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2016 Hyundai Elantra Review: Trims, Features, Prices, Performance, MPG Figures and Rivals

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Aaron Smith

Automotive Journalist May 21, 2020 at 05:10 PM
The 2016 Hyundai Elantra starts at around $17,000 and is offered in 4 trims. It is good value for money and delivers in terms of practicality, comfort, safety, and tech. Performance has always been an issue for the Elantra, however, we cannot complain about it at this price point. Let's find out more about the 2016 Elantra.

The Hyundai Elantra was completely redesigned in the year 2011 for its fifth generation, and 2016 models have to offer the most features as a standard as it was going to be redesigned again in 2017. Elantra is offered in 1.8-liter as a standard engine producing 145 horsepower and 135 lb-ft of torque. Comparing it to the present model, the new one looks so stylish and has incredible presence. There are better safety and standard features and if you are looking for the value for money, then both of them are pretty much similar.

2016 Hyundai Elantra front three quarters

So, how does the car stack up?

The Elantra has tougher competitors such as the Mazda 3, Toyota Corolla and Honda Civic. All of them are immensely popular in the market. All of them keep adding new features every year to make it stay in the game. They all come with the new infotainment system, a sunroof, and alloy wheels. Also, the Civic and Mazda 3 are ahead in terms of performance and looks.

2016 Hyundai Elantra Trims and Features

The Elantra comes with the four trims option. The SE is the base version that starts from $17,250. The Value Edition and Sport don’t have much difference other than the engine that is upgraded in sport. Limited is the high-end version that comes around $22,700.

Trim

SE

Value Edition

Sport

Limited

MSRP

$17,250

$19,700

$20,250

$21,700

Key Features

Remote Key-less entry

Heated Front Seats

Fog lamps

Vehicle Anti-Theft System

 

Panic Button

Push Button Start

Heated mirrors

Premium Sound System

 

Cruise Control

Leather/Metal-look Steering Wheel

Satellite Radio

Dual Zone Climate Control

 

Front Map lights

Sunroof/moonroof

Wireless Cell phone connectivity

On-board Hands-Free Navigation System

 

Fade-off interior lights

Backup camera

Traction Control

Electronic Stability Control

Engine and Performance

The 2016 Elantra comes with the two engine options. The base model is offered with the 1.8-liter inline -4 standard that provides 145 horsepower with 130 lb-ft. of torque. The other 2.0 liter inline -4 is fitted in the Sport with 173 horsepower and 154 lb-ft of torque. All the trims are offered in the FWD drivetrain whereas the transmission can be automatic or manual. The 2020 Elantra now has a new automatic and CVT transmission options with the eco and sport modes as the driving options but provides the same amount of power as 2016 and there are no significant updates that have been done to the engine and power delivery option.

How does the engine feel?

The engine of the 2016 Elantra is not so engaging and fun to drive. The response is low and the acceleration feels underpowered. Also, the base engine and sport engine don’t have a bigger difference in power delivery. Whereas the performance of the car has not evolved for the 2020 model. Yes, you do get the eco and sports mode but the 2.0 inline -4 cylinder gives you only 147 horses and automatic transmission improves the shifts and lets you drive smoothly.

Models

2016 Hyundai Elantra SE

2020 Hyundai Elantra SE

2020 Toyota Corolla L

2020 Honda Civic

2020 Mazda 3 Sport

MSRP

$ 17,250

$18,100

$18,700

$20,250

$20,240

Engine

1.8-liter inline four-cylinder

2.0-liter inline four-cylinder

1.8-liter inline four-cylinder

2.0-liter inline four-cylinder

2.0-liter inline four-cylinder

Drivetrain

FWD

FWD

FWD

FWD

FWD

Transmission

6- speed manual

6-speed Automatic

CVT

CVT

6-speed Automatic

Power (hp @ RPM

145 @ 6500

147 @ 6200

132 @ 6000

158 @ 6500

155 @ 6000

Torque (lb-ft @ RPM)

130 @ 4700

132 @ 4500

128 @ 4400

138 @ 4200

150 @ 4000

You can analyze in the above table that the 2016 Elantra and 2020 Elantra are the same in terms of pricing and power. Whereas the other cars are reasonably better in terms of performance other than the Toyota Corolla.

