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MSRP: $17,200 - $21,650
Invoice: $16,687 - $20,719
MPG: 27 City / 37 Hwy
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Hyundai Elantra Review

The 2014 Hyundai Elantra ranks 14 out of 40 Affordable Small Cars. This ranking is based on our analysis of published reviews and test drives of the Hyundai Elantra, as well as reliability and safety data.

The 2014 Hyundai Elantra is ranked:

Test drivers praise the 2014 Hyundai Elantra for its ample cargo space, generous amount of legroom and nimble handling. They also say its price and warranty make it a good value.

The Elantra comes with a 1.8-liter, four-cylinder engine that auto writers say provides adequate power. This year, Hyundai introduced a more powerful, 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine that’s standard on the Elantra coupe, GT hatchback and the sedan’s Sport trim. Test drivers say the new engine has more punch, which puts the Elantra on a more even playing field with rivals like the Mazda Mazda3. A six-speed manual transmission is standard and a six-speed automatic is available, and reviewers say that both transmissions make good use of the engine’s power. The base Elantra sedan gets an EPA-estimated 28/38 mpg city/highway with an automatic transmission, which is good for the class. Reviewers say the Elantra handles athletically around curves. Most think the ride is generally smooth and quiet, though some critics say it can feel harsher than rival cars on bumpy roads.  

Test drivers say the 2014 Hyundai Elantra’s cabin consists of quality soft-touch materials and hard plastics, which is typical in this class. In all models, both the front and rear seats offer plenty of legroom, test drivers note, which is particularly high praise for the coupe. However, they say headroom is limited in the rear. Cargo space is excellent for sedan and coupe models and the hatchback offers even more room when the rear seats are folded. The Elantra’s features list includes standard amenities like a six-speaker audio system, an auxiliary jack, a USB port and satellite radio. Optional features include Bluetooth, a sunroof, a touch-screen audio display and a rearview camera. A technology package adds a navigation system with a larger touch-screen display, a premium audio system and push-button start. The Elantra’s dashboard controls are easy to locate, which cuts down on driver distraction, reviewers note.

  • "The 2014 Hyundai Elantra is one of our top picks for an economical compact sedan. With sharp styling, decent fuel economy numbers and impressive value, it's easy to see why." -- Edmunds
  • "Given a slight facelift this year, the 2014 Hyundai Elantra continues to wow consumers and critics alike, providing a nearly unbeatable combination of power, fuel economy, interior room, features, and warranty. Long gone are the days when Hyundai cars were seen as cheap, disposable transportation. With quality ratings and resale values good enough to rival the best competitors, the Elantra is a real threat to compacts like the Honda Civic, Toyota Corolla and Ford Focus." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • “Now, just because Hyundai addressed our concerns doesn't mean the Elantra's perfect. The car's structure still feels a little less solid than the best in this segment -- you can feel a difference on rough roads -- and we're not sold on the Elantra as a driver's car, Sport model notwithstanding. But there's no doubt the 2014 Elantra's slew of updates makes for a better-than-ever car.” -- AutoTrader
  • "Sporty hatch drivers might choose the Mazda 3 or the Volkswagen Golf over the Elantra GT. Coupe thrill seekers might like the Honda Civic Si. Of course, you can juggle options and payment plans all over the place, but cash-conscious buyers could find that the Hyundais wind up being your bargain choice." -- AutoWeek (2013)

Other Cars to Consider

The Ford Focus gets good fuel economy ratings and comes with a more powerful base engine than the Elantra. Automotive writers consider the Focus one of the best performing cars in the class and praise its superb handling. They also say the Focus has an upscale interior that’s one of the nicest in the class.

If you regularly haul passengers, reviewers say the Subaru Impreza has ample head- and legroom in both the front and back. Unlike the Elantra, the Impreza comes with Bluetooth and standard all-wheel drive, which test drivers say offers good traction in inclement weather.

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Details: 2014 Hyundai Elantra

The 2014 Hyundai Elantra seats five and has front-wheel drive. The Elantra is available in sedan, coupe and GT (hatchback) body styles. The sedan comes in three trims: SE, Sport and Limited, while the Elantra GT and coupe have one trim. A 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine is standard and there’s a new optional 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. The base sedan comes with a six-speed manual transmission and a six-speed automatic is available. The Elantra has seen few major changes since it was redesigned for the 2011 model year, so this review uses applicable research and reviews from the 2011 to 2014 model years.

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Review Last Updated: 5/13/14

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