2017 Hyundai Elantra

MSRP $17,150

Ranked #4 in Compact Sedan

8.0

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2017 Hyundai Elantra Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: August 3, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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The 2017 Hyundai Elantra is a fully redesigned compact sedan that gets a fresh new look, three new engines, and many impressive tech features. The 2017 Elantra has improved significantly than the previous generation (2011-2016), with more sophisticated looks on the outside and more refined on the inside. Hyundai keeps the pricing under the radar, making the Elantra even more competitive. The base Elantra starts at just under $18,000 and offers the most desired features in the class.

Hyundai has improved ride quality, making the Elantra a comfortable daily driving car. The Elantra's three new engines include a new base 147 hp 2.0-liter engine, an Eco 128 hp turbocharged 1.4-liter engine, and a sporty 200 hp 1.6-liter turbocharged engine. The acceleration may not be class-leading but is not a big letdown. The 2017 Hyundai Elantra competes with the likes of Toyota Corolla and Kia Forte in the class.

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Pros

Quite, comfortable and roomy interior

Lots of user-friendly tech features and safety features

New fuel-efficient Eco trim has class-leading MPG

Cons

Base engine feels underpowered

Steering lacks feedback but is responsive

What's New?

Fully Redesigned model

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto available

More advanced safety features available


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$17150

bodystyle

dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

top speed

130 mph

drivetrain

front wheel drive

engine type

displacement

122 cu.in.

horsepower

147 hp @ 6200 rpm

torque

132 lb.-ft. @ 4500 rpm

transmission

2 speed CVT w/OD

chassis

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Semi-independent rear torsion beam suspension

capacity

passenger volume

95.8 cu ft.

cargo volume

14.4 cu ft.

performance

zero to 60 mph

6.3 sec.

zero to 100 mph

22 sec.

rolling start 5-60 mph

8.4

standing 1/4-mile

15 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

26/31/36 mpg

highway range

504 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


Pictures & Videos


Trims

SE$17,150 onwards

SE PZEV$18,150 onwards

Limited PZEV$22,350 onwards

Colors and Styles

2017 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

9.0

Engine and Performance

7.5

Fuel Economy

8.0

Interior

8.2

Exterior

7.0

Safety

7.8

8.0

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

8.0

Overall Rating


The 2017 Hyundai Elantra is all new and features a more sophisticated exterior design which the brand has been doing across the lineup. There are new fuel-efficient engine options, popular multimedia features like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and more advanced active safety technologies like forward-collision warning and blind-spot monitoring.

The compact Elantra slots below the midsize Sonata and above the subcompact Accent. The 2017 Hyundai Elantra is a front-drive sedan offered in four trim levels that include Eco and new-for-2017 Sport trim. The five-year cost of ownership is estimated at around $21,100, in other words, the 2017 Elantra will cost about $4,200 per year for gas, insurance, repairs, and maintenance.


9.0/10
Features

7.5/10
Engine and Performance

8.0/10
Fuel Economy

8.2/10
Interior

7.0/10
Exterior

7.8/10
Safety


2017 Hyundai Elantra Features

9.0/10

The 2017 Hyundai Elantra is a four-door compact sedan available in four trim levels: SEEcoLimited, and Sport. The Elantra GT hatchback is also available and is reviewed separately. The base price of the 2017 Elantra sedan starts at an MSRP of $17,150 and goes up to $22,350 for the luxury-oriented Elantra Limited.

The base Elantra SE model is short on features, especially if you buy it with a 6-speed manual transmission. It comes standard with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, 15-inch steel wheels, air-conditioning, full power accessories, cloth upholstery, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, a 60/40-split folding rear seatback, and a six-speaker sound system with satellite radio and a CD player. With the SE Automatic variant, you get the Popular Equipment package as standard which adds a 7-inch touch screen, a rearview camera, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth, cruise control, and alloy wheels.

Trim SE Eco Sport Limited
MSRP (Manual) $17,150 - $21,650 -
MSRP (Automatic) $18,150 $20,650 $22,750 $22,350
Key Features

15-inch steel wheels

1.4L Engine

18-inch alloy wheels

It comes with everything found on the Value Edition plus

  air-conditioning 7-inch touchscreen  bigger brakes LED taillights,17-inch alloy wheels
  cloth upholstery 15-inch alloy wheels xenon headlights adaptive xenon headlights / leather upholstery
  a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel Rearview camera sport-tuned suspension and steering additional chrome body trim
  a 60/40-split folding rear seatback   alloy pedals and a black headliner.  a power-adjustable driver seat
  a six-speaker sound system.    special front and rear fascias Hyundai's Blue Link system and a second

The SE models with the Tech package gain LED daytime running lights, keyless ignition and entry, a hands-free trunk opener, blind spot detection, heated front seats, dual-zone climate control, and push-button start. Next up in the Elantra lineup is the SE Value Edition. It's basically an SE with Popular Equipment and Tech package. 

