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8.5

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Critics' Rating: 8.3
Performance: 7.8
Interior: 8.4
Total Cost of Ownership: 9.2
Safety: 9.3
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2017 Hyundai Elantra Review

The 2017 Hyundai Elantra ranks in the top half of its competitive class, thanks to a roomy and high-quality interior, user-friendly features, and good safety and predicted reliability ratings.

Pros & Cons

  • Roomy, comfortable interior
  • Large cargo space in GT hatchback
  • Lots of user-friendly tech features
  • Ride quality is a little firm

New for 2017

  • Fully redesigned sedan
  • Eco model available
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto available
  • More advanced safety features available

2017 Hyundai Elantra Overview

Is the 2017 Hyundai Elantra a Good Used Car?

The 2017 Elantra is a good option if you’re shopping for a used compact car. The Elantra rates well for predicted reliability and boasts a Top Safety Pick+ designation from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. It’s especially impressive inside, thanks to its easy-to-use features, handsome materials, and generous seating space. That said, there are better cars to consider as well, including the 2017 Honda Civic, which offers a nicer driving experience and zippier acceleration.

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How Much Is the 2017 Hyundai Elantra?

You can expect to pay between $11,000 and $18,000 for a used 2017 Elantra. These figures are based on over 4,600 used car listings for the 2017 Hyundai Elantra on our site. The average price is $13,400. Prices will vary depending on the vehicle's condition, mileage, features, and location.

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How Much Does the 2017 Hyundai Elantra Cost to Own?

The Elantra’s five-year costs for gas, insurance, repairs, and maintenance are projected to be $21,100 – or about $4,200 per year. That’s slightly lower than average for the compact car class.

Is It Better to Buy a Used or New Elantra?

The 2018 Hyundai Elantra sedan and GT hatchback start at $16,950 and $19,350, respectively. You can save thousands of dollars by shopping for a used 2017 Elantra instead – especially if you want a base model sedan with few options. Both models are part of the same generation and there are few differences between them.

However, if you’re shopping for a GT hatchback, you may want to opt for the all-new 2018 model. Hyundai redesigned the Elantra GT for 2018, bringing its material quality and safety features in line with the Elantra sedan.

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You won’t find many new compact cars for the same price as a used Elantra, but the 2018 Hyundai Accent sedan (starting at $14,995) is close. The subcompact Accent is similarly handsome inside and out, and it offers many of the same tech features as the larger Elantra. However, it’s not available as a hatchback and it has fewer – and less powerful – engine options.

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Which Model Year of the Hyundai Elantra Is Best?

The 2017 Elantra marks the first model of the car’s sixth generation. It’s a much better buy than models from the previous generation, which ran from 2011 through 2016. The redesigned 2017 Elantra has higher-quality cabin materials, more fuel-efficient engine options, popular tech features like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and more advanced safety features, like forward collision warning and blind spot monitoring. While you can save a lot of money by shopping for a previous-generation Elantra, you’ll miss out on the perks of this substantial redesign.

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How Reliable Is the 2017 Hyundai Elantra?

The 2017 Elantra has a predicted reliability rating of four out of five from J.D. Power, which is good for the class.

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2017 Hyundai Elantra Recalls

At the time of this writing, there are four recalls for the 2017 Elantra. Hyundai has identified faults with the Elantra’s power steering and brake systems. These problems could result in a loss of power assistance to both systems, increasing the risk of a crash. Two recalls also address issues with the Elantra’s driver’s side front airbag, which may not properly inflate during a crash. If these issues affect the used Elantra you are considering, make sure they are taken care of by a dealer before you buy.

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Which Used Hyundai Elantra Model Is Right for Me?

The 2017 Elantra is available in five trims: SE, Eco, Sport, Limited, and GT. The base SE model is pretty short on features. It comes standard with remote keyless entry, satellite radio, and a USB port. Most shoppers will be fine with a base model equipped with one of two available packages. The Popular Equipment package adds a 7-inch touch screen, a rearview camera, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth, cruise control, and alloy wheels. Better still, SE models with the Tech package gain blind spot detection, heated front seats, dual-zone climate control, and push-button start.

The Elantra Eco and Elantra Limited trims come standard with all of these features. The Eco adds a more fuel-efficient turbocharged engine, while the Limited adds leather seats and Blue Link connectivity. Look for Limited models equipped with options like heated rear seats, a navigation system, and a sunroof. Notably, only the Limited trim is available with advanced safety features like forward collision warning and adaptive cruise control.

If you want more athleticism, look for Sport and GT models. The Elantra Sport shares most of its features with the SE trim (with the Popular Equipment package), but it adds a stiffer suspension, revised steering, uprated brakes, and a more powerful turbocharged engine. Last but not least is the Elantra GT – the only hatchback in this lineup. Its standard and available features are fairly similar to the SE model’s, but it does have a more powerful four-cylinder engine.

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Certified Pre-Owned Hyundai Elantra Warranty

Certified pre-owned Hyundai vehicles receive the balance of the original new-car 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty. Hyundai CPO vehicles must pass a 150-point inspection. Additional benefits like towing and roadside assistance may be available, so read Hyundai’s warranty page carefully. Despite these lengthy coverage terms, competitors like Honda and Toyota have more comprehensive certified pre-owned programs.

