2016 Hyundai Elantra

2016 Hyundai Elantra

2016 Hyundai Elantra


Vehicle Highlights

  • Fuel Economy: 27 mpg City, 37 mpg Hwy
  • Engine: 1.8 L Regular Unleaded I-4, 145 HP
  • Transmission: Manual
  • Drive Train: Front Wheel Drive
  • Passengers: 5
  • Doors: 4

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The Elantra is Hyundai's entry into the compact car market, battling against household names such as the Honda Civic and the Toyota Corolla, as well as hatchbacks like the Ford Focus and MAZDA3. It is a competitive segment, but the Elantra stands out with its bold styling, roomy five-door GT, high level of equipment and outstanding warranty. Starting at $17,250, the Elantra has plenty of standard features and even manages to top 38 mpg on the highway with its 1.8L engine. A 2.0L offers a big boost in power while sacrificing little in the way of economy.

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What's New For 2016

For 2016, Hyundai has added a Value Edition trim to the Elantra lineup. The new trim slots in just above the base SE and Hyundai claims it adds $1,000 in standard features for just $550 more than an SE equipped with the Popular Equipment Package. Elsewhere, the Elantra Limited now has push-button start and automatic dual climate control, while the Elantra Sport loses previously standard features, like leather seating (replaced by cloth) and a power sunroof. As a result, the Sport is now $1,350 less than its 2015 predecessor. Finally, the 5-door GT benefits from a subtle exterior upgrade, including a revised grille and new 17-inch wheels.


  • Basic Warranty: 5 Years / 60,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain Warranty: 10 Years / 100,000 Miles
  • Roadside Assistance: 5 Years / Unlimited Miles

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NHTSA Crash Test Rating

  • Frontal Driver: 5 stars
  • Frontal Passenger: 4 stars
  • Side Driver: 4 stars
  • Side Passenger: 5 stars
  • Rollover Rating: 4 stars

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Specifications for 2016 Hyundai Elantra

Standard Equipment

  • Safety Options
    • Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
    • ABS And Driveline Traction Control
    • Side Impact Beams
    • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
    • Low Tire Pressure Warning
    • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Front Airbags
    • Curtain 1st And 2nd Row Airbags
    • Airbag Occupancy Sensor
    • Rear Child Safety Locks
    • Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belts -inc: Rear Center 3 Point, Height Adjusters and Pretensioners
  • Entertainment Features
    • Window Grid Antenna
    • Radio w/Seek-Scan, Clock and Speed Compensated Volume Control
    • Radio: AM/FM/SiriusXM/CD/MP3 Audio System -inc: 6 speakers and iPod/USB auxiliary input jacks
  • Exterior Features
    • Wheels: 15" Steel w/Covers
    • Tires: P195/65R15
    • Spare Tire Mobility Kit
    • Clearcoat Paint
    • Body-Colored Front Bumper
    • Body-Colored Rear Bumper w/Gray Rub Strip/Fascia Accent
    • Black Side Windows Trim and Black Rear Window Trim
    • Body-Colored Door Handles
    • Body-Colored Power Side Mirrors w/Manual Folding
    • Fixed Rear Window w/Defroster
    • Light Tinted Glass
    • Variable Intermittent Wipers
    • Front Windshield -inc: Sun Visor Strip
    • Fully Galvanized Steel Panels
    • Grille w/Chrome Bar
    • Trunk Rear Cargo Access
    • Aero-Composite Halogen Daytime Running Headlamps w/Delay-Off
    • Perimeter/Approach Lights
  • Interior Features
    • Front Bucket Seats -inc: 6-way adjustable driver's seat w/height adjustment, front passenger slide/recline and front passenger seatback pocket
    • 60-40 Folding Split-Bench Front Facing Fold Forward Seatback Rear Seat
    • Manual Tilt Steering Column
    • Gauges -inc: Speedometer, Odometer, Engine Coolant Temp, Tachometer, Trip Odometer and Trip Computer
    • Power Rear Windows
    • 5 Person Seating Capacity
    • Front Cupholder
    • Rear Cupholder
    • Remote Keyless Entry w/Illuminated Entry and Panic Button
    • Remote Releases -Inc: Mechanical Trunk/Hatch and Mechanical Fuel
    • Cruise Control w/Steering Wheel Controls
    • Manual Air Conditioning
    • HVAC -inc: Underseat Ducts
    • Glove Box
    • Driver Foot Rest
    • Interior Trim -inc: Metal-Look Instrument Panel Insert, Metal-Look Door Panel Insert, Metal-Look/Piano Black Console Insert and Metal-Look Interior Accents
    • Full Cloth Headliner
    • Urethane Gear Shift Knob
    • Premium Cloth Seat Trim
    • Day-Night Rearview Mirror
    • Driver And Passenger Visor Vanity Mirrors
    • Full Floor Console w/Covered Storage, Mini Overhead Console w/Storage and 2 12V DC Power Outlets
    • Front Map Lights
    • Fade-To-Off Interior Lighting
    • Full Carpet Floor Covering
    • Carpet Floor Trim and Carpet Trunk Lid/Rear Cargo Door Trim
    • Cargo Features -inc: Spare Tire Mobility Kit
    • Cargo Space Lights
    • FOB Controls -inc: Trunk/Hatch/Tailgate
    • Instrument Panel Covered Bin, Driver / Passenger And Rear Door Bins
    • Power 1st Row Windows w/Driver 1-Touch Down
    • Delayed Accessory Power
    • Power Door Locks w/Autolock Feature
    • Trip Computer
    • Outside Temp Gauge
    • Digital/Analog Display
    • Manual Adjustable Front Head Restraints and Manual Adjustable Rear Head Restraints
    • Front Center Armrest w/Storage and Rear Center Armrest
    • Perimeter Alarm
    • 2 12V DC Power Outlets
    • Air Filtration
  • Mechanical Features
    • Strut Front Suspension w/Coil Springs
    • Single Stainless Steel Exhaust
    • 12.8 Gal. Fuel Tank
    • Electric Power-Assist Speed-Sensing Steering
    • Front And Rear Anti-Roll Bars
    • Gas-Pressurized Shock Absorbers
    • 3836# Gvwr
    • 90 Amp Alternator
    • 48-Amp/Hr 550CCA Maintenance-Free Battery w/Run Down Protection
    • 4.33 Axle Ratio
    • Front-Wheel Drive
    • Transmission: 6-Speed Manual
    • Engine:1.8L DOHC 16V 4-Cylinder D-CVVT MPI
    • 4-Wheel Disc Brakes w/4-Wheel ABS, Front Vented Discs, Brake Assist and Hill Hold Control
    • Torsion Beam Rear Suspension w/Coil Springs

