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Auto Review: 2017 Hyundai Elantra Limited

  • Written by Jack Unruh & Julie Boselly

The Hyundai Elantra Limited is a small, peppy sedan that is seemingly built for commuting. It has a small, 2.0L 4-cylinder engine that sips gas like it’s a glass of wine. But, that doesn’t mean this car can’t get up and go. The Elantra is packing 147 horsepower, which brings it up to speed surprisingly fast. The 6-speed SHIFTRONIC automatic transmission is smooth, and quick, when accelerating.

2017-Elantra-06-Galactic Gray

The 2017 body style is very reminiscent of the last model. The interior is, well, your typical Hyundai. It feels a bit inexpensive and like plastic instead of leather. The Elantra is in the same price range as the Honda Civic, which now runs around $27,000 fully loaded.

The dashboard is pleasing to the eye, with a perfect mix of tactile buttons and touchscreens. Accessing these controls is easy for the driver, being angled slightly toward that seat, but they are difficult for the passenger to reach. The seats are comfortable, especially with seat warmers for both the front and rear seats.

There is plenty of space for both children and adults in the back seat. The rear seats fold down if more trunk space is needed, which seems hard to imagine with the spaciousness of the trunk.

The Elantra is comfortable, roomy – packed efficiently into a small body. It’s a great car for daily commuting, because of the gas mileage, which was averaging 26 mpg crusing around the Woodinville area.

The biggest issue seems to be the hefty price tag.

MSRP $22,350
Tech Pkg $2,500
Ultimate Package $1,500
Floor Mats $125
Shipping $835
Total $27,710

28 MPG City / 37 MPG Hwy

Government 5-star safety
This vehicle has not been rated for overall safety.
safecar.gov

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