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2014 Hyundai Elantra

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2014 Hyundai Elantra Review

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KBB Expert Rating: 6.9

Given a slight facelift this year, the 2014 Hyundai Elantra continues to wow consumers and critics alike, providing a nearly unbeatable combination of power, fuel economy, interior room, features, and warranty. Long gone are the days when Hyundai cars were seen as cheap, disposable transportation. With quality ratings and resale values good enough to rival the best competitors, the Elantra is a real threat to compacts like the Honda Civic, Toyota Corolla and Ford Focus. Although Hyundai did have to walk back its 40-mpg claim from last year, 38 mpg is still nothing to sneeze at, and none of the Elantra's rivals can match its 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you're looking for a compact car with character and comfort, but you don't want to pay an arm and a leg, check out the 2014 Hyundai Elantra. An extensive standard features list and interior volume on par with some midsize sedans make the Elantra a great bargain.

You May Not Like This Car If...

As good as the Elantra is, it still doesn't have the same sporty feel as the Mazda Mazda3, and some of its interior bits and pieces still feel inexpensive. Those seeking a premium name brand audio system from manufacturers such as Sony or Bose won't find it offered in the Elantra.

KBB Expert Ratings

  • 6.9
  • 5.3
  • 6.3
  • 8.0
  • 7.6
  • N/A
How It Ranks

#6

out of 12

Fuel Economy

#5

out of 12

Horsepower
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Consumer Rating

8.1 out of 10
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2014 Hyundai Elantra Low/wide front photo What's New for 2014

The Elantra sedan gets a slight exterior makeover and a new Sport trim. A new 2.0-liter engine replaces the 1.8-liter in the GT, Elantra Coupe and Sport sedan. Other changes include revised wheels, updated navigation radio with Pandora app, Hill Start Assist and Driver Selectable Steering made standard on some trims. The GLS sedan trim is renamed SE, while the Coupe is reduced to a single trim.

Driving the Elantra
2014 Hyundai Elantra Front angle view photo

Driving Impressions The 2014 Hyundai Elantra comfortably resides in a territory between the performance-oriented Mazda3 and Ford Focus, and the softer-sprung Chevrolet Cruze and Nissan Sentra. A standard 6-speed...

manual and available 6-speed automatic do their best to make the most of the 1.8-liter's 148 horsepower, but with a new 173-horsepower 2.0-liter now offered in some trims, the Elantra doesn't have to remain at the back of the performance pack any longer. The 3-mode driver-selectable steering, standard in the GT, SE and Limited, greatly improves feedback, while the GT and Elantra Coupe benefit from tighter suspension settings that allow the car to move aggressively over twisting roads. In everyday driving, the cabin is well-insulated from wind and road noise, and the front seats are comfortable for this class of car.
Favorite Features

DRIVER SELECTABLE STEERING MODE
Hyundai's first application of a variable steering setup, the Driver Selectable Steering Mode (DSSM) allows the driver to choose from three settings: Comfort, Normal and Sport. DSSM is available on the GT hatchback and the SE and Limited sedans, but, oddly, not the Sport.

HEATED REAR SEATS
Standard on the Limited sedan, the Elantra's rear-seat heating is the kind of creature comfort that would cost extra even in a luxury car. It is almost unheard of in this segment, and just one more way Hyundai is turning up the heat on the competition.

2014 Hyundai Elantra Details
2014 Hyundai Elantra Dashboard, center console, gear shifter view photo Interior

Technically, the 2014 Hyundai Elantra's interior is roomy enough to be classified as a midsize car by the EPA. The cabin is comfortable and features some soft-touch materials, but also uses some rather low-end plastics on the doors and switches. The front seats are well-bolstered. Rear legroom is adequate in the sedan and Coupe, and generous in the GT. Trunk space is laudable, and the folding rear seats in the sedan and Coupe are convenient when hauling bigger items. The GT, meanwhile, features rear seats that fold flat and is a smart pick for those who regularly haul extra gear but don't want an SUV.

