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2014 Hyundai Elantra Lineup Adds Power, Performance for New Model Year

By: Jeff Youngs, 12/5/2013
At the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show, Hyundai revealed an updated lineup of 2014 Elantra models in 2-door coupe, 4-door sedan, and 5-door hatchback body styles. While each version of the car was upgraded from the previous versions, the 2014 Elantra Sedan received the most changes.

Starting with the Elantra GT hatchback, the Euro-tuned 5-door has the fewest changes for 2014. It gains LED taillights and a blind-spot mirror for the driver's side, but the big news is the addition of a more powerful 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine that makes 173 horsepower at 6,500 rpm and 154 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,700 rpm. These represent gains of 25 horsepower and 23 lb.-ft. of torque compared with the previous 1.8-liter 4-cylinder power plant.

This new engine is also standard for the 2014 Hyundai Elantra Coupe. Additionally, the coupe is now sold in a single level of trim and with a single option package. All 2014 Elantra Coupes have steering and suspension changes designed to make the car more engaging to drive, along with standard 17-inch aluminum wheels, a rear spoiler, blacked-out grille, blind-spot mirror for the driver, and turn signal indicators embedded into the side mirror housings.

Inside, the Elantra Coupe has a standard cooled glove box, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, and additional cabin refinements that are shared with the Elantra Sedan. Those interior upgrades include changes designed to make the interior quieter, as well as revised controls. The Elantra Coupe's optional Technology package adds a new touch-screen infotainment system with a 7-inch display screen and navigation, as well as Pandora Internet radio access, Blue Link telematics with three years of free basic service, and a reversing camera. Elantra Coupes with this package also have LED running lights and LED taillights.

Changes for the 2014 Hyundai Elantra Sedan are more extensive, and include new styling front and rear. The base GLS model is dropped, replaced by a new SE trim level that includes standard 15-inch aluminum wheels, a driver's side blind-spot mirror, hill-start assist, and Driver Selectable Steering Mode (DSSM) with a choice between Comfort, Normal, and Sport settings.

Additionally, a new Elantra Sport Sedan variant debuts for 2014, equipped with the more powerful engine from the Elantra GT and Coupe models as well as a standard manual gearbox, sport-tuned suspension, and 17-inch wheels and tires. The Sport also has upgraded headlights, LED running lights, LED taillights, fog lights, and a rear spoiler. Inside, the Elantra Sport is equipped with a touch-screen radio with a 4.3-inch display screen, reversing camera, and sportier trim.

The top-of-the-line Elantra Limited skips the powerful engine, but includes the Elantra Sport's better exterior lighting and touch-screen audio system while adding unique 17-inch aluminum wheels. The Limited is also equipped with Blue Link telematics and can be optioned with the new navigation system that includes a larger 7-inch display.

The new 2014 Elantra models are scheduled to arrive at Hyundai dealerships by the end of the year. In the meantime, the automaker is offering zero-interest financing for 72 months on leftover 2013 models.

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