2019 Hyundai Elantra First Drive: Safer, Sharper, Sedanier

I’m going to be weird for a moment and confess that it was refreshing to drive something as seemingly mundane as a Hyundai Elantra.

Are you still there? Don’t worry. I’m laughing, too. I know it sounds silly to say this, because in a world with so many other options, leave it to the Elantra – an everyday compact commuter – to put things in perspective.

I don’t know about you, but I’m suffering from crossover fatigue. They come in all shapes and sizes now, which is great. I guess. But it can also be a hassle, like when I’m babysitting my five-year-old nephew. Heaven forbid he falls asleep and I have to clamber into the back of my sister’s Jeep Grand Cherokee to unbuckle him from his car seat while also keeping his head steady so he doesn’t wake up (because naps are unappreciated at his age).

As someone of shorter stature – a lilliputian five feet, two inches – it’s nice to finally work with something Braga-sized. Which brings me to the 2019 Hyundai Elantra. All-new for the 2017 model year, the compact sedan (not to be bundled with the separately designated Elantra GT hatchback) receives a quick but hefty update for 2019.

2019 Hyundai Elantra Limited: First Drive

Styling is more aggressive thanks to a new front fascia that takes cues from Lexus’ gaping maw, giving Hyundai’s “cascading” grille theme a smirk rather than a humbling smile. Pair newly sharper headlights w...