2014 Hyundai Elantra Pricing, Options and Specifications

Discussion in 'New Automobile Specifications' started by xcel, Jun 9, 2014.

  1. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member


    2014 Hyundai Elantra Pricing

    TrimEngineTransmissionMSRPEPA City/Highway/Combined (mpgUS)
    SE1.8L6-speed MT$17,20027/37/31
    SE1.8L6-speed AT$18,20027/37/31
    Limited1.8L6-speed AT$21,65027/37/31
    Sport2.0L6-speed MT$21,70024/34/28
    Sport2.0L6-speed AT$22,70024/35/28

    Destination and Handling: $810

    The 2014 Hyundai Elantra arrives with the following standard features:
    • 145 hp and 130 lb-ft. of torque 1.8L DOHC 16-valve I4 with D-CVVT
    • Shiftronic 6-speed AT with OD (when so equipped)
    • Driver Selectable Steering Mode (DSSM)
    • DRLs
    • Dual heated body-color power outside mirrors
    • 2-speed intermittent wipers with mist function
    • 15-in. alloys
    • Front and rear door map pockets with bottle holders
    • Sunvisors with vanity mirrors
    • Door scuff step plate
    • A/C
    • Tilt and telescopic wheel
    • Cruise Control
    • Front maplights with sunglass holder
    • Cargo area light
    • Trip computer (DTE, aFCD, avg speed, ET)
    • Speedometer, tach, fuel level, odometer, trip A/B, digital clock and external temp
    • Power windows with driver’s auto-down, Power door locks, all window switches illuminated
    • Remote keyless entry with alarm, panic and trunk open
    • Remote fuel filler door, hood, and trunk releases
    • Lower console storage box with cover
    • Center console with fixed armrest
    • Dual cup holders, front center console-mounted
    • Rear center armrest with cup holders
    • (2) 12-volt outlet
    • 6-way/4-way manual driver/front passenger seat
    • 60/40 split fold-down rear seat
    • Rear center armrest with cup holders
    • AM/FM/SiriusXM Sat Radio/CD/MP3 with six speakers
    • Aux input and iPod/USB port
    • Speed-sensitive auto volume

    The Limited adds in addition to the SE the following:
    • Front fog lights
    • Automatic headlamps
    • Projector headlights with LED accents
    • LED rear taillights
    • Dual heated body-color power outside mirrors with turn signal indicator
    • Chrome door handles
    • Chrome belt line trim
    • 17-in. alloys
    • Driver and passenger sunvisor extension
    • Illuminated vanity mirrors
    • Leather wheel and shift knob
    • Aluminum sills (front doors)
    • Steering wheel audio controls
    • Bluetooth
    • Illuminated ignition key
    • Power windows driver’s auto-up
    • Sliding center console armrest
    • BlueLink telematics
    • Leather seats
    • Heated front seats
    • Heated rear seats
    • 8-way power driver’s seat
    • AM/FM/Sat Radio/CD/MP3 audio with six speakers
    • 4.3” central display with rearview camera and static guidelines
    • Bluetooth
    The Sport adds in addition to the Limited the following:
    • 173 hp and 166 lb-ft. of torque 2.0L DOHC 16-valve I4 with CVVT
    • Sport-tuned
    • Downgrades to body color door handles
    • Power sunroof
    • Aluminum pedals
    • Proximity key and push button start


    SE Preferred adds 16-in. alloys, front fog lights, 4.3 inch audio display with rearview camera and static guidelines, auto headlamp control, steering wheel audio controls, Bluetooth with voice recognition, cloth insert door trim, sliding center armrest, sunvisor extensions, illuminated vanity mirrors with driver extension, illuminated ignition and heated front seats.

    Limited Technology adds NAVI with a 7-in. screen, rearview camera, 360-Watt audio, dual Auto temp control, auto headlamps, proximity key and push button start.

