A comfortable compact car with plenty of cargo room!

Hyundai Elantra | CarMax

Compact cars come with a number of perks that can make your life a lot easier. They can be easier to maneuver on your urban commute and are a nice choice for different size families. Check out our review of the sixth-generation Hyundai Elantra (2017-2018 model years).


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Key Specs & Features

  • The powertrain for the most recent, sixth generation (2017 and 2018) Hyundai Elantra offers a choice between a 1.4L, 1.6L and 2.0L engines, combined with a six-speed automatic, six-speed manual, or seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.
  • The 2019 Hyundai Elantra SE 2.0L, four-cylinder, six-speed automatic, gets an EPA estimated 33 mpg combined.1
  • A turbocharged 1.4L Dual OverHead Camshaft (DOHC) inline-four-cylinder, 128 horsepower engine was introduced with the 2017 Eco trim.
  • The sixth generation Elantra offers Drive Mode Select across all trims, which drivers can use to switch between Eco, Normal and Sport modes, adjusting driving dynamics.
  • Blind-spot monitor and cross-traffic alert systems were added to the 2018 Hyundai Elantra SEL, along with a seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system, giving drivers quick access to Android Auto ™ and Apple CarPlay ™.
  • Standard across all trims in the 2019 model year sixth-generation Elantra is a rearview camera and Bluetooth® connectivity.

5 Reasons to Buy

1. Large Cargo Space

Hyundai Elantra: Trunk Cargo | CarMax

Even though it's a compact car, the Hyundai Elantra boasts sufficient cargo space. The 2017 model year has 14.4 cubic feet of storage capacity, which is excellent for its class. Foldable rear seats increase that capacity further.

2. Availability of Tech Features

All model years from the sixth-generation Hyundai Elantra offer a nice choice of features. Options for the 2018 model include lane change assist, forward-collision warning, lane keep assist, adaptive cruise control, and automatic emergency braking. The 2017 model year Value Edition offers a backup camera, steering wheel audio controls and remote trunk release, as some of the most notable features.

3. Blue Link®/Homelink Services Available

Hyundai Elantra: Tech Dash | CarMax

Hyundai offers the available Blue Link® Connected Car Service on all 2018 model year Elantras. This includes remote start with climate control, remote door lock and unlock, on-demand diagnostics and alerts, and remote car finder. Blue Link is compatible with Apple® and Android® smartphones, Amazon Alexa and Google® Assistant.

4. Functional Interior

Hyundai Elantra: Front Seats | CarMax

The interior of the Hyundai Elantra is very comfortable and functional. The layout of the buttons and controls is convenient and user-friendly, and the driver can easily reach all of them quickly and without spending too long looking away from the road. This helps mitigate potential distracted driving risks and keeps the driver connected to the road ahead.

Hyundai Elantra: Backseats | CarMax

5. An Array of Color Options

You'll be delighted at the different options for exterior colors from which to choose in the 2017-2018 Hyundai Elantra models. From Galactic Gray to Scarlet Red Pearl, there are plenty of options to match your personality on the road.

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What You Need to Know

Sixth-Generation Hyundai Elantra Trims:

2017 Trims

SE: The SE provides the basics that are necessary for a comfortable commute or a ride around town, such as satellite radio, brake assist, traction control, electronic stability control, and trip computer.

Limited: If you are willing to invest a little more into some advanced features, the Limited trim is the choice for you, with equipment including vehicle anti-theft system, steering wheel controls, cruise control, back-up camera, dual zone A/C, on board hands-free communications system, blind spot monitor, and cross-traffic alert.

Value Edition: For a significantly increased convenience, there is the Value Edition trim, which offers auto-off headlights, hands-free liftgate, and smart device integration.

Sport: Those looking for a more thrilling ride can opt for the the Sport trim, with features including: rear defrost, HID headlights, leather seats, heated front seats, four-wheel ABS, and integrated turn signal mirrors.

ECO: The ECO trim has been designed with drivers following a more eco-conscious lifestyle, and it comes equipped with HD radio, Drive Mode Select, 3.5-inch TFT driver information center, Bluetooth, and electronic brake force distribution with brake assist.

2018 Trims

SE: The base SE trim for the 2018 model year comes with a few upgrades compared to its 2017 predecessor, such as front ventilated disc brakes, knee airbag, mechanical fuel remote release, steering wheel with manual tilting, manual telescoping, USB port, and speed sensitive volume.

