2017 Hyundai Elantra - Out With The Old, In With The New?


    • What’s Best: A sophisticated, more conservative new look, improved ride and handling, slight fuel efficiency benefits.
    • What’s Worst: Needs a little more oomph.
    • What’s Interesting: Hyundai’s continual evolution of included features in what used to be an economy car category. Heated seats are now standard equipment.

THIS time it was getting personal.

With the lease on our 2012 Hyundai Elantra ending this summer, a springtime test drive of its potential successor, the all-new 2017 Hyundai Elantra, seemed timely indeed.

The previous generation Elantra would be a hard act to follow, after its eye-catching design set a new dramatic precedent in the family sedan segment.

“Because that fifth generation Elantra won millions of fans,” designer Peter Schreyer once said, “and it ably demonstrated the optimism of Hyundai.”

Well, the brand remains pretty optimistic with the launch of the new sixth generation 2017 Elantra that has already gone on sale at dealers across Canada.

Inevitably, the “fluidic sculpture” styling of the past couldn’t really get any more radical.

So when the old and new models are parked side by side, it’s easy to see that the designers dialed back the styling impact of the new car. Read more...

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11 Feb 2017

By Rob Beintema