Wow the competition in the compact car field is fierce. Tough for car companies, good for you, the car buying public.

I just drove the all new 2017 Hyundai Elantra Limited, loaded with all the latest tech.

First impression? Sweet car. A ton of car and goodies for the money. Twenty seven grand for a compact vehicle with stuff  like navigation, rear camera, Android Auto and Apple Car Play. forward collision warning and emergency autonomous braking. The redesigned Elantra is fun to drive, but not as connected or zippy as the new Honda Civic.

The front wheel driver can be had with two engine choices. A 2.0L 147-hp version, standard on the SE and Limited that I drove. Or a 1.4 turbocharged engine making 128 horsepower that delivers 40 MPG-Highway.

The ride is smooth and quiet. This is a very modern feeling car. And it’s roomier that a Mazda 3 or Ford Focus.

Fit and finish is great and add-ons like the 8-inch touchscreen navigation system make Elantra feel  even more upscale. You can also outfit the Hyundai with front and rear heated seats. A lot of BMW’s and Audi’s don’t offer that perk.

The SE version with a manual transmission starts at a bit over $17,000. The Limited version I tested for a week comes in at close to $28,000. I know I say this a lot, but the Elantra is a ton of car for the money and much improved from the previous generation. Boy, Hyundai has come a long way.

Mike West CBS


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