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The Hyundai Elantra is not only a worthy competitor in the compact car segment, it is also the second longest-running nameplate in Hyundai’s history.
The sedan was first offered in the United States for the 1992 model year, and has received several updates since its first makeover in 1995. While the Elantra did not receive any major changes in design for the 2016 model year, it did undergo slight changes and new packaging options. The Hyundai Elantra is currently in its fifth generation.
Drivers of the Elantra can appreciate the quality ride it offers for the cost. JD Power even recognized the Elantra as having the highest initial quality in the compact car segment, which is the first of many awards that the popular sedan has garnered.
The 2016 Hyundai Elantra also has a long list of standard safety features, that have helped the compact car win various safety awards. The new Elantra also beating out the competition when it comes to fuel economy, and total passenger volume.
Thanks to the new updates and revisions for 2016, the Hyundai Elantra is truly a force to be reckoned with.
A vehicle’s quality and safety are two of the highest regarded categories that are considered by drivers looking to purchase a new car. The 2016 Hyundai Elantra has both of those elements covered, with a long list of standard safety features, awards, and recognition as the highest quality compact sedan on the market.
The Hyundai Elantra is no stranger to recognition. Drivers of the compact car can easily recognize the high quality, durability, and power packed within the Elantra - but they aren’t the only ones taking notice. J.D. Power recognized the Hyundai Elantra with the “Highest Ranked Compact Car in Initial Quality,” top honors from the institution.
Over 86,118 new vehicle owners were surveyed regarding 239 different models of compact cars. Opinions about the first 90 days of ownership were qualified, and the Elantra received the lowest number of problems per 100 vehicles. The recognition by JD Power is no small feat, and the Hyundai Elantra has lived up to its high honors for the 2016 model year.
Check out other awards that the 2016 Elantra has so far received:
5-Star Safety Rating: The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration conducts vigorous vehicle testing each year regarding crashworthiness, collision avoidance, and other areas of safety. The 2016 Elantra received the highest overall safety rating from this government institution, making it one of the safest compact cars available in today’s automotive market.
Top Safety Pick: The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has awarded the 2016 Elantra with its Top Safety Pick award. The compact car outperformed expectations for side crash tests, high speed frontal crash tests, rollover tests, and much more.
Those top safety awards were not given without good reason. The 2016 Hyundai Elantra has a long list of standard and available safety features, that make it one of the safest vehicles on the road today. Those standard and optional safety features include:
Driver’s blind spot mirror (standard on all models except the base SE)
Rearview camera (standard on all models except the base SE)
Vehicle stability management system
Electronic stability control
Traction control system
Anti-lock braking system
Electronic brake-force distribution
Hillstart assist control
Advanced dual front airbags
Driver and front passenger side-impact airbags
Side curtain airbags in front and rear
Tire pressure monitoring system
Energy absorbing steering column
Front seatbelt pretensioners
Rear LATCH system
Power window lock-out button
Front and rear crumple zones
Daytime running lights
Remote keyless entry system with alarm
The base 2016 Elantra SE starts at $17,250. While this model has a decent list of standard offerings, the car won’t be able to properly satisfy the driver wanting those extra touches, without breaking the bank. The 2016 Elantra has an affordable option, that allows for those extra amenities, while still remaining under $20,000.
The Value Edition, does just what it’s name describes: Offer incredible value to drivers who want that little bit of extra. Starting at $19,700, the Value Edition offers drivers the following standard features.
Power & Performance: The Elantra Value Edition comes standard with a 6-speed automatic transmission with SHIFTRONIC and Active ECO System, while the base SE model comes standard with a manual transmission.
Exterior: The exterior of the Value Edition starts off by offering drivers 16-inch alloy wheels, while the SE stops short at 15-inch steel wheels with covers. The higher quality materials and larger wheel gives the Elantra Value Edition a sleeker look. Other standard features offered on the Value Edition that are not included on the base SE are:
Heated side mirrors
Chrome beltline molding
Front Fog lights
Proximity key entry with push button start
Interior: Just as the exterior offered a decent amount of upgrades from the SE, the Elantra Value Edition also includes the following equipment standard on the interior of the compact sedan:
Power tilt-and-slide sunroof
One-touch auto-up driver’s window
Heated front seats
Dual illuminated vanity mirrors
Sliding center armrest
Aluminum door sill plates
Leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob
Tilt and telescopic steering wheel
Steering wheel-mounted audio, Bluetooth, and cruise controls
Bluetooth hands-free phone system
4.3-inch color touchscreen audio display with rearview camera
For just over $2,000, drivers can have all of the above standard features on their Elantra. By choosing the 2016 Elantra Value Edition, drivers are truly getting the best value in every possible way.
The 2016 Hyundai Elantra is an impressive car on its own, but compared to the competition - it’s a true stand-out. The 2016 Elantra packs 145 horsepower and 130 lb.-ft. of torque, with its 1.8-liter engine.
Reaching numbers as high as 38 mpg on the highway, and 28 in the city, the Elantra can go farther than ever before. Check out how the competition compares with the same engine type:
The 2015 Elantra clearly has the competition beat when it comes to fuel economy, but what about space? Hyundai’s compact car offers a total passenger volume of 95.6 cubic feet, and 14.8 cubic feet of cargo space. Check out how the same rivals stacked up in the space category: