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2017 Hyundai Elantra

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$8,774 — $17,890 USED
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Sedan
5 Seats
25-35 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • Fuel economy
  • Available safety features
  • Hands-free trunk access
  • Handling
  • Multimedia system
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

The Bad

  • Bland interior design and materials
  • Backseat headroom
  • Many safety features only in expensive packages
  • Road noise
  • Smaller trunk for 2017
2017 Hyundai Elantra exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2017 Hyundai Elantra
  • All-new for 2017
  • Turbocharged Eco trim
  • Seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission in Eco trim
  • Available collision warning with auto braking
  • Seats five

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Our Take

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

Hyundai last redesigned its compact car for 2011. For 2017 the Elantra's styling is all new and it's very bold, trading the previous generation's curvier lines for more chiseled angles. Watch the video for more.

By Jennifer Geiger

The verdict: The 2017 Hyundai Elantra has been redesigned with brawnier styling, more passenger room, better fuel economy, and loads of available safety and creature comforts. Bonus: It costs about $100 less than the outgoing model (see the two model years compared here.)

Versus the competition: Compact sedans are the sneakers of the auto market: They're practical, affordable and not very exciting, but they get the job done. Hyundai's redesigned compact car kicks that stereotype — and many competitors — to the curb.

The Elantra competes against the similar body types likes of the Honda Civic, Ford Focus and Toyota Corolla. I'd choose an Elantra for its blend of value and comfort; compare them here.

Exterior & Styling
The Elantra was last redesigned for the 2011 model year, and the sedan's sloping roofline and dynamic curves gave it an edge in a conservatively styled segment. For 2017, the design is big and bold, and previous buyers may not like the new direction.

It wears a version of the Sonata's large, hexagonal grille and swaps its swooping curves for chiseled corners. The result is a more masculine look, but also a more premium one. Available LED daytime running lights that bracket the grille, as well as approach lighting that illuminates the door handles once the key fob is detected, add a premium flair. The Elantra looks right at home parked alongside an Audi A4.

How It Drives
The previous-generation 
Hyundai Elantra's p...

The verdict: The 2017 Hyundai Elantra has been redesigned with brawnier styling, more passenger room, better fuel economy, and loads of available safety and creature comforts. Bonus: It costs about $100 less than the outgoing model (see the two model years compared here.)

Versus the competition: Compact sedans are the sneakers of the auto market: They're practical, affordable and not very exciting, but they get the job done. Hyundai's redesigned compact car kicks that stereotype — and many competitors — to the curb.

The Elantra competes against the similar body types likes of the Honda Civic, Ford Focus and Toyota Corolla. I'd choose an Elantra for its blend of value and comfort; compare them here.

Exterior & Styling
The Elantra was last redesigned for the 2011 model year, and the sedan's sloping roofline and dynamic curves gave it an edge in a conservatively styled segment. For 2017, the design is big and bold, and previous buyers may not like the new direction.

It wears a version of the Sonata's large, hexagonal grille and swaps its swooping curves for chiseled corners. The result is a more masculine look, but also a more premium one. Available LED daytime running lights that bracket the grille, as well as approach lighting that illuminates the door handles once the key fob is detected, add a premium flair. The Elantra looks right at home parked alongside an Audi A4.

How It Drives
The previous-generation 
Hyundai Elantra's pleasant road manners were a highlight, helping it earn the No. 2 spot in Cars.com's 2013 $20,000 Compact Sedan Challenge. The new model delivers a similar experience. The sole powertrain as of the car's launch is a 147-horsepower, 2.0-liter four-cylinder paired with a standard six-speed manual or optional six-speed automatic transmission; it replaces last year's base 1.8-liter engine. Though not exactly peppy, it's sufficient from a stop, and the six-speed automatic quickly and smoothly spools out more power for confident highway passing.

In the mountains near San Diego, I found that the Elantra's handling and maneuverability have improved. It's composed in corners, with good body control and nicely weighted, reactive steering. A new Sport mode, standard on automatic-equipped cars, adjusts shift timing and power-steering assist for peppier takeoffs and an overall more engaging drive. At the other end of the spectrum, the sluggish Eco mode blunts acceleration to benefit fuel economy.

Fuel economy is up slightly this year but isn't quite class competitive. Base, manual Elantras are EPA-rated at 26/36/29 mpg city/highway/combined; automatic models are rated a smidge higher. The previous gen's 2.0-liter engine was rated 24/34/28 mpg. Base 2016 Honda Civics are still more fuel efficient, with a 40-mpg highway rating. A base Ford Focus is rated similarly at 26/36/30 and the Corolla at 27/36/31.

Where the Elantra needs work is in road isolation, which was also a struggle for the previous generation. Hyundai said sound-deadening material was added to the cabin, but a decent amount of road noise and vibration still filters in — though it's not as loud as the rowdy Toyota Corolla. Similarly, the ride is again on the firm side; bumps rarely unsettle it, but even the small ones register.

Interior
The cabin lacks inspiration. I tested the top, Limited trim and was underwhelmed by the materials and design. The leather seats were cushy and comfortable, and all the touch points were sufficiently padded, but the combination of utilitarian-looking hard plastics and flat, horizontal planes fell flat against the boldly styled exterior.