SEL: Offering a more comfortable and convenient interior, the SEL trim features rear cup holders, full floor console with covered box, height adjustable front seat belts, and remote activated perimeter/approach lights.

Value Edition: The Value Edition provides an even more comfortable ride and it's a major step up from some of the other trims, with amenities like remote keyless entry, illuminated auxiliary driver and passenger-side visor mirrors, proximity key, manual sunshade, primary monitor touchscreen, SiriusXM AM/FM/HD/Satellite with seek-scan, as well as voice-activated radio.

ECO: The trim popular with those living a green-conscious lifestyle is once again offered for the 2018 model year, this time with upgraded with front dual zone A/C, hands-free auto-opening trunk, proximity cargo access remote release, bucket front seats, and a six-speaker audio system.

Sport: Both the exterior and the interior of the 2018 model year Sport trim have received substantial upgrades, including the 18-inch wheels, independent front strut suspension with anti-roll bar, sport suspension, chrome tip exhaust, two USB ports, telescoping steering wheel, and chrome interior accents.

Limited: The Blue Link Guidance, with turn-by-turn navigation directions, is standard on the Limited trim, which also comes with an immobilizer, automatic temperature control, two memory settings, and remote engine start, as some of the most notable features.

Hyundai Elantra Available Colors

The 2017-2018 Hyundai Elantra comes in 15 color options:

  • Black Diamond
  • Black Noir Pearl
  • Ceramic White
  • Electric Blue
  • Electric Blue Metallic
  • Galactic Gray
  • Lakeside Blue
  • Machine Gray
  • Mineral Beige
  • Molten Silver
  • Phantom Black
  • Quartz White Pearl
  • Scarlet Red Pearl
  • Symphony Air Silver
  • Symphony Silver

Hyundai Elantra Average CarMax Prices1

  • 2014-2017: Average price less than $14,000
  • 2018: Average price less than $16,000

Years in Review

2013 Hyundai Elantra - The 2013 Hyundai Elantra comes in GT hatchback, sedan and coupe versions. It comes with a 1.8L, four-cylinder engine generating 148 horsepower, and it's paired with a six-speed manual transmission. Standard features include cruise control, keyless entry, and power windows.

2014 Hyundai Elantra - Arguably the most distinguishing feature of the 2014 Hyundai Elantra is its top-of-the-class storage capacity, rated at 14.8 cubic feet. Trip computer, remote trunk release, a USB port, and telescopic steering are all standard.

2015 Hyundai Elantra - The newly introduced SE Style Package for the 2015 Hyundai Elantra offers a power glass tilting and sliding sunroof, leather-wrapped shift knob, and heated front seats, as an upgrade to previous model years.

2016 Hyundai Elantra - A new trim was introduced for the 2016 model year Hyundai Elantra. Called the Value Edition, it comes standard with keyless entry and start, 16-inch alloy wheels, as well as some nice features, such as the driver knee airbags, and the driver-side blind spot mirror.

2017 Hyundai Elantra - The 2017 model year marks the start of the most recent, sixth-generation Hyundai Elantra. It's powered by a 2.0L, I-4 engine paired with a six-speed manual transmission. Features such as remote trunk release and steering-wheel-mounted audio controls make it much more convenient.

2018 Hyundai Elantra - The 2018 Hyundai Elantra comes with free Blue Link connectivity for three years, providing emergency services and navigation, accessed via a 3.5-inch display. The SEL trim comes with a new set of tech features, including a rearview camera, automatic headlights, dual-zone climate control, and blind-spot monitoring with rear-cross traffic alert and lane change assist.

The Bottom Line

The Hyundai Elantra is one of the most practical cars in its class. It's an obvious choice for those looking for a comfortable commuter car with lots of storage for luggage, and a roomy interior. The wide variety of available features makes for an enjoyable ride.

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1EPA estimates for when vehicle sold as new. See fueleconomy.gov. Fuel economy may vary for reasons like driving conditions and vehicle history.
2Based on CarMax average prices between August 1, 2018 through January 31, 2019. Actual prices may vary based on your selected model year, features and trim packages. Prices do not include tax, title, tags, and any applicable fees.