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2014 Hyundai Elantra: Used Car Review

Editor’s note: You may also want to read Autotrader’s 2015, 2016, 2017 or 2018 Hyundai Elantra review.


The 2014 Hyundai Elantra lineup includes 4-door sedan, 2-door coupe and GT 5-door hatchback body styles. The compact, 5-passenger 4-door sedan continues with the striking Fluidic Sculpture styling as seen in its larger sibling, the Sonata. It’s value-packed with roomy comfort, loaded with design flair and tasteful-looking materials and has a long list of standard and optional amenities that aren’t often found in the compact sedan class. The coupe keeps the Fluidic Sculpture styling and roominess of the sedan and adds sporty flair. Adapted from the European-market Hyundai i30 model, the GT 5-door hatchback gets its own sporty sheet metal and offers up to 51 cu ft. of cargo space with the rear seat folded down.

For 2014, the sedan and coupe get refreshed front and rear styling, added soundproofing and revised climate controls, plus driver-adjustable steering effort settings. The base GLS sedan is redubbed the SE and adds standard 15-inch alloy wheels, hill-start assist, a driver blind spot mirror, SiriusXM satellite radio and BlueLink connectivity for safety, service and infotainment. SE models gain an optional 4.3-in touchscreen with a backup camera and Pandora internet radio. A new Sport sedan model brings sport suspension, quicker steering, 17-in alloys and a new 173-horsepower 2.0-liter engine. The 2.0-liter 4-cylinder is also standard in the coupe and GT hatchback for 2014.

The 2014 Elantra, whether it’s the sedan, coupe or GT hatchback, is a good used-car value, because it delivers sophisticated styling flair, roominess, lots of standard features, comfort and fuel efficiency at a reasonable price. See the 2014 Hyundai Elantra models for sale near you

What We Like

Improved soundproofing; roomy interior and trunk; interior materials, fit and finish; good fuel economy; GT’s hatchback versatility; acceleration of new 2.0-liter engine

What We Don’t

No spare tire in some models; measured acceleration with 1.8-liter engine; hatchback has cramped rear headroom

Fuel Economy & Engine Specs

The Hyundai Elantra SE and limited sedans use a 1.8-liter double overhead camshaft 16-valve 4-cylinder engine. For 2014, it generates 145 hp and 130 lb-ft of torque on regular unleaded fuel. It’s available with either a 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic transmission. The 1.8-liter is EPA-rated at 27 miles per gallon in the city and 36-37 mpg on the highway. All Elantras are equipped with front-wheel drive.

The 2014 Elantra Sport sedan, coupe and GT hatchback are upgraded to a new direct-injected 2.0-liter DOHC 4-cylinder, which produces a healthier 173 hp and 154 lb-ft of torque. It also runs regular unleaded and is available with a 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic transmission. The 2.0-liter is EPA-rated at 24 mpg city/32-34 mpg hwy, depending on the application.

Standard Features & Options

The 2014 Hyundai Elantra sedan is available in SE, Limited and Sport trims for the sedan. The coupe and GT hatchback are each available in a single trim.

The SE sedan standard equipment includes 195/65R15 tires, new 15-inch alloy wheels, a tilt-telescopic steering wheel, air conditioning, cruise control, remote keyless entry, BlueLink connectivity, a 6-speaker AM/FM/CD stereo with an MP3 decoder with SiriusXM satellite radio and iPod/USB jacks, cloth upholstery, a split fold-down rear seat, an outside-temperature display, a trip computer, power locks, windows and heated mirrors, anti-lock 4-wheel disc brakes with brake assist, dual-front and side-impact airbags, overhead airbags and stability and traction control. Optional equipment for the SE consists of 205/55R16 tires, 16-in alloy wheels, a 4.3-in color touchscreen display with a backup camera, a garage door opener, fog lamps, heated front seats, Bluetooth phone connectivity, remote engine start, an auto-dimming rearview mirror and auto head lamps.

The Limited sedan trim adds an automatic transmission, Bluetooth, a 4.3-in touchscreen display with a backup camera, a power driver’s seat with lumbar adjustment, leather upholstery, a steering wheel with audio controls, fog lamps, heated front and rear seats, a front center armrest and 215/45R17 tires on 17-in alloy wheels. Popular Limited options include a 7-in display screen with navigation, a power sunroof, dual-mode automatic air conditioning with clean-air ionizer, auto head lamps, a garage door opener and an auto-dimming rearview mirror.

