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2017 hyundai elantra limited

Hyundai Elantra Camelback desert

I had no idea, when I got behind the wheel of the new 2017 Hyundai Elantra Limited for the first time, it would prove to be the perfect car for my week-long spa trip through Arizona.

Sure, it was beautiful in its Shale Gray Metallic glory but it was so much deeper than that.

I spent two nights at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge in Phoenix,

Hyundai Elantra Desert Ridge

drove to Tucson for two nights at the JW Marriott Starr Pass

Hyundai Elantra Starr Pass

and drove back to Phoenix for two nights at the JW Marriott Camelback Inn.

Hyundai Elantra Camelback

Each place was amazing for its own reasons but the 120 mile drive each way could have easily ruined my peaceful, easy feeling.

Instead, it — surprisingly — added to it.

Let me tell you some of the reasons driving the 2017 Hyundai Elantra was as zen-like as my spa treatments.

It literally welcomed me.

Hyundai Elantra welcome

I love when spa therapists take my hands, greet me with a smile and usher me into their oasis. The Elantra did the automotive equivalent.

It was relaxing.

Hyundai Elantra temperature

I usually stress about long drives but, as soon as I got settled into the cushy driver’s seat, I felt comfortable. The Elantra was quiet and the ride smooth. And leaving the triple digit temperature outside for the invigorating frigid air conditioning inside the car was like a traditional Nordic spa experience in itself.

It wrapped me in a safe cocoon.

Hyundai Elantra view

If you’ve ever had a body wrap — and, oh, I had a couple of great ones last week — you know how warm and cozy they make you feel. Well, thankfully, the Elantra wasn’t warm but, because of its many important safety features, including my must-have blind spot detection system, I knew I was in very capable hands. And despite the frequent road signs warning about possible high winds and dust storms, I was reassured by the car’s stability, the generously-sized cup holders containing my two full bottles of water, and the compass on the rearview mirror — just in case, God forbid, I got turned around in a windy, dust-covered haze.

It helped me find my path.

Hyundai Elantra GPS

Massages are often the ideal time to solve problems and figure out what road you’re on in life. Luckily, the Elantra did that for me with its easy-to-use navigation system. I just plugged in the addresses of each resort and let the Elantra guide me. Because I actually heeded its advice — something I don’t always do with my own thoughts — I never strayed from my path and I always reached my goal.

It provided the wisdom of the elders.

The Bridge

Thanks to its local Native American culture, Arizona spa treatments are often infused with an element of spirituality. In fact, when I left Tucson, my friend warned me that part of the road I was taking had been cursed centuries ago and I should be sure to thank the gods for allowing me to drive over it. Well, you can bet I heeded that advice. I was also grateful that the Elantra offered its own wisdom of the elders via The Bridge, the SiriusXM Radio station playing mellow rock from the ’70s. Could there be any wiser gods than Fleetwood Mac advising, “Go Your Own Way?”

It illuminated my past and my future.

Hyundai Elantra Camelback

The Elantra’s strong headlights and rearview camera kept my vision clear so I could see and truly appreciate the gorgeous scenery all around me.

It made me feel understood.

Elantra Anthropologie

When a massage therapist gently digs into that knot in my shoulders or spends extra time on my tired feet, I feel like they really get me. The Elantra gave me that same mushy feeling when, before heading off to the airport, I found it guiding me into a parking spot right in front of my own sacred retail temple — Anthropologie.


  1. We own a 2009 Hyundai Elantra. I think it’s the most well designed car we’ve ever owned. Everything seems to be in just the right place. My husband is dreading having to get a new car because he doesn’t like all the new electrical doo dads and assists, but I bet he’ll fall in love just like you did.

  2. Wow–this car sounds like an actual human being. It must have been hard to give it back!

  3. Helene Cohen Bludman says:

    Love this review, Lois! And the car sounds perfect. Keeping it in mind for our next car.

  4. The Elantra looks like such a sleek car. I would love to take it for a test drive.

  5. One of my BFFs raves about his Elantra. I’ve ridden in it, and it is smooth. Definitely a good car and one that any buyer should consider.

  6. Looks and sounds fabulous. I don’t know what I want more, the spa trip or the car…but it’s close.

  7. This car sounds like a dream! And love the welcome sign!

  8. I think I’m in love . . .

  9. Looks like a great car. One day I will get to buy another vehicle but for now I am enjoying no payments!

  10. Jealous of all the massages. You must feel like a delightful wet noodle by now. To have a nice car to drive from place to place just makes it better.

  11. OMG what an awesome car. My husband would flip for this vehicle for sure. I like the navigation system on this it is really cool.

  12. What a great review, 2 of my close friends have this car and love it. It offers comfort, safety and a price that can be afforded! Thanks for all this info!

  13. I have spent a lot of time in the car this year, and wish I had a personal masseuse in my car too! It is nice to try new cars while traveling to keep in mind when you are ready for a new one.

  14. Hyundai boy that does feel and look like a great ride. The silver colour is perfect to!

  15. Sounds like a wonderful experience. With triple digit temperatures outside a smooth confident ride is a very good thing!

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