2017 Hyundai Elantra

Pros: Generous level of features for the money; simple, logical control interface; refined ride

Cons: Cramped rear seat; cabin trim trails best in class; engine grows noisy when accelerating

CG Says: Hyundai’s compact sedan is redesigned for 2017. The new Elantra is an inch wider and just under an inch longer than the previous-generation model. It maintains a fastback-like profile, but sports a bold rendition of Hyundai’s signature hexagonal grille. Hyundai claims better NVH (noise, vibration, and harshness) levels, improved structural rigidity, lower weight and improved ride quality and handling. We expect a redesigned version of the Elantra sedan’s 4-door hatchback stablemate—the Elantra GT—to be unveiled in the near future. The new Elantra sedan offers a choice of two new engines. A 2.0-liter 4-cylinder with 147-horsepower is in all trims except the fuel-miser Eco, which is powered by a turbocharged 128-horsepower 1.4-liter four. The 2.0-liter is available with 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic transmissions; the 1.4-liter comes only with a 7-speed automated-manual transmission. Elantra offers many safety and convenience features that are unusual for the class. Among the available features are steering-linked xenon headlights, hands-free trunk opening, heated rear seats, adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, lane-keep assist, and cross-traffic alert. The Elantra doesn’t stand out in any one area. However, it has generous amount of features for the dollar and offers wide range of available equipment.

The Facts
Class Compact Car
Body Style(s) 4-door sedan
Passenger Count 5
Drive Wheels front-wheel drive
Manufacturer Hyundai
Nation of Manufacture USA, South Korea
Base Prices SE sedan: $17,150
Eco sedan: $20,650
Limited sedan: $22,350

Base Engine
2.0-liter 4-cylinder
Std. Transmission
6-speed manual
Avail. Transmission
6-speed automatic
EPA City Range (mpg)
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)

Optional Engine
turbocharged 1.4-liter 4-cylinder
Std. Transmission
7-speed automated-manual
Avail. Transmission
EPA City Range (mpg)
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)

2017 Hyundai Elantra