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Comparing the 2014 Hyundai Elantra

Hyundai continues to impress consumers with the next iteration of the Elantra. The 2014 Hyundai Elantra is a marvel of engineering, interior space, power, features, and fuel economy. The company’s commitment to providing a car that is completely full of features, and do so for a price tag that is affordable to most people, shines through in this year’s model.

This is a car that has gotten a significant stylistic improvement from the 2013 Elantra, but still continues to impress critics and drive with performance, it now stylish exterior, and a host of features that are typically only found in cars that cost significantly more. The introduction of the 2014 model puts the car on par with some of its other rivals like the Ford Focus or the Toyota Corolla.

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What is important to note is that no matter what your budget, the Hyundai Elantra is an outstanding option. The least expensive model is the SE, which costs $17,200 and comes loaded with features that are standard to the 2014 Elantra but rare in cars that are not significantly more expensive.

If you really want the full package, all the extra’s that go into a luxury car then you may want to get either the Base model, which costs $19,600 or even consider upgrading to the limited edition for $21,650. Regardless of the model you get, you are going to be impressed with the features that come standards in this car. Each model has a great deal of trunk space that range from 14.8 cubic feet in the standard models to 23 cubic feet in the hatchback models. In addition, the back seats can fold down on the hatchback model to provide 51 cubic feet of cargo room.

The 2014 Hyundai Elantra is Loaded with Features

The first thing you will notice when you get into the Elantra, is the display screen which is used to control many of the car’s interior features. The standard 4.3-inch touch screen controls items like the temperature and the music as well as providing the driver with updated and important information about the car. It comes with an optional Bluetooth® package that allows you to have conversations on the go, without running the risk of getting a ticket for distracted driving. The audio system, which can also be controlled using the in-steering wheel controls feature a 172-watt system that is AM/FM/CD/MP3 compatible and also comes standard with Sirius XM The new 2014 Hyundai Elantrasatellite radio.

Additional optional features include a sun-roof, touch starting, backup camera, and a larger screen display. For the technologically inclined the GPS package includes a full GPS system that is integrated on to the larger 7-inch screen. The touchscreen in all models provides easy control and are very accessible for simple operation.

2014 Elantra Performance

The 2014 Hyundai Elantra comes with two distinct engine sizes. The SE Models have a 1.8-liter engine that gives you 27 MPG in the city, and 37 MPG on the highway. The Base Model has a 2.0-liter engine, while the limited also has a 1.8-liter engine. Similarly, the SE model and the Limited Model come with a standard 12.8 gal engine, while the Base Model has a 13.2 gal engine.

The SE and Limited offer a driver 145 HP at 6,500 RPM’s, while the Base Model comes standard with a 166 HP 6,500 RPM engine or an upgraded 173 HP 6,500 RMP engine. The SE model is available in a 6-speed manual transmission, while the base and the limited models have a 6-speed automatic. The Elantra offers an EPA estimated 28 MPG in the city and 38 MPG on the highway.

An Additional Bonus

One of the features of the 2014 Elantra are the seats, which makes the car play well above its weight class in the luxury department. It offers the driver the ability to choose from three different driving modes for maximum comfort. These three are Normal, Comfortable, or Sport which allows the driver to select how their seat is aligned based on what they are most comfortable with.

It also offers something unique to Hyundai, which is putting serious heat on the competition, in heated rear seats. While heated seats are rapidly become a standard feature in most luxury vehicles, only the 2014 Hyundai Elantra brings this kind of luxury to the compact car market.