How fast is the car?

The Elantra is not the quickest in the line up as underpowered it can go from 0-60 mile per hour in 9.5 seconds. Apart from that, the quarter-mile time is 17.1 seconds and the top speed is 125 miles per hour. The 1.8-liter inline – 4 doesn’t help that much to the car to push through the best times for a 4 door sedan. 

Models

2016 Hyundai Elantra SE

2020 Hyundai Elantra SE

2020 Toyota Corolla L

2020 Honda Civic

2020 Mazda 3 Sport

0-60 MPH (seconds)

9.5

8.3

9.4

8.2

8.0

Quarter-Mile (seconds)

17.1

16.4

17.2

16.3

16.2

Top-Speed (MPH)

120

116

112

120

131

Engine

1.8-liter inline four-cylinder

2.0-liter inline four-cylinder

1.8-liter inline four-cylinder

2.0-liter inline four-cylinder

2.0-liter inline four-cylinder

Emissions (Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15k mi/yr)

5.9

5.2

9.8

8.4

11.2

The Mazda 3 is quickest in 0-60 whereas the honda civic has better quarter-mile time. The Elantra remains at the last of the lineup. The Emission figures are also improved in the 2020 model.

How well does the car handle?

The 2016 model feels light enough while cruising through the highway. While in the city the transmission and the response of the car are adequate. Bumpy roads and a little bit off the road and you will have an instant feel of discomfort due to the suspension. The FWD automatic in 2020 Elantra improves the quality and comfort of the ride. Also, there are many improvements done to the suspensions and interior which takes it way ahead than that of the 2016 model. The ride still remains a bit too soft even for the 2020 mode. That said, it is comparatively better than the previous year.

How good are the brakes?

The 2016 Hyundai Elantra has a stopping range from 60 miles per hour to standing still in 130 feet. The 11.0 inches front and 10.3 inches rotors at the rear help the car to stop in the given length. The braking power compared to the 2020 model is not impressive.

Models

2016 Hyundai Elantra SE

2020 Hyundai Elantra SE

2020 Toyota Corolla L

2020 Honda Civic

2020 Mazda 3 Sport

Brake Rotors: Front (inches)

11.0

10.3

10.8

10.2

10.7

Brake Rotors: Rear (inches)

10.3

9.7

9.1

9.8

9.5

Curb Weight (lbs)

2773

2767

2840

2742

2899

60-0 (feet)

130

119

119

107

118

On braking, the new 2020 Elantra stops from 60-0 MPH in 119 feet that is 11 feet more than that of the 2016 Elantra. The Civic stops the quickest at 107 feet as it has the weight advantage. The 2020 Corolla and Mazda 3’s stopping distance is very similar to the new Elantra.

How many miles to the gallon does the car offer?

Coming to the point of the miles per gallon the 2016 Elantra offers 27 and 37 MPG in the city and on highways respectively. The combined MPG is around 31. Both the engines are not very fuel-efficient. Fuel capacity, on the other hand, is 12.8 gallons that means you need to go to the petrol station quite frequently. 2020 Elantra whereas it has 14 gallons of fuel capacity and has a similar fuel economy as the old one.

Models

2016 Hyundai Elantra SE

2020 Hyundai Elantra SE

2020 Toyota Corolla L

2020 Honda Civic

2020 Mazda 3 Sport

MPG (City)

27

28

28

32

27

MPG (Highway)

37

37

35

42

36

MPG (Combined)

31

32

31

36

30

Fuel Capacity (Gallons)

12.8

14

13.2

12.39

13.2

The 2020 Honda Civic tops in the fuel economy and all the other 3 cars have an average of 31 MPG. Honda uses the famous iVTEC technology that allows you to seek performance and fuel economy from the same engine.

Is the Interior of the car a nice place to be in?

The spacious and comfortable interior is the pro point of the car. It comes with more than enough headroom, shoulder room and legroom for the front and rear passengers. The driving position is comfortable, the seats are well cushioned and the infotainment system is engaging. The trunk capacity of the car comes with one of the largest boots of 14.8 cubic feet to fit all your stuff. 5 average people can easily go along in the car without any difficulty for space. There are decent quality materials like leather and plastic used inside the cabin for the amazing ergonomics. There is the plastic used which feels outdated and rough to touch.

