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2017 Hyundai Elantra GT KBB Expert Review

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By Matt Degen, Tony Swan - Updated Date: 2/12/2016

The revamped 2017 Elantra marks the sixth generation of Hyundai's compact sedan, and it returns in prime form to battle against other best-selling rivals like the Honda Civic, Toyota Corolla and Nissan Sentra. As with the rest of Hyundai's lineup, the Elantra boasts stylish looks, premium amenities and a class-leading warranty that includes 10 years/100,000 miles for the powertrain. The standard 2017 Hyundai Elantra has a good blend of refinement, eager driving manners and efficiency, while a forthcoming Eco model promises even greater fuel economy. A late-arriving Sport model gives the Elantra something it lacked in standard and Eco trims -- brisk performance and nimble handling. All Elantras offer sophisticated design and surprising features at a great value.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you're looking for a small, stylish, value-oriented sedan with an excellent warranty, you'll find it in the Elantra. And the new Sport model adds more power and improved handling. Higher-grade Limited models offer class-exclusive features such as power-operated trunk, Infinity audio and automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection.

You May Not Like This Car If...

For all of the Elantra's enhancements, it still can't match the fuel economy of a Honda Civic or Mazda3, nor is it as roomy as a Civic or Toyota Corolla. If you want an Elantra Hatchback, one is still available in the GT, but it's based on an older model.

What's New for 2017

The Elantra is all new for 2017, and the late-arriving Sport model adds a performance dimension previously absent. This compact sedan has new 4-cylinder powertrains, impressive safety features like blind-spot monitoring and automatic braking, and Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility. The Elantra hatchback GT remains available, but carries over on a separate platform.

Driving It Driving Impressions

The 2017 Elantra does an admirable job blending comfort, efficiency and even some agility, particularly in the new Sport model, with more power, a firmer suspension, and bigger brakes. . The standard Elantra's new 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine feels stronger than its 147 horsepower may lead you to believe, and its available 6-speed automatic transmission is a willing partner. The Sport’s 201-horsepower 1.6-liter turbocharged four inspires more urgency to acceleration. Romping around the hills outside of San Diego during an extensive evaluation, we enjoyed the sport mode that firmed the Elantra's steering feel and held shifts longer. On a more recent blitz from Las Vegas through Death Valley, we were very impressed with the Sport’s high-speed stability. While not as athletic as a Mazda3, the Elantra holds its own against other compact sedans for general commuting and city driving, while the Elantra Sport adds a level of performance and agility previously absent in this car.

Favorite Features

The Elantra Sport is a complete package -- suspension, chassis, brakes -- but the key is its 201-hp 1.6-liter turbo four and 6-speed manual transmission, borrowed from the midsize Hyundai Sonata. Transmission options also include a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic, but the manual is the better choice.

The 2017 Elantra is the first mainstream compact sedan to offer a power-operated trunk, a feature made even more convenient thanks to its hands-free operation. With the key fob in your pocket or purse, all you have to do is walk behind the car, wait a few seconds, and the trunk will open.

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