2010 Hyundai Elantra gets navigation, prices start at $17,995

Hyundai announced today that it will now offer an optional in-dash LG Electronics navigation unit in the 2010 Elantra. The navigation system features Bluetooth, map software for the continental U.S., available Point of Interests and route guidance provided by audio and 2D may prompts.

The navigation system also features a 6.5-inch high resolution touchscreen, which is significantly larger than the ones found on rivals such as the Nissan Sentra and Mazda3.

Prices for the 2010 Hyundai Elantra GLS with Navigation Package start at $17,995, making it the cheapest full-screen-navi-equipped vehicle in its class.

Hit the jump for the high-res image gallery and the press release.

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Press Release:

ELANTRA OFFERS THE MOST AFFORDABLE FULL-SCREEN NAVIGATION SYSTEM AMONG COMPARABLE MODELS

FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif., 02/15/2010

For the mid-2010 mo del year, the Elantra has been up graded with an optional in- dash LG Electronics navigation unit. This system features Bluetooth and mapping software for the continental United States and has available POIs (Points of Interest) for entertainment, shopping and dining. Route guidance is provided by audio and 2D map prompts. The easy-to-use unit is controlled via 6.5-inch high resolution touchscreen that is significantly larger than the ones found in Nissan Sentra and Mazda3. The Elantra GLS with Navigation Package is only $17,995, making it the least expensive full-screen-navigation-equipped vehicle among comparable models.

2010 COMPETITIVE MODEL MSRP WITH FULL-SCREEN NAVIGATION

Navigation Trim Available A/T MSRP w/o Freight A/T MSRP w/ Freight
2010 Hyundai Elantra GLS A/T Navigation $17,995 $18,715
2010 Toyota Corolla S A/T Navigation $18,650 $19,400
2010 Nissan Sentra SL CVT Navigation $19,100 $19,820
2010 Mitsubishi Lancer ES with Navigation System and Install Kit $19,889 $20,634
2010 Honda Civic Sedan EX with Navigation $22,255 $22,965
2010 Mazda3 Sport A/T Navigation $22,430 $23,180
2010 Volkswagen Jetta SE A/T Navigation $22,440 $24,190
2010 Chevrolet Cobalt NA NA
2010 Ford Focus NA NA

The system features 8GB of internal flash memory for the map data and comes matched with a 200-watt AM/FM/XM Satellite Radio/CD/MP3 audio system with internal amplifier. It can also access phone numbers employing a Bluetooth hands-free phone book and allows driver and passenger to access their personal listening devices through the iPod®/USB inputs[1]. The FM/XM Satellite Radio interface is also integrated into the navigation unit and features song/artist/title information. XM Satellite Radio is complimentary for the first 90 days. The touchscreen navigation-equipped Elantras arrive in dealerships this month.

2010 ELANTRA

The award-winning Elantra enters 2010 an improved weapon a gainst gas prices, with the all-new Blue mo del achieving a highway fuel economy rating of 35 miles per gallon. Smart engineering enhancements to the rest of the 2010 Elantra lineup improve fuel efficiency by up to four percent. These new fuel economy numbers give Elantra an advantage in price-per-MPG ratio, making it an even stronger value for 2010. In addition to all these enhancements, Hyundai Elantra earned the J.D. Power and Associates award for the highest initial quality in the compact car segment.

Base MSRP w/o Freight Hwy.Fuel economy $/MPG
2010 Elantra Blue $14,145 35 $404[2]
2010 Corolla M/T $15,450 35 $441
2010 Civic M/T $15,655 34 $460
2010 Focus M/T $16,290 35 $465
2010 Cobalt XFE M/T $14,990 37 $405

To make the Elantra “Blue,” engineers added a “smart” alternator management system, lower friction engine components, revised transmission gear ratios, engine calibration changes and a shift indicator to last year”s Elantra GLS manual. This new high mileage Elantra is identified with unique “Blue” badging. From the Blue edition, the rest of the Elantra line receives its lower friction engine components, “smart” alternator management system and an improved lock-up torque converter to maximize fuel economy at highway speeds.

Model Fuel Economy (mpg) Percent Increase
City“˜09 → “˜10 Highway“˜09 → “˜10
Blue 24 → 26 33 → 35 8 percent in city, 6 percent on hwy. compared to “09 GLS M/T
GLS 25 → 26 33 → 34 4 percent in city, 3 percent on hwy.
SE 25 → 26 33 → 34 4 percent in city, 3 percent on hwy.

Elantra also returns this year with the convenience of Hyundai”s iPod®/USB auxiliary inputs, a new “waterfall” grille, rear chrome trim, chrome interior accents and a monotone black interior color choice for SE mo dels.

Music lovers will welcome the 2010 Elantra”s inclusion of XM Satellite Radio and standard auxiliary input jacks (3.5 mm mini-jack and USB input) to accommodate and charge audio devices such as iPods. When an iPod or flash drive is connected through the USB port, not only does it play music through the vehicle”s six-speaker audio system, but it also charges the iPod. The audio display included with this system also allows both driver and passengers to easily view song/artist/title information and control the music from the audio head unit rather than from the iPod itself.

NEW EQUIPMENT HIGHLIGHTS FOR 2010

  • High mileage, low price “Blue” edition
  • Improved EPA fuel economy estimates for all other mo dels
  • Waterfall chrome grille
  • Rear chrome trim
  • Chrome interior accents
  • Black interior color choice

Still standard on the Elantra SE, Electronic Stability Control (ESC) is the industry”s most significant new safety technology since the seatbelt. ESC compares the driver”s intended course with the vehicle”s actual response, then brakes individual front or rear wheels and/or re duces engine power as needed in certain driving circumstances to help correct understeer or oversteer. According to Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) research, if all vehicles were equipped with ESC, as many as 10,000 of the 34,000 fatal passenger vehicle crashes that occur each year could be prevented.

In addition, the Elantra has also received a five-star frontal and four-star si de crash rating in the compact passenger car segment from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), and earned a “Good” rating in the IIHS”s frontal offset test, the Institute”s highest rating. Finally, the addition of a standard Tire Pressure Monitoring System, which alerts drivers if tires are under inflated through an illuminated readout on the dash, rounds out Elantra”s safety features to make it one of the smartest purchases in the compact class.

2010 ELANTRA PRICING

Trim MSRP
Blue M/T $14,145
Blue M/T Comfort $15,845
GLS A/T $16,895
GLS A/T with Sunroof $17,795
GLS A/T with Navigation $17,995
SE A/T $17,845
SE A/T Premium + Navigation $19,845

NOTE: Pricing excludes $720 Freight Charge

– By: Kap Shah