2014 Hyundai Elantra Video Review | Edmunds

2014 Hyundai Elantra Review

  • This Hyundai Elantra video review features information about fuel economy, price, warranty, cargo and interior space, and available features. We also discuss competitors and the Elantra is like to drive. For more information, read the full 2014 Hyundai Elantra review.

    Inside the Elantra, you get a lot more space than you'd might expect. Drivers of most sizes should find a comfortable driving position, as well as sufficient room in the back. There's an abundance of legroom, but headroom can be a little tight.

    The trunk is bigger than those of most compact cars at nearly 15 cubic feet. The trunk opening and the 60/40 pass-through are also quite large.

    Most Elantras come with a touchscreen interface for the sound system. One is smaller, and this is the bigger one you get with a navigation system. Both are easy to use.

    There are now two engines available on the Elantra. The SE and Limited trims come with a 1.8-liter four-cylinder good for 145 horsepower and 32 mpg combined. This is on par with most competitors.

    For 2014, the Elantra is available with a new Sport trim that features a bigger 2.0-liter engine. Its 173 horsepower provides a welcome bit of extra punch, but it does come with a 4-mpg penalty compared to the base engine. By comparison, the Mazda 3s model has 184 hp and better fuel economy than even the base Elantra engine.

    Like other Hyundais, there's a long warranty, and on lower trim levels, you get more equipment for less money. As the price rises, its value proposition starts to even out with its competition, but there's still a lot of available equipment.

    There's a lot to like about the Hyundai Elantra and it's easy to recommend, but despite its 2014 upgrades, its top competitors, the Honda Civic, Kia Forte and our top pick, the Mazda 3, are generally better to drive, more refined and in some cases more efficient.

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