2017 Hyundai Elantra Review
Edmunds' Expert Review
- Quiet, comfortable cabin, especially at highway speeds
- Lots of available technology and safety features
- Classy and thoughtfully laid-out interior design
- Underwhelming performance from base engine
- Dual-clutch transmission feels clunky during slow-speed acceleration
- More steering effort required than in most cars in this class
Fully redesigned for 2017, the Hyundai Elantra gets a fresh new look, three new engines and a slew of impressive tech features. The 2017 Elantra is classier looking on the outside and more refined on the inside than ever before.
For starters, ride quality has been improved, making the Elantra more livable during daily driving. The Elantra's three new engines include a new base 2.0-liter engine, a turbocharged 1.4-liter engine tuned for fuel economy, and a sporty 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder designed to raise pulses. Unfortunately, with a few early tests of the Elantra, we've found acceleration to be behind that of class leaders. Somehow that doesn't feel like such a big letdown, though, thanks to qualities such as a quiet cabin and a long list of tech features. At the top trim levels you can get items such as adaptive cruise control, lane departure intervention and forward collision mitigation. But no matter how you equip it, the 2017 Hyundai Elantra is as good as it's ever been and it's a strong contender in the compact car segment.
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Which Elantra does Edmunds recommend?
Though the entry-level Elantra SE doesn't have an abundance of standard equipment, if you add the Popular Equipment package you'll get some very desirable tech upgrades and you'll keep your monthly payments pretty low. That's the Elantra we'd get.
The Popular equipment package adds stuff such as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, satellite radio and a rearview camera. And if that's not enough, you can always upgrade to the Value Edition, which includes blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, heated front seats and dual-zone automatic climate control.
2017 Hyundai Elantra models
The 2017 Hyundai Elantra is a four-door compact sedan offered in four main trim levels: SE, Eco, Limited and Sport.
As the base trim level, the SE is sparsely equipped, especially if you get it with the standard six-speed manual transmission. It comes with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine (147 horsepower, 132 pound-feet of torque), 15-inch steel wheels, air-conditioning, full power accessories, cloth upholstery, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, a 60/40-split folding rear seatback, and a six-speaker sound system with satellite radio and a CD player.
Automatic-transmission SE models also offer a Popular Equipment package that adds a lot of desirable features. It's our recommendation for the one to buy if you're getting into an Elantra. It includes 16-inch alloy wheels, heated side mirrors, automatic headlights, cruise control, a 7-inch touchscreen (but no CD player), a rearview camera, Bluetooth connectivity, and smartphone integration with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.
With the Popular Equipment package added, you can also get the SE with the Tech package. Those extras include LED daytime running lights, keyless ignition and entry, a hands-free trunk opener, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, heated front seats and dual-zone automatic climate control.
Next up in the Elantra lineup is the SE Value Edition. It's basically an SE with all of the above included as standard. It also has a sunroof.
The most fuel-efficient model in the lineup is appropriately named the Eco. It comes with the same equipment as the Value Edition but with 15-inch alloy wheels and without the sunroof. It also adds a turbocharged 1.4-liter engine (128 hp, 156 lb-ft) paired to a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.
To maximize the number of creature comforts in your Elantra, there's the Limited model. It comes with everything found on the Value Edition (including the standard 2.0-liter engine), plus 17-inch alloy wheels, additional chrome body trim, adaptive xenon headlights, LED taillights, leather upholstery, a power-adjustable driver seat (with power lumbar adjustment), Hyundai's Blue Link system and a second (charge-only) USB port.
Limited models have two options packages: the Limited Tech package and the Limited Ultimate package. The Limited Tech package adds a sunroof, heated rear seats, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a bigger driver information display, an 8-inch touchscreen, voice commands, a navigation system and an eight-speaker Infinity sound system. The Limited Ultimate package (which requires the Limited Tech package) bundles adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning and mitigation, lane departure warning and intervention, automatic high beams and driver-seat memory settings.
