The 2017 Elantra is Hyundai’s best selling model in the United States this year. Hyundai, as you already know is South Korea’s premiere car manufacturer but the funny thing about the Elantra is that it is not built in South Korea – it’s made right here in the good old U.S.A. It’s built in the Montgomery, Alabama factory using American workers.
The Elantra is one sporty looking upscale compact car. It’s exterior lines and aerodynamic front slant signal drivers that this puppy was built for speed and smoothness of ride, both of which are delivered nicely. The classy look of the exterior mirrors the same quality in the cabin. Everything just seems to fit perfectly. There are three new engines this year to choose from: the turbocharged 1.4-liter for great fuel economy, the 2.0-liter base engine and the 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder which is also built for speed and quick acceleration.
There are four trim levels in the Elantra: SE, Eco, Limited and Sport. The SE comes with a six-speed manual transmission (auto transmission is optional),15-inch wheels, the 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, a 7-inch touchscreen, rearview camera, tilt and telescoping steering wheel, six-speaker sound system, satellite radio, air-conditioning and a 60/40 split folding rear seatback.
Other trim levels offer 17 and 18-inch alloy wheels, sunroofs cruise control, forward collision warning, turbocharged engines, xenon headlights, a seven-speed dual clutch automatic transmission, 8-inch touchscreen and lane departure warning and intervention, along with automatic high beams and driver seat memory settings.
The Elantra epitomizes the Hyundai Company and how, in their very short life of only 50 years (founded in 1967), they have managed to become the world’s third largest car manufacturer. That is no mean feat. Hyundai owns almost 33% of Kia Motors and 100% of Genesis Motors, the luxury carmaker. It owns and operates the world’s largest integrated car manufacturing plant, located in Ulsan, South Korea and can pump out over 1.6 million cars per year. Hyundai sells vehicles in over 190 countries throughout the world and has around 75,000 employees.
Since most of the American carmakers are around a hundred years old, you can see how fast Hyundai has built itself up from a construction company at the end of World War 2 to become a large international corporation that makes truly fine and competitive automobiles. You can test drive the new 2017 Hyundai Elantra at Central Avenue Auto Group.