Hyundai has definitely proven that it can deliver high-caliber luxury vehicles thanks to its newly created Genesis brand, but what happens when these lavish and tech-laden features trickle down to an entry-level car? You end up with the 2017 Hyundai Elantra Limited. What’s more, available options such as the Ultimate Package and Tech Package deliver an overall passenger experience that feels more like a luxury sedan than an affordable compact car. The all-new 2017 Hyundai Elantra was introduced last year with production continuing in Montgomery, Alabama, and I recently spent a week with this fully loaded version to see how it stacks up in a highly competitive market.
2017 Hyundai Elantra Limited Exterior:
The 2017 Hyundai Elantra marks the sixth generation of Hyundai’s compact car, and it is by far the best-looking Elantra ever with a sculpted, more upscale appearance. Now, the Elantra isn’t as flashy as the new Civic or Mazda3, but it does have an attractively modest appearance with angular headlights, LED daytime running lights and a chrome-trimmed hexagonal grille. The overall size of the 2017 Hyundai Elantra doesn’t really look all that different from the previous car, but this new design is longer and wider than the 2010-2016 Elantra. Stepping up to the Limited trim level definitely brings a fancier look with subtle chrome accents, LED taillights and split-spoke 17-inch wheels, but all Elantra sedans feature a fastback-like profile giving the Elantra a sportier vibe even in base configurations.
2017 Hyundai Elantra Limited Interior:
Over the last five years or so, Hyundai has consistently delivered some of the best interiors among its rivals when it comes to comfort, quality, design and technology, and the 2017 Hyundai Elantra shows more of the same. Just in terms of design, the Elantra’s cabin is functional and attractive without being overly complex or boring. The infotainment and HVAC systems are easy to use, and the small touches (such as the sliding center console lid and the hidden storage compartment under the center stack) make for an enjoyable user experience.
Building on the overall design, the Elantra Limited comes standard with leather seats, dual automatic climate control, proximity key with push button start and heated front seats. Stepping up to the Tech Package brings navigation on an eight-inch touch screen, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, an eight-speaker Infinity audio system, heated outboard rear seats and a power sunroof. Adding the Ultimate Package, which requires the Tech Package, tacks on HID headlights, automatic emergency braking, smart cruise control and memory settings for the driver’s seat and outside mirrors.
Compared to the 2016 model, the 2017 Hyundai Elantra is almost an inch longer and an inch wider, which opens up more interior space to the point that the EPA actually classifies this compact car as a midsize car. With 95.8 cubic feet of passenger volume, the Elantra is far roomier interior than the Ford Focus but slightly smaller the Civic and Mazda3. The 14.4 cubic feet of cargo space is one of the biggest trunks in this segment.
2017 Hyundai Elantra Limited Powertrain:
Like the rest of the car, Hyundai made big improvements to the powertrain of the 2017 Hyundai Elantra with a new 2.0-liter four-cylinder and a six-speed automatic transmission. For improved efficiency, this new engine utilizes the Atkinson cycle, and it produces 147 horsepower and 132 lb-ft of torque. With this setup, the Elantra Limited carries EPA-rated fuel economy estimates of 28 mpg in the city and 37 mpg on the highway**; the Elantra SE does even better with its base manual transmission.
In addition to the new powertrain, the 2017 Hyundai Elantra received a new chassis that is lighter and more rigid than the outgoing Elantra, improving the overall ride and handling. Driving the new Elantra reveals a surprisingly quiet interior, which was engineered into the car with added noise insulation, thicker front door glass improvements to the suspension components. Speaking of the suspension, the Elantra is extremely fun to drive, and while it isn’t as sporty as the class-leading Mazda3, driving this Hyundai on winding roads is a blast!
2017 Hyundai Elantra Limited Safety:
With its new chassis and lengthy list of standard and available safety features, it’s no wonder that the 2017 Hyundai Elantra scores top safety marks. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gives the Elantra an overall five-star crash rating, while the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety rates it as a Top Safety Pick+. The Ultimate Package brings high-end safety features including Smart Cruise Control, HID adaptive headlights and Lane Keep Assist.
2017 Hyundai Elantra Limited Overall:
Hyundai built its reputation on value and affordability, so it’s no surprise that the 2017 Hyundai Elantra is one of the lowest-priced compact cars with a starting price of $17,150* for a base SE. Even stepping up to the Elantra Limited won’t break the bank thanks to a $22,350* starting price, but this fully loaded Limited with Ultimate Package and Tech Package carried an as-tested $27,890. That is a lot of money for a mainstream compact, but you’re definitely getting your money’s worth in features.
Make sure to visit your local AutoNation Hyundai dealership and test drive the 2017 Hyundai Elantra today!
*MSRP excludes tax, license, registration, destination charge and options. Dealer prices may vary.
**Based on 2017 EPA mileage ratings. Your mileage will vary depending specific vehicle trim, how you drive and maintain your vehicle, driving conditions, and other factors.