You can tell from the clouds in the picture that it was a rainy trek across southern Louisiana and into Mississippi the day that I test drove the new 2017 Hyundai Elantra. As we drove near the ocean the winds as you can imagine were gusty but the Elantra held its course. The Elantra has a 2.0-Liter Atkinson cycle engine. But if you want even more, try the Elantra Sport, you will receive a turbocharged engine with 201 horsepower vs the 147 of the 2.0-Liter. Elantra delivers more horsepower than its standard competition.
In fact, the Elantra has many amenities that its competitors do not. In a segment exclusive, the Elantra is the only vehicle in its class to offer an available Hands-free Smart Trunk, a feature any serious shopper would love to have.
Drivers will appreciate the Integrated Memory System which automatically adjusts the drivers seat and exterior mirrors to the specified setting of two drivers.
With technology being important in all of our lives, the Elantra has a 7-inch display audio AM/FM/HD Radio/Sirius XM with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Both make it easier to stay focused on the road, just plug in your phone and go!
Hyundai offers four trim levels on the Elantra, the SE, Eco, Sport or Limited. While I am impressed with the extras that are included on the SE model, I am equally impressed with the low sticker price that one can purchase the Limited edition. A lot of extras make the Elantra very affordable in the highest trim level, giving you more car for your money.
The Hyundai Elantra is also a safe vehicle earning top scores from the IIHS, including a Top Safety Pick award. The Elantra has seven standard airbags and an optional rearview camera. You can also purchase a bundle of advanced safety technology that provide forward-collision warnings with automatic braking, lane departure warnings as well as cross-traffic alerts.
Style and comfort will make you do a double take. Hyundai definitely refined the Elantra in the compact car segment. The Elantra has been giving the Toyota Corolla, the Honda Civic and the Ford Focus some fierce competition.
Average gas mileage fluctuates slightly depending on which model you purchase. This is a category where the competition (Honda Civic) has a bit of an edge. The average city mileage is 26 miles per gallon while the highway average is 36 miles per gallon.
With eight different exterior colors to choose from the Hyundai Elantra begins at $17,150. The Limited trim is a moderate $22,350.