2016 Hyundai ElantraValue Edition (1097)


This week we’re looking at the 2016 Hyundai Elantra Value Edition. Great value is very true and a breath of fresh air that anyone can own a very capable car because they are affordable. When I consider having to risk problems with a used car when NEW is this affordable for a 5 seat 4-door sedan. How can you not be impressed? I know I am.

Driving a different car every week around the country and mostly in California I get the gut feeling instantly and it is generally proved out in research and reflection.

General Information: It is assembled in Ulsan, Korea; Parts – US/Canadian 3%, Korea 91%; Engine and transmission – Korea; Classification is Midsize Cars. Cars from Hyundai: Accent, Azera, Elantra, Elantra Touring, Equus, Genesis, Genesis Coupe, Santa Fe, Sonata, Sonata Hybrid, Tucson, Veloster, Veracruz.

Handling & Performance:

Continuous variable valve timing is the process of altering the timing of a valve lift event, and is often used to improve performance, fuel economy or emissions. It is increasingly being used in combination with variable valve lift systems. This is an important system that has been in use by European and Japanese engines for many years before the US car companies began to employ the technology.


Elantra follows the look of its more expensive siblings but at a more affordable entry level price. I like it.

Fit and Finish:

Very good.


VERY affordable.

Conveniences and comfort:

A fantastic array of features that round out the quality and technology feeling.

Consumer Recommendations:

This is a great value as the model description implies. It is true and you get a great bang for the buck and with great fuel economy. I couldn’t recommend it more as a product from a great company.

Recognized Competition:

Hyundai Elantra $17-22,000, Kia Rio $14-18,000, Mazda 3 $21,000, Dodge Dart $20,000, Nissan Versa $13-17,000.

Good News:

Great value including most of the features you’ll need and want, great fuel economy, nice styling only found in higher priced cars.

Bad News:

Some may argue it is under powered.

Standard Equipment:

1.8 liter 145 hp 4-cylinder engine, dual continuous variable valve timing, 6-speed Automatic transmission, electronic stability control and traction control, 4-wheel ABS disc brakes with electronic brake force distribution  with power assist, front, side and side curtain airbags, daytime running lights, hill start assist control, power tilt and slide sunroof, proximity key entry with electronic push button start, heated front seats, leather steering wheel and shift knob, tilt and telescopic steering column, side mirror turn indicators, 16” alloy wheels, front fog lights and auto headlight control, air conditioning, AM/FM/CD/MP3 audio system with 6-speakers, Sirius XM radio with 90 day trial, iPod/USB & auxiliary input jacks, heate power mirrors with blind spot mirror indicators, power windows and locks, steering wheel mounted audio and cruise controls, 4.3” color display with rearview camera, 60/40 split folding rear seat, rear center armrest with cupholders.

Gas Stats:

$3.99/ Gal avg. July 20, 2015


for more information.

28 City and 38 Highway MPG


MSRP $20,650.

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