Midway through the current 2010 model year, the Hyundai Elantra GLS and SE trim levels are getting an upgrade in the form of an optional in-dash navigation unit.
This LG-sourced system features 8GB of flash memory for storing map data and POIs. This looks to be a modified version of the flash-based Hyundai navigation system we tested in the
Bluetooth hands-free calling with automatic phone book import piques our interest, as does the reasonably sized 6.5-inch color touch screen. Hyundai rounds out the package with a 200-watt AM/FM/CD audio system and XM satellite radio with XM NavTraffic and 90-days of complimentary service.
The navigation-equipped Elantras roll onto dealers' lots this month. Hyundai points out that at $17,995 ($1,100 over the price of a standard Elantra GLS), the Elantra GLS with Navigation is the least expensive navigation-equipped vehicle in a class populated with the Honda Civic, Nissan Sentra, Mitsubishi Lancer, and VW Jetta, among others. Meanwhile, the sporty* Elantra SE with Navigation adds a "sport-tuned" suspension, electronic stability control and traction control, and bigger alloy wheels for $19,845.
*I can't help but wonder how one could seriously call a vehicle "sporty" with a single-option four-speed automatic transmission. Go figure.