The Elantra has been a top-selling model for Hyundai for many years and deservedly so, due to the value it offers the consumer in its segment. The 2017 Hyundai Elantra starts at $17,150, $100 less than last year’s model, and now comes with two new powertrain options, improved styling, comprehensive safety features and an updated interior. The 2017 Elantra is arguably the best option in its class.

Powertrains

2017 Hyundai Elantra Engine

2017 Hyundai Elantra Engine

The 2017 Elantra has many new features, including two all-new power trains. These new power trains are designed to increase fuel efficiency and improve everyday driving performance. They are both equipped with the new Drive Mode Select feature, which adjusts both the powertrain performance and steering. This feature allows the driver to pick from three different driving modes that affect economy and performance. These modes are Eco, Normal or Sport. You can switch mode simply by touching a button on the center console.

A 2.0 L Nu MPI Atkinson 4-cylinder engine is standard on the base SE and Limited trims. This engine has a maximum of 147 horsepower. It also features a high compression ratio of 12.5. It has an EPA fuel economy rating of 29/38 with a combined 33 mpg.

The second of the all-new powertrains is a 1.4-liter GDI turbocharged four-cylinder engine. This engine is equipped on the Elantra Eco trim. This engine has a maximum horsepower of 128. Based on internal testing, it is expected to get a combined 35 mpg and offer a 5-7% increase in fuel economy at higher speeds.

Exterior

When behind the wheel of the all-new 2017 Hyundai Elantra, you’ll be in control of a vehicle that has been beautifully crafted and sculpted with the utmost precision. The architecture, design and innovation brought forth and produced by the design team at Hyundai is not only pleasing to the eye, but serves functional purposes in disciplines like aerodynamics.

The 2017 Elantra now has a classic hexagonal grille. Modern lights, including an optional set of HID headlights combined with Dynamic Bending Lights and vertical daytime LED running lights, accent this style. The HID Dynamic Bending Lights are engineered to maneuver to the direction in which the driver turns. That’s right, these lights will actually shift to provide you with an extra second or two of great visibility during nighttime driving. These additions are brand new on the Elantra line.

At the wheels, the Elantra utilizes aerodynamic front-wheel air curtains, which aid the vehicle to cut through the air with minimal turbulence or wind resistance. To maximize aerodynamic efficiency, the undercarriage is fitted with covers, a spoiler has been specially fitted for the rear bumper and the decklid has been engineered with a bigger trunk edge. Because of these appendages, the Hyundai Elantra has scored a minimal 0.27 drag coefficient. When compared with similar models, the Elantra outperformed all competitors with its low drag coefficient, making it one of the most aerodynamic vehicles in the compact class!

The Elantra possesses an unparalleled side profile. The sleek body side is striking to any viewer thanks to fantastic window silhouettes and character lines that attract attention. The all-new Elantra features standard 16-inch alloy wheels, but an optional upgrade to 17-inch wheels adds to the Elantra’s allure and provides the driver with additional stability and grip on tough road conditions during inclement weather.

Other options available include an LED door handle, LED side mirror turn signals and LED taillights that not only generate noticeable attraction from other drivers, but also add a layer of sophistication that may not have been fully realized on previous models. The addition of LED lights increases both curb-appeal and the level of safety on the road. LED lights will attract the attention of drivers during important situations like lane departure and braking.

The power of choice is important! The prospective driver has the option of eight different body paints for the new Elantra. The length and width of the car have been increased by about an inch, which allows from the car to sit with a sportier stance.
The great design team at Hyundai has produced a brilliant vehicle that is not only one of the most efficient vehicles on the road, but also one of the nicest vehicles they have ever produced.

Interior

2017 Hyundai Elantra Interior

2017 Hyundai Elantra Interior

The Elantra’s interior design is very modern, comfortable and inviting, with key touch points made from high quality soft touch materials. The cabin is designed in such a way that the driver has intuitive control and the interior feels more spacious.

Multi firmness seat pads make for comfortable long rides, and high-tension, lightweight seat frames offer better safety in case of any accidents or collision. The center stack is tilted towards the driver at an angle of seven degree for optimal ergonomics, and it has a horizontal design with buttons and controls placed in logical groups. Other salient features that improve the comfort of the driver are the segment-first integrated driver memory system, dual automatic temperature control, auto defogging system and auto-dimming rear view mirror.

The seats of all Elantra cars are made from Soy Foam. This is environmentally friendly seating foam in which hydroxyl–functionalized soybean oil is used instead of petroleum-based polyol. The Elantra has heated front and back seats, and 60/40 folding rear seats. The new Elantra is ranked above the Mazda 3, Ford Focus and other seemingly similar cars when it comes to interior space, and is declared a mid-size car with a total interior volume of 110.2 cu.ft.

