I have to admit, when I was offered the 2017 Hyundai Elantra Limited for review I was a little hesitant. After all, it is classified as a compact car and I am 6’5″. I imagined driving with my head brushing to the headliner and my knees wedged against the dash. It did take a little contorting to get in (to be honest, there are very few cars that don’t require a little bodily manipulation on my part), but once I was settled in, there was a surprising amount of room. I had plenty of headroom and was able to almost straighten my legs with the seat fully back.
The redesigned 2017 Elantra Limited has taken a lot of design cues from its larger sibling, the Sonata. But that was a wise decision on Hyundai’s part as the Sonata is a very stylish-looking car. While the Elantra is almost a foot shorter in total length, there is only a four-inch difference in wheelbase, which contributes to the interior roominess I discuss below.
The Limited is the top of the line package available for the Elantra. This increases the size of the touchscreen to eight inches, adds leather seating and a power driver’s seat with memory functions, and a thumping 8-speaker Infinity sound system. The inclusion of Apple’s CarPlay technology is always a welcome addition. Safety features include a rearview camera with cross traffic alert and blind spot detection.
The Limited comes with a 2.0-liter (147 horsepower) engine and 6-speed automatic transmission that was more than adequate to deal with the daily LA traffic as well as the mountains and passes near our home. You can select between three different driving modes (Sport, ECO, and Normal). In all honesty, I didn’t detect much of a difference in switching to Sport mode.
Our loaner vehicle provided us with a virtually vibration-free ride. I didn’t detect any powertrain vibrations or roughness, even when resting a hand on the gearshift lever when the car was idling.
With sleek styling, a host of tech goodies and Hyundai’s legendary 10-year, 100,000-mile powertrain warranty, the 2017 Hyundai Elantra Limited is a first-rate compact sedan and a great value at a base price of $23,185. Our test model came in at $27,710.