The rollover into the 2016 model year is in full effect for nearly every automaker, and Hyundai is the latest with the unveiling of its 2016 Elantra. For this new model year, the sleek sedan doesn’t undergo any major changes, as it retains its basic look and powertrain, but it does gain a few new features and a new trim level.
The biggest news for 2016 is the addition of the Value trim line. This package adds over $1,500 in options to the Elantra SE with the Popular Package for just an extra $550 on the MSRP. This additional equipment includes 16-inch alloy wheels, a power sunroof, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter knob, a proximity key with push-button start, heated front seats, chrome beltline molding, aluminum door sills, mirror-integrated turn signals, and a tilt and telescoping steering column.
The Limited trim level also gets a mild tweak, as it now comes standard with the proximity key and keyless start and dual auto climate control. These amount to $600 additions that come at no extra cost in 2016.
The final trim level tweak is the elimination of leather upholstery and power sunroof from the Sport model to offer a lower base price.
Just like in 2015, the 2016 Elantra is available with two engine options. The base 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine puts out 145 horsepower and 130 pound-feet of torque. This engine, when paired to the six-speed auto transmission, gets up to 38 mpg highway.
The Elantra Sport’s engine is a 2.0-liter four-cylinder that produce 173 horsepower and 154 pound-feet of torque. EPA numbers check in at 24 mpg city, 35 mpg highway, and 28 mpg combined in the Sport trim. This power drops to 166 horsepower and 148 pound-feet when you opt or the Elantra Sport PZEV.
On top of getting the more powerful engine, the Elantra Sport also gains a 1 mm thicker front stabilizer bar, a modified electric power steering system, stiffened dampers, and stiffer springs.
The 2016 Elantra will arrive I dealers starting in May at a base price of $17.250, which doesn’t include the $825 freight charge.