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Hyundai Elantra Review

The 2016 Hyundai Elantra ranks 14 out of 27 Affordable Compact 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.

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The 2016 Hyundai Elantra has a spacious cabin and gets good fuel economy with its base engine, but that engine isn't especially powerful and ride quality is poor over rough roads, reviewers say.

The 2016 Elantra's base four-cylinder engine has adequate power in most cases, but reviewers say it doesn't feel particularly powerful either. They prefer the added power of the larger four-cylinder engine that is optional in the sedan and standard in the hatchback Elantra GT. A six-speed manual transmission is standard and a six-speed automatic is optional. With the base engine and automatic transmission, the 2016 Elantra returns an EPA-estimated 28/38 mpg city/highway, which is good for the class. Reviewers write that the Elantra has stable, uninspiring handling but an uncomfortable ride over rough roads.

The 2016 Hyundai Elantra's cabin is constructed with a mix of hard- and soft-touch materials and has a bold design, reviewers say. Most auto journalists are impressed with the Elantra's spacious rear seats, though a few mention that headroom for taller passengers is limited. The Hyundai Elantra sedan has a good amount of trunk space for the class. Satellite radio and a USB port are standard. Features like Bluetooth, a rearview camera, proximity key and navigation with a 7-inch touch screen are optional. Reviewers note that the navigation system's touch screen has large "buttons" and straightforward menus, which make it easy to operate.

  • "The 2016 Hyundai Elantra continues to provide plenty of style and value, but some newer small sedans have eclipsed its refinement and performance." -- Edmunds
  • "Hyundai's 2016 Elantra compact sedan has set the bar high, but many competitors have raised the bar even higher, particularly in the areas of interior plastics and color." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "There's no doubt, though, that the 2015 Elantra is more competitive than a car of its age has any right to be. What's not to like? We'll always think of something, but Hyundai keeps making us think harder with every passing year." -- AutoTrader (2015)

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The Honda Civic also gets good fuel economy for the class, and reviewers remark that it has a comfortable ride. Test drivers say the Civic's base engine has ample power, and they like its classy cabin materials.

The Mazda3 is known as one of the most engaging and fun cars to drive in the class. It also gets good fuel economy for the class, has plenty of power with its base engine and is available in either sedan or hatchback body styles.

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Details: 2016 Hyundai Elantra

The 2016 Hyundai Elantra seats five and has front-wheel drive. The Elantra is available as a sedan or hatchback (Elantra GT). A 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine is standard and a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine is optional. Either engine can be paired with a standard six-speed manual transmission or an optional six-speed automatic. The Elantra sedan comes in SE, Value Edition, Sport and Limited trims. The Elantra GT comes in one trim. Aside from the addition of the Value Edition trim, the Elantra sees few changes for 2016. As a result, this overview uses applicable research and reviews from the 2011 to 2016 model years.

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Review Last Updated: 6/22/15

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