Facelift

2014 Hyundai Elantra Annoys Nearly Every Automaker

South Korea continues to pull the rug out from under America, Japan, and even Germany.

It’s as if it came out of nowhere, with both buyers and competing automakers alike equally surprised. Hyundai, after years of building some of the most boring and mundane econoboxes that could make the Toyota Corolla look exciting, is now producing hot-selling models like the Elantra. And for model year 2014, the Elantra just got even better. While the exterior has been given a few styling tweaks, the greatest perks of this mid-cycle facelift are what’s under the hood for the Sport trim sedans, coupes and GT hatchbacks.

The previously standard 1.8-liter four-pot has been stroked to 2.0-liters, resulting in an output boost from 145 to 173 horsepower. Torque is up from 130 to 154 lb-ft. The interior also receives a host of upgrades, including an improved stereo and redesigned heater/AC vents and controls. Even the front and rear bumpers have improved safety protection. The updated Elantra is a greater threat to the likes of the Ford Focus, Dodge Dart and Honda Civic than ever, and it’s still a sticker price bargain. While Honda is still scrambling to get its latest Civic right, the Elantra continues to be the best Civic that hasn’t happened yet.

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