Hyundai Somehow Managed To Make The 2017 Elantra Boring (Again)

Review

Though not Toyota Corolla boring.

Does anyone remember the first generation Hyundai Elantra? You know, that lame-looking econobox that debuted way back in 1990? Well, if you do or were even alive back then you’ll know just far the Elantra has come over the years. It was the fifth generation model that came out in 2011 that really got everyone’s attention, and now the sixth gen model is here. Thing is, its exterior design, in our opinion, doesn’t looks as good as its predecessor’s. Hyundai has, mostly, ditched its "Fluidic Design" language in favor of a more conservative look.

Still, the 2017 Hyundai Elantra looks worlds better than the doomed to be boring forever Toyota Corolla. But it’s the new Elantra’s overall refinement that you need to pay the most attention to because it’s a segment leader in this department.

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Is the 2017 Elantra as sporty to drive as the new Honda Civic or Mazda3? No, but not everyone wants a sporty feel, believe it or not. Power comes from a 2.0-liter four banger with 147 hp and 132 lb-ft of torque, and power goes to the front wheels via a six-speed automatic. Perhaps our biggest and really only complaint here is the Elantra’s vague steering. Other than that, you can’t go wrong. Special thanks to Hyundai Sacramento for letting us film the car.

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