You can choose from a manual or a six-speed automatic transmission when you purchase your new 2011 Hyundai Elantra. The new Hyundai six-speed automatic transmission is top of its class. It's lighter and more compact and has less moving parts, making it perfect for the kind of driving most people do. A single control unit is used for both the transmission and the engine, improving smoothness. In fact, the computer will cut the juice to the engine when you are in between shifts to help you save even more fuel.
This is a very comfortable, capable vehicle for the average commuter, soccer mom, and so on. If you want a manual transmission, be aware that the gear ratios are long and so it doesn't feel quite as peppy as the automatic version, and the clutch is soft compared to a vehicle designed to race around mountain road, but it's a lot more linear than other vehicles such as the Kia Forte. If you're new to manual shifting, you'll love the Elantra - the friction point is incredibly forgiving, and shifter is very precise.
In the automatic, shifts are extremely fast and smooth. No one would ever guess that this vehicle is not going to cost you upwards of $45,000! This compact feels quicker than the horsepower it claims, thanks to shorter gearing and the way the transmission is able to keep the engine in the power band all the time.