2017 Elantra Owner Reviews (5)
2017 Elantra Sport
Hello_Steve 2017-06-23 18:53:05
Please note that the 2017 is NOTHING like previous versions of the Elantra Sport/GT whatever. It's built on the new super structure and uses generally updated components from the 2016 Veloster. I've now owned this vehicle for a couple of weeks. My goal was to buy the best car for around $20K for commuting, weekend jaunts for fun, and some driving enjoyment (for two or one person), reasonable gas mileage, and high reliability/low maintenance. I didn’t really care if the car was new or used. Here is my review in five points: 1. Value. Evaluate this car on its own merits, not based on Hyundai positioning and marketing. So rather than looking for a GTI or Civic Si direct competitor, simply start with what's the most car I can get for ~$20K new and go from there. For that price, I purchased a 201HP/195 ft.lb of torque engine in a 3K pound package, leather seating, dual air, dual heated seats, dual front seat height adjustment, sun/moon roof, Infinity-tuned 8 speaker audio system, VERY stiff chassis, "European" tuned suspension, independent suspension all around, 18" European style wheels, blind-spot detection, responsive 8" LCD touch screen with DVD navigation and voice control, Android Auto and Apple Car play. For $20K I could have bought a Honda base model with the crappy engine, a “what the hell small screen is that!” LCD, steel wheels, and cloth interior. Uh, no. 2. Stealth factor. The Elantra Sport is far sportier than the ALL the 2017 Civic's short of the Si and the Type R. Period. Compared directly with the Civic Hatchback Sport, the Hyundai has similar acceleration, way better handling, better engine sounds, and better brakes. Additionally, it has minimal (really close to no outward) racer-boy accouterments. 3. Not your everyday car. It's nice not seeing your car driven by every Tom, Dick and Harry. Think of it as a tailored shirt versus a nice off-the-shelf shirt. Only the person wearing it will know the difference, but the difference is satisfying. TOTALLY meaningless, but satisfying nonetheless. 4. Driving dynamics. The car really DOES drive well. Not the quietest car in the world, but the muted engine noises sounds good. The car accelerates well within reason (not an Si, not a GTI, not a Focus ST/RS, not a WRX). Docile as a lamb on the stop and go (the yin of the too easy to press clutch), but a good sport driving sedan when you fabricate a reason to row through the nicely notchy gearbox (the yang). At WAY above the exit/entrance ramp speed limit, the thing corners nearly flat! 5. Understated, yet modern interior. It’s just modern enough with an 8" touchscreen, AA and Car Play, digital display in the center of the instrument cluster and some great driver aids (backup side-collision warning and blind spot detection). It’s also just spartan/driver oriented enough with separate large analog tachometer and speedometer dials dominating the instrument pod. Granted, there are some real economy car elements, e.g., the hard, pocketless front seat backs; hard rear window sills; hard plastic handbrake grip (easily remedied); but at the end of the day, the driver (me) doesn’t touch or interact with that stuff much. So, where it counts – seat, steering wheel, pedals (metal), and shift knob the Elantra Sport actually has a very nice, almost premium feel about it.
HYUNDAI ELANTRA ECHO
The Echo has been averaging 40+ miles per gallon for me, this is a major improvement from what my 2016 Elantra SE averaged. The interior on the new 17 Elantra is best in class, I test drove all the competitors and nothing felt as refined, mature, and lack of a better word serene. The Android Auto and Apple Car play works flawlessly, even Consumer Reports rated Hyundai's infotainment center the best...Well tied with BMW''s infotainment! The Echo has a 7 speed dual clutch which gets better Torque but less HP then the SE, I found it to be even more subtle in shifts in comparison to the SE. I have been a fan of Kia and Hyundai as far back as 2005 when I purchased a sportage. This is my 3rd Elantra, all of them have been purchased under $16000 and were driven without any mechanical issues. I would like to note that both the Sportage and the last two Elantras were sold with over 80,000 miles. Hyundai and kia have been valued similarly to the (Lincoln Town Car) previous public opinion hasn't caught up to the current quality in which Hyundais are made with today. Take advantage of all the Hyundai rebates and incentives and you can find yourself saving $4-7000 off a new car. Hyundai gives the logical car purchaser no other option! Better prices, better warranty, and better options.Uber drivers get a $1000 rebate, college graduates $400, military, $500, hyundai owners $500, and for now if you go to the Hyundai website and look ************ you can open a (Boost) savings account which if you drop $500 into and wait 1 month for the account to mature Hyundai will match your $500 for a down payment. I got all the above incentives minus college grad, stacked on top of the dealers own discounts. total $2500 in incentives, dealers discount was $5000 grand total $7500 off MSRP. Just remember that each dealership offers different discounts so make sure you google all of them within 500 miles to get the best deal. As long as Hyundai continues to make quality cars at very affordable prices I (can't) purchase anything else.
In March, I leased the 2017 Hyundai Elantra. This is my 8th Hyundai in a row. Have owned a 2000 Sonata GLS, 2003 350L, 2006 Sonata Limited, 2007 Azera GLS, 2011 Sonata, 2012 Elantra Limited, 2013 Veloster Turbo, and now the 2017 Elantra Limited. Trying to compare the 2012 Elantra to the 2017, there is no comparison. This is a totally different vehicle. It reminds me a lot of my 2003 XG 350L. If you want a mid size Luxury car with awesome gas mileage, check out the Elantra Limited. I followed the manuals suggestion to keep the revs between 2000 and 4000 for the first 600 miles. That meant I had to drive it in sport mode all the time up to the 600 miles (it was actually fun). I just passes the 600 miles so I now drive in standard mode. On the highway, I average between 39 and 43 MPG and city between 29 and 35 MPG and I do not feel at all like I'm in a cheap high mileage vehicle. The leather seats not only look great, but they are the most comfortable of all my Hyundai's. Truth be told, I feel like I'm driving a smaller Caddy or Lincoln that has a much better warranty. This car is awesome. If you are looking to buy a new vehicle, the 2017 Elantra Limited should be on your short list.
I love my Hyundai
I had previously owned a BMW Z3 and bought my Elantra new. It has lived up to it promoted features and more. Would definately by another Hyundai.
I purchased a new Elantra last June and have owned lots of cars in 50 years including HONDA, Toyota, Fiat, GM cars, etc.You Editors are usually biased but stating that people don't get excited about HYUNDAI cars is not true!!! At least in Kansas City you will notice more Elantras due to quality, handling, comfort and service.Before I purchased a HYUNDAI I will never read so called REVIEWS!!! It's talking to owners, mechanics and personal test driving....not around the block!! Everywhere:highways, country roads,inviting friends and family.......