John Diether
Automotive Editor - February 18, 2016

2017 Hyundai Elantra OVERVIEW

Hyundai's likable compact takes on midsize airs this year with grown-up styling and more polish inside. To go with its new personality, the Elantra now offers an array of safety technology that's unsurpassed in this class.

What's New for 2017

The Elantra has been completed redesigned.

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Choosing Your Hyundai Elantra

Although the Elantra is the same size as before, Hyundai has managed to carve out more space for backseat passengers. The interior itself bears a strong resemblance to the larger Sonata, and controls are easier to use this time around.

Most versions of the front-drive Elantra carry a new 2-liter four-cylinder engine with 147 horsepower, matched to a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission. Buyers concerned with efficiency can opt for a 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that produces 128 horsepower and yields 35 mpg in combined driving, 2–3 mpg more than the 2-liter with automatic. The 1.4-liter gets its own transmission, a seven-speed automated manual.

The Elantra is offered in SE, Eco, and Limited trim levels this year:


Comes with all the basics, including a split-folding rear seat, a six-speaker sound system with satellite radio, and 15-inch steel wheels. Models equipped with the automatic transmission are eligible for a Popular Equipment package with cruise control, a rearview camera, heated mirrors, Bluetooth phone and audio, smartphone compatibility, and 16-inch alloy wheels. Models so equipped can get a Tech package with a host of useful upgrades, including heated front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross-traffic alert.


Gets the 1.4-liter engine and the contents of the SE's option packages as standard. The Eco comes just one way -- there are no options.


Includes everything you can get on the SE, plus leather upholstery, a power driver seat, extra chrome trim, LED taillamps, 17-inch wheels, and four-wheel disc brakes. The automatic transmission is also standard. The Limited can get a Tech package of its own with a sunroof, heated rear seats, a navigation system, and an eight-speaker Infinity sound system. With all that equipment in place, you can top off the Elantra with the Ultimate package, which adds driver memory, lane keeping assist, adaptive cruise control, adaptive xenon headlights, and collision mitigation with automatic braking.

CarsDirect Tip

Unless you're in the mood for very basic transportation, we would avoid the SE's manual transmission, which does nothing for efficiency and limits options to nil. Of course, the Limited is the only way to go if you want to take advantage of all of the new safety technology available this year.

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