2016 Hyundai Elantra

MSRP $17,250 - $21,700

Ranked #8 in Sedan

8.1

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2016 Hyundai Elantra Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: August 7, 2021

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The 2016 Hyundai Elantra gets a greener edge with a spoiler-mounted solar panel. Moreover, the fuel efficiency of the car is one of the best-in-class. Also, there are interior space upgrades to the latest entertainment options like BlueLink, interactive touchscreen, satellite radio, and many more. The new Elantra features a robust body and upscale appeal among competitors like the Mazda 3, the Toyota Corolla, and the Honda Civic.

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Pros

Spacious interior

Compelling exterior design

Highly efficient powertrain

Nice drive feel and traction

Best in class warranty

Cons

Limited headroom

Excess wind noise inside the cabin

Below average safety scores

What's New?

Value Edition trim added

Re-tuned suspension

Limited trim gains standard keyless entry and ignition and automatic climate control

The new exterior front fascia


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$19700

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

2 speed CVT w/OD and auto manual

chassis

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

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

capacity

passenger volume

95.6 cu ft.

cargo volume

14.8 cu ft.

performance

zero to 60 mph

9.5 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

17.1 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

28/33/38 mpg

highway range

486.4 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

10 yr./ 100,000 mi.

corrosion warranty

7 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


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Trims

SE$17,250 onwards

Value Edition$19,700 onwards

Sport$20,250 onwards

Sport PZEV$21,250 onwards

Limited$21,700 onwards

Limited PZEV$21,700 onwards

Colors and Styles

2016 Hyundai Elantra in Black Diamond color
Black Diamond

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

Features

9.5

Engine and Performance

7.1

Fuel Economy

7.0

Interior

8.5

Exterior

9.0

Safety

7.7

8.1

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

8.1

Overall Rating


Entering the sixth generation of its market stint, 2016 MY line-up introduces a new trim level to the Hyundai Elantra. The cabin space remains similar to the previous model. The powertrain is a follow-up from the previous generation but expects better refinement. The exterior design is much more appealing with a sharper front fascia.


9.5/10
Features

7.1/10
Engine and Performance

7.0/10
Fuel Economy

8.5/10
Interior

9.0/10
Exterior

7.7/10
Safety


2016 Hyundai Elantra Features

9.5/10

The new 2016 Hyundai Elantra offers four trim levels. The base SE trim starts at $17,250, and the top-end Limited model is at $21,700. They get a 2.0-liter engine that generates 147 hp while the Sport trim equips a punchier engine churning 173 hp. All models come with a six-speed automatic, while SE and Sport trims get manual transmission as standard. 

The handling ability of the car is renowned among competitors. The exterior features of the car include bigger alloy wheels, sharper LED headlights, and robust structure elements. The Interior cabin revamps to premium seating, multiple small-item storages, and updated infotainment.

Trim

SE

Value Edition

Sport

Limited

MSRP (Manual)

$17,250

NA

$20,250

NA

MSRP (Automatic)

$18,250 

$19,700 

$21,250 

$21,700 

Key Features

Cloth upholstery

All SE trim features plus

Adds to Value Edition trim features

Adds to Sport trim features

 

Remote Keyless entry

Heated front seats

Sport-tuned suspension

Leather upholstery

 

Rearview Camera

Proximity keyless entry

Punchier engine

Heated rear seats

 

Cruise Control

Six-speaker audio

BlueLink telematics

Voice-activated radio

 

Satellite Radio

Power windows

7-inch touchscreen interface

Speed-sensitive volume control

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The new Value Edition trim is a good choice. It features a good price to features ratio and has all the functionalities. Apart from all the features in the base SE model, the new model adds a better audio system, heated front seats for additional comfort, and proximity keyless entry. At $19,700, you get automatic transmission as standard along with tweaks inside.

2016 Hyundai Elantra Engine and Performance

7.1/10

The 2016 Hyundai Elantra features two engine variants and two transmission options. All versions except Sport get a 1.8-Liter four-cylinder engine generating 145 horsepower and 130 pound-feet of torque. The Sport variant comes equipped with a powerful 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that churns out 173 hp and 154 lb-ft of torque. 