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Hyundai engineers have worked hard to improve the comfort of passengers. Their other priorities were noise management and an improved interior cabin. Most Elantra models are equipped with a hood insulator to reduce engine noise. Sound absorption materials were added to the pillars and floor pan and the thickness of the front door window glass was increased to reduce noise. Plastic and rubber bushings were applied to the front sub-frame and the bushings size of the lower control arm was increased to improve NVH characteristics.

Technology

2017 Hyundai Elantra Technology

2017 Hyundai Elantra Technology

The innovative 2017 Elantra rises above the competition in the compact class, utilizing technology that gives the driver convenience and enhanced confidence at an affordable price. The Hands-Free Smart Trunk, a feature that allows a person to open the trunk simply by approaching the rear of the vehicle with the key fob in a purse or pocket, is exclusive to the Elantra in its segment. A convenient feature for when your hands are full, the Smart Trunk alerts with three audible beeps and then the trunk opens automatically for easy access to the cargo area.

Another technological advancement in the new Elantra is the all-new Dynamic Bending Light. Working in conjunction with the HID headlights, Dynamic Bending Light (DBL) turns headlights with the direction of the steering wheel. This feature enhances safety and nighttime visibility, especially on darker and more isolated curvy roads. There’s also a High Beam Assist feature that detects the presence of oncoming vehicles and automatically dims high beams. For those times when you’re driving long distances or on highways, the Elantra’s Smart Cruise Control (SCC) increases comfort and safety. This system uses a radar sensor mounted on the lower front grille to assist the SCC system in maintaining a set distance between your vehicle and vehicles ahead of you in varied traffic conditions, adjusting vehicle speed as needed to ensure a safe distance is always maintained.

Advanced Connectivity and Multimedia

Sirius XM radio, and iPhone/USB and auxiliary input jacks are standard in all 2017 Elantras. Two new connectivity features elevate the advanced audio system beyond a base audio system – the optional 7 inch Display Audio touchscreen system with rear camera, and Hyundai’s next generation 8-inch navigation system. These multimedia systems offer Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support, allowing for seamless and intuitive operations of the most commonly used smartphone functions. Users have access to app-based navigation, streaming audio, voice controlled search capabilities as well as any approved smartphone apps. Available for the first time on a Hyundai vehicle is a USB port dedicated to charging, freeing up the other port for the wired connectivity required for smartphone integration.

The advanced 8-inch navigation system is feature packed and includes some improvements over previous models. The enhanced display has improved touch sensitivity for touch and drag control, greater screen brightness that improves usability during daylight hours, and a split-screen that allows the user to view map and music data side by side. Standard on the 2017 Elantra is SiriusXM Satellite Radio and HD Radio technology. The navigation system includes pre-loaded apps, voice control functions and premium SiriusXM features.

New to the 2017 Elantra is the eight-speaker Infinity premium audio system with center speaker and subwoofer. Harman’s patented Clari-Fi music restoration technology feature increases dynamic range and improves overall fidelity. Clari-Fi (TM) analyzes digital audio files during playback and rebuilds much of what is lost due to compression to create a level of sound quality not previously associated with car audio.

Safety

2017 Hyundai Elantra Airbags

2017 Hyundai Elantra Airbags

The 2017 Elantra is equipped with top safety features. The Elantra features seven airbags, stability control, traction control and ABS brakes as standard. These features include a new driver’s knee airbag. The 2017 Elantra also features a new reinforced frame that includes a softening section to help minimize the effects of side impacts on the vehicle.

In addition to these standard safety features, the 2017 Elantra has many features that are usually only found on high-end vehicles. At the top of this list of features is the Automatic Emergency Braking system with Pedestrian Detection technology. This piece of equipment uses radar and cameras to detect objects that move in front of the vehicle. The system first warns the driver of a potential collision and then automatically applies the brakes if the driver does not respond. In addition, the cameras will also notify the driver if the vehicle departs from the lane markings on the road. It will even attempt to correct the path of the vehicle if possible. Finally, the 2017 Elantra also has blind spot monitoring available.

The 2017 Elantra certainly includes many standard and available safety features. It is expected to receive an IIHS Top Safety Pick and NHTSA 5-star safety rating.

Summary

How much more couple Hyundai pack into the 2017 Elantra and still keep it so affordable? It’s now clearly the best option in the class for value for money, and it offers two all-new powertrains that can offer up to an incredible 35 mpg. The design has been perfected, and the interior is packed with technology you’d only expect on a much more expensive model. The 2017 Elantra is likely to be a best seller. Reserve your test drive today.

Check out our first look of the 2017 Hyundai Elantra at the LA auto show.