Should you buy a used Hyundai Elantra 2012 - is it worth it?

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Hyundai Elantra 2012 is almost as effective as the newly produced cars in its segment in terms of design, handling and performance. Click here for review of Hyundai Elantra 2012!

If you are already close to the auto dealer shop to get your used Hyundai Elantra or any other brand, you might probably need to take a quick stop and look through Review of used Hyundai Elantra 2012 in case you might want to change your mind or probably know what you are getting into.

The 2012 will turn your head with its styling, long list of safety features (standard) and its fuel efficient engine. Infact, it was one of the most sought after small sedans in the market when it came out.

The Elantra for the 2012 model year gained an “Active Eco System” after a complete redesigning in the previous year. This led to the modification of the engine and transmission parameters at the push of a button to ensure a 7% increment in the fuel economy. There has also been a change in the option packages.

1. Hyundai Elantra 2012 Overview when it's first launched

The Elantra started its journey from the clumsy and cheap to an alternative to what has become one of the global top selling automobile products. It is quite acceptable if we tag this as a remarkable success story. The Elantra has parted way with the frumpy and anonymous styling after the previous year’s revamping. It has also gained fluid curves and a coupe-like rooftop. The Elantra 2012 look appeared really cool and that counted in a segment that usually didn’t pay much attention to exciting appearance.

The Hyundai Elantra 2012 was substantial enough with its new sheet metal. It came equipped with a 1.8-liter engine, which delivers a significant amount of power for its segment. Its fuel economy ranks top-notch for that model year. All these praises could be heaped on the new system known as Active Eco. When you pick this option as a driver, there would be a shift in the automatic transmission in its points and response of the throttle to an adjustable 7% increase in its fuel economy. The issue here is that once you activate this mode, it gets more sluggish in its performance.

Hyundai Elantra 2012 Review

The Hyundai Elantra 2012 is comfort-oriented, well-built, fuel efficient, and styled sharply under the Hyundai long term warranty coverage. We can name some of its rivals in the same segment including the Ford Focus 2012, Chevrolet Cruz 2012, Honda Civic 2012 and Mazda 3 2012. You should make an effort to check these competing models out and make a comparison based on your taste, preference and budget. Regardless, the Hyundai Elantra is a top pick for this range for a small sedan.

2. Price of used Hyundai Elantra 2012: Tokunbo and locally used in Nigeria

Because of its model year, you might see the brand new around but you sure going to get quality foreign and locally used Hyundai Elantra 2012. Make sure you inspect the car properly before you pay.

 Price of used Hyundai Elantra 2012
Model Price in Nigerian naira
Foreign used Hyundai Elantra 2012 ₦3 million - ₦5 million
Nigerian used Hyundai Elantra 2012 ₦1 million - ₦3 million

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3. Hyundai Elantra 2012 Configurations & Specifications

The Hyundai Elantra 2012 is available in two trims - Limited and GLS.

Check out the standard features for the GLS trim:

  • 15-inch steel wheels
  • Keyless entry
  • Heated mirrors
  • Full power accessories
  • Height-adjustable driver seat
  • Tilt-only steering wheel
  • A 60/40 split-folding rear seat
  • A trip computer and a 6-speaker sound system with a CD player.
  • Satellite radio, auxiliary audio jack and USB/iPod audio interface

The comfort package when equipped with Hyundai Active Eco system and automatic transmission would have an additional 16-inch steel wheel, cruise control, air conditioning, solar glass and tilt/telescoping steering wheel.  In its preferred package, it comes with an additional 16-inch alloy wheels, upscale interior trim, fog lamps, illuminated vanity mirrors, sliding front center arm rest, Bluetooth and steering wheel audio controls.


Hyundai Elantra model year 2012 is available in two trims

The Limited trim features all the preferred equipment in the GLS with an additional:

  • 17-inch alloy wheels
  • A sunroof
  • Leather upholstery
  • Heated front and rear seats
  • Leather wrapped steering wheel and shifter

The additional package in the Limited technology version includes:

  • Automatic headlights
  • Keyless ignition/entry
  • A rearview camera
  • Upgraded sound system
  • A touchscreen infotainment interface
  • Navigational system with weather, real-time traffic and other information

4. Hyundai Elantra 2012 Fuel economy and performance

All trims in the Hyundai Elantra 2012 came equipped with front-wheel drive and a standard 1.8-liter 4-cylinder car engine with the generative power of 148 horsepower and 131 lb-ft of torque. For the GLS version, it came with a standard 6-speed manual transmission and an optional 6-speed automatic. The Limited was equipped with automatic as standard. The Limited could accelerate from a standstill of zero to 60mphs in just 9.4 secs. This might be slightly slower than average performance. No matter the combination of the engine and transmission, you would definitely end up with an impressive EPA fuel economy, which is estimated at 28 mpg when you drive within the city and 38mpg for freeway, with a combination of 32mpg for both.


The miles per gallon ratio for city and freeway drive is quite remarkable in the Elantra 2012

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Hyundai Elantra 2012 Safety

The standard safety features you would enjoy if you acquire the Hyundai Elantra 2012 includes:

  • Traction and stability control
  • Anti-lock disc brakes
  • Active front head restraints
  • Front seat side-impact airbags and side curtain airbags

Hyundai Elantra 2012 Driving

Though you cannot expect optimal driving experience like you would if you purchase the newest model of the series, you should be rest assured that it won’t be dull either. The 1.8-liter engine sure has lot to offer when it comes to driving on a consistent basis. There is lot of shifted smoothness in its automatic transmission and it also downshift willingly. The annoying cabin noise is absent in the 2012 model but it sometimes get occasional road and engine noise, which is a perfect reminder of its range. It balances well between ride and offers a flawless handling.

5. Hyundai Elantra 2012 Interior design

The 2012 Hyundai Elantra offers a curved center stack and climate controls that are quite stylish but with a bit of a flair which is quite easy to use. It has a very attractive design and the modest materials look richly despite its class. With optional features such as heated front and rear seats, leather, effective navigational system and rearview camera, you have the time in the world to upgrade it to the best. It offers quite a good storage space more than what you would see in most compact cars. The headroom is sufficient enough for tall people and the legroom is decent too. It features a storage space of 14.8 cubic feet of cargo area and a 60/40 spilt pass-through, which is quite large.


Its standard and optional driving features for all trims are way beyond its segment and price


The rear seat promises enough legroom and headroom for passengers of different heights

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6. Hyundai Elantra 2012 common problems from consumers’ notes

Remember that some of these highlighted issues can vary on the users’ driving habit and maintenance culture. Most of them are simple fixes while few might take a chunk of money off your pocket. Either way, fix as soon as possible if you encounter one or two.

  • Occasional failed speed sensors in transmission.
  • Occasional crankshaft angle sensor failure.
  • Check engine light due to failing canister purge valve.
  • Defective airbag system
  • Engine ticking 

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7. Conclusion

From all indications, it might have been quite a while that Hyundai Elantra 2012 was manufactured but it is a very decent car for its price range but still you'll be happy with  comfort-oriented and well-built design while the fuel economy is also a mercy.

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Oluwaseun Adeniji

Oluwaseun Adeniji is a passionate writer and a poet with special interest in writing about cars. He is a master degree holder in international conflict and management. He enjoys feeding the public with the latest auto gist and well researched car reviews. He is also a strong football lover. So, if Oluwaseun is not writing, expect him to be reading about sports.




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