- Updated for 2014
- New engine option for coupe models and new Sport trim
- Freshened exterior styling, including LED taillights and new bumpers
The 2014 Hyundai Elantra gets a few changes for the new model year that should make it even more competitive in a crowded segment against cars like the Toyota Corolla and Honda Civic.
Last year, the Elantra added a coupe body style to the stable, joining the sedan and the GT hatchback (covered as a separate model on this site). The Elantra adds some new styling features for 2014; the sedan gets new new front and rear bumpers, LED taillights, and projector beam headlights (the coupe only gets new head/taillights). Taken as a whole, the Elantra’s look remains familiar; the same “fluidic design” that is now seen across much of Hyundai’s lineup is still here. Wheels come in 15-, 16-, and 17-inch varieties.
2014 also brings with it a new engine option for the Elantra. Joining the base engine is a new 173-hp, 2.0-liter four-cylinder that goes in the coupe, GT, and Sport trims of the sedan. The base engine fills out the other trim levels, and is the same proven 145-hp, 1.8-liter four-cylinder. A six-speed automatic transmission is standard. Sport models of the sedan add thicker front stabilizer bars and stiffer shocks for sportier handling, changes that the coupe adopts as well.
The Elantra added standard features last year and for 2014 gets a new audio system and Hyundai’s Blue Link multimedia service (similar to GM’s OnStar service) is available. Air conditioning, cruise control, a telescoping steering wheel, power windows and locks, satellite radio, iPod/USB connectivity, and 60/40 split folding rear seats come standard. Available features include push button start, navigation system with 7-inch display and a rearview camera, and leather upholstery. Heated rear seats are also optional, a feature exclusive to the Elantra in this class. One more piece of good news: the coupe gets the same amount of cargo space as the sedan (14.8 cubic feet) as well as almost the same amount of interior volume.
The 2014 Elantra pulls off an impressive double, earning a full five-star crash test rating from the NHTSA (sedan, coupe not yet tested) and a Top Safety Pick award from the IIHS. Standard safety features include a full complement of airbags, all-dish antilock brakes, electronic stability system with traction control, and a tire pressure monitoring system.