Since its introduction in 1990, the Elantra has played second-fiddle to the Sonata, which Hyundai first released in 1985. The Elantra is the second bestselling Hyundai of all time in the North American market, and when people think of Hyundai sedans, the stately Sonata may very well be the first image that jumps to mind. With the introduction of the 2017 Elantra, however, all of that may be about to change.
Hyundai has given its entry-level small sedan a complete redesign, including a sleek new look, improved aerodynamics, and technology that leaves most cars on the market in the dust. Yet despite looking, sounding, and driving better than any Elantra we’ve ever seen before, the MSRP of its base model starts $100 lower than last year’s offering.
One crucial way that the 2017 Elantra has improved is to keep its stylish, fun body but introduce the statelier, spacious interior styling of the Sonata. Optional packages make the economical Elantra positively luxurious, from a heated steering wheel to a blind-spot awareness system.
And beneath its gorgeous new exterior is a chassis is a body with twice as much high-strength steel than in previous years. This means that in addition to steering better, the 2017 Elantra also offers an incredibly quiet, balanced ride.
A joy to drive and a pleasure to look at, the redesigned Elantra is one of the most striking vehicles to roll onto our lot in recent memory. If you’re looking for a superior driving experience and more bang for your buck than perhaps any new vehicle on the market, look no further than the 2017 Hyundai Elantra.