2017 Hyundai Elantra Limited: Sometimes Simpler is Better

These days cars are getting more and more complex … batteries, hybrids, self-driving cars, turbos, superchargers, electric motors. The trend is more is better. But the Elantra proves that sometimes less is more! With a simple, non-turbo 2.0L 4cyl direct-injected engine, there’s plenty of power to move the lightweight car and excellent economy numbers at 28 city and 37 highway. It shows that sometimes the simple solution is the better answer.

For the price – our Limited edition starts at $22k – you can’t really touch this. You get available options that you just don’t normally see in this segment. Forward crash-prevention system, power trunk with smart-open technology, Apple car-play, navigation, rear-heated seats – the list goes on. Hyundai focused on usable technology with a simple powertrain to offer an impressive combination of economy and luxury. The trunk-assist especially is great, you just need to stand near it for 5 seconds and it opens. Move over luxury brands, Elantra can do this too! And as tested, our fully-loaded version barely topped $27k.

Hyundai used to be kind of a dirty word in the car industry. They quickly made a name for themselves, however, by offering the best warranty and great value. The 10yr/100k mile powertrain warranty is still among the best in the business, coupled with the 5yr/60k mile bumper-to-bumper. They did this to send a clear message that they build quality cars, and they have proven that.

The looks of this 2017 Elantra are quite nice. The trends in car design are making everything look more and more the same, but there’s really nothing to complain about in the looks department. Inside, the good news

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