The Hyundai Elantra is truly stunning this year, with its sleek design and spacious interior. The new Elantra gives a smoother ride with its new and improved suspension. Rough roads are handled with ease. Hyundai has also improved the infotainment system. The result – a very nice little compact car for an equally nice little price. Here are the answers to questions that will help you decide if the new Elantra is right for you.
How many different types of Elantra are there this year?
There are six different Elantra's available for this year – the SE, Value, GT Hatchback, Eco, Sport, and Limited. The SE, Value, and Limited all have the 2.0-liter 147-horsepower 4-cylinder engine. The GT has a 2.0-liter GDI DOHC 4-cylinder 173-horsepower engine. The Eco has a 1.4-liter turbocharged engine that produces 128 horsepower. The Sport has the most powerful engine. It comes with a 1.6-liter turbocharged GDI 4-cylinder engine that produces 201-hp.
Does it have a roomy trunk?
The trunk is actually surprisingly big, although it is slightly smaller than the 2016 Elantra. The Elantra has 14.4 cubic feet of space whereas the 2016 models had 14.8 cubic feet. If you need more room for hauling stuff, the GT is the better option. It gives you 23 cubic feet for cargo with the rear seats up or a whopping 51 cubic feet with rear seats folded down.
Are the new Elantra's fuel efficient?
They are very fuel efficient, especially the Elantra Eco. It gets 32 mpg in the city and 40 mpg on the highway. The SE, Value and Limited Elantras get 28-29 mpg in the city and 37-38 mpg on the highway. The Sport and GT get the worse mileage, although 24-26 mpg city and 32-33 mpg highway is still pretty darn good.
How many people can comfortably fit in the new Elantra?
The Elantra is designed to seat up to four people. There is ample room for four adults but, if you are a bit larger than average, it might be snug.
What do the upgrades include?
The SE "Popular Equipment" package for $800 includes a technology upgrade to Android Auto & Apple CarPlay, rearview camera with dynamic guidelines and a Bluetooth hands-free phone system and many other goodies. The $1,300 "Tech Package" for the SE includes the blind spot detection with rear cross-traffic alert, proximity key with push-button start and heated front seats. You have to get the "Popular Equipment" package to get the "Tech Package." The GT upgrades are either the "Value Edition" for $1,650 or the "Tech Package" for $3,600.
The "Premium Package" for the Elantra Sport costs $2,400. It has some nice tech upgrades like the Nav. System with an 8" touchscreen, Infinity Premium Audio that includes eight speakers, center channel and a subwoofer and Blue Link Connected Care.
The "Tech Package" for the Limited includes some nice upgrades like a Nav. System with an 8" touchscreen and Infinity Premium Audio with eight speakers, center channel, and subwoofer for $2,500. The "Ultimate Package" includes the Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB) with Pedestrian Detection and Lane Departure Warning for $1,900. You have to get the "Tech Package" to get the "Ultimate Package."
How many upgrade packages available for the Elantra?
There are two upgrade packages for the Elantra SE and GT, one upgrade package for the Elantra Sport and two for the Limited.
Does the Elantra have the latest technology?
Yes, Hyundai has fitted the Elantra with the most recent technology. Bluetooth hands-free phone system, a 3.5" segment LCD instrument cluster display, AM/FM/SiriusXM/CD/MP3 6-speaker sound system with a 3.5" display and USB input is standard on the Elantra SE. The other models also come with a 7" audio display, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.
What sort of safety features does the Elantra have?
The standard safety features include electronic stability control, anti-lock brakes (ABS), traction control system and front seat mounted side-impact airbags, but that's not all. It also has advanced dual front airbags with Occupant Classification System (OCS) and a driver's knee airbag. It also features Vehicle Stability Management (VSM), Hillstart Assist Control (HAC), electronic brake-force distribution (EBD) and tire pressure monitoring (TPMS). A rearview camera with dynamic guidelines and blind spot detection with rear cross-traffic alert come standard on all Elantras except the SE. You can get it in the SE, though, in an add-on package. Automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection is available on the Elantra Limited.
How expensive are the 2017 Elantras?
Base prices range from just over $17,000 to a little over $22,000. It really depends on which model or trim you get.
Has the Elantra received good reviews?
Yes, it has. U.S. News & World Report put it in 7th place in their Compact Cars Rankings with an 8.5 out of 10. They thought the engine should be more powerful. Motor Trend gave the Elantra 3.5 stars out of 5. They really like the good gas mileage, safety features, multimedia equipment and the spaciousness of the interior. They don't like how much hard plastic there is in the interior, the limited availability of the active safety features and they think that the base powertrain is unrefined. The Eco, Limited, Value and SE got an Above Average rating on 5 Year Cost of Ownership. The GT Hatchback got a Below Average rating while the Sport got an Average rating.
Did the Elantra get any awards for safety?
Yes, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) awarded it Top Safety Pick+. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) gave the Elantra an overall safety rating of 4 stars out of 5.