Tech Specs

  • Brakes Features
    • Brake ABS System - 4-Wheel
    • Disc - Front (Yes or ) - Yes
    • Disc - Rear (Yes or ) - Yes
    • Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) - 11
    • Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness (in) - 10.3
  • Cargo Area Dimensions Features
    • Trunk Volume (ft³) - 14.8
  • Electrical Features
    • Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary) - 550
    • Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps) - 90
  • Engine Features
    • Engine Type - Regular Unleaded I-4
    • Displacement - 1.8 L/110
    • Fuel System - MPI
    • SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM - 145 @ 6500
    • SAE Net Torque @ RPM - 130 @ 4700
  • Exterior Dimensions Features
    • Wheelbase (in) - 106.3
    • Length, Overall (in) - 179.1
    • Width, Max w/o mirrors (in) - 69.9
    • Height, Overall (in) - 56.3
    • Tread Width, Front (in) - 61.5
    • Tread Width, Rear (in) - 62
    • Min Ground Clearance (in) - 5.3
  • Fuel Tank Features
    • Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx (gal) - 12.8
  • Interior Dimensions Features
    • Passenger Capacity - 5
    • Passenger Volume (ft³) - 95.6
    • Front Head Room (in) - 40
    • Front Leg Room (in) - 43.6
    • Front Shoulder Room (in) - 55.9
    • Front Hip Room (in) - 53.5
    • Second Head Room (in) - 37.1
    • Second Leg Room (in) - 33.1
    • Second Shoulder Room (in) - 54.8
    • Second Hip Room (in) - 52.7
  • Mileage Features
    • Fuel Economy Est-Combined (MPG) - 31
    • EPA Fuel Economy Est - City (MPG) - 27
    • EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy (MPG) - 37
  • Steering Features
    • Steering Type - Rack-Pinion
    • Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb (ft) - 34.8
  • Summary Features
    • Vehicle Name - Hyundai Elantra
    • Body Style - Sedan
  • Suspension Features
    • Suspension Type - Front - Strut
    • Suspension Type - Rear - Torsion Beam
    • Suspension Type - Front (Cont.) - Strut
    • Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.) - Torsion Beam
  • Tires Features
    • Front Tire Size - P195/65TR15
    • Rear Tire Size - P195/65TR15
  • Transmission Features
    • Drivetrain - Front Wheel Drive
    • Trans Order Code - M6CF3-1
    • Trans Type - 6
    • Trans Description Cont. - Manual w/OD
    • First Gear Ratio (:1) - 3.31
    • Second Gear Ratio (:1) - 1.96
    • Third Gear Ratio (:1) - 1.26
    • Fourth Gear Rato (:1) - 0.98
    • Fifth Gear Ratio (:1) - 0.78
    • Sixth Gear Ratio (:1) - 0.63
    • Reverse Ratio (:1) - 3.58
    • Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1) - 4.33
  • Vehicle Features
    • EPA Classification - Mid-Size Cars
    • Annual CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year - 5.7
  • Weight Information Features
    • Base Curb Weight (lbs) - 2773
  • Wheels Features
    • Front Wheel Size (in) - 15 X 5
    • Rear Wheel Size (in) - 15 X 5
    • Front Wheel Material - Steel
    • Rear Wheel Material - Steel

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  • Desert Bronze Phantom Black Quartz White Pearl Shale Gray Metallic Symphony Silver Venetian Red
  • Desert Bronze
  • Phantom Black
  • Quartz White Pearl
  • Shale Gray Metallic
  • Symphony Silver
  • Venetian Red

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For 2016, Hyundai Elantra gets new front and rear styling, with LED lighting on 2016 Elantra Sport and 2016 Elantra Limited models.