    • First Aid Kit ($30)
    • Cargo Net (($50)
    • Wheel Locks ($55)
    • Rear Bumper Applique ($70)
    • Cargo Tray ($80)
    • Mud Gaurds ($95)
    • Carpeted Floor mats ($125)
    • Auto dimming mirror w/ Homelink ($275)
    • Rear spoiler ($295)
    • DPS Audio ($350)
    2014 Hyundai Elantra Engineering

    Engine Type: I4
    Engine Block/Cylinder Head: Aluminum-Alloy
    1.8L/2.0L Displacement (cc): 1,797 or 1,999
    1.8L/2.0L Engine hp@rpm: 145 hp@6,600 rpm/173 hp (166 PZEV)@6,500 rpm
    1.8L/2.0L Torque (lb.-ft.@rpm): 114 lb.-ft.@4,600 rpm/154 lb-ft (148 PZEV)@4,700 rpm
    1.8L/2.0L Redline (rpm): TBA
    1.8L/2.0L Bore and Stroke (mm.): 81.0 x 87.2/81.0 x 97.0
    1.8L/2.0L Compression Ratio: 10.3:1/11.5:1
    1.8L/2.0L Valvetrain: DOHC 16-valve D-CVVT.CVVT
    1.8L/2.0L Injection: MP/DI
    Drive-by-Wire Throttle System
    Front-Wheel Drive
    CARB Emissions Rating: PZEV
    Federal Emissions: Tier II/Bin 5



    6-speed MT Gear Ratios

    1st: 3.308
    2nd: 1.962
    3rd: 1.257
    4th: 0.976
    5th: 0.778
    6th: 0.633

    Reverse: 3.583

    Final Drive: 4.333

    6-speed AT Ratios

    1st: 4.400
    2nd: 2.726
    3rd: 1.834
    4th: 1.392
    5th: 1.000
    6th: 0.774

    Reverse: 3.440

    Final Drive: 2.937

    RPM@60 mph (calculated)

    SE w/ 6-speed MT with 15 in wheels and P195/65R15 tires: 2,318 RPM
    SE w/ 6-speed MT with 16 in wheels and P205/55R16 tires: 2,424 RPM
    SE w/ 6-speed AT with 16 in wheels and P205/55R16 tires: 1,918 RPM
    Limited w/ 6-speed AT with 17 in wheels and P215/45R17 tires: 1,864 RPM
    Sport w/ 6-speed AT with 17 in wheels and P215/45R17 tires: 1,864 RPM

    2014 Hyundai Elantra Safety

    Passive: HS and UHSS body structure, front, side, and side curtain airbags

    Active: Vehicle Stability Management (VSM), Electronic Stability Control System (ESC), Traction Control System (TCS) ABS, Electronic Brake Force Distribution (EBD), Brake Assist (BA), Hill Start Assist Control (HAC), Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS), Brake Override, and LATCH

    Rear View Camera w/ static guidelines std. on all trims (SE with Preferred pkg. on up)

    2014 Hyundai Elantra Body/Suspension/Chassis

    Unit-Body Construction
    Front: MacPherson Strut
    Rear: Torsion beam
    Stabilizer Bar (in., front): 22 mm (23 mm on Sport)
    Electric Power-Assisted Rack-and-Pinion Steering
    Steering Wheel Turns, Lock-to-Lock: 2.9
    Steering Ratio: 14.2:1
    Turning Diameter, Curb-to-Curb (ft.): 34.8 ft.
    Power-Assisted Ventilated Front Disc/Rear Drum (in.): 11.0/10.3
    Wheels: 15x6J steel, 16x6.5J alloy, and 17x7.0J alloy
    All-Season Tires: P195/65R15 (SE), P205/55R16 tires (Optional SE), P215/45R17 (Limited and Sport) and a T125/80D15 Compact Spare


    2014 Hyundai Elantra Interior Measurements

    Headroom without moonroof (in., front/rear): 40.0/37.1
    Headroom with moonroof (in., front/rear): TBA/TBA
    Legroom (in., front/rear): 43.6/33.1
    Shoulder Room (in., front/rear): 55.9/54.8

    Cargo Volume (cu. ft.): 14.8

    Passenger Volume (cu. ft.): 95.6

    Seating Capacity: 5

    2014 Hyundai Elantra Exterior Measurements

    Wheelbase (in.): 106.3
    Length (in.): 179.1
    Height (in.): 56.3
    Width (in.): 69.9


