Learn our full First Drive for the standard impressions, or should you want, take them in by way of this new format we’re making an attempt out. Slicing proper to the chase, listed here are 9 issues we realized from our time within the 2017 Hyundai Elantra.
It appears like three or 4 different vehicles, however that is a great factor.
The previous mannequin of by-product styling took just a few well-known designs as inputs and spat out a bland object harking back to nothing and every little thing without delay. As a result of there are not any new concepts, and since recycling is a factor, designers have fortunately moved on to choosing and selecting the items that work greatest and knitting them collectively right into a cohesive design. On this Elantra, meaning some Dodge Dart (RIP) within the hood and entrance fenders, a little bit of Jaguar within the headlights, and hints of Mazda in the way in which the entrance finish comes collectively. The result’s handsomely inoffensive – much less character than the final Elantra, possibly, however it all works. And the inside is an enormous step up by way of supplies, structure, and design. Take a look at our 360-degree VR overview beneath.
It can speak to your telephone.
Each Elantra however the basiest base automotive comes with a touchscreen head unit. On fashions with the Standard Tools Package deal, that is a seven-inch head unit with regular radio capabilities plus Apple CarPlay and Android Auto performance. The Restricted with Tech Package deal swaps that out for an eight-inch show with nav and the identical smartphone projection powers.
The journey is healthier than the final Elantra’s.
The entrance and rear suspensions have each been tweaked for the 2017 mannequin, and the automotive is meant to be rather more inflexible. It is most noticeable over large bumps; the automotive would not shudder prefer it used to and the suspension manages physique motion properly in nearly all conditions. There’s nonetheless some physique roll, however the entrance seats have surprisingly massive bolsters that preserve you in place. The steering is as numb as most different electrical techniques, though it does really feel much less synthetic than on earlier Hyundais.
There’s completely nothing groundbreaking concerning the powertrain.
Preliminary manufacturing will embrace an SE mannequin and the highest Restricted trim, which is the one we drove and what you see within the images. Each get the identical 2.Zero-liter four-cylinder and make the identical 147 horsepower and 132 pound-feet of torque. You may get a guide on a base SE whereas the remainder are paired with a six-speed computerized transmission. Most computerized fashions are rated at 28 miles per gallon metropolis, 37 freeway, though the lighter SE with out choices hits 29/38 mpg.
Each the engine and computerized transmission have been up to date; the engine is bigger and runs on the extra environment friendly Atkinson cycle whereas the transmission sees some effectivity enhancements. That is commonplace stuff, actually, and never precisely the cutting-edge. The engine and auto pair properly collectively and supply the smoothness that earlier Elantras lacked. Some lacking items: Even in Sport mode, the transmission would not downshift if you decelerate shortly. However who’s shopping for an Elantra for the Sport mode?
Solely the very base mannequin comes with a guide.
Any choices by any means require selecting the auto. Handbook proponents may complain, however we might counsel that should you’re in search of the added involvement of a three-pedal system, it is in all probability greatest to look elsewhere. At a Mazda3, particularly. And anyway, the guide SE has the worst fuel-economy scores of the bunch – 26 metropolis, 36 freeway.
You may need to look ahead to the Sport or the Eco.
Later this yr, Hyundai will add an Eco mannequin powered by a 1.Four-liter turbo 4. Just like the Sonata Eco, it will likely be paired with a dual-clutch computerized transmission. Do not anticipate large jumps in gasoline financial system, although; determine a pair miles per gallon higher than the two.Zero-liter fashions. And it will not be out there with all the goodies you may get on a Restricted. All we all know concerning the Sport is that it’ll debut on the SEMA present in November and be “essentially the most dynamic Elantra ever.” That is form of a low bar, however given how the bottom 2017 mannequin is now fairly properly mannered, some extra energy and some chassis enhancements may offer you a motive to desire a guide on this automotive.
There are three fundamental opponents: Civic, Cruze, and Mazda3.
There’s numerous newness within the compact section proper now. The Mazda3 is at all times charming to those that really take pleasure in driving, the newest Civic is as soon as once more the all-rounder of the section, and if Chevy continues to spit out improved vehicles, the 2017 Cruze can be one to contemplate. The Elantra would not actually stand out from the pack, however it does supply the options that everybody else has plus just a few of its personal.
It has some issues no different compact gives.
How a few hands-free trunk? In principle it removes the necessity to contact something when you may have your palms full and wish entry to the cargo maintain; in observe, because it simply releases the trunk and the springs aren’t highly effective sufficient to completely pop it up, you may nonetheless need to make some bodily contact with the trunk lid to get the factor broad open. However no different compact-segment mannequin has that, nor do they provide pedestrian detection, or driver seat and mirror reminiscence. Getting all of that requires a Restricted with all the possibility packages, which places the worth properly up into the vary of a well-equipped midsizer.
You in all probability need the SE with Standard Tools Package deal.
For $19,785, or $800 on high of the worth of an SE with the six-speed computerized, you get the seven-inch head unit, audio controls on the steering wheel, a rearview digicam, computerized headlights, 16-inch wheels, cruise management, Bluetooth, heated facet mirrors, and a hood insulator that absorbs a number of the engine’s racket. That is stable gear for any automotive, and doubtless about all you’d want. However should you actually need to go nuts on an SE, there is a Tech Package deal with issues like blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic detection, a colour display screen between the gauges, twin auto local weather management, and proximity key. Then there’s the Restricted, with its leather-based seats and much more out there stuff that we would attempt to speak you out of.
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