For the 2017 model year, the Hyundai Elantra enters its sixth generation with a complete overhaul. While we learned most of the details surrounding this redesign late last year, not all of the information, including pricing, was available during its debut. Today, Hyundai finalizes all the details on the new Elantra.
For the new year, Hyundai gives the 2017 Elantra a new look that isn’t too far off from its previous generation. Essentially, the Korean sedan gets smoother lines, a new grille, a more sloped nose, and it grows in both length and width. Hyundai also made use of 21 percent more high-strength steel than before, helping increase rigidity while keeping weight to a minimum.
Inside, Hyundai fully revamped the cabin, giving it a look and feel that rivals more high-class cars, particularly in its range-topping Limited trim. Oddly enough, despite its increased length and width, the Elantra actually loses 0.2 cubic feet of total interior room, but it does get increased rear headroom.
The new Elantra gains a pair of new engines. A 2.0-liter Atkinson engine that produces 147 horsepower and 132 pound-feet of torque replaces the 1.8-liter engine from last year. In the Eco trim, buyers get a new 1.4-liter turbocharged four-pot that delivers 128 horsepower and 156 pound-feet of torque and mates to a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. The latter may not be powerful, but it delivers up to a Hyundai-estimated 35 mpg combined, potentially making it one of the most efficient midsize sedans to not use a hybrid system.
The big news of the day are the prices. Hyundai announced that the SE trim with the six-speed manual transmission will start from $17,150 – a $100 decrease when compared to the 2016 Elantra SE – while adding the six-speed auto transmission jumps the price to $18,150. Moving into the range-topping Limited trim, which comes standard with the 2.0-liter engine and six-speed auto, pushes the price to $22,350. Prices for the fuel-sipping Eco trim will come closer to its debut in the spring of 2016.
The 2017 Elantra SE and Limited should arrive in dealerships in January. Stay tuned for more details on the Eco trim.