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2014 Hyundai Elantra Review

The 2014 Hyundai Elantra's high reliability score, roomy trunk, and generous passenger legroom make it a worthy contender in the compact car class. However, it has lower safety scores than most competitors, and the back seat doesn't have enough headroom for tall passengers. 

Pros & Cons

  • Ample trunk space
  • Good reliability score
  • Generous legroom in front and back
  • Poor rear-seat headroom
  • Lower safety scores than many rivals

New for 2014

  • Touch-screen stereo became available on base model
  • Refreshed interior and exterior styling
  • Available 2.0-liter engine




Critics' Rating: 8.2
Performance: 7.4
Interior: 7.9
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.3
Safety: 9.0
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2014 Hyundai Elantra Overview

Is the 2014 Hyundai Elantra a Good Used Car?

The 2014 Elantra is a fine choice in its class. It has decent engine power, a composed ride, and a comfortable cabin. The Elantra's reliability score is among the highest in the class, but its safety scores fall short of many rivals. Though plenty of features are available, the cabin doesn't feel as upscale as those in some other compact cars.

The Elantra's 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine should be adequate for most drivers, though its power isn't enough for quick acceleration. Higher trims come with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder that makes the Elantra faster off the line. A manual transmission is standard and an automatic is available. Both transmissions use the engine's power efficiently, and the automatic makes swift shifts. With the base engine and automatic transmission, the Elantra gets up to 27 mpg in the city and 37 mpg on the highway, which is typical for the class. The Elantra is composed around corners and has a comfortable ride. Coupe and GT models with sport-tuned suspensions offer more agility. 

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There's a mix of high-quality materials and hard plastics in the cabin, which is typical for a car in the Elantra's price range. Limited and GT trims have more upscale and stylish interiors. The standard tilting-and-telescoping steering wheel makes it easy to get in a comfortable driving position. The seats in both rows offer plenty of support, and while there's lots of legroom in both front and back, there isn't much headroom for tall passengers in the rear seats. The Elantra has two full sets of LATCH child-seat connectors on the outboard rear seats and an additional upper tether over the middle seat. It's easy to access all the connectors to properly install child safety seats.

Standard features in the Elantra include a straightforward basic audio system with satellite radio, a USB port, and an auxiliary audio input. A touch-screen infotainment system with navigation, Bluetooth, and a premium audio system is available. The logically arranged controls make it easy to adjust climate or audio without taking your attention from the road. The Elantra has one of the roomiest trunks in the class. For more room for luggage or packages, buy a GT hatchback model, which has almost as much cargo space as some compact SUVs.

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Used 2014 Hyundai Elantra Prices

Prices for a used 2014 Elantra vary with the car's condition, mileage, and location. On average, the Elantra will cost you between around $11,700 and $14,000. 

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How Reliable Is the 2014 Hyundai Elantra?

The Elantra has one of the highest reliability ratings in the compact car class, though it can't quite match the class-leading Honda Civic's reliability score.

How Safe Is the Elantra?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the Elantra a Top Safety Pick, while the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration awarded the Elantra a five-star overall rating. In a few categories tested by both agencies, the Elantra earned a second-tier rating, while class leaders earned top marks in nearly every test.

Some Elantra models are equipped with an available rearview camera – the only safety feature offered. Some compact rivals have more advanced systems, like lane departure warning or blind spot monitoring.

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Should I Consider Another Used Elantra?

All Elantras from the 2011 through 2016 model years are from the same generation, but there are some differences between the models. For 2013, Hyundai added a GT hatchback and a coupe model, as well as standard air conditioning and cruise control. The 2014 model has refreshed interior and exterior styling and an available 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. Drivers who don't need the extra power from the 2.0-liter engine can save some money by purchasing an older model.

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Which Used Hyundai Elantra Is Right for Me?

The base SE model comes equipped with a bare-bones audio system and not much else. You should step up to the Limited model which has a higher-quality interior and more features, like a touch-screen infotainment system, Bluetooth, a rearview camera, leather upholstery, and heated front and rear seats. The Sport trim has a more powerful engine, a sunroof, and a performance-tuned suspension. In the GT hatchback, you get Bluetooth along with all the features from the SE sedan. The coupe model adds heated front seats to the GT's features.

A certified pre-owned Elantra comes with the remainder of the original 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty, roadside assistance for 10 years, and free towing to the nearest Hyundai dealership should the car break down.

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We analyzed 19 different sets of data to write this overview, such as reliability ratings, safety scores, and published professional auto reviews. In this review, you’ll find everything you need to know to decide if the Elantra is the right used car for you.

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2014 Hyundai Elantra and Other Cars to Consider

Which Is Better: 2014 Hyundai Elantra or 2014 Kia Forte?

Though the Kia Forte has a lower price than the Elantra, you should skip it. The Forte's engine is underpowered even for typical daily driving, and it gets lower gas mileage than the Elantra. The Kia's safety and reliability scores also fall short of the Hyundai’s. Aside from price, the Forte only outdoes the Elantra with its plentiful passenger space (the back seats will even fit tall passengers) and its slightly larger cargo hold in sedan models.

Which Is Better: 2014 Hyundai Elantra or 2014 Mazda3?

The Elantra beats the Mazda3 in reliability, but the Mazda is the better car overall. While most compact cars – including the Elantra – are dull behind the wheel, the Mazda3 has sharp handling without sacrificing ride comfort. The Mazda3 is fitted with top-notch interior materials and has one of the highest safety scores in the class. It’s available with several advanced safety features, like lane departure warning, blind spot monitoring, and forward collision warning.

Which Is Better: 2014 Hyundai Elantra or 2014 Hyundai Accent?

The Elantra's smaller sibling, the Hyundai Accent, isn't quite as good a car as the Elantra. The Elantra has significantly more features than the Accent; it isn't even available with a touch-screen infotainment system. The Accent earns lower safety and reliability scores than the Elantra, too. However, the Accent has higher fuel economy estimates than the Elantra, and its ride is just as smooth.

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