2016 Hyundai Elantra Dashboard Design

Are the seats comfortable?

The seats in 2016 are well cushioned and provide you a satisfying level of comfort. When the car is at high speeds on the corners or off-road the seats do not hold you to the places and you need to keep your hands to hold onto something. The 2020 Elantra has not that issue and it has an upgraded level of comfort in the seats.

Models

2016 Hyundai Elantra SE

2020 Hyundai Elantra SE

2020 Toyota Corolla L

2020 Honda Civic

2020 Mazda 3 Sport

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

5

Front Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)

40/55.9/43.6

38.8/56.2/42.3

38.3/54.8/42.3

39.3/57.0/37.1

38.5/54.8/42.3

Rear Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Leg Room, in inches)

37.1/54.8/33.1

37.3/55.0/35.7

37.1/55.0/37.4

37.1/55.0/37.4

37.6/54.4/35.8

Trunk Capacity (cubic feet)

14.8

14.4

15.2

12.4

13.0

The 2016 Elantra has more cabin space and truck space from the present competitors. While the Corolla has the biggest truck capacity and Civic got the least.

What’s there to keep you entertained?

The 2016 Elantra has the biggest navigation display of its class. The 7-inch LCD touchscreen is beautiful in looks. It comes with voice recognition for the phone and audio and yes there is wireless phone connectivity. It offers real-time traffic, satellite radio, and weather. The rear-view camera is helpful too. Some upgraded additional packages offer XM NavTraffic, NavWeather, Stocks, Sports integration, and thumb drives port. The technology has fairly updated in the 2020 Elantra where you have best speakers, Apple Carplay, Android Auto, and 7.0-inch touchscreen display, touch navigation, wireless charging, and Wi-Fi Hotspot.

Are the car’s looks enough to attract buyers?

2016 Elantra looks are eye-catching due to its sporty design around the car. Over the years the design of the 2020 Elantra has evolved and it is now sleeker and lower than the previous one. The design still stands out in the line-ups and is easily recognizable. The car has sharper headlights and sidelines and comes with the bigger uplifted taillights. There is chrome finish on the bulky looking grill and a triangular-shaped fog lamps.

Models

2016 Hyundai Elantra SE

2020 Hyundai Elantra SE

2020 Toyota Corolla L

2020 Honda Civic

2020 Mazda 3 Sport

Curb Weight (lb)

2773

2767

2840

2742

2899

Length (inches)

179.1

181.9

183.1

182.3

180.3

Width (inches)

69.9

70.9

69.9

70.8

70.7

Height (inches)

56.3

56.5

57.3

55.7

57.3

Ground Clearance (inches)

6.5

5.3

6.7

6.3

6.1

Wheelbase (inches)

106.3

106.3

106.3

106.3

106.3

The 2016 Elantra has got 6.5 inches and is beaten by the 2020 Toyota Corolla that offers 6.7 inches of ground clearance. The 2020 Elantra gets big on length, width, and height from the previous one.

Safety features of the car

The 2016 Elantra has earned Top Safety Pick for the IIHS ratings and has performed “Good” in the crash test. But it still does not have the 5-star safety ratings. The car lacks basic safety features such as an automated braking system, although the stability control and brake assist do the job. The rear-view camera is only a useful feature for better visibility. The 2020 model comes with driver-assistance technologies that add blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert system. The forward collision warning, automated braking, lane-departure warning, and lane-keeping assist comes as standard.

Which one should you go for?

The 2020 Elantra Value Edition would be the most suitable for the people confused for which trim to go for a used car. The car costs around $20,000 and comes with standard features such as heated seats, push-button start, sun/moonroof, leather steering wheel with metal, and keyless entry. MP3 Player, and Wireless phone connectivity and charging, Apple Carplay, Android Auto, and touch navigation feel more suitable. The Electronic Stability Control, Child safety locks, and traction controls, lane departure warning, forward collision, etc. are some standard safety features. And all these come with great value for money.

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2020 Hyundai Elantra: Review

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