All new. All good.

At first impression, Hyundai’s “Style To Raise The Bar” motto for its all-new 2017 Elantra certainly confirmed validity. Available in three trims—Eco (starting at $17,150), SE ($20,650), and the Limited (beginning at $22,350)—the value Hyundai offers immediately wows considering all of this model’s augmentations from bumper to bumper. Addressing the more curvaceous exterior, the Limited’s standards are plentiful, including its signature chrome hexagonal grille crowning a lowered front fascia, 17-inch alloy wheels, side mirror turn indicators, and a bottom rear spoiler for sporty edginess.

Inside, the Limited’s abundance of technology and driver-friendly features separates itself from most competitors. Standouts include the Blue Link Car System, Bluetooth hands-free phone system, proximity key with a push-button starter, rearview camera, hands-free smart trunk, and the dual-threat smartphone connectivity labeled “Android Auto” and “Apple CarPlay” which make desired apps available on the 7-inch touchscreen. The 2.0L, four-cylinder 147-horsepower engine is enjoyed in three driving modes—Normal, Sport and ECO—supplemented with premium safety installations including electronic stability control, blind spot detection, and numerous airbags throughout the cabin.

The highly recommended Tech ($2,500) and Ultimate ($1,900) Packages boast everything from touchscreen navigation, to a power sunroof, a premium six-speaker Infinity sound system enhanced with Clari-Fi Music Restoration Technology, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, Smart Cruise Control, and HID “Dynamic Bending Lights” that follow the turns of the steering wheel for optimal visibility to list a few.

With a respectable 32 combined city (28) and highway (37) miles-per-gallon average, and four standard warranty packages including America’s top 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain to help ensure worry-free longevity, the all-new Elantra will undoubtedly be welcomed with open arms worldwide.

Base price: $22,350

Review model with fees, carpeted floor mats, Tech Package ($2,500) and Ultimate Package ($1,900) – $27,710

Gas mileage: 28 city/37 highway/32 combined

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