The Elantra Eco and Elantra Limited trims come standard with all of these features. The Eco additionally gets a more fuel-efficient turbocharged engine, while the Limited adds leather seats and Blue Link connectivity. Notably, only the top-range Limited trim gets access to advanced safety features like forwarding collision warning and adaptive cruise control.

If you want more athleticism, the 2017 Elantra lineup offers a more powerful Sport trim. It is equipped similar to the Limited, but it is equipped with a turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine. It gains 18-inch alloy wheels, sport-tuned suspension and steering, bigger brakes, special front and rear fascias, xenon headlights, and some interior touches such as alloy pedals and a black headliner. 

2017 Hyundai Elantra Engine and Performance

7.5/10

The 2017 Elantras has a few powertrain options and all are front-wheel drives. The base engine is a new 2.0-liter I-4 rated at 147 hp and 132 lb-ft of torque paired with either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission. The Elantra Eco trim is powered by a 1.4-liter turbo-four which produces 128 hp and 156 lb-ft and is paired exclusively to a seven-speed twin-clutch automatic.

The newest addition to the 2017 Elantra sedan lineup is the Sport trim, which is up against the likes of Civic Si and Jetta GLI. The Elantra Sport has a 1.6-liter turbo-four churning 200 hp and 190 lb-ft. The Sport is available with either a six-speed manual or a seven-speed twin-clutch automatic.

Models 2017 Hyundai Elantra 2017 Kia Forte 2017 Toyota Corolla
MSRP $18,150 $19,300 $20,445
Engine 2.0 L 4 Cylinder Naturally Aspirated 2.0 L 4-Cylinder Naturally Aspirated 1.8 L 4-Cylinder Naturally Aspirated
Transmission 6-Speed Automatic Transmission 6-Speed Automatic Transmission CVT
Power 147 hp 147 hp 132 hp
Torque 132 lb-ft 132 lb-ft. 128 lb-ft
Drivetrain Front-Wheel Drive Front-Wheel Drive Front-Wheel Drive

All four engines of Elantra run smoothly and remain fairly quiet. Each has enough capability to move the Elantra around town and up to highway speeds confidently. The 201 hp Sport model is the most energetic of the lot. Both automatic transmissions shifts quickly and smoothly.

2017 Elantra 0-60 mph and Quarter-mile Acceleration

The Elantra limited with the base 2.0-liter engine sprinted from zero to 60 mph in 9 seconds and a quarter-mile of 16.8 seconds. The Limited trims are heavier than the SE, rated at 2942 lbs. With 201 hp and 195 lb-ft of torque and 3,034 lb curb weight, the 2017 Elantra Sport sprinted to 60 mph in 7.1 seconds and finished the quarter-mile in 15.4 seconds at 90.7 mph. 

Models 2017 Hyundai Elantra 2017 Kia Forte 2017 Toyota Corolla
0-60 MPH  9 sec 8.7 sec 8.5 sec
Quarter mile 16.8 sec 16.5 sec 15.5 sec
Engine 2.0 L 4 Cylinder Naturally Aspirated 2.0 L 4-Cylinder Naturally Aspirated 1.8 L 4 Cylinder Naturally Aspirated

By comparison, the base engine of Elantra is disappointing in terms of acceleration, however, good for daily driving. The Toyota Corolla does the same run in 8.5 seconds while the Forte is slightly behind with 8.7 sec 0-60 mph time. 

2017 Elantra Ride and Handling

The Hyundai Elantra may not be the most exciting compact car to drive but it does not mean it isn't good. We would like a bit more heft from the steering wheel but its accuracy and precision are on point. There are three driving modes: Normal, Eco, and Sport, however, there is not much difference in the dynamics. The Sport trim adds a stiffer suspension, revised steering, and uprated brakes, offering a bit more fun to drive.

Talking of the ride quality, Elantra is fairly comfortable and has minimal body lean. The performance may be rated "Good" but can't be referred "top-class". The outward visibility is good and insulation levels. The base SE and Eco trim levels both come with tall sidewalls on their tires which absorb so many common rough pavements. Though the Sport model results in a bit jittery ride due to sports-tuned suspension.

