2017 Hyundai Elantra Review: Fresh, Shiny, and New

Jan 12, 2017 08:30 AM EST | BC Tabotabo

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The 2017 Hyundai Elantra has transformed into something completely brand new this year. With a very chic and elegant interior and new tech features inside, the Elantra is surely a head-turning sedan.

Pros and Features. The all-new Elantra has a notable, comfortable and quiet cabin. This is most noticeable, especially at highway speeds. It now packs a lot of added technology and safety features. It also has a very thoughtfully designed and very classy interior.

Cons. The base engine has very underwhelming performance. The steering also requires some getting used to. Additionally, the dual-clutch transmission feels shaky during slow-speed acceleration.

What's New?  This year's model saw a complete redesign. It comes with fresh styling, three new engine styles, and a new seven-speed dual clutch transmission. It also has upscale interior and a wide array of new tech offerings.

Models. The 2017 Hyundai Elantra is available in four models: SE, Eco, Limited, and Sport. The standard SE has very limited standard equipment and features. It comes with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with 147 horsepower and 132 lb.-ft. torque, 15-inch steel wheels, and a six-speaker sound system. It can be upgraded to six-speed automatic transmission, cruise control, and other features.

The Eco is the most fuel-efficient model in the lineup. It has the same features as the SE Value Edition package minus the sunroof. It also includes a turbocharged 1.4-liter engine with a seven-speed dual clutch automatic transmission.

The Limited model also comes with everything from the SE Value Edition. It adds 17-inch alloy wheels, additional chrome body trim, xenon headlights, LED taillights, leather upholstery, and other perks. It also has two option packages: Limited Tech and Limited Ultimate which add the complete works.

The most powerful and sporty of all the models is the Sport. It has a similar set-up as the Limited and it comes with a turbocharged 1.6-liter four cylinder engine (with 201 horsepower and 195 lb-ft torque) plus a six-speed manual transmission. It also has other optimized features and its own option packages.

Pricing. The SE has an MSRP of $18,460 and goes up to $21,961 with more options. The Eco starts at $22,041 while the Limited has an MSRP of $25,085. The Sport starts at $24,531.

Verdict. The 2017 Hyundai Elantra is amazing! It looks completely brand new and has a very beautiful interior as its top selling point. For a touch of elegance and class, this car is definitely worth looking at.

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