LA Auto Show: 2017 Hyundai Elantra

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Following the midsized Sonata’s lead, the compact 2017 Hyundai Elantra gets a bit more conservative with its redesign while adding tech and safety features.


What Is It?

The Hyundai Elantra is a familiar to anyone who’s done a hard search for a compact sedan; the Elantra competes directly with the Honda Civic and Nissan Sentra, both of which have recently received significant updates. So it’s time for Hyundai to to the same if they want to stay in the game.


What Hyundai Says:

“As one of Hyundai’s all time best-selling models, the new Elantra enters its sixth-generation building on the momentum and success of its proven award-winning formula and strong value proposition.”


What’s New For 2017:

  • Two new four-cylinder engines, a 2.0-liter Nu MPI Atkinson-cycle (147 hp, 33 mpg overall) and a 1.4-liter turbocharged GDI (128 hp, projected 35 mpg overall)
  • Available Automatic Emergency Braking with class-exclusive Pedestrian Detection
  • Available Lane Keep Assist, Blind Spot Detection with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert and Lane Change Assist, and a rearview camera, now with dynamic guidance
  • Lighter, more rigid body shell
  • Dynamic Bending Light (with HID headlights, they follow the path you’re steering into) and Smart Cruise Control
  • Choice of seven- or eight-inch displays with integral Android Auto, two USB ports for charging
  • Navigation-equipped Elantras have Siri Eyes Free integration
  • Interior is now roomy enough to be classified as midsized


When Does It Go On Sale?

January 2016.