2017 Elantra Braking

The base Elantra performed exceptionally well in the emergency braking test, with 116 feet stopping distance from 60 mph. The more athletic Elantra Sport took 120 feet distance to completely stop from 60 mph, that's because the Sport trim is heavier than the SE or Limited model. The base Elantra comes equipped with less refined rear drum brakes, yet in general, the brakes perform with consistency.

Model 2017 Hyundai Elantra 2017 Kia Forte 2017 Toyota Corolla
Brake Front 11" 11" 10.8"
Brake Rear 8.0" 10.3" 10.2"
Curb weight 2812 lbs. 2804 lbs. 2885 lbs.
60-0 MPH 116 feet 127 ft 126 ft

In comparison to its rivals, both the Forte and Corolla have bigger rotor sizes still takes a longer distance to come to a complete stop. No denying that the Hyundai Elantra gets the job done, pretty confidently.

2017 Hyundai Elantra Fuel Economy

8.0/10

The Elantra Eco returns the best gas mileage of 32 mpg in the city and 40 mpg on the highway. That’s better than most vehicles in this class. The Elantra SE and Limited models equipped with the 2.0-liter offer decent fuel economy ratings at 26/36 mpg city/highway with the manual and 29/38 mpg with the automatic transmission. The Elantra Sport gets 26/33 mpg and 24/32 mpg, with the manual and automatic, respectively.

Model 2017 Hyundai Elantra 2017 Kia Forte 2017 Toyota Corolla
MPG (city) 29 29 28
MPG (highway) 38 38 35
MPG (combined) 33 32 31

The Eco trim is the most efficient in the Elantra lineup but you'll need to spend at least $20,650 just to own one. The entry-level SE ticks all boxes and is slightly behind in terms of MPG ratings but cost just $17,150.

2017 Hyundai Elantra Interior

8.2/10

The Elantra's interior is the most attractive selling point. It's well laid out, attractive and spacious. The 2017 Elantra sedan seats five and makes good use of space. Both driver and passengers have plenty of room. The rear-seat passengers should find enough space and good visibility. The build quality of the cabin feels sturdy, and the simplified control scheme on the center console being a noteworthy aspect that improves ease of use.

The base trim has cloth upholstery while moving on to higher trim levels will get you Leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, and heated rear seats. Many of the hard plastic surfaces from past Elantras are gone – replaced with soft-touch, matte, and brushed finishes.

Model 2017 Hyundai Elantra  2017 Kia Forte 2017 Toyota Corolla
Passenger capacity 5 5 5
Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.) 38.8/56.2/42.2 39.1/56.1/42.2 38.0/54.8/42.3
Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.) 37.3/55.3/35.7 37.3/54.9/35.9 37.1/54.8/41.4

The door opens wide, so it's easy to get in and out of the Elantra for both front and rear-seat passengers. Hyundai also offers standard six-way-adjustable seating and a long-reaching telescoping steering column, this allows for a perfect driving position for you.

Interior Features:

  • Power sunroof
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Push-button start
  • Bluetooth
  • HD Radio
  • An eight-speaker Infinity audio system
  • Navigation
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Automatic emergency braking
  • Rearview camera

2017 Elantra Infotainment System

The 2017 Elantra comes standard with a USB port, six speakers, and satellite radio. The base SE models with a Popular Equipment package get a 7-inch touchscreen but no CD player, and smartphone integration with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.

Available features include 7- and 8-inch touch screens, Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, a navigation system, and Hyundai’s Blue Link telematics system. The available touch-screen infotainment systems are responsive as well, and they feature straightforward menus. 

  • Android Auto and Apple CarPlay
  • 7-inch touch screen with navigation
  • Hyundai's Clari-Fi music restoration technology
  • Eight-speaker Infinity audio system
  • A USB port
  • Satellite radio capability
  • Bluetooth hands-free phone connectivity
  • Blue Link telematics system

2017 Elantra Cargo Capacity

The 2017 Elantra sedan has 14.4 cubic feet of trunk space, which is above-average in the class. The Elantra has a large trunk and plenty of small-item storage in the cabin. Also, Elantra is the only model which offers a power lift-gate. The liftover height is low and access to the trunk is good. The rear seats are split-folding, which gives you added flexibility.