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How Safe Is the Elantra?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the Elantra sedan a 2017 Top Safety Pick+. It received a Good rating – the highest offered – in all areas tested. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the Elantra hatchback a perfect five-star overall safety rating. Sedan models received a four-star overall rating.

The 2017 Elantra is available with a rearview camera, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, adaptive pivoting headlights, forward collision warning with brake assist, and adaptive cruise control.

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2017 Hyundai Elantra Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: 2017 Hyundai Elantra or 2017 Honda Civic?

The 2017 Honda Civic (available in sedan, coupe, and hatchback body styles) offers a fine mix of fuel economy, athletic handling, zippy engine performance, and great interior quality. It sets the standard for how a compact car should drive and feel – a benchmark that the 2017 Elantra doesn’t quite match. While both are fine options in the class, the Honda feels a cut above its Hyundai rival.

Which Is Better: 2017 Hyundai Elantra or 2017 Toyota Corolla?

The 2017 Toyota Corolla has a similar appeal as the Elantra. Both cars have handsome interiors and generous seating space. Both earn great safety ratings, rate well for predicted reliability, and can hit an efficient 40 mpg on the highway in Eco trim levels. They’re perfectly fine commuter cars, though each has its trade-offs. The Elantra offers a few tech features that the Corolla lacks, including the popular Apple CarPlay or Android Auto systems. On the other hand, the Corolla comes standard with a huge suite of safety features, including forward collision warning with brake assist. That’s unheard of in the compact car class, and it provides great value.

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2017 Elantra Performance

How Does the 2017 Hyundai Elantra Drive?

The 2017 Elantra is a front-wheel-drive car. It’s available with a few engine options, though all are four-cylinders. The Elantra SE and Limited models provide 147 horsepower, and the Elantra GT delivers 173 horsepower. A six-speed automatic transmission is standard with these models; a six-speed manual transmission is available. The turbocharged Elantra Eco and Sport models have 128 and 201 horsepower, respectively. These models feature a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission; a six-speed manual is optional for the Elantra Sport.

All four engines run smoothly and remain fairly quiet. Each has enough muscle to zip the Elantra around town and up to highway speeds confidently. The Sport’s 201-horsepower engine is by far the most energetic of the bunch, so if you’re looking to have a bit of fun behind the wheel, that’s the Elantra to consider. Both automatic transmissions earn good marks for their smooth, prompt shifts. The Elantra’s steering is quick and feels nicely weighted. Its ride quality is a little firm and jittery over rough pavement, but not to the point of discomfort. The impacts from large dips and bumps are softened adequately.

Does the 2017 Hyundai Elantra Get Good Gas Mileage?

The Elantra Eco achieves an excellent 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 earn around 29/38 mpg city/highway when paired with the automatic transmission. The Elantra Sport and GT aren’t as efficient; they get 26/33 mpg and 24/32 mpg, respectively, with the automatic.

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2017 Elantra Interior

How Many People Does the 2017 Elantra Seat?

The 2017 Elantra is available as a four-door sedan or a five-door hatchback. Both models seat five and come standard with cloth upholstery. Leather upholstery, heated and ventilated front seats, and heated rear seats are available. The Elantra’s front seats offer good support and plenty of head- and legroom. Although some class rivals offer more rear-seat space, the Elantra still has enough room for two adults to sit comfortably. The Elantra's cabin is quiet and well-insulated, and its interior materials look and feel great by class standards. Many of the hard plastic surfaces from past Elantras are gone – replaced with soft-touch, matte, and brushed finishes.

How Many Car Seats Fit in the 2017 Hyundai Elantra?

The Elantra has two full sets of LATCH child-seat connectors. The top anchors are easy to access, but the lower anchors are located deep within the seat cushions and can be tough to find.

2017 Hyundai Elantra Features

The 2017 Elantra comes standard with a USB port, six speakers, and satellite radio. Available features include 7- and 8-inch touch screens, Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, a navigation system, and Hyundai’s Blue Link telematics system. Blue Link lets you communicate with the car via smartphone, allowing you to remotely start the engine or unlock the doors. It also provides teen driver controls, like speed and curfew alerts. Overall, the Elantra’s audio and climate controls are laid out simply and easy to use. The available touch-screen infotainment systems are responsive as well, and they feature straightforward menus.

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2017 Hyundai Elantra Dimensions

Hyundai Elantra Cargo Space

The 2017 Elantra sedan has 14.4 cubic feet of trunk space, which is fairly generous for the class. The Elantra GT hatchback has 23 cubic feet of space with its rear seats upright and 51 cubic feet with them folded.

2017 Elantra Length and Weight

The Elantra sedan is 15 feet long and the Elantra GT hatchback is 14.1 feet long. The Elantra’s curb weight ranges between 2,767 and 3,109 pounds, depending on the body style and powertrain.

Where Was the 2017 Hyundai Elantra Built?

The 2017 Elantra was built at factories in Montgomery, Alabama, and Ulsan, South Korea.

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