For a more powerful and sporty version of the Elantra, there's the aptly named Sport. It is equipped similar to the Limited, but it has a turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine (201 hp, 195 lb-ft), a six-speed manual transmission (the seven-speed dual-clutch automatic is optional), 18-inch alloy wheels, sport-tuned suspension and steering, bigger brakes, special front and rear fascias, xenon headlights, and some interior touches such as alloy pedals and a black headliner. The Sport Premium package essentially adds the same equipment as the Limited Tech package.
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Features & Specs
Our experts like the Elantra models:
- Blind-Spot Monitoring
- Alerts you when a vehicle is hidden from view in the next lane.
- Adaptive Cruise Control
- Maintains a set speed while also keeping a set distance from a car in front of you.
- Hyundai Blue Link System
- Provides emergency assistance, automatic crash notification and stolen vehicle recovery.
NHTSA Overall Rating4 out of 5 stars
- Frontal Barrier Crash RatingOverall4 / 5Driver4 / 5Passenger4 / 5
- Side Crash RatingOverall5 / 5
- Side Barrier RatingOverall5 / 5Driver5 / 5Passenger4 / 5
- Combined Side Barrier & Pole RatingsFront Seat5 / 5Back Seat4 / 5
- RolloverRollover4 / 5Dynamic Test ResultNo TipRisk Of Rollover10.7%
- Side Impact TestGood
- Roof Strength TestGood
- Rear Crash Protection / Head RestraintGood
- IIHS Small Overlap Front TestNot Tested
- Moderate Overlap Front TestGood
Used 2017 Hyundai Elantra Overview
The Used 2017 Hyundai Elantra is offered in the following submodels: Elantra Sedan. Available styles include SE 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 6A), Value Edition 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 6A), Limited 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 6A), Sport 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl Turbo 7AM), SE PZEV 4dr Sedan w/Prod. End 10/16 (2.0L 4cyl 6A), Limited PZEV 4dr Sedan w/Prod. End 10/16 (2.0L 4cyl 6A), Eco 4dr Sedan (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 7AM), SE 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 6M), and Sport 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl Turbo 6M). Pre-owned Hyundai Elantra models are available with a 2.0 L-liter gas engine, with output up to 147 hp, depending on engine type. The Used 2017 Hyundai Elantra comes with front wheel drive. Available transmissions include: 6-speed shiftable automatic. The Used 2017 Hyundai Elantra comes with a 5 yr./ 60000 mi. basic warranty, a 5 yr./ unlimited mi. roadside warranty, and a 10 yr./ 100000 mi. powertrain warranty.
What's a good price on a Used 2017 Hyundai Elantra?
Price comparisons for Used 2017 Hyundai Elantra trim styles:
- The Used 2017 Hyundai Elantra SE is priced between $10,499 and$21,590 with odometer readings between 13311 and134012 miles.
- The Used 2017 Hyundai Elantra Limited is priced between $16,898 and$22,998 with odometer readings between 14107 and99154 miles.
- The Used 2017 Hyundai Elantra Value Edition is priced between $17,590 and$22,590 with odometer readings between 1889 and75039 miles.
- The Used 2017 Hyundai Elantra SE PZEV is priced between $15,590 and$20,998 with odometer readings between 22763 and99354 miles.
- The Used 2017 Hyundai Elantra Sport is priced between $17,998 and$24,998 with odometer readings between 18399 and89806 miles.
- The Used 2017 Hyundai Elantra Limited PZEV is priced between $9,850 and$20,998 with odometer readings between 41731 and132010 miles.
- The Used 2017 Hyundai Elantra Eco is priced between $16,488 and$18,998 with odometer readings between 48227 and64120 miles.
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Should I lease or buy a 2017 Hyundai Elantra?
Is it better to lease or buy a car? Ask most people and they'll probably tell you that car buying is the way to go. And from a financial perspective, it's true, provided you're willing to make higher monthly payments, pay off the loan in full and keep the car for a few years. Leasing, on the other hand, can be a less expensive option on a month-to-month basis. It's also good if you're someone who likes to drive a new car every three years or so.