Friday, November 12, 2010

2012 Hyundai Elantra to Get 40 MPG

According to, the entire model line of the 2012 Hyundai Elantra will be rated at 40 mpg highway and 29 mpg city. This is quite the achievement because the Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla can't touch 40 mpg, and models of the Chevrolet Cruze, Ford Fiesta, and probably the 2012 Ford Focus will have 40 MPG highway ratings, but only for special high MPG subvarients.

The 2012 Elantra will be assembled in the United States and will use a 1.8 liter, 148 horsepower, 131 torque engine. That's more horsepower but less torque than the Chevrolet Cruze Eco, a direct competitor. Hyundai has been aggressively introducing new models lately, and some of the models have featured engines with fuel-efficient, direct-injected engines. Somewhat surprisingly, the Elantra engine does NOT feature direct injection. The Elantra will make its official debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show next week.

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