    15 in wheels (in., front/rear): 61.5/62.0
    16 in wheels (in., front/rear): 61.1/61.5
    17 in wheels (in., front/rear): 61.1/61.6

    Curb Weight MT/AT (SE) (lbs.): 2,773/2,818
    Curb Weight AT (Limited) (lbs.): 2,818
    Curb Weight AT MT/AT (Sport) (lbs.): 2,890/2,923

    Coefficient of Drag: (Cd): 0.28

    2014 Hyundai Elantra SE EPA Mileage Estimates/Capacities

    SE MT City/Highway/Combined mpgUS: 27/37/31
    SE AT City/Highway/Combined mpgUS: 28/38/32
    Limited AT City/Highway/Combined mpgUS: 27/37/31
    Sport MT City/Highway/Combined mpgUS: 24/34/28
    Sport AT City/Highway/Combined mpgUS: 24/35/28

    Fuel (gal.): 12.68 (SE and Limited)/13.2 (Sport)
    Required Fuel: Regular Unleaded 87 Octane
    Engine Oil Capacity w/ Oil Filter (qt.): 4.23
    Coolant Capacity (qt.) MT/AT: 6.34/6.23
    MT/AT Fluid (qt.): 2.01/7.71
    Brake (qt.): .7 - .8

    2014 Hyundai Elantra Exterior/Interior Colors

    Silver/Gray or Black
    Blue/Gray or Beige
    Black/Gray, Beige or Black
    Red/Gray, Beige or Black
    Gray/Gray or Black

    2014 Hyundai Elantra Warranty

    5-year/60,000-mile "Bumper-to-Bumper" Limited Warranty
    10-year/100,000-mile Limited Powertrain Warranty

  2. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    2014 Hyundai Elantra Review

    2014 Hyundai Elantra SE Review

    When we first reported on the 5th generation Korean Elantra and its revolutionary “Fluidic Sculpture” design, I knew it was going to be something special. The night before the U.S. reveal at the L.A. Auto show Press Days in November of 2010, Hyundai hosted hundreds of journos and bloggers at the Hotel Figueroa for a special sneak peek at their latest modern and forward thinking compact. At this early reveal, Hyundai brought in none other than the voice of Hyundai, Jeff Bridges, to entertain. What I remember most was when Jeff and his bad came on stage, I was in the outdoor area in the back of the hotel inside this hot looking new compact all by my lonesome checking out the switchgear, the features, the materials, and thinking to myself wow! And it had nothing to do with the fact a movie star and his band was on-stage just one room over. ;)

    The award-winning Hyundai Elantra returns for 2014 with exterior and interior design upgrades plus a more powerful and thirstier GDI engine in a new Sport trim.

    For 2014 the Elantra received a new front and rear fascia, along with interior styling upgrades. Sport-tuned steering and suspension calibrations sharpen the new Elantra Sport’s handling, while upgrades improve ergonomics for the entire Elantra Sedan lineup.

    2014 Hyundai Elantra in Detail

    Exterior enhancements including a new front and rear fascia and new rear diffuser, projector headlights with LED headlight accents standard on Elantra Sport ($23,635 incl. AT, mats, D&H) and Limited ($22,585 incl. mats, D&H), LED taillights standard on Elantra Sport and Limited, a chrome belt line molding standard on Elantra Sport and Limited, exposed single exhaust tip standard on Elantra Sport, 15-inch alloys standard on Elantra SE, and redesigned 16-inch alloys on SE Preferred Package (+975).

    Inside the Elantra received an available Pandora Internet Radio option, its center stack HVAC vents were relocated, new 4.3-inch color LCD touchscreen with rearview camera (SE Preferred Package and std. on Limited and Sport), new dual dial HVAC controls, new aluminum entrance sills on Limited and Sport, optional third generation navigation with 7-inch touchscreen on the Limited, a new straight pull transmission selector with leather boot, increased height of center armrest, and a new reverse LCD display.

    On the safety front, along with VSM, ESC, TCS, ABS, EBD, BA, front, side, and side curtain airbags, the 3014 Elantra arrives with new Hill-Start Assist Control (HAC) and a driver’s blind spot mirror.

