Hyundai’s current-generation Elantra is still an attention-grabbing compact car with its dramatic curves and flowing design standing out even after being on the road for five years. Hyundai had its work cut out replacing the brand’s best-selling car, and the end result is a very different 2017 Elantra, which debuted at the 2015 Los Angeles Auto Show.
The current Elantra’s swoopy curves are replaced with a simplistic, chiseled appearance. It’s not hard to find a similar design in the Audi A3 sedan, including the profile lines and the deck lid’s molded rear spoiler. The overall effect is a surprisingly premium-looking Hyundai Elantra with a hunkered-down stance and aggressive front styling. I was unsure of how the updated styling would translate from photos to in person, but I’m a fan of the new look.