The SE and Sport models get options between a 6-speed Manual and Automatic transmission, while for the other two trims, automatic is standard. It can sprint 0-60 mph in 9.5 seconds and cover a quarter-mile in 17.1 seconds with the base engine. The Sport trim gets a sport-tuned suspension and a punchier engine.

Models

2016 Hyundai Elantra

2016 Mazda Mazda3

2016 Toyota Corolla

2016 Honda Civic

MSRP

$17,250

$17,845

$17,300

$18,640

Engine 

1.8-Liter Inline-4

2.0-Liter Inline-4

1.8-Liter Inline-4

2.0-Liter Inline-4

Drivetrain

FWD

FWD

FWD

FWD

Transmission

6-speed Manual

6-speed manual

6-speed manual

6-speed Manual

Power 

145hp @ 6500 rpm

155hp @ 6000 rpm

132hp @ 6000 rpm

158hp @ 6500 rpm

Torque

130lb-ft @ 4700 rpm

150lb-ft @ 4000 rpm

128lb-ft @ 4400 rpm

138lb-ft @ 4200 rpm

0-60 MPH (sec)

9.5

7.8

9

7.2

Quarter mile (sec)

17.1

15.8

16.6

15.5

Top Speed (MPH)

120

130

120

125

The new Elantra is powerful enough with impressive acceleration and refinement. But competitors like Mazda 3 and Civic are more powerful and deliver better performance on roads. The fastest in the lot is the Mazda 3. All sedans get a 6-speed manual as standard, but few trims in Elantra also get an optional 6-speed automatic. 

2016 Hyundai Elantra Fuel Economy

7.0/10

Usually, mileage is one of the vital features to look upon when shopping for compact sedans. The new 2016 Hyundai Elantra gets an edge over the competition with a refined powertrain. The car delivers 27 mpg on city roads and 37 mpg on highways with the base engine. The more powerful 173 hp engine returns 24 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway. Now, the sedan features a smaller 12.8-gallon tank that delivers below par range.

Models

2016 Hyundai Elantra

2016 Mazda Mazda3

2016 Toyota Corolla

2016 Honda Civic

MPG (City)

27

29

28

27

MPG (Highway)

37

41

37

40

MPG (Combined)

31

33

31

31

Fuel Capacity (gallons)

12.8

13.2

13.2

12.4

Range (City/ Highway) (miles)

346/474

383/541

370/488

335/496

All cars in the segment deliver similar fuel economy, but Mazda 3 gets a better output. It is the most powerful of the lot and also delivers impressive fuel economy. Both Toyota Corolla and Mazda 3 equip larger tanks that facilitate better driving range. The Civic is equipped with the smallest fuel tank and even with good fuel efficiency, it loses out in the range battle.

2016 Hyundai Elantra Interior

8.5/10

The 2016 Elantra features revamped interior space with a better seating arrangement and updated infotainment. The base SE version gets cloth-wrapped upholstery and remote keyless entry. The steering wheel comes with mounted controls for easy accessibility. Moving to Value Edition trim, it comes with heated front seats, proximity keyless entry and leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob. The Sport trims feature sporty accents and a more appealing design. The Limited trim comes with leather seats, heated rear seats, and speed-sensitive volume controls. 

Space is not a problem in the new Hyundai Elantra. Both front and rear occupants get ample legroom and headroom. Additionally, multiple small-item storage spaces like door pockets, seatback sleeves, and a deep glovebox help in storage during trips. You can further expand cargo volume by using the 60/40 split rear seat. The 60/40 split seat feature is handy while traveling with more luggage or while camping.

