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.

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