus seems stylish enough to tackle the Elantra. Both are said to be 40 miles per gallon cars, too.
Check out plenty of 2011 Hyundai Elantra pictures in the Gallery below.