Models

2016 Hyundai Elantra

2016 Mazda Mazda3

2016 Toyota Corolla

2016 Honda Civic

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

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

40/55.9/43.6

38.6/57.2/42.2

38.3/54.8/42.3

39.3/57/42.3

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

37.1/54.8/33.1

37.6/54.4/35.8

37.1/54.8/41.4

37.1/55/37.4

Cargo Capacity (cu-ft)

14.8

12.4

13

15.1

The best front-row legroom comes from the new Elantra. Front passengers may feel comfortable but the rear row is a bit cramped. Other competitors like Honda Civic and Mazda Mazda 3 offer good seating space with creature comforts in higher trims. Corolla offers a balanced front and rear row room but the cargo capacity drops by a few cubic feet. Some of the standout interior features are:

  • 60/40 split-folding rear seats
  • 6-way power-adjustable driver seat in Limited trim
  • Leather upholstery in Limited model
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Power accessories
  • Sliding center armrest

How intuitive is the 2016 Hyundai Elantra’s infotainment unit?

Hyundai does utmost refinement in the infotainment space. As standard, you get a six-speaker sound system with a CD player, satellite radio, and a USB port. You can avail of the Ultimate and Tech package with a 7-inch touch screen, navigation, and BlueLink telematics. It adds standard features like satellite radio and remote keyless entry. 

Also, the latest connectivity features like Bluetooth and voice-activated radio keep you entertained. A six-speaker audio system bumps up the overall music experience. You can enjoy every ride to the fullest with your favorite music and interactive display. Some of the standout infotainment features are:

  • 4.3-inch/ 7-inch touchscreen display
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • Satellite Radio
  • USB ports
  • Navigation system
  • Voice-activated radio
  • Premium 6-speaker audio system

2016 Hyundai Elantra Exterior

9.0/10

The new 2016 Elantra showcases an upmarket edgy design statement. The front fascia transforms with a more appealing hexagonal grille, LED DRLs, and sharper headlamp design. The 2016 line-up looks sleeker and comes with sportier accents. The fog lamps housing is boomerang-shaped and serves as air intake too for better engine cooling and maintaining combustion efficiency. 

The side has a coupe-like swooping roofline that merges to the rear end. It is nicely complemented with LED taillights, adding character to the sedan. The 15-inch alloy wheels go along with the overall dimensions of the car and come with both sporty and handsome looks.

The curb weight is around 2773 pounds which makes it lighter than competitors. It leaves a distinct impression with its unique style and high quality.

Models

2016 Hyundai Elantra

2016 Mazda Mazda3

2016 Toyota Corolla

2016 Honda Civic

Curb Weight (lbs.)

2773

2869

2800

2742

Length (in.)

179.1

180.3

182.6

182.3

Width (in.)

69.9

70.7

69.9

70.8

Height (in.)

56.3

57.3

57.3

55.7

Ground Clearance (in.)

5.3

6.1

5.5

5.1

Wheelbase (in.)

106.3

106.3

106.3

106.3

The Mazda 3 and Corolla offer better ground clearance than competitors. The new Toyota Corolla is dimensionally superior with a lengthy and taller body. The wheelbase is similar across the segment. Moreover, the Elantra adds sporty elements like a rear spoiler and attractive alloy wheels in the Sport trim. The Civic offers the least ground clearance. Some of the standout exterior features are::

  • Rear wing spoiler with mounted solar panels
  • Chrome door handles
  • LED DRLs and taillights
  • Power mirrors
  • Front grille with a hexagonal shape
  • Automatic headlights

2016 Hyundai Elantra Safety

7.7/10

In terms of safety, the 2016 Elantra equips a range of standard features. Some additional safety features like Brake Assist and Cruise control are also a part of the package. A rearview camera helps while reversing or parking the car. Also, features like stability control, ABS, and traction control come under standard safety features. All the active and passive safety systems ensure a reliable and comfortable ride. The availability of proximity keyless entry increases the convenience and security of the car. Some of the standout safety features in this Hyundai are:

  • Brake Assist
  • Proximity keyless entry
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Rearview Camera
  • Cruise Control

2016 Hyundai Elantra Final Verdict

If you are looking for an upmarket ride at an affordable price tag, the new Hyundai Elantra is a good choice. With the addition of the new Value Edition trim, you get the most upscale features. The sportier drive experience fancies the Sport trim with sport-tuned suspension and punchier engine underneath. Overall, the new 2016 Elantra presents a compelling exterior, comfortable interior space, and optimum performance.

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