OK, so maybe it wasn’t Beyoncé, Cardi B, or RiRi that I was picking up, but it was a special date as I swooped up my tween and teen nieces for our monthly night out in the 2019 Hyundai Elantra Sedan.
Now, I was expecting the girls to be impressed with my whip since I was already enamored with its updated new look with triangular headlights, new hexagonal grille and origami-creased fascias. It’s a fresh-looking ride, and I felt confident, but these two are a tough pair to please. Their eye rolls and stony silences can quickly squelch any hope for a good time, so I was holding my breath.
When the tween hopped in, gave me a pound and proclaimed, “Cool car, Unc,” half of the battle was won. The teen smiled and said nothing, indicating she was reserving judgment, but the Elantra had a few tricks that would soon bring her to the light.
The Elantra has a large touchscreen for infotainment including Apple Carplay, so I let the teen have control, and in a no time, we were listening to her favorite playlist while she investigated the other apps available on the system.
The Elantra’s ride is comfortable and solid on corners, giving it the feel of a much heavier car. We were cruising along, making full use of the adaptive cruise control and the active lane control, when suddenly I was cut off by some idiot in a hurry. Thankfully, the automatic emergency braking kicked in very smoothly but effectively to keep us out of harm’s way.
The two-liter inline four-cylinder engine gives the Elantra enough power to merge onto urban freeways without horns blowing while remaining truly economical with a 28 mpg rating in the city and a 37 mpg rating on the highway. The comfort, the tech package and the hot new look make the Elantra Sedan a great pick for your next ride.
Thanks to the 2019 Hyundai Elantra‘s performance on date night, I’m now the cool uncle in the family.