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2017 Hyundai Elantra Limited: Is It Worth The Extra Money Over The Eco?

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2017 Hyundai Elantra Limited

A few weeks back, I shared my thoughts on the 2017 Hyundai Elantra Eco after spending a week with it, and a reader asked if I would choose the Elantra Limited over the Elantra Eco, given that for an extra $1,700, you can jump up to the more “feature-rich” trim level.

As luck would have it, last week’s loaner was the 2017 Hyundai Elantra Limited last week, which gave me a chance to compare the two. And after thinking it over, my short answer is.. I don’t really know.

You see, while the Elantra Limited is their top-of-the-line trim level, when you compare it against the Eco, you will notice that they are very similarly equipped. Sure, the Limited gets quite a bit of chrome treatment to set it apart, along with leather seats, LED taillights, bigger wheels, and a few other minor details.

2017 Hyundai Elantra Limited

The one notable difference between the two models is the engine and drivetrain. The Limited has 147HP and 132 lb-ft of torque, with that power routed to the ground through a 6-speed automatic transmission. The Eco has 128HP and 156 lb-ft of torque, and uses a 7-speed Dual Clutch transmission. Surprisingly, the faster of the two is the Eco, with more torque available at a lower RPM!

But with the Elantra Limited, you can add a bunch of tech and safety options by checking off the boxes for the Tech Package ($2,500) and Ultimate Package ($1,900). But with that, the price difference goes from $1,700 to a not-so-insignificant $6,100. Our tester had these options, and it ballooned the price to $27,710.

In the end, it comes down to what features are most important to you. If you’re not going to get the Tech and Ultimate packages, the additional $1,700 might be worth it to get the leather seats and extra bling. But start adding options, and the Limited can get expensive in a hurry.

2017 Hyundai Elantra Limited interior

So for me, in the battle of the 2017 Hyundai Elantra Limited vs 2017 Hyundai Elantra Eco, I’m going with the Eco. But either way you choose, you’re ending up with a great little car!

Sujeet Patel is the founder of Guys Gab, and one of the biggest automotive enthusiast you'll ever meet. He's been fortunate enough to turn his passion for cars into a full-time job. Like they say, "If you love what you do, you'll never work a day in your life."