2014 Hyundai Elantra

MSRP $17,200 - $22,700

Ranked #1 in Sedan

8.3

Overall Rating

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2014 Hyundai Elantra Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: July 29, 2021

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Hyundai is on a roll when it comes to designing cars, just take a look at their line-up. The same goes for the Hyundai Elantra which not only looks good but comes loaded to the brim when it comes to convenience features and gets a few makeovers and gets a better-looking front fascia. Moreover, a new sport version has also been added to the trim line up which is the most powerful of the lot. 

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Pros

Superb styling

Spacious interior 

Feature-packed infotainment (Optional system only)

Rock-solid reliability 

Impressive fuel economy

Cons

Sluggish acceleration

Ride quality is on the stiffer side

What's New?

Gets a facelift for 2014

Addition of new sport trim


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$17200

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

front wheel drive

engine type

displacement

110 cu.in.

horsepower

145 hp @ 6500 rpm

torque

130 lb.-ft. @ 4700 rpm

transmission

6 speed manual w/OD

chassis

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Semi-independent rear torsion beam suspension w/anti-roll bar

dimensions

wheelbase

106.3 in.

length

179.1 in.

width

69.9 in.

height

56.3 in.

curb weight

2773 lbs.

ground clearance

5.3 in.

capacity

passenger volume

95.6 cu ft.

cargo volume

14.8 cu ft.

payload capacity

1058 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

8.3 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

16.8 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

27/32/37 mpg

highway range

473.6 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

10 yr./ 100000 mi.

powertrain warranty

10 yr./ 100,000 mi.

corrosion warranty

7 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


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Trims

SE$17,200 onwards

Limited$21,650 onwards

Sport$21,700 onwards

Colors and Styles

2014 Hyundai Elantra in Pearl White color
Pearl White

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Pricing and Feature

9.0

Features

9.9

Engine and Performance

9.0

Fuel Economy

8.0

Interior

6.0

Exterior

9.0

Safety

9.0

Competition

7.0

8.3

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

8.3

Overall Rating


The Hyundai Elantra now comes with new engines and some exterior retouches. With these updates, the Elantra is more than prepared to take on the stale rivals like Honda Civic, Kia Forte, and Chevrolet Cruze. Even though it is the cheapest option in the group today, it certainly doesn’t look like one with those exteriors but what about the rest of the car? Let’s dive in then. 


9.9/10
Features

9.0/10
Engine and Performance

8.0/10
Fuel Economy

6.0/10
Interior

9.0/10
Exterior

9.0/10
Safety


2014 Hyundai Elantra Features

9.9/10

The 2014 Hyundai Elantra comes in 3 trim levels, SE, Limited, and Sport. The SE trim comes with a very basic feature set like Air conditioning, manually adjustable seats, and an MP3 player system. The optional Preferred package will add better wheels and a touchscreen infotainment system on the SE. The Limited trim gets a genuine leather upholstery with power-adjustable seats and 17-inch wheels. 

The steering wheel on the Limited trim gets leather treatment as well as the shifter knob. The optional technology package on the Limited trim adds automatic dual-zone climate control, a 7-inch touchscreen, and a 360-watt audio system. The top Sport trim comes with all the features of the previous trims plus gets a bigger 2.0L engine, sports-tuned suspension, and steering.

Trim

SE

Limited 

Sport 

MSRP (FWD)

$17,200

$21,650

$21,700

Key Features

15-inch wheels

In addition to SE trim features with:

In addition to Limited trim features with:

 

6-speaker sound system with CD player, satellite radio 

17-inch wheels

Bigger 2.0L engine

 

Heated mirrors

4.3-inch touchscreen

Sunroof

 

Tilt & telescope steering wheel

Leather upholstery 

Sports tuned steering

 

Air conditioning

6-way power driver seats with power lumbar support

Sports tuned suspension

 

Cruise control

Heated front & rear seats

Aluminum pedals

 

60/40 folding rear seats 

Hyundai BlueLink telematics

 

We Recommend

For the best and balanced experience, we suggest the Limited trim which has all the creature comforts like leather upholstery, touchscreen infotainment system, and power-adjustable seats. Moreover, the optional package adds a bigger infotainment screen and a much better sound system with dual-zone automatic climate control.

