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TECH REVIEW: Hyundai Elantra Limited – Key Features, Great Price

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The 2017 Hyundai Elantra is all-new this model year. Hyundai updated everything, including the Elantra’s technology.

There are three different trim levels to choose from and the trim you select can limit your infotainment system’s features. The top Limited trim we tested included lots of standard features and all the options, too.

Standard infotainment features in the 2017 Hyundai Elantra Limited include:

  • Steering-wheel-mounted audio, Bluetooth, and cruise controls
  • Bluetooth hands-free phone with voice recognition
  • Blue Link connected car system
  • Blue Link connected care (3-month trial)
  • Smartphone/USB and auxiliary input jacks
  • Dual USB charging ports
  • AM/FM/CD/MP3
  • Sirius XM satellite radio (3-month trial)
  • 6-speaker audio system
  • 7-inch high-resolution touchscreen display
  • Android Auto and Apple CarPlay

There are only a few options available, all of which were on our tester. They included:

  • Infinity premium audio with HD Radio and 8-speakers including center channel and subwoofer
  • Clari-Fi music restoration technology
  • 8-inch high-resolution touchscreen
  • Sirius XM data services (3-month trial)

Those options are only available in the Tech Package for Limited, which adds $2,500 to the bottom line. That package also adds a 4.2-inch color instrument cluster, power tilt/slide sunroof, heated rear seats, and an auto-dimming rearview mirror with HomeLink and compass.

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Sit back for a second to look at that list and you’re getting a lot of tech features in a compact economy car that runs under $30K. Even if you opt for the base SE trim, you can add the Popular Equipment for SE package for $800 and get Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and Bluetooth hands-free.

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The availability of the tech features people want even in the base model and at a reasonable price highlight one of Hyundai’s strengths. They do a phenomenal job of building attractive, fully-featured cars that give you more for your dollar than you sometimes get with other brands.

Is the Tech Package worth the price? Yes, especially if you’re an audiophile who wants the best sound quality possible. The Infinity sound system is very good. Combined with Clari-Fi, you get a sound quality that is better than the car’s price tag suggests.

That package also increases the size of your touchscreen by one inch. We’re big fans of larger touchscreens. You don’t know how important they are until you find yourself trying to navigate an unfamiliar city and need to rely on that screen to help you find your turn in a maze of streets. It’s also nicely responsive, which reduces frustration and helps keep your attention focused on the road.

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Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are both becoming must-have features in today’s cars. We use our phones so often that we don’t need to think about what to do in order to get them to provide the information we need. It makes sense to transfer those systems to our cars. The large, high-resolution touchscreen enhances these systems further by providing icons that are easier to see than with smaller screens.

There’s also Hyundai Blue Link, which connects your car to your smartphone or smartwatch. It’s a quick process to pair devices and then you can do things like lock, unlock, and start your car remotely. You can even activate climate control so you’re comfortable the moment you take a seat.

Looking for a Hyundai Elantra? Check out BestRide’s listing search.

The Hyundai Elantra might me an economy car, but it’s not one that skimps on the technology. The high-end Limited trim with plenty of options came in at $27,710. That’s a great value. Drop down a trim or two, and you’ll save thousands and still have the ability to add on key infotainment features.

Its combination of value pricing, well-planned options packages, and desirable features gives the infotainment system in the 2017 Hyundai Elantra an edge over competitors.

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Nicole Wakelin

Nicole Wakelin