2017 Hyundai Elantra

Sporty& fun!

How the times are changing. We have seen the progression in design, quality and performance improve over the years for many Asian automotive manufacturers from Japan to Korea. One of the lines that has taken the largest leap, especially in the past ten years has been Hyundai—namely the Hyundai Elantra.

The Elantra, now in its 6th generation, first entered the market in October of 1990. It was a simple car that lacked in quality, styling and performance and it stayed that way for the next three generations, until the magical 5th rendition in 2010. Swooping lines began flowing across the apex points forming a dynamic and aggressive profile. Then, in 2015, Hyundai engineers and designers launched a more mature version that softened the angles.

The 2017 Elantra sedan is a total redesign and is available in five trim levels: SE ($17,150) Eco ($20,650), Sport ($21,650) and Limited ($22,370). Most of the 2017 Elantras come with a new 2.0-liter 1-4 with 147hp (26 mpg City and 36 mpg Highway) and 132 lb.-ft. of torque mated to a 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic transmission. The Eco model is powered by a 1.4-liter turbo 4-cylinder (28 mpg City and 37 mpg Highway) with 128hp and 156 lb.-ft.of torque and is paired to a 7-speed twin-clutch automatic transmission.

The Elantra Sport is the newest trim in the lineup and was my test model. It is a blast to drive. It was designed to target the Honda Civic Si and Volkswagen Jetta GLI. The Sport is powered by a 1.6-liter turbo 4 rated around 200hp and 190 lb.-ft. mated to either a 6- speed manual (22/30 mpg) or a 7-speed twin-clutch automatic (26/33 mpg). To add to the fun, the Elantra Sport sits on a performance-oriented suspension.

As noted above, the new styling for 2017 appears more conservative than the swooping lines of the exiting model. Is it better? Well, that depends on what you are looking for, however, the 2016, with its curvy attitude might be considered more exciting and sporty. With that said, the 2017 overall appearance is very nice.  The changes are apparent, starting with the new, large grille.

The interior is comfortable and spacious with subtle sporty-trim touches inside – especially on the Sport trim. The seats were comfortable with the back suited for more for two or three passengers.

An amazing option for this price group is front and rear heated seats. The infotainment system is controlled through the touchscreen and large clear buttons are available to operate the audio functions including knobs for volume and tuning. Climate controls are laid out smartly displaying temperature and other custom settings on the dual-zone system.

Steering and handling have both improved over last year’s model with a new rear suspension design, but, are not as engaging as the Honda Civic and Mazda3.

Cool Features:

  • Android Auto and Apple CarPlay
  • Segment First Automatic Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection
  • Frontand rear heated seats

The 2017 Hyundai Elantra is well-equipped with safety features including: dual front advanced airbags, driver and front-passage side-impact airbags, side curtain airbags, driver’s knee airbag, ABS brakes with Brake Assist System, Electronic Stability Control, Hill-Start Assist Control, rear camera, drivers blind spot mirror, blind spot detection and rear cross-traffic alert and lane change assist (avail. on some models), and more. Optional safety features are Forward Collision Warning system, Lane Departure Warning system, and Smart Cruise Control on the Limited trim.

In Summary – The 2017 Hyundai Elantra is a fun vehicle to drive. In Hyundai’s typical style, you’ll find many technology features that you would expect from a more expensive model. This, plus Hyundai’s 100,000-mile powertrain warranty and assistance programs make the Elantra an excellent value.

Specifications

2017 Hyundai Elantra Sport

 

Base price:                  $21,650as driven: $25,010(including destination & optional
                                    features)

Engine:                       1.6-liter Turbo GDI 4-cylinder engine

Horsepower:               201hp @ 6000RPM and 43hp

Torque:                       195 @ 1500 RPM

Transmission             6-Speedmanual

Drive:                          Front-wheel Drive

Seating:                       4-passenger

Turning circle:           17.4 feet

Cargo space:              14.4 cubic feet

Curb weight:              3,042 pounds

Fuel capacity              14 gallons        

EPA mileage:              City 22/Hwy 30

Wheel Base:                  106.3 inches

Warranty:                    10 years/100,000-miles powertrain limited

Also consider:               Ford Focus, Honda Civic, Mazda3, Toyota Corolla,

                                       Volkswagen Jetta

 

A Special Kind of Stupid

In recent news it was reported that BART is losing somewhere between $15 million and $25 million per year due to riders who intentionally evade paying fares—“cheaters.” In one report on KTVU, reporter Amber Lee interviewed one of the cheaters—a young female college student—who admitted, on camera, that she rode BART regularly (daily) without paying. With a sheepish grin she remarked, “No, I don’t feel bad about it because, for one, I need to get where I need to go.” She further excused her theft habit by explaining that she didn’t have enough money for the fare because she didn’t have a job.

