9 Things Families Need to Know About the All-New 2017 Hyundai Elantra

Hyundai has unveiled an all-new MY 2017 Elantra. Building on the success of previous generations of the sedan, this generation Elantra is the most dynamic and advanced yet.

It’s exterior features a fresh, fluid design. It’s not a large departure from the look of previous generations of Elantras but the 2017 model show has a more dynamic appearance anchored by Hyundai’s signature hexagonal grille.

From the side, it looks a bit like a Chrysler 200. What Hyundai calls, “bold aerodynamic design” is something that has design notes similar to the Chrysler 200 and the 2017 Ford Fusion. In that respect, the Elantra is keeping up with modern design.

The Elantra comes with a suite of safety features. The latest advanced safety technology is available in the 2017 Elantra including Lane Departure Warning, Lane Keep Assist System, Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection and Blind Spot Detection with Rear Cross-traffic Alert and Lane Change Assist. According to Hyundai, “The Elantra is expected to receive a Top Safety Pick+ rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and a 5-Star Safety Rating from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).”

There are two new powertrains that offer up enchanted fuel economy. The standard engine available on the base SE and Limited trim is a 2.0-liter Nu MPI Atkinson four-cylinder engine producing a peak 147 horsepower at 6,200 rpm and 132 lb. ft. of torque at 4,500 rpm. This engine results in an EPA fuel economy rating of 29 city / 38 highway / 33 combined mpg (for the Elantra SE with 6-A/T).

The second powertrain is an all-new 1.4-liter Kappa turbocharged GDI four-cylinder engine that comes on the Elantra Eco trim, which will be available in Spring 2016. According to Hyundai, this engine produces 128 horsepower at 5,500 rpm and a robust 156 lb-ft. of torque at a low 1,400 ~ 3,700 rpm and will be mated to an EcoShift seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. Internal testing reveals this configuration is expected to achieve around 35 mpg.

Grocery shopping has gotten easier. The Elantra features a number of user-friendly technologies including a hands-free Smart Trunk.

It’s fancy on a budget. Class-above features include all-new LED door handle approach lights and side mirror LED turn signal indicators among others.

This is the most connected Hyundai ever. All 2017 Elantras come standard with USB and auxiliary input jacks and SiriusXM satellite radio. New for MY 2017, the Elantra features two available advanced infotainment systems beyond the base, a 7.0-inch Display Audio touchscreen system with rearview camera, and Hyundai’s next-generation 8.0-inch navigation system. Both multimedia systems are equipped with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support. The 2017 Elantra also comes equipped with a second USB port.

Its interior volume stacks up quite nicely against its competitors.

2017 Elantra Class-Above Interior Volume

Specification (cu.ft.) 2017 Hyundai Elantra 2016 Ford Focus 2016 Mazda3 2016 Honda Civic 2016 Toyota Corolla
Passenger Volume 95.8 90.7 96.3 97.8 97.5
Cargo Volume 14.4 13.2 12.4 15.1 13.0
Total Interior Volume 110.2 103.9 108.7 112.9 110.5

It’s in dealerships now. The 2017 Hyundai Elantra starts at $17,150, $100 less than the award-winning model it replaces.

image and table courtesy of Hyundai
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