2014 Hyundai Elantra Engine and Performance

9.0/10

The 2014 Hyundai Elantra comes with a 1.8L four-cylinder engine in the base trim with 145 hp & 130 lb-ft of torque. This engine is solely made for running errands in and around the city and will do the highway cursing fine. But don’t expect a lot from this mill, except for the fuel economy. A 6-speed manual transmission is standard on the base trim & a 6-speed automatic can be had for just $1000 extra. 

The Limited trim comes with the same engine setup but with an automatic gearbox as standard. The 2.0L engine on the Sport trim has better power at 173 hp & 154 lb-ft torque which is not significantly more than what the base engine offers, however, the slight increase in power does make it more fun to drive. On the downside, it is the slowest accelerating car in its segment.

Models

2014 Hyundai Elantra

2014 Chevrolet Cruze

2014 Honda Civic

2014 Kia Forte

MSRP

$17,200

$17,520

$19,190

$15,900

Engine

1.8L, Naturally Aspirated, I-4

1.8L, Naturally Aspirated, I-4

1.8L, Naturally Aspirated, I-4

1.8L, Naturally Aspirated, I-4

Drivetrain

FWD

FWD

FWD

FWD

Transmission

6-speed manual

6-speed manual

CVT

6-speed automatic 

Power (hp @ rpm)

145 @ 6,500

138 @6,300

143 @ 6,500

148 @ 6,500

Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)

130 @ 4,700

125 @ 3,800

129 @ 4,300

131 @ 4,700

0-60 MPH (seconds)

9.6

9.3

8.8

7.8

Quarter-Mile (seconds)

17.2

17.3

16.8

16.0

Top-Speed (MPH)

121

108

130

145

The Kia Forte is the quickest in the bunch and by a lot, a whole 2 seconds faster with the same engine is something to take notes from. Even the Civic does better than the Elantra. Maybe Hyundai has tuned the engine for laid-back driving and fuel efficiency rather than performance. 

2014 Hyundai Elantra Fuel Economy

8.0/10

The Elantra with the base engine offers impressive fuel economy and does better than most of its rivals. The automatic transmission will have a minor boost in the mileage, at 1 MPG extra over the manual one. The 2.0L engine returns 24 MPG in the city & 34 MPG on the highway with manual transmission. As for the range, the small 12.8-gallon tank is not the most ideal. The Elantra can do a combined of 473.6 miles in a full tank which is lower than most of the rivals.

Models

2014 Hyundai Elantra

2014 Chevrolet Cruze

2014 Honda Civic

2014 Kia Forte

MPG (City)

27

25

30

25

MPG (Highway)

37

36

39

37

MPG (Combined)

31

29

33

29

Fuel Capacity (Gallons)

12.8

15.6

13.2

13.2

Range (City/Highway/Combined, in Miles)

345.6/473.6/396.8

390/516.6/452.4

396/514.8/435.6

330/475.2/382.8

The Honda Civic is as usual performs the best in terms of fuel economy, even though the fuel tank capacity is a bit lacking. Both Chevrolet and Kia can’t manage to stay above the 30 MPG combined economy figure. Though the Chevrolet Cruze is compensating it with a bigger fuel tank.

2014 Hyundai Elantra Interior

6.0/10

If Hyundai keeps designing their product the way they are doing at the moment, they might excel as a stellar brand in its market. The kind of design we saw on the exterior of this car reflects on the inside too. The dashboard has all kinds of swooping lines and curves but the way both sides of the dash blend inwards looks nice and suits the car's character. The material quality inside the cabin is great but at the end of the day, it is just hard plastic with leather-like textures on it. 

The limited and sport trim do get leather upholstery on door panels but the dashboard treatment doesn’t change. The overall cabin space is great in this car, no complaints about that.The front seats are fairly comfortable considering the car's price. The second row can fit 3 passengers of average build easily with enough legroom and headroom to spare. Overall, the 2014 Hyundai Elantra isn’t doing anything great but it has all the comfort that it can offer in its segment.

