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The standard features of the Hyundai Elantra SE include Nu 2.0L I-4 147hp engine, 6-speed manual transmission with overdrive, 4-wheel anti-lock brakes (ABS), side seat mounted airbags, curtain 1st and 2nd row overhead airbags, driver knee airbag, airbag occupancy sensor, air conditioning, 15" steel wheels, ABS and driveline traction control, electronic stability, power mirrors.
Starting at: $17,150
Lease a 2017 Elantra 4dr Sdn SE AT for $169 per month for 36 months with $1,999 due at lease signing.
Closed end lease for 2017 Elantra 4dr Sdn SE AT (Model # 47402F45) available from October 4, 2016 through October 31, 2016, to well-qualified lessees approved by Hyundai Motor Finance. Not all lessees will qualify. Higher lease rates apply for lessees with lower credit ratings. Offer shown based on $1,999 due at lease signing (includes $169 first payment and $1,830 capitalized cost reduction). No security deposit required. MSRP $19,785 (includes destination, excludes tax, license, title, registration, documentation fees, options, insurance and the like). Actual net capitalized cost $16,963.35. Net capitalized cost includes $595 acquisition fee. Dealer contribution may vary and could affect actual lease payment. Total monthly payments $6,084.00. Option to purchase at lease end $11,673.15. Lessee is responsible for third-party fees. Third-party fees vary by state or locality. Lessee is also responsible for insurance, maintenance, repairs, $.20 per mile over 12,000 miles/year, excess wear, and a $400 disposition fee. Disposition fee of $400 applies in all states except in CO, IN, IA, KS, ME, OK, SC, WI, WV, & WY, where disposition fee is subject to state law limitations.
CO, IA, KS, ME, OK, WV, & WY: The amount of 2 times the base monthly lease payment or $400, whichever is less. IN & SC: The amount of 3 times the base monthly lease payment or $400, whichever is less.WI: The amount of the base monthly lease payment or $400, whichever is less. Must take new retail delivery on vehicle from dealer stock by October 31, 2016.
See dealer for warranty and lease details.Cannot exceed 12000 miles per year.
If 0-to-60 mph is one of your top priorities, brisk 0-60, that is, this may not be the right compact sedan for you. The basic 2.0-liter ranks near the tepid end of the compact sedan standard engine spectrum, and reaching the mile-a-minute mark is likely to consume about 8 seconds, regardless of transmission choice. And we note once again that only the Elantra SE, the entry end of the lineup, offers this choice. Higher trim levels are automatic only.
While brisk acceleration is the antithesis of economical driving, it’s a plus in the cut and thrust of commute motoring, as well as passing exposure on two-lane highways. Getting around a slower car on a winding back road with the Elantra requires patience and planning.
Other sectors of the Elantra’s dynamic scorecard grade out better. The electric power steering system has been improved, though there are others in the compact sedan category, the Honda Civic, for example, that are distinctly more tactile.
Similarly, while its suspension tuning is conducive to smooth ride rather than eager responses, the Elantra’s stiffened structure has a reassuringly solid feel that inspires confidence at the wheel. It’s not the kind of setup that’s likely to challenge a Honda Civic or Mazda 3 in a slalom contest or double lane change test.
But the more robust structure, as well as wide-ranging attention to noise suppression, contribute to a commendably quiet cabin at all speeds. That’s a key factor in the comfort equation, and that’s the Elantra’s strong suit.
As with the recent renewal of the Sonata, Hyundai went more conservative in restyling the Elantra. Instead of the sculpting that distinguished the sides of the fifth generation car, the 2017 version is distinguished by a strong character line running from the top of the front wheel arches to the taillights, and a another horizontal crease above the rocker panels connecting the wheel wells fore and aft.
Hyundai’s trademark hexagonal grille distinguishes the front, and options include 17-inch wheels, side mirror turn signal repeaters, and LED door handle lights. The profile is sleek, and Hyundai has improved the aerodynamic efficiency, contributing to reduced interior noise levels.
The net result is an Elantra that could easily be mistaken for its larger cousin, the Sonata. Hyundai characterizes the new design as confident.
We don’t think it stands out in the compact sedan scrum as much as the previous generation. But no one can call it a wallflower.
The 2017 Elantra is a slightly bigger Elantra than before. At 179.9 inches it’s not quite an inch longer than generation five, on the same 106.3-inch wheelbase. Height, 55.6 inches, carries over, but width expands by an inch, to 70.9. That doesn’t sound like much, but the Hyundai interior design team managed to create more interior space, an achievement the more remarkable in a package with the same wheelbase as the outgoing model.
Nevertheless, by EPA standards, which are based on interior volume, the new Elantra qualifies as a mid-size sedan, a distinction it shares with the Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla. What this adds up to in practical terms is a rear seat that’s habitable by adults of moderate size. The center seat, like those in all compacts, is suitable for small kids in child seats or perhaps the occasional passenger who is either a good sport or someone you don’t like.
Just as important, the interior furnishings are distinctly upscale by compact sedan standards; luxurious, even. There are almost no hard surfaces inside, and almost no shiny plastic.
The first two points of owner contact within, seat and steering wheel, are both satisfying, the seats for their comfortable padding and support (relaxed fit), the wheel for its just-right rim section and grip. Leather is part of the Limited trim level, but the standard cloth upholstery looks good, feels like quality, and looks as though it will wear well.
Instruments and info screens are attractively legible, and controls are well placed and devoid of operational mystery. Also, we’re happy to see that Hyundai, unlike some carmakers, hasn’t yielded to the tyranny of total touch screen controls. Buttons and knobs still work just fine for many functions, as evidenced in the Elantra.
Infotainment and telematics have been upgraded and now include Apple Car Play and Android Auto. Navigation is optional.
The 2017 Elantra is offered in three trim levels: Elantra SE ($17,150); Limited ($22,350); Eco. (Prices are MSRP and do not include $835 destination charge.) Automatic transmission is optional for Elantra SE.
Optional Tech Package adds navigation, 8-inch color touch screen, 4.2-inch TFT info screen between speedo and tachometer, power sunroof, heated rear seats.
Automatic emergency braking, lane keeping assist, and adaptive cruise control are optional. Blind spot detection is optional.
The all-new Hyundai Elantra is ho-hum in terms of getaway punch, but is otherwise a pleasant place to be as the miles slide by: smooth, quiet, and composed. Its looks are contemporary, it’s exceptionally solid, and it’s comfortable on gnarly surfaces. And the bottom line: like all Hyundais, its value proposition is hard to beat.
Driving impressions by Tony Swan.