2021 Hyundai Elantra

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2021 Hyundai Elantra Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: February 19, 2021

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The Hyundai Elantra has been a familiar name for quite some time now, and the car has been selling north of 170,000 units for the past two years. Hence, the all-new 2021 Hyundai Elantra sedan has gotten an overall makeover for 2021. It has grown by 2.2 inches in length and 1-inch in width, and while the wheelbase has gone up by 0.8 inches, height has decreased by the same.

Clearly, Hyundai wants to become a major volume seller in the compact car segment, and it wants to do it with the Elantra. And with this all-new avatar and striking exterior and interior redesign, we are hoping to see that number go up! For those who complained of its lack of adequate performance, there is no solution in sight as the powertrain is merely carried forward from last year.

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Pros

Comfortable ride quality

Exceptionally fuel-efficient

Loaded with tech features

Reliable engine

Cons

Lacks performance and agility

Sluggish transmission unit

What's New?

New redesigned exterior and interior

Upgraded advanced technology features

All-new Performance N Line variant will join the existing lineup.


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Features

vehicle bio

base price

$19650

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

top speed

116 mph

drivetrain

front wheel drive

engine type

displacement

122

horsepower

147 hp @ 6200 rpm

torque

132 lb-ft. @ 4500 rpm

transmission

1-speed CVT

chassis

brake rotors (f/r)

12/11

dimensions

wheelbase

106.3 in.

length

61.9 in.

width

70.9 in.

height

56.5 in.

curb weight

2844 lbs.

ground clearance

5.3 in.

capacity

passenger volume

95.8 cu ft.

cargo volume

14.4 cu ft.

payload

1080

performance

zero to 60 mph

7.8 sec.

zero to 100 mph

9.5 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

14.4

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

26/29/36 mpg

highway range

54 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

1 yr./ 10000 mi.

corrosion warranty

7 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


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Trims and Configurations

MSRP


2021 Hyundai Elantra SE

SE

power
147 hp @ 6200 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
29 combined

$19,650

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Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
SE 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl CVT) Starting at $19,650 MSRP (26/29/36) 147 hp @ 6200 rpm, 2L, Inline 4, Regular unleaded
1-speed CVT front wheel drive 5

2021 Hyundai Elantra Value Edition

Value Edition

power
147 hp @ 6200 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
29 combined

$20,800

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Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Value Edition 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl CVT) Starting at $20,800 MSRP (26/29/36) 147 hp @ 6200 rpm, 2 L, Inline 4, Regular unleaded
1-speed CVT front wheel drive 5

2021 Hyundai Elantra SEL

SEL

power
147 hp @ 6200 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
29 combined

$20,900

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Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
SEL 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl CVT) Starting at $20,900 MSRP (26/29/36) 147 hp @ 6200 rpm, 2L, Inline 4, Regular unleaded
1-speed CVT front wheel drive 5

2021 Hyundai Elantra ECO

ECO

power
128 hp @ 5500 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
29 combined

$21,450

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Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Eco 4dr Sedan (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 7AM) Starting at $21,450 MSRP (26/29/36) 128 hp @ 5500 rpm, 1.4L, Inline 4, Regular unleaded
7-speed Automated Manual front wheel drive 5

2021 Hyundai Elantra Sport

Sport

power
201 hp @ 6000 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
29 combined

$24,000

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Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Sport 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl Turbo 7AM) Starting at $24,000 MSRP (26/29/36) 201 hp @ 6000 rpm, 1.6L, Inline 4, Regular unleaded
7-speed Automated Manual front wheel drive 5

2021 Hyundai Elantra Limited

Limited

power
147 hp @ 6200 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
29 combined

$25,450

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Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Limited 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl CVT) Starting at $25,450 MSRP (26/29/36) 147 hp @ 6200 rpm, 2L, Inline 4, Regular unleaded
1-speed CVT front wheel drive 5
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Colors and Styles

