2018 Hyundai Elantra: Trim Levels


The 2018 Hyundai Elantra is a comfortable, sporty sedan that offers an excellent blend of comfort and customization at a reasonable price. This year's model comes in six trims, each of which is distinct enough to help you get the exact car you want for driving around Chicago, Oak Park, or Des Plaines.


Base Trim: SE 4-Door Sedan


The base trim of the 2018 Hyundai Elantra comes with a 147 horsepower, 2.0L engine and a 6-speed manual w/OD transmission system. The drivetrain uses a front-wheel drive system, allowing it to achieve a combined mileage of 29 MPG on a 14 gallon tank.


The starting MSRP for this trim is $16,950, rising up one thousand dollars if you'd prefer to swap to an automatic transmission system instead.


SEL 4-Door Sedan


The SEL version is a slightly improved version of the base trim. The biggest difference is that it adds an auto-manual component to the transmission system, helping to boost the average mileage to 32 MPG.


As part of this switchover, the SEL is only available with automatic transmission. The MSRP of this trim is $18,850.


Value Edition 4-Door Sedan


The Value Edition of the 2018 Hyundai Elantra is slightly more expensive than the SEL, with an MSRP of $19,850. The price difference adds several features, including:

  • A hands-free smart trunk
  • LED daytime running lights
  • Door handle approach lights
  • A power tilt-and-slide sunroof
  • Improved air conditioning
  • Heated front seats

In effect, the Value Edition is the SEL with numerous added luxuries.


ECO 4-Door Sedan


The ECO model brings the price up to $20,550 - and this is where we start to see some real differences in the way the 2018 Hyundai Elantra is built.


This model shrinks the engine down to a 128 horsepower, 1.4L setup. The transmission is adjusted, too, bumping up to a 7-speed dual-clutch setup. The practical upside of these changes is the 35 MPG fuel efficiency, which is significantly better than the base model.


Sport 4-Door Sedan


The Sport trim goes the opposite direction from the ECO trim. With an MSRP of $21,800, it revolves around a 201 horsepower, 1.6L engine that gives it plenty of power for the open road. The transmission is the same as the base model, but the combined mileage drops down to 25 MPG.


Limited 4-Door Sedan


The Limited is the last of the major trims available in Chicago. With an MSRP of $22,100 and a combined efficiency of 32 MPG, it's superficially similar to the SEL. However, those stats don't account for added luxuries like:

  • 17-inch alloy tires
  • Numerous optional safety systems, such as forward collision warnings, automatic emergency braking, and lane departure warnings
  • A chrome front grille
  • HID headlights with Dynamic Bending Light
  • Optional heated rear seats
  • A memory system for mirror placement

This is the only trim with a significant number of optional features. Rather than thinking of the Limited as a ready-to-go vehicle, it's better to treat its MSRP as a starting point meant to be further customized with the exact features you want. Most buyers are likely to end up paying more than the sticker price. That's not a problem, but it is something you should be aware of if you look at this trim.


Final Thoughts


If you're looking for a sedan offering outstanding flexibility on a solid base, look no further than the 2018 Hyundai Elantra. Whether you're looking for great mileage, pure power, or exactly the luxuries you want, come on down to McGrath City Hyundai and see how we can make the perfect Elantra for you.

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