2017 Hyundai Elantra: Cheaper Than Civic, But Comparable?

In terms of design there isn’t too much going for the 2017 Hyundai Elantra, so it has to take the competition to pricing. On top of a number of new tech features, the sedan goes for a base price of $17,985 inclusive of destination charges, making it cheaper than the 2016 Honda Civic which is priced at $19,485.

It doesn’t seem so affordable, however, when the entry-level SE model comes close to the Civic’s price when the six-speed auto is opted for over the standard six-speed manual.

A 2.0L four-cylinder engine worth 147hp and 132lb-ft torque powers the upcoming Elantra, and it should be more efficient than before as it operates on the Atkinson cycle.

It would be quite a challenge though to top the Civic’s highway fuel economy of 40mpg. Honda’s tenth-gen midsize sedan delivers 158hp and 138lb-ft from a 2.0L inline-four engine. It also trumps the Elantra on space, with over 2 inches more interior volume.

But the Elantra is going big on tech this time. Another $800 for the Popular Equipment Package on the SE trim gets buyers a 7-inch Display Audio system boasting Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility, rear-view camera, and cruise control.

The $23,185 Limited trim offers a six-speed auto gearbox, LED rear lights and leather upholstery as standard. A host of other peripheral features can be had with the Tech Package and Ultimate Package which respectively cost $2,500 and $1,900.

Some of the features that would help it compete closer to the Civic are ‘Dynamic Bending Lights’ that accompany daytime running lights, a whole array of new safety tech to rival Honda Sensing, three driving modes, an Eco version capable of 35mpg combined driving (Civic with CVT does 36mpg), a Hybrid variant, and a Smart Trunk function that lets drivers pop open the trunk hands-free.