Mixing up the words “Elantra” and “Sport” in the same sentence is something that you don’t get to see every day but now we have to do it as Hyundai introduced in L.A. this week the 2014 Elantra Sport. It gets this rather surprising moniker thanks to a 4-cylinder, 2.0-liter GDI engine which is capable of outputting 173 bhp and a peak torque of 208 Nm. Power is transferred to the front axle through a 6-speed automatic gearbox which allows the hotter Elantra to return an EPA-estimated 24 mpg in the city and 35 mpg on the highway.
Aside from the more powerful engine, the Elantra Sport can also be distinguished by its two-tone 17-inch rims, a chrome trim, body-colored rear spoiler, as well as LED-infused headlights and a black chrome front grille. Inside the cabin it has a 4.3-inch touchscreen, a 6-speaker sound system and a new steering wheel covered in leather.
Moreover, Hyundai’s engineers have updated the steering system and they also installed a sport-tuned suspension bringing a bigger front stabilizer bar and stiffer dampers and springs.