REVIEW: 2017 Hyundai Elantra

 
The Hyundai Elantra has long stood it the shadows of the Corolla and Civic, but the new model marks the sixth generation of the compact sedan, and it’s bringing its A game. 

The newest model has styling to rival a luxury vehicle, tech features that will make you wish your commute was longer, and a best-in-class warranty for added assurance. Here’s our full review of the all-new 2017 Hyundai Elantra: 

Features

The base model of the Elantra has all you need in entertainment and convenience features, starting with air conditioning, power locks and windows, 6-way power driver’s seat with height adjustment, AM/FM/CD stereo, USB connectivity, and auxiliary jacks. The Elantra Limited model has leather seating, power driver’s seat with lumbar support, hands-free trunk release, heated seating, and push-button ignition. 

The Popular Equipment Package adds a 7-inch touchscreen display, rearview camera, Bluetooth technology, cruise control, and Android Auto or Apple CarPlay. The Tech Package includes navigation with 8-inch screen, Infinity audio system, heated rear seats, and power sunroof. Drivers who choose the Ultimate Package will love automatic emergency braking, smart cruise control, lane-departure alert, lane-keep assist, and high-intensity headlights. 

Styling

You’d never guess the Elantra is a sub $20K vehicle by looking at it. With sweeping lines, an aerodynamic body, and a prominent hexagonal grille, it looks like a car twice its price. Front-wheel air curtains and an integrated rear spoiler give it an athletic flair. 
Inside, the design is simple and uncluttered – and also much larger than the competition. It crushes specs of the Civic and Sentra with an interior volume of 110.2 cubic feet, which technically puts it in the midsize category. The cockpit was designed with the driver in mind, so you’ll enjoy an intuitive dash and controls that won’t be a distraction. 

Safety
The all-new Elantra was given the ‡Top Safety Pick+ title by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety after it earned best possible scores in tests for small and moderate front overlap, side impact, rear crash, and roof strength. Additionally, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2017 Elantra five stars in tests for side crash, and a 4-Star Overall Rating. 

Engine

The 2017 Elantra has two brand new options for powertrain. The standard option is a 2-liter inline-4 with 147 horsepower and 132 lb-ft of torque, mated to either a 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic transmission. The manual option gets up to *36 MPG while the automatic has a fuel economy of up to 38 MPG. 

You can also upgrade to a 1.4-liter turbocharged inline-4 that makes 128 horsepower and 156 lb-ft of torque. Fuel ratings from the Environmental Protection Agency aren't yet available for this model, but it was designed to be more fuel-efficient than the base engine.  
The powertrain is solid, but in case anything should go wrong, Hyundai backs the all-new Elantra with a 10-year, 100,000-mile warranty to cover repairs, as well as five years of roadside assistance. 

Pricing
Starting at **$17,150

‡Government 5-Star Safety Ratings are part of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s New Car Assessment Program  (www.safercar.gov). 

*2017 EPA MILEAGE BASED ON 2017 EPA MILEAGE RATINGS. USE FOR COMPARISON PURPOSES ONLY. YOUR ACTUAL MILEAGE WILL VARY, DEPENDING ON HOW YOU DRIVE AND MAINTAIN YOUR VEHICLE, DRIVING CONDITIONS, BATTERY PACK AGE/CONDITION (HYBRID MODELS ONLY) AND OTHER FACTORS.

**Prices shown are Hyundai Suggested Retail Prices only and do not include taxes, license or a $895 destination and handling charge. Actual vehicle/accessory costs, labor and installation vary. Dealers set their own prices. Please consult your selected dealer. 

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