The interior may not match the exterior's upmarket look, but the Elantra makes up for that with loads of optional features, many of which you'd expect in a premium-brand vehicle. New to the compact sedan segment is an available hands-free trunk: Stand behind the Hyundai Elantra with the key fob in your purse or pocket, and the trunk will open after three seconds (following an audible alert, in case you don't intend to open it). Other available convenience features include two USB charging ports, heated rear seats and driver-seat memory.

The sedan grew a bit in length and width this year, and the gains are felt in the backseat, where there's now more headroom and legroom. The Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla offer more legroom, but two adults will have sufficient space on the Elantra's comfy, lightly bolstered rear bench.

Ergonomics & Electronics
The 
Hyundai Elantra uses an updated multimedia system with a 7- or 8-inch touchscreen, depending on trim (base SE models make do with a small, 3-inch display). Navigation is optional on the Limited's 8-inch unit; it's a straightforward system with a clear menu structure and responsive screen. Tuning and volume knobs, as well as home, radio and map buttons, make toggling between functions easy.

Overall, the Hyundai Elantra is a much more user-friendly system than many competitors', especially Ford's Sync, in the Focus, and Honda's capacitive touch-sensitive button and screen setup in the Civic. What's more, Hyundai angled the screen and the larger climate controls below it slightly toward the driver for better visibility and easier reach.

The Elantra is the first Hyundai and the first compact sedan to offer both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration systems. The systems seamlessly project phone apps on the car's touch-screen. They're standard on models with the 8-inch and 7-inch touch-screens — which don't already include standard built-in navigation, unlike some other cars. I much prefer using Google Maps over any automaker's navigation system, so it's good not to have to pay for a feature I wouldn't use. After plugging in my phone and selecting the Android Auto button on the car's home screen, I was able to see my phone's contacts, use Google Maps and launch Pandora internet radio within seconds. Apple iPhone users have a similar experience with CarPlay.

Cargo & Storage
The 
Hyundai Elantra's trunk shrunk by less than a cubic foot for 2017, and the change isn't noticeable. With 14.4 cubic feet of space, it offers more than the Focus and Corolla but not quite as much as the Civic.

In terms of small-items storage, the Civic wins again with its enormous center console. The Elantra's is tiny by comparison, but there's enough room to hold small devices, like a tablet or phone.

Safety
The 2017 Hyundai Elantra hadn't been crash-tested by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety or the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration as of publication.

The new model offers many active safety features that most compacts don't, such as an automatic forward collision braking system with pedestrian detection, lane-keeping departure warning and prevention, and blind spot warning. Where it disappoints is safety-feature availability. To get many of those features, you'll have to first pop for the top trim level then select pricey option packages. All told, you'll spend around $28,000 to get all the new safety features — a lot for a compact car.

A backup camera is optional on the SE and standard on the Limited. Click here for a full list of safety features.

Value in Its Class
Hyundai's strategy always has been to emphasize value, and except for the pricey new safety packages, the new Elantra maintains that formula. The 2017 model starts at $17,985 including destination; that's around $100 less than the outgoing sedan and cheaper than base versions of the Civic, Focus and Corolla. You can add an automatic transmission for $1,000. To get the 7-inch multimedia touchscreen as well as a backup camera, cruise control and heated outside mirrors, add $800 for the Popular Equipment Package.

The Hyundai Elantra always has offered compact-sedan shoppers a lot in terms of comfort and value, and the new model takes further strides down that road.

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Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.8
560 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.8)
Performance
(4.7)
Interior Design
(4.7)
Comfort
(4.7)
Reliability
(4.9)
Value For The Money
(4.8)

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(5.0)

Best car I've ever driven

by Ash from Birmingham, AL on February 5, 2019

The car is smooth, powerful, the perfect size, and easy to maintain. I feel like it is an amazing deal for just those reasons let alone the sound quality and other perks. Read full review

(5.0)

Love, Love, Love My Elantra!!

by Terri from Winston salem NC on February 5, 2019

I love the mileage, the look, the comfort and the design of the car. The few complaints I have are about design of the car, in specific areas: The windshield wipers divert the water straight into the ... Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2017 Hyundai Elantra currently has 4 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2017 Hyundai Elantra SE

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Child Seat Anchors (Latch)

Ease of Use
acceptable

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
good
Overall Rear
good
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
good

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Other

Roof Strength
good

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
good
Driver Torso
good
Overall Side
good
Rear Passenger Head Protection
good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
acceptable
Structure/safety cage
good

Small Overlap Front - Driver Side

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Hip/Thigh
good
Lower Leg/Foot
acceptable
Overall Evaluation
good
Restraints and Dummy Kinematics
good
Structure and Safety Cage
good
good
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Hyundai

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    60 months / 60,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    60 months / unlimited distance

Certified Pre-Owned Program Benefits

  • Maximum Age/Mileage

    Newer than 5 model years/less than 60,000 miles

  • Basic Warranty Terms

    5 years/60,000 miles (from remainder of original)

  • Powertrain

    10 years/100,000 miles and 10 years/100,000 miles for hybrid/electric vechicle batteries.

  • Dealer Certification Required

    150-point inspection

  • Roadside Assistance

    Yes

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Elantra received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*

Third-row access

N/A

Infant seat

B

Booster

(second row)

A

Booster

(third row)

N/A

Latch or Latch system

A

Forward-facing convertible

(third row)

N/A

Forward-facing convertible

(second row)

A

Rear-facing convertible

A
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.
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Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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