Models

2014 Hyundai Elantra

2014 Chevrolet Cruze

2014 Honda Civic

2014 Kia Forte

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

40/55.9/43.6

39.3/54.7/42.3

39/56.6/42

39.1/56.1/42.2

Rear Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

37.1/54.8/33.1

37.9/53.9/35.4

37.1/53.3/36.2

37.3/54.9/35.9

Cargo Capacity (cubic feet)

14.8

15.0

12.5

14.9

The cargo capacity of the Elantra is fine and the trapezoidal trunk opening is big enough to put larger items. The seats can be folded down in the usual 60/40 manner. Though the interior on the Elantra is a bit eccentric, the Honda Civic offers a high-end cabin experience thanks to those multilayered instrument panel displays. Even the seats on the Civic offer better contours compared to the Elantra. Every automaker is trying to be different in one way or the other and Hyundai is a step ahead in this game. Key interior features:

  • Power 6-way adjustable driver seat with lumbar support
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel & shift knob
  • Heated front & rear leather seats
  • One-touch driver auto-up window
  • Tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel
  • Dual-zone automatic temperature control (optional)

How intuitive is the 2014 Hyundai Elantra’s infotainment unit?

The 2014 Elantra at the base trim just comes with a 6-speaker sound system with Bluetooth and AUX capabilities. The optional package gets you a 4.3-inch touchscreen with satellite radio and SiriusXM. The smaller screen lets some space for the good old volume and tuning knobs, which still are very much preferred over a touch interface. For all the geeks out there Hyundai Limited offers a 7-inch touchscreen via an optional package. 

  • AM/FM/SiriusXM/CD/MP3 audio system with 6 speakers
  • 4.3” color touchscreen audio with a rearview camera
  • 7” touchscreen navigation system (optional)
  • Rear View camera (optional)
  • 360-Watt premium audio with an external amp (optional)
  • iPod and USB connectivity
  • Blue Link telematics system
  • Auxiliary input jacks

2014 Hyundai Elantra Exterior

9.0/10

Here is the best part of the 2014 Hyundai Elantra, its design. Engineers at Hyundai seem to have spent a little too long on the design board and inside the wind tunnel. The body lines and curves on this car will make premium car designers turn their heads. Nothing on the body of this car has an asymmetrical shape. From the headlights assembly to the fog lights, nothing seems to possess a straight line. At the rear end, things are more aggressive. The taillights especially look pretty aggressive with their curvy 'evil eyes' look. It's not just the curves but the overall car looks like it’s been sculpted out from a single block of metal. It looks whole and complete.

Models

2014 Hyundai Elantra

2014 Chevrolet Cruze

2014 Honda Civic

2014 Kia Forte

Curb Weight (lbs)

2773

3084

2811

2736

Length (inches)

179.1

181

179.4

179.5

Width (inches)

69.9

70.7

69

70.1

Height (inches)

56.3

58.1

56.5

56.5

Ground Clearance (inches)

5.3

6.5

N/A

5.5

Wheelbase (inches)

106.3

105.7

105.1

106.3

On one hand, Hyundai is on the loose with respect to their car's design, and here the popular cars like the Civic that are relying on age-old designs. We like the Chevrolet approach here, the way they have kept the Cruze traditional, just a basic sedan silhouette. Let’s see some of the stand-out features of the Elantra, the whole vehicle is a standout honestly, yet some of them are listed below:

  • Projector headlights with LED accents
  • LED taillights
  • Chrome beltline molding
  • Chrome door handles
  • 17” alloy wheels 

2014 Hyundai Elantra Safety

9.0/10

In crash tests conducted by the NHTSA, the Hyundai Elantra has scored 5-stars in overall safety with 4-stars in frontal crash tests. In the side crash tests, the car has scored full 5-stars overall. The rollover rating is somehow at 4-stars only. Being a low-slung sedan, this should have been better. The IIHS has given the Elantra a 'Top Safety Pick' rating even though it has scored 'Acceptable' in the small front overlap tests. For the rest of the categories, it is all green. For active safety features, we don’t have much in hand, regardless some of them are:

  • Vehicle Stability Management System
  • Electronic Stability & Traction Control Systems
  • Hillstart Assist Control
  • Anti-lock Braking System with Brake Assist

2014 Hyundai Elantra Final Verdict

The Hyundai Elantra is a car that stands out from the boring crowd. The exterior design of the car could win awards if it was a sculpture. Looking at the performance aspect of the car, both the engines on the Elantra will suffice the customer base it is aimed at. The interior of the car is comfortable and cabin space is great, even on the second row. 

The infotainment systems have a variety of options to choose from and it works fine. What the car lacks is safety features, the rivals are offering features like forward-collision warnings and lane departure warnings in their higher trims but here we only have one or two. The Elantra is otherwise a great family car, and you can definitely consider this new energetic sedan as your buying option.

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