Exterior
2014 Hyundai Elantra photo

Hyundai calls it "Fluidic Sculpture." We just call it good-looking. The Elantra continues to evolve Hyundai's design theme that is meant to evoke "fluid in motion." For the sheet metal that means lots of curves, a prominent beltline along the sides and headlights that appear as if they are being drawn back into the hood. It all works without feeling gaudy. Aside from having only two doors, Coupe versions are distinguished by a large, trapezoidal mouth and twin tailpipes in the rear. The GT hatchback receives a similar treatment up front and a sloping roof that looks rather fashionable.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

Even the base, manual-transmission-equipped SE trim features air conditioning, 15-inch aluminum-alloy wheels, cruise control and telescoping steering wheel. Elantras also come with remote keyless entry, 4-wheel disc brakes, Bluetooth wireless connectivity and a 172-watt 6-speaker AM/FM/CD/satellite radio with USB/iPod inputs. Coupe and GT models feature heated front seats and GT models come standard with a glove compartment that can be chilled. Coupe and sedan models have six airbags, while Elantra GT versions add a seventh for the driver's knees.

Optional Equipment

Upgrading an Elantra sedan to the Limited trim model adds a power sunroof, leather seating and heated front and rear seats. In Coupe form, the Elantra adds a sport-tuned suspension plus an automatic transmission and can be outfitted with a power sunroof and leather seating. A Tech Package includes a 7-inch screen, rear backup camera, navigation and 360-watt audio system as well as Hyundai's Blue Link telematics. To get the Tech Package on the GT requires the Style Package that includes a panoramic sunroof and leather seating.

Under the Hood
2014 Hyundai Elantra Engine photo

The 2014 Hyundai Elantra SE and Limited are powered by a 1.8-liter 4-cylinder engine that makes 148 horsepower and 130 lb-ft of torque. The engine gives the Elantra average acceleration and decent passing power. Transmission choices are a good-feeling 6-speed manual (sedan and GT only) or a very smooth 6-speed automatic that is eager to shift and feels well-matched to the engine. Automatic-transmission versions of the 2014 Elantra come with Hyundai's manual-shifting mode, called Shiftronic, which lets drivers toggle through the gears if desired. More desirable is the new 2.0-liter GDI 4-cylinder that bumps horsepower to 173 and torque to 154 lb-ft. Standard on the Sport, Coupe and GT, this engine offers more robust performance without sacrificing much in the way of fuel economy.

1.8-liter inline-4 (SE, Limited sedan)
148 horsepower @ 6,500 rpm
130 lb-ft of torque @ 4,700 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 27/37 mpg (manual), 28/38 mpg (automatic), 27/37 mpg (automatic, Limited)

2.0-liter inline-4 (Coupe, Sport sedan and GT)
173 horsepower @ 6,300 rpm
154 lb-ft of torque @ 4,700 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 24/34 mpg (manual, Sedan & GT), 24/35 mpg (automatic, Sedan), 24/34 mpg (automatic, Coupe) 24/33 mpg (automatic, GT)

Pricing Notes

The 2014 Hyundai Elantra SE sedan has a starting Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) just over $18,000, while the GT hatchback starts just over $19,500. The Elantra Coupe, available in just one well-equipped trim that includes an automatic transmission as standard, starts just over $20,400. Adding an automatic transmission to any other version costs an extra $1,000, and fully-optioned models of the Elantra can reach around $27,000. At these prices, the Elantra is comparable to other notable compact sedans in this segment, such as the Toyota Corolla, Honda Civic, Nissan Sentra, Chevy Cruze and Ford Focus. Be sure to check the Fair Purchase Price to see what others are actually paying for the 2014 Hyundai Elantra in your area. The Hyundai's resale value is a strong point and we expect the 2014 Elantra to hold its value exceptionally well over a 5-year period.

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2014 Hyundai Elantra Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.1
Out of 10

Based on 238 Ratings for the 2011 - 2014 models.

