2017 Hyundai Elantra Small Price, Big Style

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2017 Hyundai Elantra Eco

2017 Hyundai Elantra Eco Review

I’m going to make a general statement about compact cars. To me compact cars are like green vegetables. They have lots of benefits, but it doesn’t mean I have to like them. But, just like zucchini/broccoli/green beans, when they’re prepared right they can be enjoyed!

And that’s where the 2017 Hyundai Elantra Eco comes into my story. When it arrived in my driveway, I was as excited about driving it… as eating a plate of broccoli. Blah.

But then I took a bite…I mean drive, and it hit me, the Hyundai Elantra is not your average compact car. Roomier than I expected, packed with technology like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and with a price tag that’s palatable.

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The kids had plenty of legroom in the back seat even in their bulky booster seats!

Starting with the appearance, the 2017 Elantra is slightly longer and wider than the outgoing model. It has handsome contours, sleek but more conservative than aggressive. My son was impressed by the rear spoiler that’s built into the trunk lid, giving the Elantra a sportier appearance.

2017 Hyundai Elantra Rear View
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Peppy AND Efficient

We drove the Eco model with the exclusive all-new efficient 1.4-liter Kappa turbocharged GDI 4-cylinder engine which produces 128 horsepower at 5,500 rpm. Peppy, yes peppy. The turbocharged engine paired with a seven speed dual clutch transmission, offers plenty of power for the average driver.

Of course the “eco” in the model should tell you its fuel efficient. The 2017 Hyundai Elantra Eco posts impressive mpg numbers: 35 mpg combined, 32 city and 40 mpg highway. Ours showed an impressive 34 mpg at the end of our seven day test drive.

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Overall the 2017 Hyundai Elantra packs a lot of features and technology into a compact car for the low price of $20,650. Features like the segment-exclusive hands-free Smart Trunk. I love showing the kids how I open the trunk with a secret password. Ok, not magic, anyone can open the trunk automatically with the key fob in their when you’re in proximity for several seconds… but don’t tell the kids my secret

Buyers considering a 2017 Hyundai Elantra have three trim choices: SE: Well-equipped model with popular options and technology; Eco: Fuel-efficient turbo model; Limited: Premium model with leather, advanced safety technology and features.

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Kristin Barclay
Kristin Barclay graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of South Carolina with a major in Journalism and Advertising. Prior to joining Daily News she was a popular on-air personality on the Houston radio program In Wheel Time. You can find an account of her travel adventures and more on In Deep H2O. She is widely recognized as one of the top digital and media influencers in the country being most recently recognized as one of the Top Three social media influencers in Houston. She now handles all digital media aspects at Focus Daily News.