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ELANTRA SPORT FITTING RIDE FOR NOVICE!

By NITISH S. RELE – motoringtampabay@gmail.com
Sometime back, we drove the 2017 Hyundai Elantra equipped with a 2.0-liter engine. That was a fun car. But even more enjoyable is the Sport edition we tested recently, which gets a 1.6-liter 4-cylinder turbo powertrain that develops 201 horsepower @ 6000 rpm and 195 pounds-feet of torque @ 4500 rpm. The compact car is coupled to a 7-speed transmission with normal and sport modes.
A black hexagonal sporty grille hosting the turbo badge, standard HID headlights, horizontal LED daytime running lights, and dual chrome tips adorn the exterior fascia. The nice-looking cabin offers standard comforts such as a/c, leather seats, flat-bottom leather tilt/telescopic steering, alloy sport pedals, 60/40 rear seat, 6-way adjustable driver seat, 7-inch display or audio and navigation, rear center armrest and a 3.5-inch LCD instrument cluster. Trunk volume is a passable 14.4 cubic feet though total interior capacity at 110.2 cubic feet is comparable to the midsize Cadillac CTS sedan.
Dual front and side airbags, side curtain airbag, driver knee airbag, four-wheel antilock brakes with Electronic Brake Distribution and Brake Assist, front/rear crumple zones, Electronic Stability and Traction Control, front seatbelt pretensioners, remote keyless entry and tire pressure monitoring system are standard.
Base-priced affordably at just $22,750, the fuel-sipping Elantra Sport is a delightful and well-composed compact with impressive handling and steering feel. This one is the perfect car for a novice driver in the family.

ELANTRA (SPORT)
Tires: P225/40R18
Wheelbase: 106.3 inches
Length: 179.9 inches
Suspension: MacPherson strut front; torsion beam axle rear
Steering: Motion driven power
Weight: 3,131 pounds
Fuel capacity: 14 gallons
City: 26 mpg
Highway: 33 mpg
Web site: www.hyundaiusa.com

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