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Car and Driver: Redesigned 2017 Hyundai Elantra Starts Under $18,000

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The all-new 2017 Hyundai Elantra starts at $17,985, making it the second-cheapest compact sedan in the U.S. behind its Kia Forte sibling. Another five bucks gets you into a Dodge Dart, while $80 extra grants you access to this segment’s staple, the Toyota Corolla. But hey, presumably you’re somewhat curious about a Hyundai, so let’s talk about what that cash gets you.

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The base six-speed manual SE comes with a new 2.0-liter Atkinson-cycle four-cylinder with 147 horsepower and 132 lb-ft of torque (up 2 for both) that doesn’t help fuel economy (at 26 mpg city/36 mpg highway, both are down 1 mpg). The upside? It’s $100 less than the 2016 model and adds a few notable standard features, such as a driver’s knee airbag, a convex driver’s-side mirror, projector-beam headlamps, and tinted glass. Power windows/mirrors/locks and a six-speaker stereo with SiriusXM and a USB port continue as standard.

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Springing for the six-speed automatic SE ($18,985) brings selectable driving modes (normal, sport, eco) that change the transmission and throttle response. Fuel economy improves to an estimated 29/38, a one-mpg uptick in the city compared to the 2016 model.

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Whereas the manual SE is still a bare-bones car with 15-inch steelies and rear drum brakes. Only the automatic SE can be ordered with the Popular Equipment Package ($800; cruise control, steering-wheel audio controls, Bluetooth, 7.0-inch touchscreen audio head unit with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a backup camera, 16-inch alloy wheels, automatic headlamps, heated mirrors, additional noise insulation under the hood).

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Spend another $1300 for the Tech Package, and you get some equipment that used to be listed in the Popular Equipment Package (auto-up driver’s window, a sliding armrest, illuminated vanity mirrors, sunvisor extensions) and adds some new ones (LED daytime running lamps, blind-spot detection with cross-traffic alert, leather-covered steering wheel and shift knob, keyless entry with push-button start, heated front seats, dual-zone climate control, 3.5-inch monochrome instrument panel display). Adding both packages brings the Elantra SE to $21,085.

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The 2017 Limited ($23,185) adds rear disc brakes, 17-inch alloy wheels, LED taillamps, side-mirror turn signals, chrome trim, leather, a power driver’s seat, a second USB port, and Blue Link telematics. Likely due to the weight of its extra features, the Limited returns slightly worse EPA mileage than the automatic SE, at 28/37 city/highway.

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As usual, the niftiest options shown on the NFL commercials are restricted to this most expensive Elantra. That would be the Limited Tech Package ($2500; navigation with 8.0-inch touchscreen, eight-speaker Infinity stereo, sunroof, heated rear seats, auto-dimming rearview mirror, garage-door opener, 4.2-inch color instrument panel display) and the Limited Ultimate Package ($1900; adaptive xenon headlamps, forward collision alert, auto-braking with pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise control, lane-keeping assist, and memory settings for the driver’s seat and mirrors). All in, a fully loaded 2017 Elantra will run $27,585.

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Both the SE and Limited models go on sale now. The Value Edition is dead. The Elantra Sport, formerly with a more powerful 173-hp engine, will return late in the year. A new turbocharged 1.4-liter Eco model, which slots in between the SE and Limited, will be available in the spring. Hyundai hasn’t released pricing or fuel-economy specs for those models, nor is there any word on the next-gen Elantra GT hatch.

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