We think the Hyundai Elantra is better than the Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla in some ways. The Elantra offers more value than most compacts. The Elantra is good looking, grown up, well liked, pleasant to drive in traffic, and it has a good safety record.

Elantra comes in two body styles: Elantra SE, Sport and Limited models are four-door sedans. Elantra GT models are five-door hatchbacks (see separate New Car Test Drive review). Elantra is called a compact but its interior says mid-size.

The Elantra is an above-average compact. It’s as big as a Volkswagen Jetta and drives as well as a Toyota Corolla, but isn’t as energetic or engaging as a Ford Focus, and it falls short of the performance of the Jetta and Mazda3.

The standard engine, found in Elantra SE and Elantra Limited, is an efficient 1.8-liter four-cylinder that makes 148 horsepower and 131 pound-feet of torque, and gets an EPA-estimated 28/38 mpg City/Highway. The 1.8-liter offers respectable smoothness and acceleration (after a slow throttle response). There’s a choice of 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic.

Elantra Sport comes with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder that makes 173 hp and 154 lb-ft of torque, and it is also available with either a 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic transmission. The 2.0-liter gets an EPA-estimated 28 mpg Combined, compared with 32 mg Combined for the 1.8-liter automatic.

The 2016 Elantra gets five stars from NHTSA and Top Safety Pick from IIHS, with Acceptable in the overlap test and Good in all other tests.


The base 2016 Hyundai Elantra SE comes standard with manual transmission ($17,250), air conditioning and upgraded cloth upholstery; Elantra SE is also available with the automatic ($18,250). A Value Edition model adds convenience features to the SE, including alloy wheels, sunroof, leather wheel and knob, pushbutton start, heated front seats, and tilt-and-telescope steering wheel. Elantra Limited ($21,700) comes with the automatic and upgrades further with climate control, Bluetooth, and other features; and the Ultimate Package ($1800) adds navigation, premium audio and other feartures.

Elantra Sport ($21,250) features the 2.0-liter engine and offers manual or automatic.


We love the energetic daring design of the Elantra. Complex curves swoop toward the rear and gather there, while others push against the flow, bowed forward at the cuts of the doors.

It’s a flawless, confident, and sophisticated profile that takes the Korean automaker into the land of fresh thinkers.

The Elantra looks like it’s moving. Details are covered, from the crease that runs to the C-pillar to the marker lights that hang over the centers of the front wheels. We like the rising line from the lipped wheelwells to the taillights.


The interior is daring too, just look at that hourglass center console, which is fresh, distinctive, and brilliant where it meets the dashboard. But the interior is also subdued, as the same complex curves are cohesive.

The front seats are shy in bolstering and seat cushioning, but there’s good elbow room all over. Legroom in the front is fine for tall persons, and the rear is fine for adults; but headroom is tight, like any compact except maybe the Jetta. Heated rear seats are available as an option, but not a separate heat vent for the rear.

The interior plastics, both hard and soft, are par for the class. There are a lot of useful storage spots. There’s a handy module with an auxiliary jack, power point, and USB port. The available leather is supple, perforated in a wave pattern.

It’s quieter inside than most small cars, partly because the suspension is soft; at highway speeds it’s as quiet as a mid-size car.

The rear seats easily fold forward, nearly flat.

Driving Impressions

Elantra’s 1.8-liter engine has a smooth idle. It stays calm in most of the rev range, unlike larger four-cylinder engines. It’s right at home between 2500 and 4000 rpm, especially with the 6-speed automatic, which has an ECO mode that relaxes shift and throttle response, gaining up to 7 percent better fuel mileage.

The Elantra isn’t as lively or fun as the Ford Focus or Mazda3. The throttle, transmission and steering just aren’t as quick. The electric power steering can be set for three levels of resistance, but none of them sharpen the feedback.

The ride is sporty, not firm, and the brake pedal is firm. The Elantra uses disc brakes front and rear, unlike too many other compacts that use drums on the rear to cut costs.

The Elantra Sport uses the same 2.0-liter engine that’s in the Kia Forte, with 23 more horsepower and 25 more foot-pounds of torque than the base sedan. To us, the bigger engine seemed to make more of a difference in engine noise than thrust. The Sport also features stiffer shocks and springs, and a fatter stabilizer bar.


The Elantra wins some and loses some, in its competitive compact field. We think it wins big in styling, and only loses a little in the other areas. It looks like a more expensive sedan. Great value for the price.

Driving impressions by The Car Connection. Sam Moses contributed to this report.

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