A new value package and optional Apple CarPlay and Android Auto for automatic-equipped models mark the changes for the 2017 Hyundai Elantra GT.
2017 Hyundai Elantra GT changes
Following a refresh for the 2016 model year, not much was expected in the way of changes for Hyundai's 2017 Elantra GT. But with sales in the compact segment softening, the Korean manufacturer has dropped the option package it offered for models equipped with a manual transmission. It also moved around some of the equipment it offers in the two option packages now offered on automatic-equipped models only.
What this means for 6-speed manual buyers is that they no longer will be able to buy an Elantra GT from the factory equipped with such niceties as 17-inch alloy wheels, fog lights, a sport-tuned suspension, push-button start, aluminum pedals or a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob. Hyundai's Blue Link telematics system is also not available.
But if you're looking at a 2017 Elantra GT with an automatic transmission, you'll be getting more bang for your buck this year. Here's how it shakes out:
Like last year's Style Package, the 2017 Value Edition Package adds 17-inch alloys, a leather steering wheel and shift knob, proximity key with push button start, fog lamps, power driver's seat with power lumbar and a driver's auto-up power window. It also adds three things to that list: leather seats, automatic headlights and heated front seats.
Priced at $1,650, it's $325 less than the 2016 Style Package. But it lacks the aluminum pedals, Hyundai's Blue Link telematics system and side mirrors with integrated turn signal indicators, which were all part of last year's Style Package. Still, the Value Edition looks like a better deal.
Like last year, the 2017 Tech Package requires ordering the first package (in this case the Value Edition). But while the name is unchanged, its content has changed in no small part because three items from last year's package - leather seats, automatic headlights and heated front seats – are part of the new Value Package.
Priced at $3,600 (last year the cost was $3,950), the new Tech Package still comes with a panoramic sunroof, navigation system with 7-inch touchscreen, rearview camera and dual automatic temperature control. Additional equipment for 2017 includes the aluminum pedals, Hyundai's Blue Link telematics system, side mirrors with integrated turn signal indicators and under floor storage from last year's Style Package as well as three new features: HD Radio, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.
No longer available are the LED tail lights that came with last year's Tech Package.
With the MSRP and destination charges unchanged, this means a fully-loaded 2017 Elantra GT clocks in at $675 less than its 2016 counterpart ($25,885 versus $26,560).
2017 Hyundai Elantra GT prices
2017 Elantra GT prices are as follows:
Elantra GT, 6-speed manual transmission: $19,635
Elantra GT, 6-speed automatic transmission: $20,635
Value Edition Package (A/T only): $1,650
Tech Package (requires Value Edition Package): $3,600
Model prices include an $835 destination and delivery charge.