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  • Value
    8.6/10
    Quality
    8.3/10
  • Reliability
    8.8/10
    Performance
    7.6/10
  • Comfort
    8.4/10
    Styling
    8.8/10

Reasonable

By on Thursday, April 17, 2014

I don't own this car

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
8/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "great color, good value and quality"

Cons: "sound system"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"I've been a faith, happy owner of several Honda civics for many years. Recently, rented two 2013 Elantra cars through Enterprise. Surprised by the interior. Seemed well made, nice layout, all powered functions, and easy to use. The Elantra drives well, easy to steer around corners, good acceleration and handling. The only thing I have not liked is the sound system of the radio. When the rear windows are open, the sound is not audible and vibrates. Overall, car handles well and nice burnt orange colors, and drives well. I did not rent long enough to verify reliability though."

love the looks and price!

By on Saturday, April 12, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 26,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
7/10
Performance
6/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
9/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 7

"doesn't drive like I hoped it would. little pick up always pushing on gas for a light weight car. love the style!"

2 people out of 3 found this review helpful

Don't trust EPA MPG

By on Tuesday, April 08, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 29,000

10 1.0
overall rating 1 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
1/10
Value
3/10
Reliability
1/10
Quality
1/10
Performance
2/10
Styling
5/10
Comfort
4/10

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"Car rode and drive fine for the first 12K miles. I have now been through 3 sets of tires(dealer or mechanics offer no explanation). The car has never gotten more than 30 MPG, and I have a 2 mile local/city drive to the Highway, where I drive 55-70 MPH 40+ miles per trip. Winter gas mileage is even worse at about 22 MPG, in the 10-30 degree range."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

2011 IIHS Top Safety Pick

By on Sunday, April 06, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 22,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "great car dependable, safe and inexpensive to own"

Cons: "not my pick up"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8

"Southern car has not seen winter. Wife's car no longer need. No need to have it sitting in garage have company vehicle."

Not as advertised

By on Saturday, April 05, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 38,000

10 3.0
overall rating 3 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
3/10
Value
3/10
Reliability
5/10
Quality
3/10
Performance
4/10
Styling
4/10
Comfort
4/10

Pros: "quieter room cabin"

Cons: "gas mileage, acceleration, bad value"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"About 3 years ago, this model and year was advertised at 29 mpg city / 40 mpg highway. There was only one trip where the car actually obtained 42 mpg on the highway. A year or two later, Hyundai had to correct the actual mileage a driver gets to 27 city/ 38 highway. Even before this notice, the car wasn't as advertised. Many other drivers I would hear would run into similar ordeals with the mileage. After close to 38,000 on the car, the average is closer to 19 mpg city / 28 mpg highway. A dealership told me they have seen numerous models of this year and 28 mpg highway is the normal now. Also the bluetooth system won't sync with a phone anymore. Even though Hyundai has a fuel card to compensate for the lost mileage, it still isn't good enough. At the time I bought it, I did extensive research and even saw rave reviews from all the research sites that people are aware of. All in all, it's a great disappointment to owners and consumer research reviewers."

1 person out of 1 found this review helpful

I can't stand driving this vehicle.

By on Monday, March 31, 2014

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 15,000

10 6.0
overall rating 6 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
6/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
7/10
Performance
3/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
3/10

Pros: "It looks good sitting in the driveway."

Cons: "Very uncomfortable, hard to drive."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"1) The vehicle won't drive straight down the road & the dealer can't fix it. The steering is way too sensitive. 2) There's a major blind spot in front especially by the right front pillar/mirror area. It's dangerous to drive because of this! 3) The car is really noisy. With a combination of lots of road noise and the over-revving 4 cylinder engine you have to almost shout to hear the other person in the car. 4) The seats are uncomfortable to the point that I cannot drive it more than an hour without a lot of back pain. There's also no electric option which it really could use."

4 people out of 8 found this review helpful

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