    Although there are no advanced accident avoidance technologies to give the Elantra an IIHS Top Safety Pick, the Elantra’s structure performed well enough for a Top Safety Pick. It also earned an NHTSA 5-Star crash test rating.

    2014 Hyundai Elantra IIHS Crash Test Rating


    2014 Hyundai Elantra NHTSA Crash Test Rating Pick



    Along with the familiar 145 hp and 130 lb-ft. of torque 1.8L I4, the all-new Sport trim received a 173 hp and 154 lb-ft. of torque 2.0L GDI I4.

    Both engines can be mated to the 6-speed MT or AT.

    While the talk this year has been about the 2.0L GDI, the 1.8L we have driven in the Elantra Limited and GLS with a stick in the past continues to be the one to own. Good power delivery and ridiculous fuel economy with the stick. Pretty good with the AT as well.

    Chassis Changes

    A Driver Selectable Steering Mode (DSSM) is standard on Elantra SE and Limited. The Sport has a slightly beefier front stabilizer bar (23 mm vs. 22 mm) and a stiffer suspension tuning.

    Interior Upgrades

    NVH improvements come about from a new HVAC duct absorption material, higher density carpet, increased anti-vibration floor pad thickness, increased anti-vibration cowl pad thickness, additional expandable foam in the A pillars, new anti-vibration material in dash pad, and a hood insulator added to Sport and Limited.

    Like most Hyundai’s, make a few seat and column adjustments and it just fits. The center arm rest was raised for the 2014 MY and the door arm rest matching up is one of the best in the industry. Probably the Elantra’s most endearing feature is all the switchgear is backlit so you will never fumble around for controls in the dark. To this day, nobody in the B and C-segment offers standard interior lighting that the Elantra does standard even on the base models.

    The smallish 4.3 inch color touch screen looks out of place but in a sub $20k car with backup camera and guidelines, it is better than no screen and no rear backup camera that almost every other sub $20k offering provides.

    For infotainment, the Elantra SE includes an AM/FM/SiriusXM/CD/MP3 audio system with six speakers. This system also includes iPod/USB auxiliary inputs.

    The Elantra set the standard as a true midsized compact with its 95.6 cu. ft. of passenger volume and large 14.8 cu. ft. of cargo volume (trunk space) with only the all-new 14 Corolla and recently redesigned 13/14 Sentra catching up.

    This weeks ride

    The 2014 Hyundai Elantra SE starts at $17,200 and arrived with the 6-speed AT ($1,000), Preferred Package ($975), mats ($125), and D&H ($810). As received it lists at $20,110 not incl. TTL.

    2014 Hyundai Elantra SE


    The SE is the lowest trim offered with the high end Limited and new Sport trim added for the 14 MY. In the compact class, the base trims are usually loss leaders and few touch them yet the Elantra SE features std. equipment that vehicles costing 4Xs as much do not include.

    First Drive Impressions

    Base trim equipment is impressive. Sunglass holder? check.


    Cloth like textured headliner? check. A-pillar is textured hard plastic but you cannot get everything in this segment.


    Sunvisors with extensions? Check. And when you turn on your personal light, close the visor and the switch flips to the off position. I always liked that about Hyundai’s.


    60/40 split fold down rear seatback? Check. And the trunk is very large for the segment.

    Wish the Power Windows had auto up on one or all. Only auto down on the driver’s window. Get used to luxury automobiles and you get spoiled.

    The SE Preferred Package is Da Bomb.

    16-in. alloys 4.3” touch screen with rearview camera that INCLUDES GUIDELINES, auto lights, steering wheel audio controls, Bluetooth, cloth insert door trim, sliding center armrest, sunvisor extensions, illuminated vanity mirrors with driver extension, illuminated ignition and heated front seats.

    The base trim looks and feels much more expensive.​

    While the 4.3 inch screen looks tiny compared to the standard, 7s, 8s, 8.4s, 12s and even 17s (Tesla) on some vehicles, at least there is something. The 15 will surely get at least a std. 5 inch later this year. The optional 7 inch in the Limited we drove two years ago was far more normal looking.

    Not bad for an under $18k sharp looking compact both inside and out.​

    XM Radio and alloys standard? On the base model with the AT they are. To think this is optional or not available on competitors offerings in this day and age is nuts. Thanks for the free week of XM Hyundai.