Model 2017 Hyundai Elantra 2017 Kia Forte 2017 Toyota Corolla
Trunk Volume 14.4 ft cube 14.9 ft cube 13.0 ft cube

There's no shortage of door storage, cupholders or other compartments. Just below the center console is a concealable compartment to plug in your phone or keep the sunglasses.

2017 Hyundai Elantra Exterior

7.0/10

Unlike the previous Elantra which boasts a new generation of stylish Hyundais with flamboyant looks, this new Elantra—the sixth-generation model-represents a step away from the curved and detailed design of that fifth-generation car. Like the redesigned Sonata, the lines have been scaled down considerably, with a more sophisticated and composed look.

At the front, Elantra is great with a wider, deeper grille while the boomerang-shaped LED running lights brighten the front end. The C-shaped lines that pulled the rear of the car forward are gone, replaced by more vertical door cuts and a more carefully draped rear roofline, capped by LED taillights. 

Model 2017 Hyundai Elantra 2017 Kia Forte 2017 Toyota Corolla
Curb weight 2812 lbs 2804 lbs 2885 lbs
Length 179.9" 179.5" 183.1"
Width 70.9" 70.1" 69.9"
Height 56.5" 56.3" 57.3"
Ground clearance 5.3" 5.3" 6.7"
Wheelbase 106.3" 106.3" 106.3"

The 2017 Elantra has grown in size, though slightly. It is about an inch more in overall length and in width, the new Elantra improves marginally on the current model's already generous interior space. The car sits on the edge between compact and mid-size, but now the Elantra is a little more firmly in the mid-size category, along with cars like the new Civic.

Exterior Features:

  • A wider, deeper grille
  • Boomerang-shaped LED running lights
  • Vertical door cuts
  • Rear roofline capped by LED taillights
  • LED daytime running lights
  • A trio of LED taillights per side
  • 16-inch wheels
  • Heated side mirrors 

2017 Hyundai Elantra Safety

7.8/10

The 2017 Hyundai Elantra received the IIHS' Top Safety Pick+ designation and scored a "Good" safety rating for its crashworthiness and crash mitigation. NHTSA gave the Elantra sedan a four-star overall rating while the GT hatchback received a five-star safety score. 

The available Ultimate package, which is available only on the Limited trim, adds adaptive cruise control, automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, forward collision warning, lane-keeping assist, and lane departure warning. Key safety features in the Elantra sedan include:

  • Rear Door Child Safety Locks
  • Daytime Running Lights
  • Child Seat Anchors
  • Emergency Braking Assist
  • Adaptive Headlights
  • Engine Immobilizer
  • Remote Anti-Theft Alarm System
  • Turn Signal Mirrors
  • 2 Front Headrests
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring
  • Blind Spot Warning Accident Avoidance System

2017 Hyundai Elantra Competition

2017 Hyundai Elantra Vs 2017 Kia Forte

The Kia Forte's starting price is around $1150 costlier than the 2017 Elantra, despite the fact that both corporate cousins have similar powertrain and power ratings. Kia is a plush category of the family sedans, slightly better inside the Hyundai's Elantra. Since both, cars are mechanically similar, with similar sizes and dimensions, it comes down to personal preference. ​​​​​​

For the price point, the Kia Forte is plush and offers slightly better driving dynamics than the Elantra. However, the Hyundai Elantra has evolved into a top-selling daily driving car with low cost of ownership and utmost comfort.

2017 Hyundai Elantra Vs 2017 Toyota Corolla

The 2017 Toyota Corolla is another good choice in the compact car segment. The 2017 Corolla has a lot in common with Elantra, as both cars have well-laid out interiors and plenty of space. They both earn great safety ratings and above-average predicted reliability ratings. For daily driving, both get the job done, however, both have their own trade-offs.

The Elantra is upscale inside and offers tech features that the Corolla does not have, like, Apple Carplay and Android Auto. On the other hand, Toyota packs the Corolla sedan standard with a generous suite of safety features.

2017 Hyundai Elantra Final Verdict

In case you're hoping to capture a bundle of extraordinary features without a sky-high price tag, the 2017 Hyundai Elantra SE trim is the approach. It's very fuel-effective, and when outfitted with the Popular Equipment Package, you get a rearview camera, Bluetooth, and a 7-inch contact screen that offers Apple CarPlay and Android Auto (two frameworks the 2017 Toyota Corolla doesn't offer) for just under $19,000.This sedan's execution is close to the highest point of the class. The car attempts to inspire with what it has and is by all accounts fruitful in this point. Being less expensive than its adversaries, it offers what the rivals don't.

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