2017 Hyundai Elantra Sport
When Hyundai rolled out the 6-th gen Elantra compact sedan two years ago… the designers got most of the attention. Now it’s the engineer’s turn with the 2017 Elantra Sport. They’ve added turbocharged 1.6-liter power for 54 more horses under the hood…now a total of 201. And, that’s with a true 6-speed manual, or a 7-speed paddle-shift DCT. This athletic version also gets bigger tires and front brakes. Engineering upgrades we quickly felt.
ZACH MASKELL: “Hyundai brought in someone from BMW’s M division to work on this vehicle. Now in the rear is multi-link suspension and all around the spring rates are a little bit higher as well as the dampening rates, so you have a little more of a stiffer drive but I think it fits this car well. It’s absolutely nothing over the top that would really make you feel tired after a long day of driving.”
JOHN DAVIS: Inside this sportier ride has leather seating, a leather flat bottom steering wheel, and alloy pedals. Exterior visuals are fairly low key, a tweaked front end with turbo badged grille, larger faux air inlets, “horizontal” LED runners, and more fluid look headlights. New wheels too, plus sportier LED taillights, a rear bumper diffuser and chrome dual exhaust tips, which release a more engaging engine note. The 2017 Hyundai Elantra Sport arrives in January for around $22,000.
Engine: 1.6 liter
Price: Around $22,000