2014 Hyundai Elantra Review

March 20, 2014
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The Hyundai Elantra sees a lot of changes for 2014. And by just looking at the lineup, it cannot be denied that the Elantra just got better. Exterior and interior styling is more modern now. Cabin features were upgraded to match today’s buyers’ demands. Hyundai also made some improvements under the hood and in the chassis. Learn more about the 2014 Elantra below.

NEW FOR THE 2014 ELANTRA

  • refreshed exterior and interior styling
  • Sport trim level
  • more serene cabin
  • enhanced infotainment features
  • LED headlights and taillights
  • driver-selectable steering
  • SE trim level as replacement to the previous entry-level GLS

UNDER THE HOOD

The Elantra SE and Limited models are powered by a 1.8-liter 4-cylinder engine that makes 145 horsepower and 130 pound-feet of torque. SE models get a 6-speed manual as the standard transmission. An automatic is standard on Limited models and optional on SE models.

Meanwhile, powering the new Elantra Sport, coupe and GT models is a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine with 173 horsepower and 154 pound-feet of torque. It is paired with a 6-speed manual transmission. An automatic is optional except on the coupe with which it is the only transmission available.

Here’s how the EPA rated the 2014 Hyundai Elantra’s fuel economy:

City Highway Combined
Sedan 1.8L, manual 27 mpg 37 mpg 31 mpg
Sedan 1.8L, automatic 28 mpg 38 mpg 32 mpg
Sedan Sport 2.0L, manual 24 mpg 34 mpg 28 mpg
Sedan Sport 2.0L, automatic 24 mpg 35 mpg 28 mpg
Coupe 2.0L, automatic 24 mpg 34 mpg 28 mpg
GT 2.0L, manual 24 mpg 34 mpg 28 mpg
GT 2.0L, automatic 24 mpg 33 mpg 27 mpg

 

ON THE ROAD

While the 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine works fine for the compact Elantra, the new 2.0-liter four that makes 173 hp is what got the attention of many test drivers. With it, the Elantra is able to keep up with the rest in the segment when it comes to sharp performance. It also has sporty handling and quiet ride. But rivals deal with rough pavements better than the Elantra. The transmissions did not receive much negative comments from reviewers, but most of them prefer the automatic gearbox for its quicker shifts.

INSIDE THE 2014 ELANTRA

The Elantra’s interior has improved a lot over the years. And even though this year’s models still have hard plastics, these blend well with soft-touch surfaces. The design and look of the cabin is pleasant and just appropriate for an inexpensive small car. Of course, higher trim levels in the sedan, the GT and the coupe get nicer cabins as they get more pieces of equipment.

The seats in the sedan are roomy and supportive enough. The coupe has adequate room in the back and the GT offers a spacious rear seat.

One thing that the Elantra can boast of is the remarkable trunks in sedans and coupes. At 14.8 cubic feet, they are the largest in the segment. Meanwhile, the hatchback offers up to 51 cubic feet of space with the rear seats down. Storage spaces inside the cabin are also abundant.

Elantra Sedan

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Elantra Coupe

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Elantra GT

KEY FEATURES

The 2014 Hyundai Elantra sedan has three trim levels while the coupe and the GT come in only a single style. The sedan comes in SE, Limited or Sport style.

The Elantra SE is equipped with 15-inch alloy wheels, heated power side mirrors, daytime running lights, blind spot mirror, antilock brakes with brake assist, hill start assist, stability and traction control systems, 6 airbags, rear-seat center armrest with cup holders, rear fold-down seatback, 6-speaker AM/FM/CD/MP3/SiriusXM audio system with iPod/USB auxiliary jacks, cruise control, keyless entry, and driver-selectable steering.

The Limited model adds Bluetooth, rearview camera, 17-inch alloy wheels, 4.3-inch display screen, heated leather seats, 6-way power driver seat with lumbar support, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, LED taillights, fog lights, and automatic headlights. Most of these features are optional on the Elantra SE.

Meanwhile, optional on the Elantra Limited is the Technology Package which contains power sunroof, dual-zone automatic climate control, proximity key with push-button start, upgraded sound system, and navigation system with 7-inch touchscreen.

The Sport trim level has unique 17-alloy wheels, sunroof, sport steering and suspension, unique exterior details, and aluminum pedals.

The Elantra coupe is similarly equipped as the Elantra Sport sedan. It can also be equipped with the features included in the Technology Package.

The Elantra GT shares many of the Limited model’s features and adds 16-inch alloy wheels and 7 airbags. It is eligible for the optional Style and Technology Packages.

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