    USB and multiple 12V outlets? Check. And look at the ledge along the side of the outside 12V outlet. It holds a phone just dandy. Center storage concealment door looks good too.

    See that small tray under the right outlet? Nice.​

    Ergonomics? Where Hyundai literally kills its competition is seats that fit taller individuals. They do not have over excessive bolstering and despite shorter lower seat cushions; the seat height to pedal height allows my lower thighs to rest a little more comfortably in this compact.

    The tilt is great but it’s the telescopic function that bests the best in the world. There must be a 9 to 10 inch extension available and like the Sonata, it fits well.

    I read that the 14’s center console arm rest was raised a few inches and this is one of the few cars where I can rest both elbows on the door rest and the console armrest while still holding then wheel from the lower spokes. Kind of 8 and 4 if that makes it easier to understand. The fact that it is a sliding armrest is all the better. Remember this is the base trim with the base package.

    The 145 hp and 130 lb-ft. of torque engine has an aggressive tip-in so it feels livelier than I would expect from a base compact. Not a rocket by any means but the ECO setting settles tip in down a touch for someone like me. Just like I remember it in the Limited.

    The steering and suspension tune have been reworked with a synthetic on-center feel dialed in. It probably needs more caster but the EPS tuning makes it feel tight on-center and a quick torque change as you move it into and off of center. Not good or bad, just not natural different. Hopefully the 15 receives the suspension the Elantra deserves as I can still tell it is harsh with even minor road imperfections. My parent’s entry way curb test will spill the beans if the new tuning did its job or just masked the cruder strut up front and torsion beam in the rear.

    Maybe a lower dB pitch than the 2012 Limited we drive a few years back thanks to all the additional sound insulation material in the floor, mats, doors, and A-pillars. I have not been over 50 mph so maybe tomorrow I will have a better idea.

    For 14, some new minor front and rear fascia updates were added. The Elantra since it came out as a fifth gen was and still is the best looking C-segment available imho. The 14 Mazda3 has a nicer grill now but overall, the Elantra’s fluidic sculpture still owns the segment. This is a personal taste as others never did like the free flowing “swoopiness” of this Elantra.

    The Limited and Sport come with the lower chrome belt line trim. Given the competition in this segment, full chrome Day Light Opening (DLO) trim will be needed for the next gen 2015. The SE is simple black trim and it works but could use some sprucing up here.

    Inside? The word(s) of the day are “BACKLIT SWITCHES.” I mean everything is backlit. There are cars and trucks out there costing so much more than have not added this feature yet Hyundai provides this as standard equipment even on the base trims. It is in the Accent too.

    Displays are simple but easily legible and there is an averaging FCD but still no instantaneous.

    Pups in the large trunk.​

    I spoke with a Chris who works at a Hyundai dealership and he said if you are a cash buyer, walking out with this Elantra at $17,500 to $18,000 not incl. TTL should be pretty easy.

    Fuel Economy

    Calibration drive with decent conditions for a long ride with the pup. 78 degree temps, reasonable humidity, and 5-10 mph winds out of the east-southeast. Can't do much about the winds but otherwise a nice day for a ride in a feature packed base trim Hyundai.

    Topped off at a Shell on Wadsworth Road and US-41 in Wadsworth IL.​

    Pulled into the same Shell on US 41 and Wadsworth Rd. for the second measured top off.

    Google Maps distance of 86.7 miles actual.​

    62.5 mpg indicated. Prelim calcs: 83.5 miles indicated on 1.381 gallons for a 60.463 mpg result.

    86.7 actual miles traveled yielded a 62.8 mpg actual result vs. 62.5 mpg indicated.​

    > 60 mpg from a C-segment meets my minimum target and will provide a lot of Elantra buying highway drivers something to be proud of. Good stuff Hyundai, good stuff.

    2014 Hyundai Elantra SE Speed vs. FE chart is complete.


    Using linear analysis between, the 38 mpg highway rated Elantra killed it by crossing over its EPA at an excellent 73.3 mph. Not many gas engine vehicles do that!

    More impressions

    Really beginning to like this synthetic on-center feel. Suspension is still harsh yet the new sound insulation has definitely quieted the Elantra down.

