2017 Hyundai Elantra GLS
2.0L 4-cylinder engine
6-speed automatic transmission
Seating Capacity: 5
Road Test Terrain: 60% city, 40% highway
Tested MSRP: $22,699 CAD
The Hyundai Elantra first appeared in 1991 and it has come a long way. The 2017 Hyundai Elantra boasts an all-new design, including a new powertrain that increases fuel economy. The Elantra was fun to drive, and in my opinion – there isn’t another manufacturer that can deliver value quite like Hyundai.
Hyundai’s signature hexagonal grille is on the Elantra and the angled contours are repeated in the daytime running lights and front headlamps.
The vehicle overall as a more aggressive look and the sharp lines continue into the rear tail lights. There are also premium features available such as LED door handle approach lights.
Overall, the centre stack was kept to a minimum amount of distraction. The climate control layout is simple and clean, while the other functions (phone, navigation, settings, etc) are laid out horizontally just under the touch screen.
Buttons form a U-shape that goes around the gearshift too, and these control the heated seats, heated steering wheel, etc. Bringing the buttons down to this area helped keep the centre stack clear.
At $23,000 CAD, my GLS trim level came with heated front and rear seats, heated steering wheel, dual-zone climate control, sunroof, blind spot detection and rear cross-traffic alert, rear-view camera, etc. the list goes on!
Another feature that the 2017 Hyundai Elantra has is the ‘Hand-Free Proximity Trunk’. When you walk up to the rear of the vehicle and your hands are full, the vehicle senses the key fob in a purse or pocket, chimes three times, and will automatically open the trunk.
Under The Hood / Basic Maintenance
The engine bay has a simple layout with most components exposed for you to see. Basic do-it-yourself items are up top such as checking engine oil level and reading fluid levels in the reservoirs. The battery is also easily accessible in case you need to jump start the vehicle, though an engine ground isn’t obvious so you may need to take some time to find a good ground before jump starting.
Child Car Seat
If you are installing a rear-facing child car seat, you may lose some space for the front seats despite the increase in cabin room available. The rear seat bench is flat but you may need to use pool noodles during a rear-facing child car seat installation in order to get the correct recline angle.
The headrest of the rear seats leans forward slightly so when you install a forward-facing child car seat, you’ll likely want to remove the head rest so that the back of the child car seat will sit flush with the car’s seatback. This may be more noticeable when you need to raise the child car seat’s headrest higher as your child grows taller.
The tether anchors are within easy access and located close to the headrests. If your child car seat has a large strap buckle, you may need to remove the head rest in order to properly secure the tether strap.
Storage / Trunk
Overall the 2017 Hyundai Elantra has sufficient trunk space and storage in the cabin is more than what you would get from some of its competitors. The rear seats are a 60/40 split so that gives some option in terms of hauling cargo/passengers.
Hands down in terms of price and value, there is no comparison to the Hyundai Elantra. Even at the trim level of my road test (GLS), for just under $23,000 CAD it came loaded with options that is traditionally an upgrade. Starting price for the 2017 Hyundai Elantra is $15,999 CAD.
About the author: Emily is a wife and mother of two, the owner of AutoNiche (a family-friendly auto repair shop in Markham, ON), a licensed auto service technician, certified child car seat technician, and automotive writer with Driving.ca.