Hyundai Elantra
Hyundai Elantra
Hyundai Elantra

2021 Hyundai Elantra

Pros: Comfortable ride; smooth powertrain and excellent fuel economy of Hybrid models; extensive list of available safety and tech features

Cons: Performance of the base engine is just adequate; so-so rear visibility

CG Says: Hyundai’s compact sedan is redesigned for 2021, gaining bold new styling, new technology features, a renamed sporty model, and its first-ever hybrid powertrain. A four-door sedan is now the Elantra’s lone body style; the sedan’s hatchback sibling, the Elantra GT, has been discontinued for 2021. The Elantra’s newly available tech features include wireless Apple CarPlay/Android Auto connectivity; Hyundai Digital Key (a smartphone app that allows you to lock/unlock and drive the car without the physical key fob); and SoundHound Voice Recognition, a system that uses voice prompts for such traditionally manual tasks as rolling down windows, opening the trunk, or turning on seat heaters. The hybrid powertrain combines a 1.6-liter 4-cylinder engine with an electric motor for a total of 139 horsepower; it’s paired with a 6-speed dual-clutch automated-manual transmission, and Hyundai estimates that it will deliver 54 miles per gallon in combined city/highway driving. The conventional gas powertrains carry over from the previous-generation Elantra. The base engine is a 147-hp 2.0-liter 4-cylinder paired with a CVT automatic transmission. The sporty N Line model takes the place of the previous Sport trim level in the Elantra lineup; it has a sport suspension and is powered by a 201-hp turbocharged 1.6-liter 4-cylinder paired with a 6-speed manual or 7-speed dual-clutch automated-manual transmission. A high-performance Elantra N model with a 276-hp 2.0-liter turbo 4-cylinder is slated to arrive for the 2022 model year. Standard safety features on all Elantras include forward collision avoidance with pedestrian detection, blind-spot alert, rear cross-traffic alert, lane following assist, driver-attention monitor, high beam assist, and safe exit warning. Despite its radical new looks, the redesigned Hyundai Elantra remains a pleasant, practical everyday car that now comes in a broader variety of likeable flavors, from sporty to super-economical. A long list of standard safety feature and available tech features add to Elantra’s appeal.

The Facts
Class Compact Car
Body Style(s) 4-door sedan
Passenger Count 5
Drive Wheels front-wheel drive
Manufacturer Hyundai
Nation of Manufacture USA
Base Prices SE: $20,645
SEL: $21,895
N Line: $25,095
Limited: $26,445
Hybrid SEL: $24,545
Hybrid Limited: $29,095

Base Engine
2.0-liter 4-cylinder (SE, SEL, Limited)
Horsepower
147
Std. Transmission
CVT
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
31-33
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
41-43

Optional Engine
turbocharged 1.6-liter 4-cylinder (N Line)
Horsepower
201
Std. Transmission
6-speed manual
Avail. Transmission
7-speed automated-manual
EPA City Range (mpg)
25-28
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
34-36

Optional Engine
1.6-liter 4-cylinder/electric motor (Hybrid)
Horsepower
139
Std. Transmission
6-speed automated-manual
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
NA
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
NA

Hyundai Elantra N Line
2021 Hyundai Elantra N Line
NHTSA Ratings
Overall - NA
0%

(5 is the highest rating)

Front Crash - NA
0%
Side Crash - NA
0%
Rollover - NA
0%

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