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Scarlet Red Pearl

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Ratings

Pricing And Features

6.5

Engine And Performance

5.0

Fuel Economy

6.0

Interior

7.0

Exterior

7.0

Safety

9.0

Competition

7.0

Final Verdict

8.2

6.9

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

6.9

Overall Rating


The new Elantra stands out with its high fuel economy, impressive technology and safety features, and roomy cabin. - Edmunds

It is offered in three variants - SE/SEL/Limited and is also available in hybrid and N Line variants for the first time. The Elantra N Line, however, is seen to be a major breakthrough here with its range-topping performance specs derived from a turbocharged 1.6L 4-cylinder engine. All these material upgrades will definitely pull focus from the existing popular sedans such as the Honda Civic, Mazda 3, Toyota Corolla, and the Nissan Sentra.

2021 Hyundai Elantra Sedan Front View
2021 Hyundai Elantra Sedan Rear View

6.5/10
Pricing and Features

5.0/10
Engine and Performance

6.0/10
Fuel Economy

7.0/10
Interior

7.0/10
Exterior

9.0/10
Safety

7.0/10
Competition

8.2/10
Final Verdict


2021 Hyundai Elantra Pricing and Features

6.5/10

The 2021 Hyundai Elantra is currently on sale and has attracted some attention indeed. The new car will be available in 3 trim levels, SE, SEL, and Limited. There is also the addition of a hybrid variant of the car for the first time as well.

There's also a new 2021 Hyundai Elantra N Line starting at $24,100, which has a turbocharged engine and a dual-clutch automatic transmission. It will be more of a sport-oriented version and will be a direct rival to the likes of the Honda Civic Si, and the theme will be seen throughout the vehicle. 

Trim Levels SE SEL Limited
MSRP $19,650 $22,000  $25,450 
Features 8” touch screen Adds to all the features of SE Adss to all feature of SE and SEL trims
  Wireless Android Auto Driver Attention Monitoring  Hyundai Digital Key
  Wireless Apple CarPlay Blind Spot Monitoring Dynamic Voice Recognition
  Automatic Emergency Braking Adaptive Cruise Control 10.25” touchscreen navigation
  Lane Keep Assist Bose Premium Audio System  

The new Elantra is offered at a starting price of around $19,650, for the base SE trim and the pricing will go all the way up to $25,450. A slight increase in price is expected, owing to the additional features and the new body design and Hyundai has priced it well within that.


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2021 Hyundai Elantra Buying Advice

The base SE variant is more or less functional but will miss out on some essential features, and the difference in pricing isn’t too tall, so it won’t be a very difficult decision to jump to a higher trim level. The Limited trim comes packed with features but it will cost around $26,000, which seems like a costly proposition. So we feel the SEL trim level turns out to be the best purchase.

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2021 Hyundai Elantra Engine and Performance

5.0/10

The Elantra's new look moves it a long way from its old image of no-frills transportation and uses Hyundai's design language called "Sensuous Sportiness". - CarBuzz.com

The new Hyundai Elantra will be offered with a single engine option, a 2.0L gas engine, which churns out 147hp and 132lbft of torque. The Elantra Hybrid and N Line versions will have a 1.6L four-cylinder motor paired to either a 39hp electric motor or a turbocharger respectively, which gives a combined output of 139hp and 201hp in that order. The base car has an 8.3 seconds 0-60 mph sprint time, and it is the slowest of the lot, and the quarter-mile figures aren’t that impressive either. 

The Elantra will get a CVT box paired to the 2.0L engine, while the 1.6L engine will come mated to a DCT gearbox. Both the gearboxes are smooth and slick and most of the time, they are responsive. The Elantra looks a bit underpowered on paper when compared to its rivals, and you do feel a bit sluggish at the beginning, but the motor pulls on later. The car isn’t underpowered itself, but it does feel a bit slow when we drive it back-to-back with its rivals.