A new-for-2014 Sport sedan brings all of the SE standard content and upgrades to a 173-hp 2.0-liter 4-cylinder, 215/45R17 tires on 17-in alloys, sport suspension, quicker steering, a rear spoiler, a power sunroof, a power driver’s seat, heated front seats, leather seating, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, Bluetooth, automatic head lamps, fog lamps and a 4.3-in touchscreen with a backup camera.

The Coupe standard fare includes all of the items in the SE sedan plus the 2.0-liter engine, automatic transmission, fog lamps, heated front seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls, 215/45R17 tires on 17-in alloy wheels, sport suspension, a rear spoiler and a front center armrest.

The GT hatchback includes the same standard items as the SE sedan and adds dual-zone automatic air conditioning, 172-watt AM/FM/CD/MP3 6-speaker audio with Bluetooth and SiriusXM, fog lamps, a cargo cover, roof rails, 205/55R16 tires on 16-in alloy wheels, a cooled glovebox, a sliding armrest and underfloor cargo storage. The BlueLink emergency communications system is also standard. Options include navigation, leather seating, a power driver’s seat, a power sunroof and a 17-in wheel/tire package.


The 2014 Elantra sedan was one of the best-selling compacts, so there should be a good supply of used examples available for purchase at moderate prices. Coupes are in shorter supply. Even with reduced Environmental Protection Agency fuel economy estimates for the 2014 model year, the Elantra is one of the most fuel-efficient compact cars in its class.

To get a good idea of the 2014 Elantra’s price range, check out You can also search the Autotrader Classifieds to see which models are for sale in your area.


As of the writing of the report, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) had issued no safety recalls for the 2014 Elantra:

Recall repairs are required by law even if the vehicle is out of warranty. Your dealer can check to see if the repairs were performed, and if not, they will fix the car at no charge to you.

Safety Ratings & Warranties

The NHTSA gave the 2014 Elantra sedan and GT hatchback a 5-star overall rating with four stars for frontal impacts, five for side impacts and four for rollover resistance. It did not rate the 2014 Elantra coupe.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) named the 2014 Elantra sedan a Top Safety Pick but gave it only Acceptable ratings for small-overlap driver-side front impacts. It did, however, rate the sedan as, Good for side- and moderate-overlap front impacts, as well as roof strength, head restraints and seats. It didn’t rate the 2014 Elantra coupe or GT hatchback.

Hyundai sold the 2014 Elantra with a 5-year/60,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty, an industry-leading 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty (for original owners and CPO used buyers only), a 7-year/unlimited-distance corrosion-perforation warranty and 5 years/unlimited miles of roadside-assistance coverage. In a non-CPO resale, the 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty reverts to a 5-year/60,000-mile warranty for a subsequent owner.

Hyundai certified pre-owned vehicles can’t be more than 5 years old or have more than 60,000 miles. Every certified pre-owned Elantra undergoes a 150-point inspection. Each receives the balance of Hyundai’s 5-year/60,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty and 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty. Roadside assistance is extended to 10 years/unlimited miles from the vehicle’s original date of sale. Also included are three months of SiriusXM satellite radio and a vehicle history report.

Other Cars to Consider

2014 Ford Focus — Available as a 4-door sedan or 5-door hatchback, the Focus is fun to drive with European driving flair. The standard 160-hp 2.0-liter 4-cylinder is available with a 5-speed manual or 6-speed dual-clutch automatic. Fuel economy is near the top of the class, but interior room and trunk space are lacking compared to the Elantra. The sensational Focus ST model sports a 252-hp 2.0-liter turbo 4-cylinder, but suffers from torque-steer.

2014 Toyota Corolla – All-new for 2014, the Corolla gets a more stylish exterior, upgraded roomier interior and first-ever continuously variable automatic with up to 42 EPA-rated highway mpg on the new LE Eco model with a 140-hp 1.8-liter 4-cylinder. The driving experience, however, remains plain vanilla, and its interior lacks the flair and features of the Elantra. A 6-speed manual and conventional 4-speed automatic are available on the base model.

Autotrader’s Advice

Even though it may not be the fastest or best-handling small car, the 2014 Elantra is very stylish inside and out, is well-equipped and offers impressive fuel economy. The Elantra sedan and coupe have a 14.8-cu ft. trunk that’s roomy for its class, and a cabin that’s quite spacious. The new-for-2014 Sport sedan, coupe and Elantra GT 5-door hatchback come with a larger, peppier 2.0-liter 4-cylinder and are more fun to drive. The GT hatchback also offers European style, sportier handling and great cargo versatility. Always look for a vehicle that’s been well-maintained. Selecting a Hyundai certified pre-owned Elantra is a smart choice, because the buyer can assume the remainder of the outstanding 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty. Also make sure all applicable recall repairs have been performed by the dealer. 

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