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2017 Elantra (Value package) vs 2017 Sport Sonata

I was set to lease a 2017 Sport Sonata when I test-drove a 2017 Elantra (with value package that includes power drivers seat and lots of other features). I have a 2014 Sonata which I love, but sometimes have trouble parking. The Elantra seemed to have less power for highway driving, but is smaller.

Has anyone drove both cars? I'm having a hard time deciding. The monthly payments will be about the same.
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Only person that can decide that is you. You've driven both. I haven't driven the new Elantra's, but I don't think they will lack on power. Haven't heard anyone complain about that.

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Well the elantra does have less horsepower, smaller engine. Me personally, with payment being the same would go with the sonata. I've driven both & there is a difference.
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The elantra has 147 hp vs the sonata at 185 hp so there's a big difference if that matters to you.
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Thanks for your replies

I didn't know that the Elantra SE had this value package. The Sonata Sport is like driving on a nice roomy sofa; the Elantra (for me) is not as comfortable, but I'll be able to park it better. I confess I'm not a great parker. I do drive on I95 so the Sonata's acceleration is great.

I guess the only solution is to lease both! Never gonna happen. I would have bought my 2014 Sonata but the residual value was much greater than the book value. Hyundai stopped making the silver blue color.
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Even though the Elantra has less horse power it is a lot smaller than the Sonata.
The Sonata is a big car, inside and out.
Sonata has an average curb weight of 2,350 lbs and the Elantra has a curb weight of 2811 lbs.
That 500 lbs difference is going to make them both perform about the same.
Elantra has a 7.8 sec 0-60 time while the Sonata also has a 7.8 sec 0-60 time in Eco trim.
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i think it comes down to if you want the extra interior space. All my passengers commented on the comfort of sitting in the back seat. Nice leg room, and even with 3 adults in the back, no crowded shoulder to shoulder, elbowing, knee jerking etc.
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Sonata is much more comfortable. Base engine on both are just ok, the 2.0T on the sonata is great, the 1.6T on the elantra is good... But I prefer the 2.0T on the sonata with the extra comfort. The other side of the coin is the $$, the elantra is much cheaper.
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Thanks for the input. I've decided on the Sonata. I'm coming from a Sonata GLS 2014, so the transition to the new car should be minimal. I definitely found the Elantra less comfortable. Unless my math is incorrect, the Elantra is only one foot shorter than the Sonata (191 inches vs 180). Also the Sonata is 2 inches more in width than the Elantra. I got the numbers from Consumer Reports, which does not put either model at the top of their rankings. Who cares?!

I wish I could buy my current Sonata, since Hyundai no longer makes Silverblue exterior, plus it has all the bells and whistles that I need and only had 17,000 miles. However, the residual value is about 2,000 more than book value (KB.
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Thanks for the input. I've decided on the Sonata. I'm coming from a Sonata GLS 2014, so the transition to the new car should be minimal. I definitely found the Elantra less comfortable. Unless my math is incorrect, the Elantra is only one foot shorter than the Sonata (191 inches vs 180). Also the Sonata is 2 inches more in width than the Elantra. I got the numbers from Consumer Reports, which does not put either model at the top of their rankings. Who cares?!

I wish I could buy my current Sonata, since Hyundai no longer makes Silverblue exterior, plus it has all the bells and whistles that I need and only had 17,000 miles. However, the residual value is about 2,000 more than book value (KB.
You'll notice that the LF seems larger than your current YF Sonata, but it comes with a better reverse camera and in my opinion parks easier than my old 2013. I'm a pretty good parker anyway, but I didn't have any issues adjusting to the slightly larger body.
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