Models

2021 Hyundai Elantra

2021 Honda Civic

2021 Toyota Corolla

2021 Mazda 3

MSRP

$19,650

$21,250

$20,025

$20,650

Engine

2.0L inline four-cylinder

2.0L inline four-cylinder

1.8L inline four-cylinder

2.5L inline four-cylinder

Drivetrain

FWD

FWD

FWD

FWD

Transmission

CVT

CVT

CVT

CVT

Power

147 hp @ 6,200 rpm

158 hp @ 6,500 rpm

139 hp @ 6,100 rpm

186 hp @ 6,000 rpm

Torque

132 lb-ft @ 4,500 rpm

138 lb-ft @ 4,200 rpm

126 lb-ft @ 3,900 rpm

186 lb-ft @ 4,000 rpm

0-60 MPH 8.3 s 8.2 s 8.2 s 8.0
Quarter Mile 16.2 s 16.3 s 16.2 s 16.2 s
Top Speed 116 MPH 119 MPH 112 MPH 131 MPH

But rivals such as the Mazda 3 having a 186 hp motor aren't all that fast either, with a 0-60 mph run time of 8.1 seconds. That way, performance from the all-new Elantra is much impressive. However, we expect some improvement in the new car with the ‘N Line’ trim and the reworked motor. The car does feel a bit sluggish at the start and you do feel the rubber band effect, it is very subtle though, and otherwise, the engine is rev-happy most of the time.


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2021 Hyundai Elantra Fuel Economy

6.0/10

The regular car with the naturally aspirated engine returns a decent 35 MPG combined and around 31 in the city and 41 on the highway, which is a pretty impressive figure and fits rightly in this segment. Hyundai claims that the new-gen Hybrid version of the 2021 Elantra will return 56 MPG, but how much of it materializes on the roads is yet to be seen. 

Models

2021 Hyundai Elantra

2021 Honda Civic

2021 Toyota Corolla

2021 Mazda 3

MPG (City)

31

33

31

27

MPG (Highway)

41

43

38

36

MPG (Combined)

35

37

34

30

Fuel Tank Capacity (Gallons)

14.0

12.4 

13.2 

12.7 

Range (City/Highway/Combined) (Miles) 434/574/490 409/533/459 409/502/449 343/457/381

The new Elantra is still quite a fuel-efficient car in comparison to the 2020 Elantra returning the same mpg figures but taking 9.0 seconds to reach the 60 mph mark with the same motor. But the most economical is the Honda Civic, which happens to be the quickest of the lot too, returning a combined mpg of 37.


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2021 Hyundai Elantra Interior

7.0/10

The dashboard and center console wrap around the driver while the passenger's side takes a more minimalist approach. - CarAndDriver

The 2021 Hyundai Elantra is a leap forward, not only in terms of exterior styling but also in regard to the striking new interior. Hyundai usually gets interiors right, and this one is no different, the car is adequately spacious and there are very few bits you can complain about. The front seats hold you in place very nicely and are electrically adjustable, they have a kind of swept-back feel and you really feel like you’re driving a really sporty vehicle.

The layout of the dash too is decent and things fall to hands easily. The rear seat offers generous space for a car of this size, but it does slightly cramp at some point and the under-thigh support could have been a little better, it isn’t unforgiving, but there is a slight scope of improvement. The seat itself is quite well cushioned and the leather feels really nice.

Models

2021 Hyundai Elantra

2021 Honda Civic

2021 Toyota Corolla

2021 Mazda 3

Seating Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

40.6/56.5/42.3

39.3/57.0/42.3

38.3/54.0/42.0

38.0/55.7/42.3

Rear Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

37.3/55.6/38.0

37.1/55.0/37.4

37.1/51.7/34.8

37.2/53.5/35.1

Legroom and knee room are decent, however, due to the swept-back roofline, taller occupants might face a little bit of a problem. The Hyundai Elantra comes loaded with tech and entertainment features and the list of equipment just goes on and on. The info display on the previous Elantra worked just fine, but with this new car and the new system, things have moved further. The interface is now improved and the visuals are crisper and clearer. 

