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2017 Hyundai Elantra is the bigger little car (pictures)

With a roomier cabin than before and a midsize sedan classification under EPA specifications, the new Elantra makes for a comfortable everyday driver.

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Hyundai's new Elantra meets the EPA's specifications for a midsize sedan, meaning more cabin room for passengers.

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Under the hood you will find a 2-liter four-cylinder engine getting average fuel economy in the low to mid-30s.

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Hyundai employs an attractive design for the new Elantra, with a nicely arched roofline.

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The roofline extends all the way back toward the trunk.

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Unlike a few competitors, Hyundai has not gone to LED headlights with the Elantra. With the Ultimate option package, however, these dynamically point into corners.

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The Ultimate package also adds driver assistance features, such as adaptive cruise control, which maintains a set distance from traffic ahead.

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A blind-spot monitor system, standard on the Limited trim, lets you know when cars and cyclists are in the lanes next to you.

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The Elanta really excels in its cabin electronics, with an 8-inch touchscreen for navigation and digital audio.

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The infotainment system integrates Google search for destination look ups.

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Support for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto offers the best smartphone integration possible.

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The new Hyundai Elantra competes with cars such as the Toyota Corolla, Nissan Sentra and Honda Civic.

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The base price comes to just under $18,000, but fully loaded, the Elantra hits close to $28,000.

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Later this year, Hyundai will offer an Eco trim Elantra with a more advanced drivetrain.

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