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Hyundai Makes A Big Play With Small Stylish Models

Hyundai made its big move in the U.S. back in 2008 with the up-scale Genesis and smart mid-sized Sonata sedans blasting through the auto industry meltdown.

Today while other carmakers have responded to the steep drop in fuel prices by pushing high margin big pickups and SUVs, Hyundai has focused on small, stylish and practical vehicles like its Elantra, Veloster and Tucson Crossover SUV.

The all-new 2017 Hyundai Elantra improves on a model that was already enormously popular. A recent test drive of the previous edition and the new model a few weeks apart was striking.

The new signature Hyundau fluidic design styling 2.0 gives the Elantra a longer, leaner more athletic look. The premium Limited model packs a punch with a 147 horsepower 4 cylinder engine while delivering good combined mileage stats of 32 mpg.

Attention to detail, from the sharp 17 inch alloy wheels to LED day-time running head and tail lighting, and high-tone touches inside like the stitched leather wrapped steering wheel, rear back-up camera and premium audio and onboard tech, make the Elantra a serious contender for a well equipped price of $27,000.