There are a lot of quirky features on offer and the system is going to satisfy most buyers. The new car also gets an all-new digital driver assistance screen, which though comes as an option, but is a great addition to the futuristic interior of the Elantra. Some of the highlights of the infotainment system are as follows:

  • Bluetooth Telephony with Voice Recognition
  • Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity
  • Dual Automatic Temperature Control with Auto Defogging System
  • Qi Wireless Charging Pad for compatible Phones
  • Bose Premium Audio System
  • Digital driver’s display
  • 8 Speaker HD audio system with Subwoofer

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2021 Hyundai Elantra basic Sedan cockpit area
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2021 Hyundai Elantra basic Sedan shift knob
2021 Hyundai Elantra basic Sedan infotainment screen
2021 Hyundai Elantra basic Sedan instrument cluster
2021 Hyundai Elantra basic Sedan infotainment screen
2021 Hyundai Elantra basic Sedan rear seats

2021 Hyundai Elantra Exterior

7.0/10

The latest Elantra wears an attention-grabbing shape that wears origami folds and lots of diamond-themed details. It's wasp-waisted and daring—but the interior's more plain, with a horizontal band of metallic ribs and a touchscreen that caps the dash. - TheCarConnection

The exterior of the new Elantra is its game-changing element. The car looks like a sculpted sci-fi locomotive and it looks really impressive. The vehicle exhibits very sharp cuts and creases and you notice a triangular symmetry in the design cues of the doors. 

But nothing says all-new Elantra more than its aggressively styled front end, which resembles the new Sonata. The car is decently proportioned and has a very well-balanced stance. The looks of the new Elantra are going to be on its unique selling points and are going to attract a large set of buyers.

Models

2021 Hyundai Elantra

2021 Honda Civic

2021 Toyota Corolla

2021 Mazda 3

Curb Weight (lbs)

2725

2771

2840 

2899 

Length (in)

184.1"

182.3"

183.1"

180.3"

Width (in)

71.9"

70.8"

69.9"

70.7"

Height (in)

55.7"

55.7"

57.3"

57.3"

Ground Clearance (in)

5.3"

6.3"

6.7"

6.1"

Wheelbase (in)

107.1

106.3

107.3

107.3

Even its new 15-, 16-, and 17-inch-wheel designs are in perfect harmony with the new Parametric Dynamics theme. The car fits rightly in the segment and gives a healthy competition to its rivals, but the Elantra trumps the rivals when it comes to the styling aspect.


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2021 Hyundai Elantra basic Sedan wheel
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2021 Hyundai Elantra Safety

9.0/10

The Hyundai Elantra comes with a long list of safety features and equipment, and it has become a Hyundai tradition to make the car strong on the safety front. The Hyundai Elantra is equipped with automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, active lane control, and automatic high beams, while Adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitors, and rear automatic emergency braking system are available as optional add-ons.


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2021 Hyundai Elantra Competition

7.0/10

2021 Hyundai Elantra vs 2020 Honda Civic

The Honda Civic has got some new add-ons coming up soon, and it is already a great looking car. It has been a familiar name and buyers impart a certain amount of trust with the Civic franchise.

2020 Honda Civic

The car scores well on the performance front too but loses out slightly on the tech and features front to the Elantra, which comes absolutely loaded with features and equipment, and with the new styling, makes a compelling package.

2021 Hyundai Elantra vs 2020 Toyota Corolla

The Toyota Corolla has been a great seller for a very long time and is a no-nonsense, durable, and reliable automobile. The car has very few bits you can complain about and is amongst the easiest cars to maintain.

2020 Toyota Corolla

However, the car is losing ground owing to odd and obsolete styling and despite being a very capable car, it looks a bit dated. This is where the Elantra acts as a fulfiller and satisfies the modern buyer with its striking looks and futuristic visual appeal.

