2017 Hyundai Elantra Sedan SE 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 6A)
I bought this 2017 Hyundai Elantra SE with the popular equipment package. I have owned this car for almost two years, and love the 100,000 mile power train warranty. Other things i love about this car is it has apple car play, which i use extensively! One thing i find annoying about this car is its 2.0l Atkinson cycle engine doesn't have good low end torque at the bottom of the rev range. I have to get the rpms around 3-4,500 to use the torque. One thing that offsets this annoyance is the sport mode feature. I use this mode when i want more get up and go. For instance passing and merging on the highway is so much easier with sport mode. i don't use eco mode that often, since I don't think it makes much of a difference in my fuel economy. I really want the Elantra Sport due to it having more torque and horsepower. Overall, i enjoy owning my 2017 Hyundai Elanta.
2017 Hyundai Elantra Sedan Eco 4dr Sedan (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 7AM)
After owning 6 (5 new, 1 used) Prius hybrids in a row, I got a 2017 Elantra Eco that gets 43 to 48 mpg on interstate driving compared to 40 to 41 mpg on my 2012 Prius V wagon. I still use the Prius V around town but I prefer the Elantra for highway driving, where the Elantra is much quieter and has so much more power that makes the driving so effortless and comfortable. The Prius V is a bigger vehicle but it is underpowered for the highway and there is very little reserve power for passing or going up long uphill grades which makes driving more of a concentrated effort. The Elantra's small 1.4 liter engine has less power but the turbocharger gives more torque over a wide range that lets it outperform the normal Elantra 2 liter engine with more power. You can feel the pulling power of that torque in normal driving without the engine screaming at high rpm so you hear less engine noise as a result. I rented a 2017 Toyota Prius Three for a day and averaged 49.95 mpg over 470 miles. My Elantra Eco averaged 43.55 mpg over that same route. That is too small a difference to justify the $8000 premium for the Prius which was noisier than my Elantra and still underpowered for passing and long uphill climbs. Over 100000 miles, that is a saving of 294 gallons. Even at $5 per gallon, that is only a $1471 saving over 100000 miles. You would have to drive the Prius 543848 miles to break even with the Elantra Eco--that is to say that you would never recover the higher cost of the Prius by fuel savings over the Elantra Eco. My Elantra Eco was discounted $4000 below MSRP, a very common discount from Hyundai. I never received more than a token $1500 discount on one of my new Prius hybrids--I paid full retail for all the other new Prius hybrids. I am a retired petroleum geologist and I am convinced gasoline prices will not even come close to $5 per gallon in the next couple of decades because of the wealth of shale oil available in the US and around the world. If we do have to pay more than $5 per gallon, it will be because of currency collapse, when the world loses confidence in the dollar and commodities such as oil suddenly become more valuable. I do not plan to buy any more hybrid vehicles and electric vehicles will have to be comparable in price to gasoline powered vehicles to be of any interest.
2017 Hyundai Elantra Sedan Limited 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 6A)
If you live in Midwest be aware of the joke they call a heater. Not only can you operate the heat on low or 2nd to low. Even after it idles for 45 min still won't clear windows off sure can't use defrost and floor heat. Bad part is Hyundai is aware of this issue and admited it to us. But won't fix it instead told us it is up to there specs. Told us run it on low or second to low and use your seat warmer. That was from Hyundai Corp in which plain and simple doesn't care. Do not buy an Elantra unless you live in Arizona, California or other year around warm states. Their Corp no problem to big or small complaint is our job to help or resolve is a joke. Stay away. We had 5000 miles and luckily another dealer bought it back and we bought different car. Needless to say was junk Hyundai Elantra.