2016 Hyundai Elantra

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Hyundai Elantra highlights

Customer rating


  • Generous features on the base model
  • Large trunk with ample storage space
  • Quiet cabin on the highway


  • Limited headroom for taller adults
  • Mediocre acceleration with the base 1.8L engine
  • Somewhat stiff driving experience

Mileage (EPA estimate)

24 city, 33 highway, 27 combined

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What is new for the 2016 Hyundai Elantra?

  • The Elantra is available in a new trim called the Value Edition.
  • A/C Seat(s) features are now available as options on select trims.
  • The Sport trim now comes with Cloth Seats and Satellite Radio Ready as standard equipment.
  • The Limited trim now comes with Smart Key and Satellite Radio Ready as standard equipment.
  • The SE trim now comes with Satellite Radio Ready as standard equipment.

5 reasons to buy the 2016 Hyundai Elantra

1. Hatchback option

Do you want style without compromising practical space? The 2016 Hyundai Elantra GT—the hatchback version of the Elantra—is up for the task. The Elantra GT has 23 cu-ft of cargo space behind the rear seats and 51 cu-ft with the seats folded flat, perfect for golfers, campers, or parents who sometimes can't travel light.

2. Plenty of trunk space in the sedan

Cargo space is at a premium in compact cars. And yet, the 2016 Hyundai Elantra sedan stands out for offering functional cargo space for carrying groceries, pet supplies, or a baby carriage. The 2016 Hyundai Elantra has 14.8 cu-ft of storage space, more than most other small sedans. If you need more space, such as for long objects, the rear seatbacks fold down in a 40/60 split with the pull of a trunk-mounted handle.

3. A great commuter car

If you cover many miles, the 2016 Hyundai Elantra is a great companion on the road. With the standard 145-hp 1.8L four-cylinder engine, the 2016 Elantra sedan gets an EPA-estimated 30 mpg combined fuel economy with the manual transmission, and an EPA-estimated 31 mpg combined fuel economy with the automatic transmission.

If you choose an Elantra with the 173-hp 2.0L four-cylinder engine, the sedan will get an EPA-estimated 28 mpg combined fuel economy with either transmission, while the hatchback will get an EPA-estimated 27 mpg.

4. Value Edition trim level

If you're the person who gets a thrill from getting the most out of your dollars, you'll like that the 2016 Hyundai Elantra added a value trim. This mid-range trim was meant to maximize—you guessed it—value for buyers. It adds a touch of luxury to the 2016 Elantra, with standard features including heated seats, a sunroof, and a tilting and telescoping steering wheel.

5. Sporty driving options

If you like to push the edges and test your car's handling—whether on the track or the on-ramp— the 2016 Hyundai Elantra offers two great options. The hatchback GT trim comes standard with sport-tuned suspension and steering. On the sedan, you can find those features on the Elantra Sport trim. For a more hands-on driving experience, stick with the manual transmission that comes standard on both the hatchback and sedan SE and Sport trims.

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Ratings & reliability

Customer ratings

Based on customer reviews, the 2016 Hyundai Elantra is a great car for a first time buyer. It is good on gas and has a lot of space.

RepairPal gave the Hyundai Elantra an overall reliability rating of 4 out of 5 stars, which RepairPal describes as Excellent. This rating ranks Hyundai Elantra 11th out of 46 among Compact Cars.

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Hyundai Elantra features and specs

GT 2WD 4D Hatchback

Standard Features

  • ABS Brakes
  • Air Conditioning
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Auxiliary Audio Input
  • Bluetooth Technology
  • CD Audio
  • Cloth Seats
  • Cruise Control
  • Front Seat Heaters
  • Manual Transmission
  • Overhead Airbags
  • Power Locks
  • Power Mirrors
  • Power Windows
  • Rear Defroster
  • Satellite Radio Ready
  • Side Airbags
  • Traction Control
  • A/C Seat(s)
  • Alloy Wheels
  • Bluetooth Technology
  • Cloth Seats
  • Leather Seats
  • Navigation System
  • Panoramic Sunroof
  • Power Seat(s)
  • Rear View Camera
  • Smart Key

Drive Wheels

Front Wheel Drive (2WD)

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Leg room

F 42"/R 34.6"

Head room

F 40.1"/R 37.9"

Front tires


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Max towing capacity

75/750 lbs.


Manual 6

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