2017 Hyundai Elantra GL Review

2017 Hyundai Elantra GL Review

2017 Hyundai Elantra GL Review - Welcome to newauto2018.com. My first impression of the 2017 Elantra was one of conflict. The car made its official debut at the 2015 LA Auto Show, and although it is more classically attractive than the 2016 version, the sixth-generation model feels a bit vanilla. Like suited-up Wall Street businessman, the Elantra is well-appointed and sharp, but its conventional aesthetic blends into the crowd. The fifth-gen model was bold and expressive in contrast, looking as if it had just crawled out of the ocean and sprouted wheels. The new body is more aerodynamic though, as its front wheel air curtains and optimized underbody give it a drag coefficient of .27, better than a Porsche 911 Turbo.

2017 Hyundai Elantra GL - Interior

While the looks of the Elantra may be a bit safe, its list of available tech features more than makes up for it. The base touchscreen has been upgraded from 4.3 inches to 7.0 inches, and navigation-equipped models get a larger 8.0-inch unit. No matter which display you opt for, Hyundai is offering Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity on the Elantra for the first time, as well as an eight-speaker Infinity stereo with Clari-Fi music restoration technology. Designed to enhance the quality of digital music, Clari-Fi uses a predictive algorithm to analyze music files and “rebuild” elements that are lost during the compression process, which certainly comes in handy in the age of high-convenience, low-quality audio streaming. It may not give you studio-grade audio — the bass is a bit lacking at times — but it definitely polishes things up nicely.

2017 Hyundai Elantra GL - Engine

As far as powertrains go, there are two choices for the 2017 model year — a 2.0-liter four-cylinder with 147 horsepower and 132 pound-feet of torque, and a turbocharged 1.4-liter with 128 hp and 156 lb-ft. The 2.0-liter, which occupies the majority of the lineup, moved my Limited model’s 2,900-pound heft competently enough, but the six-speed automatic struggled to react with urgency up hills or out of tight bends. A manual is offered on entry-level trims only.

2017 Hyundai Elantra GL - Price

The Elantra starts at just $17,150 for 2017, but my range-topping Limited model ($22,350) was spec’d out with the $2,500 Tech Package and the $1,900 Ultimate Package, bringing the final damage up to $26,750 before tacking on $835 for destination. For the money, you get everything listed above, as well as two USB ports, a power sunroof, heated leather seats front and back, a hands-free trunk, Smart Cruise Control, Lane Keep Assist, Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Assist, and Hyundai’s Blue Link Connected Car System. The Elantra also offers a generous 110.2 cubic feet of cargo volume, beating the 2016 Ford Focus and Mazda3, but falling slightly short to the Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla.

2017 Hyundai Elantra GL - Conclusion


  • - Smooth, quiet ride
  • - Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support
  • - Clean and clear stereo with Clari-Fi technology
  • - Eco model returns an estimated 35 mpg combined
  • - Segment first Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection


  • - Competition offers more exciting driving dynamics
  • - Smart Cruise Control cuts off at low speeds

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