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2016 Hyundai Elantra Adds Value Edition Trim

Equipment tweaks for this generation’s last model year.

The next generation of the Hyundai Elantra compact sedan is expected to debut sometime later this year and go on sale in 2016, so Hyundai is rolling out some tweaks for the 2016 Hyundai Elantra as a send-off for its last model year.

The biggest change is the addition of the Elantra Value Edition, which sits between the existing base SE and the Limited grades. For an extra $550 over the automatic-transmission SE with the popular equipment package, the $20,525 Elantra Value Edition adds 16-inch alloy wheels, a sunroof, pushbutton start and keyless entry, heated front seats, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob. The Value Edition comes only with a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine and a six-speed automatic transmission, while the SE can also be had with a six-speed manual transmission for a base price of $18,075 with destination.

The 2016 Hyundai Elantra Sport gets a few equipment changes as well, giving up its previously standard leather seats and sunroof in exchange for dropping its starting price $1,350 to 21,075 with a six-speed manual and $22,075 with a six-speed automatic. The Sport trim was introduced for 2014 and includes a more powerful, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with 173 hp.

Finally, the top 2016 Hyundai Elantra Limited trim retains its $22,525 starting price, but gains two new standard features: push-button start and keyless entry along with automatic climate control. the Elantra Limited comes standard with the 1.8-liter four-cylinder and the six-speed automatic, and also includes some different exterior trim, leather seats, a power driver's seat, and Hyundai's Blue Link telematics system.

All of this adds up to a slightly better value proposition for the 2016 Hyundai Elantra, which goes on sale this month. A completely redesigned 2017 Hyundai Elantra should arrive sometime before the end of the year.