Henry Payne from The Detroit News is a big fan of compact sport coupes and sedans but not so much with the Elantra until Hyundai came out with the new 2017 Elantra Sport.
For the sixth-generation Elantra, Hyundai has improved the chassis stiffness by 40% with the increased use of high-strength steel and structural adhesives. Planted on top of that chassis is a 201-horse, 1.6-liter turbo-4 engine paired with a six-speed manual transmission (optional 7-speed automatic) and the Sport model comes with multi-link suspension instead of a rear torsion beam.
Even though the Elantra is missing a limited-slip differential, something that its competitors including VW GTI and Civic SI has, it was still a hoot to drive around Tire Rack’s autocross course. The front wheels may need to scrabble here and there for traction but engine’s 195 lb-ft of torque output is more than enough to push you into your seat. Spec wise, the Elantra Sport can compete well with other models in its class including the Mazda 3 and Jetta GLI sedan.
Completing the package is a substantial list of standard features including heated front seats, connectivity apps, 18-inch wheels, push-button start, leather seats, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, and a 7-inch touchscreen.
The Elantra just a good all-rounder and a base price of $22,485 makes it that much more appealing.