My adventures last weekend took me to the sky (and plummeting through it) and to the mountains. With so much driving, I thought it was the best time to test drive an eco car and the 2017 Hyundai Elantra Eco made the cut. DriveShop gave me one for the week to test out and I hit the road ready for any curves. The Elantra is quiet, comfortable, and offers excellent fuel economy. It was the ideal choice for a busy weekend with over 300 miles of driving.
I hoped in the car in Aliso Viejo and the first stop of the day was Skydive Coastal California. It was 106 miles of highway driving so I was able to test out it’s quiet cabin, handling, stability, and fuel economy. The electric power steering was smooth for freeway turns and the ability to change drive modes between normal, sport, and eco came in handy, especially when waiting in stopped traffic or utilizing the commuter lane. The large central screen provides easily accessible navigation and the Apple CarPlay was simple to connect.
The interior is spacious with plenty of leg room and comfy seating. Even the steering wheel is a soft leather wrap that makes a difference when driving far distances. There were minimal blind spots and the side view mirrors offer indicators for approaching traffic. We arrived in Camarillo safely and we were ready to push the limits in the air by leaping through it from the comfort of an airplane.
Our next stop was in Lake Arrowhead for an Enjoy the Mountain jeep tour. It was another 129 miles of driving, but this time we weaved up the mountains of highway 18. Switchback after switchback, the 2017 Hyundai Elantra Eco handled beautifully. It shifted quickly and quietly and we averaged 40 mpg on the mountains and difficult terrain. That includes having the air conditioning on during the entire trip.
The only negatives that stood out during my drive were the minimal compartments for accessories like a designated spot for my cell phone and the small cup holders in the doors. Even so, the 2017 Hyundai Elantra Eco is satisfying to drive in most other scenarios from the highway to the mountains and everything in between.