2019 Hyundai Elantra Interior

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The 2017 Hyundai Elantra is all new and features a less flamboyant exterior design, new powertrains, and a long list of new multimedia and active safety technologies.

Slotting under the midsize Sonata and above the subcompact Accent, the 2017 Hyundai Elantra is a front-drive compact sedan that’s offered in three different variants that include an Eco-minded model and, for the first time, a performance-oriented Sport trim.  A new Elantra GT four-door hatchback should follow sometime next year.

2019 Hyundai Elantra First Drive

Overview

Most 2017 Elantras will come with a new 2.0-liter I-4 with 147 hp and 132 lb-ft of torque mated to a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission. The new Elantra Eco model is powered by a 1.4-liter turbo-four rated at 128 hp and 156 lb-ft, and is paired exclusively to a seven-speed twin-clutch automatic. Elantras equipped with the 2.0-liter offer decent fuel economy ratings at 26/36 mpg city/highway with the low-volume manual and 29/38 mpg with the automatic. Opting for the Limited trim, which is available exclusively with the automatic, drops fuel economy ratings slightly to 28/37 mpg. For those seeking maximum fuel efficiency, the Elantra Eco is rated at 32/40 mpg, making it the most fuel efficient member of the Elantra family.

The newest addition to the Elantra sedan lineup is the Elantra Sport, which targets the Honda Civic Si and Volkswagen Jetta GLI. Under the hood will be a 1.6-liter turbo-four rated at around 200 hp and 190 lb-ft mated to either a six-speed manual (22/30 mpg) or a seven-speed twin-clutch automatic (26/33 mpg). Other unique features on the Elantra Sport include a performance-oriented suspension that swaps out the standard car’s torsion beam rear suspension in favor of an independent multilink setup.

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A 7.0-inch touchscreen is optional on the base SE trim and standard on the Eco and Limited trims. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility are standard on all but the base trim of the Elantra. Navigation is optional on the Limited grade and adds a larger 8.0-inch touchscreen. Other notable features include an eight-speaker Infinty audio system, HID headlights, a 4.2-inch display in the instrument cluster, heated front and rear seats, and leather seats.

The 2017 Elantra’s 14.4-cubic-foot trunk is large for the segment and can be expanded via the standard 60/40 split-folding rear seats.

Safety

In IIHS evaluations, the 2017 Elantra received the Top Safety Pick+ award after it scored Good on all crash tests (Good is the highest possible score) and was given the highest rating of Superior on the collision prevention and mitigation test by avoiding a 12 mph frontal collision and reducing the impact speed of a 25 mph collision by 22 mph. When equipped with the Ultimate package, which is available only on the Limited trim, the Elantra gains adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, forward collision warning, lane keeping assist, and lane departure warning.

What We Think

We noted in a First Drive review of a 2017 Elantra sedan, that the improved car no longer has an overly sensitive throttle in its Normal mode. Body movements are also better controlled, making it more stable on the road. Where the car shows the most improvement is in its ride quality thanks to a suspension that does a great job at filtering out rough patches out of the cabin. In a First Test review, we were impressed with the Elantra’s long list of available features, which makes it one of the most tech-packed compact sedans with features such as Android Auto and Apple CarPlay that integrate turns your smartphone into your main infotainment source. The 2017 Elantra sedan also participated in a seven-car comparison test that included the Honda Civic, Chevrolet Cruze Mazda3, Toyota Corolla, Nissan Sentra, and Volkswagen Jetta. Overall, the Elantra placed third because its powertrain was unrefined and its interior had too much hard plastic.

Those who opt for the Elantra Eco won’t lose out on much because the 1.4-liter turbo-four offers plenty of torque for passing, merging, and climbing upgrades. We also noted in our First Drive review of the Elantra Eco that the car offers plenty of passenger space and that it had comfortable seating all around even for longer drives. Using Eco mode, however, dulls the car’s throttle response and the transmission tends to upshift to higher gears too quickly for the sake of fuel efficiency.

The 2017 Elantra Sport performed well in its First Drive review: “The car accelerates smoothly and drops a gear like clockwork at 100 mph to continue to gain speed to its 130-mph max. We hit 125 with confidence. The car remained calm and stable, showing no signs of skittishness at high speeds. Steering held firm but felt somewhat numb.”

We noted that the new Elantra Sport is not just an appearance package but a car that sets its self apart from the lineup. “What it does is allow [the engine] the Sport to hold its own unique space in the Elantra lineup and offer drivers a fun car at a modest price.”

Cool Fact

The U.S.-spec 2017 Hyundai Elantra is built in Montgomery, Alabama alongside the Sonata and Santa Fe.

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