Later in the KTVU report, BART Director Bevan Dufty said with a smile (that was oddly similar to the college student’s) that “fixes” for the problem could take a “little while” because “BART is not as fast moving as our trains are…”   

Let’s put this admission into the proper perspective for a moment. While the bulk of BART operations are funded by riders’ fares, about 25% of operations rely upon taxpayer dollars. Add to this the billions in additional taxpayer funding for expansion and improvement projects and it’s clear, whether you ride BART or not, we are paying a lot for this transit system. This past November alone, Bay Area residents agreed to an additional $3.5 billion dollars in sales taxes to fund improvements to the system.

Now for a little more perspective, let’s think about how long BART has been in operation. I believe this coming September will mark its 45th year. Even assuming that those “cheater losses” were considerably less in previous years, the executives at BART just told us that due to their incompetence, at a minimum, hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars have essentially been “flushed.”

Is it just me, or does this strike you as just plain stupid? Apparently these losses don’t impact Mr.Dufty’s take-home pay, nor does it affect the compensation of BART management. But it ought to. If BART was operated without the “welfare” benefit of taxpayer dollars (like a business) this kind of operational “oversight” would have been handled in year one.

The sad fact is, when it comes to so many taxpayer-supported agencies, programs, and services like BART, proper accountability and fiscal responsibility are generally after-thoughts at best. And as stupid as all this might seem, there is apparently a special kind of stupid in California these days—it’s those who continue voting “yes” for tax increases that continue to prop up incompetent, misguided services like BART.       

The Next Generation Lip Color

There’s a certain je ne sais quoi to the natural glow of flushed cheeks and rosy lips. Of course, not all of us are blessed with a perpetual glow and just-bitten pout. But the good news is that the makeup industry has done its best to give us what nature should have through the ingenious invention of lip stains.

While lip stains have been around for a while, the color of the stains were never attractive and they were very drying, but now we have available new, revolutionary technologies in lip stains and they are all about modern colors, super hydration, and feel. Previous lip stains were so drying that we all stayed away, as dry, cracking lips were not worth the application of the stain. But with new technologies in lip stains we can now enjoy a new concept in all-day-wear.

At The Rouge Cosmetics, we are introducing a new revolutionary lip product called Genius Lip Color Stains. These new Genius Lip Stains have perfect staying power and wear-ability, and feel amazing.  Our outstanding lip stains include Vitamin E and provide antioxidant protection, all while conditioning lips for continued softness. And, they are paraben and fragrance-free!

This next generation lip color will not only protect your lips but impart long lasting color that stays in place for hours. It moisturizes and provides full-coverage without feeling heavy, sticky or tacky.

Why use lip stains? Many women like to use them because they act like semi-permanent make-up allowing one to have color all day without smearing, fading or feathering. With new, modern colors, they naturally and safely enhance your look for hours on end. Now, you can apply your lip stain and go, focusing on living life to the fullest.

While the Genius Lip Stains are a great way to keep lip color on all day, lip liner stains are also extremely popular, long wearing and waterproof. Our new Luxury Lip Liner Stains glide onto the lips for transfer-proof, non-feathering wear—for up to seven hours! I like to use a lip liner stain for a precision line and to give my lips a fuller look.

For that perfect lip line and to make your lips look fuller, apply a lip liner stain, followed by Genius Lip Color Stain, for all-day, smear-proof perfection. 

Stop by The Rouge Cosmetics and master the techniques of the future with a next generation lip color consultation with one of our expert make-up professionals, and find your perfect color with the new revolutionary Genius Lip Color Stain or Luxury Lip Liner Stain.       

 

 

Follow the Yellow Brick Road

Because of annual TV showings during the holidays, “Wizard of Oz” is now ranked as the most watched movie of all time. New generations of children get to enjoy it, while old duffs like me, who saw it when it came out in 1939, get to enjoy it again and again and again (you get the idea).

1. Who was the author of the series of books about Oz?

2. What was the name of the group of little people who played the Munchkins?

3. The director of the movie won an Oscar that same year for directing “Gone with the Wind.” Who was he?

4. Frank Morgan was the wonderful Wizard. What was his name back in Kansas?

5. What was Dorothy’s last name?

6. Now a toughy and my favorite. The Scarecrow, Tin Man and Lion were based on farmhands on Auntie Em’s farm. What were the farmhands names?