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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.
 

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You won't really miss the limited-slip differential unless you track the car and lets face it, most Elantra Sport owners won't do that enough to care and for $22,485 or less if you bargain, it's a great deal for what you're getting.
 

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You'd miss it every time you floor it. The torque steer would be a pain but if you're a relatively calm driver, you'll be okay.
 

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You'd be surprised at how much of a difference an LSD will be making. You don't need to be at a track to experience the benefits of one. There's going to be days when it's wet outside and you go to hit the accelerator and you'll be introduced to a one wheel spin with severe torque steer.
 

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I can vouch for LSD even in simple street situations. Winter is most noticeable since you won"t just get one wheel slipping and the other doing something different. The best thing to do is try it out for yourself on 2 of the same models of vehicle, one with and the other without LSD. Actually on dry roads you'll even notice it
 

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You'd be surprised at how much of a difference an LSD will be making. You don't need to be at a track to experience the benefits of one. There's going to be days when it's wet outside and you go to hit the accelerator and you'll be introduced to a one wheel spin with severe torque steer.
If you floor it, sure. lol
 
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