The 2017 Elantra is the start of the 6th generation of the Hyundai brand's compact sedan and it is more than ready to go up against all of its competitors within the segment. The Elantra has some really great amenities and boasts styling and a warranty that are leaders in class. The warranty is a 10 years/100,00 miles for the powertrain. The standard Elantra has an awesome mix of enhancements, handling and efficiency. There is also a potential Eco model on its way that promises even better fuel economy. There will also be a sport model coming later in the model year.
Under the Elantra's Hood
The 2017 Elantra offers two options for powertrain. They are both 4 cylinders and are brand new to the Elantra. The first is a 2.0-liter inline 4 cylinder which gets 147 horsepower and 132 lb.-ft. of torque. This engine is connected to a 7-speed dual clutch auto transmission. Fuel economy varies quite a bit with the selection of transmission and model. The second is the Eco type selection. This choice is a 1.4-liter inline 4 cylinder that gets 128 horsepower and 156 lb.-ft. of torque. Fuel economy for the Eco is up around 38 mpg on the highway.
Design of Hyundai Elantra
The Elantra has a reputation for looking like it is more expensive than it actually is and this is not a bad thing. It has great exterior features including a large front grille, an athletic stance, air curtains on the front wheels, rear spoiler and much more that makes it recognizable and unique while remaining looking like a Hyundai. Compared to the older model this new Elantra is only slightly larger with growth only coming in at .8 inches in length and an inch in width. Air conditioning, door locks and windows which are powerized, a driver's seat that has 6-ways of adjustment, a tilt/telescoping steering wheel, and AM/FM/CD audio with USB and auxiliary jacks. An upgrade package is the Popular Equipment one. For only a small amount it adds like a 7-inch touchscreen display, backup camera, Bluetooth, cruise control, hood insulation for a quieter ride, and Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility. This package is very noteworthy and very worth it with the cost only coming in around $800.00.
The 2017 Elantra has not been crash tested as of when this review has been written but it has been predicted that it will fare even better than the outgoing model thanks to a strong new body and to advanced safety features on the options list. Some of the equipment on the Elantra includes air bags for the driver's knees, blind spot mirror on the driver's side, stability control, a rearview camera and many other features can be had via upgrades. Some of the upgrades include: forward-collision warnings with automatic braking and pedestrian detection; adaptive cruise control; lane-keeping assist; and blind-spot monitors. Also included is a driver's seat with memory and front headlights that have the ability to turn toward where the wheel is turning.