2017 Hyundai Elantra Review May 24, 2017 by Jet (Driver Weekly)
The compact 2017 Hyundai Elantra is one of the more affordable models from the automaker, but it still delivers the best warranty in the country and the feature-packed higher-end feel you expect from Hyundai. The Elantra starts at just $17,150, making it easily accessible to the general public, and while it isn’t necessarily ideal for large families, it works well for couples, those with young children, or drivers who prefer the maneuverability and efficiency of a compact.
Plenty of Customization and Luxury
One of the best things about the 2017 Elantra is its range of features and options in five different trim levels, each of which builds on the ones before it. The Eco trim appeals to those who want to maximize efficiency and the Sport is perfect for those who prefer to get some extra power and a sporty feel. The Value Edition also lives up to its name, adding features like a 7-inch display audio system, power tilt-and-slide moonroof, and Blind Spot Detection for a surprisingly small increase in price. Another strong point for the Elantra is the range of available luxurious features not typically found on a model at this price point. Higher trims offer an Integrated Memory System for the driver, a segment-exclusive. You can also get a segment-exclusive hands-free smart trunk.
Performance and Efficiency
The Elantra Sport trim is ready for those who want some extra oomph in their compact with its 201 horsepower turbocharged engine and sport-tuned suspension complete with a multi-link rear setup. It even feels like a performance vehicle thanks to the flat-bottom steering wheel and the sport seats. Even the Elantra Sport maintains 33 mpg on the highway, but you can increase this to 40 mpg and get 32 mpg in the city with the Eco Sport.
When it comes to compact sedans, you can’t get any safer than the 2017 Hyundai Elantra. This model is a Top Safety Pick+ from the IIHS, although it does only have four stars from the NHTSA. The only downside regarding safety is that the base trim doesn’t have a rearview camera. Since the vehicle is so affordable, however, this is only a minor disappointment instead of a deal breaker. The Elantra makes up for the lack of a standard rearview camera with other safety features, including blind spot monitors on nearly every trim. All models also have a driver-side blind-spot mirror, driver knee airbag, and stability control. For those looking for more advanced features, the Elantra can be equipped with many of the same technologies as more expensive Hyundais, although only on the top trim. In this case, a compact sedan can include automatic braking plus pedestrian detection as part of the forward-collision warning, lane keeping assist, and adaptive cruise control. For most buyers this is unnecessary, and the 2017 Elantra is an affordable and feature-packed compact sedan even at the most basic.