2021 Hyundai Elantra vs 2020 Mazda 3

The Elantra though is a great looker and comes loaded with tech, it does lose out on the performance front and this is where the Mazda kicks in.

2020 Mazda 3

The Mazda 3 is a decent-looking sedan and also packs in a punchy motor you can have some fun with.

2021 Hyundai Elantra Final Verdict

8.2/10

The 2021 Hyundai Elantra is a very capable compact car that comes at a great price and packs in a fantastic blend of stunning exteriors and comfortable interiors. The car is aiming to lead the segment sales and has been a volume seller for Hyundai. It has been a reliable vehicle and has satisfied a lot of buyers over the years.

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2021 Hyundai Elantra FAQs

Is the Hyundai Elantra reliable?

The Korean manufacturers have had an excellent reliability rating for all their cars in the lineup, with Elantra probably enjoying a place at the top in terms of reliability quotient. Popular and trusted reliability sources have rated this car a full 4.5 out of 5, a pretty respectable number. Moreover, for an average annual repair cost of less than $500, it has excellent ownership costs too.

Has Hyundai fixed their engine problems?

Hyundai has had an abundance of complaints regarding their engines that fail to start or at instances do catch fire. There have been major recalls of the numbers of 6 million vehicles in the past 4-5 years conducted by Hyundai. The problem has since then been resolved majorly, although there are a few persistent cases.

What are the major problems with the Hyundai Elantra?

There have been quite a few problems with the Hyundai Elantra over the years, ranging from engine troubles, electrical complaints, and transmission issues, although nothing major.

Does the Hyundai Elantra have a turbocharged unit?

The Elantra is offered in two powertrain options. A base 2.0L Naturally Aspirated 4-cylinder engine and also a turbocharged 1.6L unit that punches out a maximum of 201 hp.

What are the cars that are most comparable to the Hyundai Elantra?

Among the high range jam-packed compact sedan segment, the Hyundai Elantra has a lot of competition ranging from Nissan Sentra, Honda Civic, Toyota Corolla, Volkswagen Jetta, etc.

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Roger J. Dandrea

2019 Hyundai Elantra

SEL 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 6A)

9

User Overall Rating

Posted On: February 24, 2021

The Stylish Elantra

Pros - Sharp styling. Eeficient engine. Infotainment system.

Cons - Headroom in backseat. Road noise.

Looks great, drives great!

8/10
Features
7/10
Interior
10/10
Design
9/10
Safety
9/10
Reliability
8/10
Deal Value
9/10
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Michelle H. Palmer

2016 Hyundai Elantra

Value Edition 4dr Sedan (1.8L 4cyl 6A)

7

User Overall Rating

Posted On: February 24, 2021

The Reliable Hyundai

Pros - Comfortable ride quality. Smooth, reliable engine. Good cargo space.

Cons - Looks quite old. Less rear legroom. Center console design.

An economical deal!

7/10
Features
7/10
Interior
5/10
Design
8/10
Safety
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Deal Value
7/10
Dealer Review

DF

Daniel M. Frasher

2017 Hyundai Elantra

SE 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 6M)

9

User Overall Rating

Posted On: February 24, 2021

Value Purchase

Pros - Mpg, safe, dependable

Cons - Nothing to be honest

For the price, nothing beats an Elantra

7/10
Features
9/10
Interior
8/10
Design
9/10
Safety
8/10
Reliability
8/10
Deal Value
8/10
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The Stylish Elantra

Looks great, drives great!

by Roger J. Dandrea

7

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The Reliable Hyundai

An economical deal!

by Michelle H. Palmer

9

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Value Purchase

For the price, nothing beats an Elantra

by Daniel M. Frasher

9

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Exceeded my expectation

Never been more impressed with a daily driver

by Jennifer G. Killion

8

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Not the best.

The sporty affordable sedan

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