Thanks to tweaks made for the 2016 model, the Elantra improves on its already great value, with a list of standard features that can make the more expensive models seem unnecessary.
For 2016, changes include new Elantra Value Edition trim, added content for the Limited model and a couple of items removed from the Sport's standard list to bring the price down.
On the base Hyundai Elantra SE sedan, you'll find standard cruise control; an AM/FM/CD player; a USB port; Bluetooth with streaming audio; keyless entry; power windows, locks, and mirrors; and on automatic transmission cars, air conditioning and telescoping steering.
Next up is a new Value Edition trim, which does exactly what the name implies, saving buyers a cool grand with packaged content. For just $550 more than the price of an Elantra SE, the Value Edition includes different 16-inch alloy wheels, a power tilt-and-slide sunroof, leather coverings for the steering wheel and shift knob, proximity key with keyless ignition, heated front seats, chrome beltline molding, aluminum sill plates, turn signals integrated into the side mirrors, and a tilt-and-telescope steering wheel.
The Sport model, with its 2.0-liter engine, is available with a manual or an automatic for an extra $1,000. It is equipped similarly to the Value Edition package, but with slightly more content. For 2016, the Elantra Sport does away with its previously standard leather seats and power sunroof to get a lower starting price.
On the top trim level, the Limited, the Elantra comes with heated front and rear seats trimmed in leather; 17-inch wheels; fog lamps; a sunroof; and turn signals mounted in the mirrors. From that equipment level, an optional Premium Package brings keyless ignition with a proximity key; an upgraded audio system; and a navigation system. For 2016, the Limited now comes with proximity key and dual-zone auto climate control as standard, which represents a $600 savings.
If you're in need of directions frequently, the Elantra's navigation system has one of the largest LCD touchscreens in the class, and it's beautiful to look at and to use, with voice recognition for phone, audio, and and destinations, plus real-time traffic and weather. A rearview camera comes with the navigation system, too, and it also builds in XM NavTraffic, NavWeather, Sports and Stocks integration, 16 GB of memory, audio streaming and satellite radio capability, and the capability to play JPEG or BMP slideshows from thumb drives.
To help make the assembly and ordering process simpler, the Elantra sedan is offered in a limited number of build combinations. The downside of this strategy is that there are holes in availability of popular features. You can't get the navigation system if you want a manual transmission, for instance. The telescopic adjustment is optional on manual-transmission cars, bundled in as part of a Popular Equipment Package.