Hyundai is a manufacturer which takes compact car market seriously. Proof for that is its best-sold compact Elantra which shifts generations on a five-year basis. Since fifth generation started in 2011, it is clear that 2016 Hyundai Elantra will be a redesigned model of this compact sedan.
Elantra is available in three trims: SE, Sport and Limited. Base engine comes with entry and top tier models, and 1.8L I-4 delivers 145 hp and 130 lb-ft of torque. Sport version has a 2.0L I-4 engine which has 173 ho and 154 lb-ft of torque and direct fuel injection. Now, Hyundai wouldn’t be Hyundai if they wouldn’t complicate things up a bit. 6-speed manual transmission is standard on base and Sport model, while Limited comes away with 6-speed automatic transmission with SHIFTRONIC which is part of the optional package on the rest of the lineup.
Elantra is one of the non-luxury compacts with most beautiful exterior designs. New generation will change that, but we certainly hope it will be for the better (if that’s possible). Smiling front end fascia proved as a winning combination and designers shouldn’t touch it. Arching roof impedes rear headroom and that’s where they should look which will most likely require extensive changes in rear end too of this vehicle.
Changes For 2016 Hyundai Elantra
Compacts aren’t that richly equipped usually and that’s another big plus for Elantra which offers leather seat surfaces from its second trim level, together with heated front seats, while heated rear seats are available on top trim level. Besides that, all models come with 4.3-inch touch screen and a rearview camera although this feature is part of the optional package on base SE trim. Sport and Limited models have different optional packages which add the possibility to include a 7-inch screen with navigation. 360-Watt premium sound system is also optional on latter two tiers, while all models have standard 6-speaker system. Beside standard airbag system, stability control and anti-lock brakes with brake assist, Elantra comes with additional steering effort assist system which helps steer you back toward stability and control.
Best possible fuel economy ratings for new model can be found in 1.8L models with optional automatic gearbox and stand at 28/38 mpg. Manual shifter lowers both categories by a single point, while 2.0L powertrain returns 24/35 mpg with the automatic and one point lower highway ratings with the manual.
Around $17,000 will remain to be the price for entry level Elantra’s, while Sport and Limited models will both aim toward the $21,000 mark. More efficient automatic gearbox is the most sought for upgrade which costs $1,000 flat. Many will notice that the numbers have remain almost identical to the currently available model but have in mind that slight improvements are coming.
2016 Hyundai Elantra Redesign
The 2016 Hyundai Elantra will be a next-gen vehicle, but it doesn’t mean Korean manufacturer will change its performance much. It already has the winning package and they should, and will be careful at altering it. They need to stay true to the previous generation that looked fantastic and only to slightly improve in all segments, this way we are sure that they will manage to attract even more buyers to their brand. Expect to see this model delivered during 2015th and we could hear September as the date of official release but it should be presented as a concept even before that on some major auto show.