    Even the stereo radio in this base Elantra is acceptable. Not high end but it sounds OK and better than some upgraded systems in other makes offerings. First Bluetooth call? "Call Marian" ... The display shows Marian's name and phone number while the system asks "Would you like to call this contact?" No drama. Similarly, the voice commends worked as was the output of the call.

    It has been to windy to complete the Steady States so maybe we will try again tonight.

    Pups enjoyed the ride like most any other pup would.
    Last edited: Jun 10, 2014
  3. ksstathead

    ksstathead Moderator

    Very nice car and results.

    The GT was high on my list had we not gone with the Leaf.
  4. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi All:

    I had to complete the Elantra SEs Speed vs. FE data collection last night and this morning as a storm front is coming through tomorrow as winds pick up. The graph is now embedded in the review above.

    Temps of 55 degrees and steady with winds out of the north at 5 mph. The 2014 Hyundai Elantra SE Speed vs. FE chart is complete and looks impressive. So much so I would say the EPA restatement from a few years back was not needed! This thing breaks its EPA highway so easily I would have suspected it would be rated more along the lines of 40 to 42 mpg highway. It beats some 40 + mpg highway rated vehicles in fact!

  5. EdwinTheMagnificent

    EdwinTheMagnificent Legend In His Mind

    That might be better than my car at 60MPH. I'm right in that neighborhood.

    At it looks great, too.
  6. MaxxMPG

    MaxxMPG Hasta Lavista AAA-Vee Von't Be Bach

    This just in - Updates to the Elantra pricing, equipment, and option packages:
    For 2015, the Elantra appears to be getting some tweaks to the option packages - some new and some tweaked:

    New for 2015:
    - For $750 MRSP, The new "Style Package" is based on the SE Popular Equipment Package (meaning it requires the POP packages), and it includes a moonroof, projector headlights with LED accents, aluminum entrance sills (whoopee!), leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, and chrome belt line molding. Also exclusive to the Style Package will be available black cloth seats (rather than choosing between the beige and gray).
    - For $1200 MSRP, The Sport offers a new "Tech Package" that includes the familiar 7-inch touchscreen navigation system, 360W Premium audio with digital amp, and Blue Link telematics.
    - The Limited "Tech" package is renamed to the "Ultimate" package, and drops from $2750 to $2400.

    Changed for 2015:
    - A rear lip spoiler is now optional on the Sport.
    - The SE Popular Equipment Package loses the one-touch auto up driver's window and the heated front seats. <-- Now if you want hot buns, you'll have to go back to Tae Bo.

    Color changes for 2015:
    Added (to Montgomery, Alabama production)
    - Quartz White Pearl
    - Symphony Silver
    - Lakeside Blue
    - Shale Gray
    Added (to Ulsan, Korea production)
    - Monaco White (for the Sport)

    Removed (from Montgomery, Alabama production)
    - Pearl White (replaced with Quartz White)
    - Harbor Gray (replaced with Shale Gray)
    - Indigo Blue (replaced with Lakeside Blue)
    - Radiant Silver (replaced with Symphony Silver)

    The color changes were expected, considering that the paint equipment is used for both the Sonata and Elantra production, and the 2015 Sonata features these four new colors.

    Other than the addition of Monaco White for the Elantra Sport, other colors in the Ulsan-built Elantra models carry over unchanged.

    Pricing changes - The SE and Limited trims are up $50 each (MSRP), the Sport goes up $100 each. Freight remains at $810.
  7. MaxxMPG

    MaxxMPG Hasta Lavista AAA-Vee Von't Be Bach

    The 2014 Elantra automatic tested above has the 2.937:1 final drive as noted in the specs above. It is a quiet (and largely undocumented) change from the 2011-2013 final drive of 3.065:1. Every little bit helps, and it shows that Hyundai is always looking to improve the product, no matter how minor the change may seem to be. Naturally, the Need-4-Speed mainstream auto press picked up on the taller final drive and said that the 2014 seemed a bit slower. I can't imagine how furiously they must be stomping the pedals to the floor to detect a 3% change in final drive ratio. What I do know is that my 2011 Elantra, without Active Eco, needs a fine touch on the accelerator to avoid sending loose items flying into the back seat. And I doubt removing a tooth from the final drive gear would change that very much.
  8. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi All:

    Said goodbye to the 2014 Hyundai Elantra. If you were a traveling salesman and had to drive a car for 100,000 miles in the next 6-months but on a < $20k budget, there are really only three choices. The Elantra, Civic, and Corolla. If a quiet cabin, more amenities, backlit switchgear, more comfortable seats and better ergonomics were mandatory requirement that choice goes to one. The Elantra.

