When the Hyundai Elantra first landed on U.S. soil back in 1990, it offered an inexpensive and fairly equipped compact sedan alternative from Korea to the perennial segment leaders Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla. Fast forward 26 years and five generations to the current, sixth generation 2017 Hyundai Elantra, the original bang for the buck formula is still intact, but unlike its predecessors, the new Elantra is loaded with equipment and features that are more commonly seen in mid-size sedans.
As Hyundai continues to establish a strong brand identity in the U.S., the new Elantra is a key vehicle to attract new customers into the showroom who are in the market for a vehicle that offers a lot of equipment for not a lot of money. So, lets see how the new 2017 Hyundai Elantra elevates the compact sedan segment in the U.S.
Initially, the 2017 Hyundai Elantra will be available with two engines. The mainstream engine is 2.0 L naturally aspirated four-cylinder with 147 horsepower and 132 lb.ft. torque. In the base SE trim, the engine can be paired either to a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic transmission. In the Limited trim, the engine is solely backed by the six-speed automatic gearbox.
The optional engine available in the ECO model is a turbocharged 1.4 L four-cylinder unit and is exclusively backed by a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.
Later this year at the SEMA auto show in November, Hyundai will unveil a third and more powerful engine, which will motivate the Elantra Sport.
As of this writing, the EPA estimates that the 2017 Hyundai Elantra with the 2.0 L engine will achieve between 26-29 mpg city and 36-38 mpg highway.
According to the company engineers, the Elantra will hit 60 mph from 0 between 7.7 to 8.0 seconds and will hit 100 mph in between 22.2 to 22.5 seconds. The Elantra is also estimated to complete the quarter-mile run in between 15.9 to 16.2 seconds. Top speed is electronically limited to 125 mph.
When compared to the fifth generation Elantra, the sixth generation model has only grown by few inches in length, width, and height. In the 2017 Hyundai Elantra, the wheelbase is 106.3 inches long, the overall length is 179.9 inches, the width is 70.9 inches, and the height is 56.5 inches.
Inside, the passenger volume is 96 cubic feet and cargo volume is rated at 14 cubic feet with the back seats folded up.
Options and Packages
The entry-level Hyundai Elantra SE is available with two optional packages; Popular Equipment package ($800) and Tech package ($1,300).
The Popular Equipment package includes 7-inch color touchscreen display audio head unit, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, rear view camera with dynamic guidelines, automatic headlights, 16-inch alloy wheels with P 205/55R16 all-season tires, steering wheel mounted audio/cruise controls, cruise control, Bluetooth hands-free phone system, heated exterior mirrors, and hood insulator.
The Tech package includes everything from the popular equipment package and adds LED daytime running lights, blind sport detection with rear cross-traffic alert, 3.5 inch TFT monochromatic cluster display, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, dual automatic temperature control with anti defogging system, proximity key with push button start, hands-free smart trunk, door handle approach lights, heated front seats, sun visor extensions, illuminated vanity mirrors, auto-up driver’s window, sliding armrest, and front passenger seat-back pocket.
For 2017, the Hyundai Elantra Limited is also available with two optional packages; Tech package ($2,500) and Ultimate package ($1,900).
The Tech package includes navigation system with an 8-inch touchscreen, Infinity Premium audio with eight speakers including center channel and subwoofer, Clari-fi music restoration technology, 4.2 inch color instrument display, power tilt-and-slide sunroof, heated rear seats, and auto-dimming rear view mirror with Homelink and compass.
The Ultimate package includes everything in the tech package and adds HID headlights with dynamic bending light, automatic emergency braking (AEB) with pedestrian detection, smart cruise control (SCC), lane departure warning, lane keep assist, and memory function for driver’s seat and exterior mirrors.
Safety and Convenience
Standard safety features in 2017 Hyundai Elantra SE and Limited includes driver’s blind sport mirror, tire pressure monitoring system, vehicle stability management, electronic stability control, traction control system, anti-lock braking system, electronic brake-force distribution, brake assist, advanced dual front airbags, front/rear side curtain airbags, driver’s knee airbag, energy-absorbing steering column, front seat belt pretensioners and force limiters, rear LATCH (Lower Anchors & Tethers for Children), power window lock-out button, front and rear crumple zones, and remote keyless entry system with alarm.
Optional safety features on the Elantra SE includes blind-spot detection with rear cross-traffic alert and lane change assist, rear view camera with dynamic guidelines, and TPMS with individual tire pressure indicator.
Optional safety features on the Elantra Limited includes forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, and adaptive cruise control.
The 2017 Hyundai Elantra is currently on sale and the base SE model starts at $17,150 and the Limited starts at $22,350 (destination charges not included).