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1997 Hyundai Elantra

  • 1997 Hyundai Elantra Base Sedan
    • MAX MPG
      32
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      130/122
    • ENGINE
      1.8L I4
    • MSRP
      $11,099
  • 1997 Hyundai Elantra Base Wagon
    • MAX MPG
      32
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      130/122
    • ENGINE
      1.8L I4
    • MSRP
      $11,099
  • 1997 Hyundai Elantra GLS Sedan
    • MAX MPG
      32
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      130/122
    • ENGINE
      1.8L I4
    • MSRP
      $12,549
  • 1997 Hyundai Elantra GLS Wagon
    • MAX MPG
      32
    • SEATS
      5
    • HP/TORQUE
      130/122
    • ENGINE
      1.8L I4
    • MSRP
      $12,549
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1997 Hyundai Elantra Review

Bargain bin value with some features.

Reviewed by Automotive on

Overview

The 1997 Elantra classifies as a compact car manufactured by the South Korean company, Hyundai. The Elantra debuted in South Korea in 1990 and it made its debut in the U.S. in 1991. Having received a complete redesign in 1996, Hyundai has not made any changes to the 1997 model.

The Hyundai Elantra comes in two body styles: sedan and wagon. Although it only offers one engine choice, it pairs with two transmission choices and comes in two trim levels for each body type. The Elantra makes a smart choice for anyone looking to get more bang for his buck.

The Range

Body Styles: sedan, wagon
Engines: 1.8-liter four-cylinder
Transmissions: five-speed manual, four-speed automatic
Models: Hyundai Elantra Sedan, Hyundai Elantra Sedan GLS, Hyundai Elantra Wagon, Hyundai Elantra Wagon GLS

What's New

Hyundai makes no changes for the 1997 Elantra, except a slight increase in the selling price.

Exterior

The 1997 Hyundai Elantra comes with tinted glass, 14-inch wheels, and remote trunk release. The GLS features power windows, power door locks, and power exterior mirrors as standard features. Alloy wheels remain optional for both GLS versions. The GLS wagon also includes a rear window wiper as a standard feature.

A rear spoiler and alloy wheels provide options for the sedans, with the GLS sedan also having the option of a power moonroof. A roof rack remains optional for the hatchbacks.

Interior

The Elantra comes with bucket seats, cloth upholstery, a tilting steering wheel, and a clock. The GLS also features an AM/FM/cassette audio system. This audio system remains optional on the other models. The base sedan has the option of leather trim for the steering wheel. A center console, air-conditioning, and an AM/FM/CD audio system remain optional for all models of the 1997 Hyundai Elantra.

Performance & Handling

The 1.8-liter, four-cylinder engine in the 1997 Hyundai Elantra produces 130 horsepower and 122 lb-ft of torque. Power brakes and power steering provide standard features. Cruise control remains optional for all models.

Safety

Standard safety features for the 1997 Hyundai Elantra include driver and passenger front airbags, intermittent windshield wipers, and a rear window defroster. A keyless entry system provides an option for all models except the base wagon. Four-wheel anti-lock brakes and an anti-theft alarm system remain optional for both GLS versions.

EPA Fuel Economy

Hyundai Elantra Sedan: 21/29 mpg city/highway
Hyundai Elantra Sedan GLS: 21/29 mpg city/highway
Hyundai Elantra Wagon: 21/29 mpg city/highway
Hyundai Elantra Wagon GLS: 19/28 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Price
  • Comfortable front seats
  • Exterior style

You Won't Like

  • No V-6 engine option
  • Resale value
  • Hyundai reliability record

Sum Up

Bargain bin value with some features.

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