    And it is no slouch at the pump given my drive to a MAMA meet this morning.

    $20k down to $17.5 to $18 + TTL new is going to be tough for any manufacturer for a base car. And the base trim is anything but a base model compared to anything else.

    Negatives? A little harsh suspension and it need a leather wrapped wheel. For 15, that second item was taken care of with a $750 pkg. That adds a sunroof, leather wrapped wheel and shift knob, chrome beltline, and some other stuff. This is the definition of continuous improvement...

    Thanks for a great week Hyundai.

    2014 Hyundai Elantra SE Review

    Last Drive: 57.9 mpg (58.2 actual) at 54 mph avg. speed over 33 + mile highway drive.​

    Over 89 miles of local city/suburban with tens of cold starts, the Elantra offered up 44.9 mpg but it was a brutal tough 45 mpg to achieve.

  9. The 14 gt I drove today didnt have that little cell phone pocket and 12 volt outlet. A sedan option?
  10. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

  11. WriConsult

    WriConsult Super Moderator

    Why would a car need a leather wrapped steering wheel? :confused:
  12. PaleMelanesian

    PaleMelanesian Beat the System Staff Member

    So it can have uncomfortable bumps along the inside edge from the stitching, that's why.
  13. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi Dan:

    Urethane wheels are harder and more uncomfortable.

  14. EdwinTheMagnificent

    EdwinTheMagnificent Legend In His Mind

    I'm with Dan and Andrew. Urethane is fine , as long as it's thick and textured.
  15. RedylC94

    RedylC94 Well-Known Member

    Yes. Isn't urethane also less likely to disintegrate after a few years exposure to sun and sweat? That's what quality is about.

    Before urethane or leather were common, most cars had hard, slick plastic wheel covering.
  16. PaleMelanesian

    PaleMelanesian Beat the System Staff Member

    My old civic had some kind of soft-touch foamy material with a smooth outer coating. Urethane? I don't know. It was starting to show age after 17 years, but still plenty grippy and pliable AND perfectly comfortable in summer and winter.

    The Fit's leather wheel has about the same pliability and texture, except it has a bumpy seam along the inside. To my hands, that makes it INFERIOR to what the old car had. Not a feature, but rather a negative point.
  17. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi Andrew:

    The SoftTex in the Toyota lineup does not have the seam. My parents Ranger has a leather wrapped wheel with without a minimal seam as well. The Audi we just got out of has a nice soft leather wheel with a minimal seam.

    When looking for a comfortable pair of gloves, would you rather wear plastic or leather. The difference is that stark.

    All the urethane wheels I have driven are nowhere near as comfortable as the leather wrapped ones in the same vehicle. Sans the 13 Fusion as its leather wheel seams were far to prominent.

  18. WriConsult

    WriConsult Super Moderator

    "Harder and more uncomfortable?" How soft do you want a steering wheel to be anyway, when you're using it to control deadly heavy equipment with maximum precision? Guess I don't know what I'm "missing."
    Last edited: Jun 19, 2014
  19. PaleMelanesian

    PaleMelanesian Beat the System Staff Member

    My personal experience disagrees. As I said above, the Civic's wheel (and the Odyssey's, which is nearly identical) are just as soft and supple as the Fit's leather. I don't see that there's any significant difference, except for stitching which is a negative.

    Now, compared to a 90's GM hard plastic, skinny-rim wheel, ANYTHING is better than that! Blech.
  20. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi Dan:

    You need to experience more cars is all I can add. Between the Elantra urethane and leather wrapped wheel, the leather wrapped would be the preferred.

    There is a reason few choose urethane gloves over leather ones. Mostly for an industrial or chemical use, not comfort.


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