2016 hyundai elantra Model Overview
New for 2016
A new Value Edition model has been added to the 2016 Hyundai Elantra range and comes standard with 16-inch alloy wheels, a sunroof, leather steering wheel and shift knob, keyless entry/start, heated front seats, and tilt and telescopic steering wheel. The Limited trim now comes standard with dual-zone automatic climate control and keyless entry and start. Sport models no longer have standard leather seats and sunroof, allowing it to start at a lower price point.
The 2016 Hyundai Elantra is a front-drive compact car available as a sedan or a hatchback. A redesigned model is expected for the 2017 model year.
Two four-cylinder engines are available in the 2016 Elantra, a 1.8-liter with 145 hp and 130 lb-ft of torque, and a 2.0-liter rated 173 hp and 154 lb-ft. Six-speed manual or automatic transmissions are available in both the sedan and hatchback. Fuel economy is class competitive at 28/38 mpg city/highway for automatic-equipped sedans and 27/37 mpg for the limited trim and manual-equipped sedan. The Elantra Sport with the larger 2.0-liter I-4 is slightly less efficient at 24/35 mpg with the automatic and 24/34 mpg with the manual while the Elantra GT hatchback is rated at 24/33 mpg regardless of the gearbox.
There’s plenty of room for four passengers regardless of the body style. Sedans also come with a generous 14.8-cubic foot trunk that can be expanded thanks to the standard 60/40 split-folding rear seats. Those looking to maximize cargo space should consider the Elantra GT hatchback, which has excellent passenger and cargo space. Behind the split-folding second row there’s 23 cubic feet of volume and 51 cubic feet when the rear seats are down.
Standard safety features include advanced dual front airbags, front side airbags, side-curtain airbags, a driver’s side blind spot mirror, and a driver knee airbags. There are no active safety features available in the 2016 Elantra.
Trims, Packages, and What’s Standard
In the base SE trim, standard features include cloth seats, power windows, USB ports, and air conditioning. Stepping up to the Value Edition adds a sunroof, heated front seats, keyless entry and start, Bluetooth connectivity, 16-inch alloy wheels, a sliding armrest, a 4.3-inch touchscreen for the infotainment system, and a rearview camera. The Sport adds the more power 2.0-liter I-4, LED taillights, 17-inch alloy wheels, leatherette door inserts, and power driver’s seat. Finally, the Limited trim adds dual-zone climate control, leather seats, driver selectable steering modes, and Blue Link telematics system. Elantra GT models come standard with heated front seats, a cooled glove box, driver selectable steering system, Bluetooth, an iPod/USB port, and 16-inch alloy wheels.
SE models are available with the Popular Equipment package, which adds 16-inch alloy wheels, driver’s blind spot mirrors, power and heated side mirrors, a 4.3-inch touchscreen, rearview camera, and Bluetooth connectivity. Sport models can be optioned with the Tech package, which adds navigation, a larger seven-inch touchscreen, 360-watt audio system, Blue Link Telematics system, and a sunroof. The Ultimate Package in the Limited model adds navigation, a seven-inch touchscreen, a 360-watt audio system, and a sunroof. Two packages are available in the Elantra GT; the Style package, which adds 17-inch alloy wheels, front fog lights, a sport-tuned suspension, side mirrors with integrated turn signal indicators, keyless entry and start, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, power driver seat with power lumbar support, and Blue Link Telematics system. Finally, the Tech package, which requires the Style package, adds a panoramic sunroof, a rearview camera, automatic headlight control, LED taillights, dual-zone climate control, navigation and a seven-inch touchscreen for the infotainment system.
What We Think
The 2016 Elantra remains a decent choice among compact cars, offering plenty of space and value. In a 2014 First Test review, we said that the Elantra continues to be a great value proposition because it’s available with plenty of features for less than some of its competitors. Additionally, the car rides well, and its steering has been improved, feeling more natural than in previous iterations of the Elantra. However, in a compact sedan comparison test that also included the Mazda3, Kia Forte, Volkswagen Jetta, and Honda Civic, the Elantra placed fifth because its performance and handling was merely adequate when compared to its competitors. Even the Elantra GT, which has the more powerful 2.0-liter I-4, doesn’t stand out especially when compared to the Mazda3, Volkswagen Golf and Kia Forte.
In a hatchback comparison test that also included the Kia Forte5, Volkswagen Golf, Mazda3 and Ford Focus, the Elantra GT placed fourth due to its middling performance and limited usability due rear seats that don’t fold flat all the way. Additionally, we noted in a 2014 Elantra GT First Test review that fuel economy suffers with the larger 2.0-liter.
The optional 2.0-liter I-4 is also available in the Kia Forte.
- Available as a practical and stylish hatchback
- Roomy interior in both body styles
- Long warranty
You Won’t Like:
- 0-liter I-4 isn’t as fuel efficient
- The larger I-4 doesn’t perform much better than the base engine
- Driving experience isn’t very memorable