2017 Hyundai Elantra
The humble Hyundai Elantra sedan has never really been about flair and flash; it’s always been about value. But today, people want it all, and the all-new, sixth generation 2017 Elantra aims to provide just that.
Styling adds a lot of elements from big brother Sonata, including a hexagonal grille and LED runners. Yet, the smooth four-door coupe contours that worked so well for its previous redesign carry over. Length and width grow slightly, about an inch each.
Climbing inside reveals a cabin that’s a more significant departure. Gone is the center stack that flows into the console. Instead is a highly segmented, more grownup setup, reminding us of Toyotas and even older BMWs. The upscale layout and feel of controls make for a good first impression, and comfort is better than expected. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are both available.
Initial engine choices are a 2.0 liter I4, making 147 horsepower running on an Atkinson cycle, or, for the Elantra Eco, a 1.4 liter turbo I4, with 128 horsepower. Transmissions range from a six speed manual or automatic for the 2.0 liter, and a seven speed dual clutch auto for the 1.4 turbo. Neither engine really excites, but, then again, that’s not really the point.
Instead, the focus is on efficiency, as well as a quiet and comfortable ride. And here the Elantra shines ever brighter.
LAUREN MORRISON: “In previous generations, this was a very noisy ride, something you can tell they've worked on because today's ride was anything but. It was very smooth and very quiet. They've actually redesigned the carpets inside of the car to absorb some of that exterior noise and increased the thickness in the door glass.”
JOHN DAVIS: A much more rigid chassis helps too, while also reducing ride bump harshness and improving handling.
The 2017 Hyundai Elantra is on sale now starting at just under $18,000.
Engine: 2.0 liter I4 / 1.4 liter turbo I4
Horsepower: 147 / 128
Price: Just under $18,000