2021 Hyundai Elantra

MSRP range: $19,650 - $28,100
Edmunds suggests you pay$20,515

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2021 Hyundai Elantra Review

  • Generous list of standard and optional features
  • Roomy cabin
  • High fuel economy
  • Engaging performance from the Elantra N
  • Tepid acceleration from base four-cylinder engine
  • Abundance of interior hard plastic, particularly in the backseat area
  • Redesigned for 2021
  • Bolder styling
  • Impressive available touchscreens and voice controls
  • New performance and hybrid versions
  • The start of the seventh-generation Elantra introduced for the 2021 model year

The Hyundai Elantra has been fully redesigned for the 2021 model year. As has been the case for a while now, it comes with plenty of features at a competitive price. Add in Hyundai's fantastic warranty and you've got a pretty compelling car, at least from a sensible car-buying standpoint. But Hyundai, much like it did with its recent Sonata, has upped the Elantra's emotional appeal as well.

On the outside, the 2021 Elantra is slightly longer and wider than before and has a sleeker roofline. Arrow-like styling lines along its sides add some character, too. Inside, there's more rear legroom and a new instrument panel design with available twin digital display screens. Set side by side, the screens impart a distinct European luxury sedan vibe.

Hyundai's got some sport sedan mojo going on for 2021, too. A new Elantra N debuts as the most powerful Elantra ever. Under the hood is a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder that puts out 276 horsepower and 289 lb-ft of torque. This motor, along with a sport-tuned suspension with adaptive dampers, makes the N an absolute blast to drive on curvy back roads.

The N's adjustable drive modes make real differences in the car's character. Eco/Normal mode is the bottom floor and Sport mode is just one simple step up. N mode seems like two or three extra levels — it's that much of a leap. This is when all the extreme ear-to-ear grinning starts. Here is when you get all the exhaust pops and burbles, a super-quick throttle response and a sharper steering feel. This is also when the suspension gets into a "Oh, hey, I feel almost every bump and road rut like a moon crater" mode.

If the N is too over-the-top, there's also the more affordable Elantra N Line that comes with a turbocharged 201-hp engine. Or if fuel economy is what you're looking for, there's also an all-new hybrid version of the Elantra. Hyundai says it will get around 50 mpg in combined city/highway driving.

Overall, we're impressed with the new Elantra. If you are, too, check out our Expert Rating to read our in-depth analysis of the ups and downs of this latest Elantra.

EdmundsEdmunds' Expert Rating
Rated for you by America’s best test team
The new Elantra stands out with its high fuel economy, impressive technology and safety features, and roomy cabin. It's also comfortable and strong on value. Other than a lackluster base engine, there's not much to complain about. It's a great pick for a small sedan.
The base 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine is lacking when it comes to speed. At Edmunds' test track, our Elantra reached 60 mph in 9.4 seconds, which is slower than average compared to rivals. It's not terrible, but passing or getting up to highway speeds can be laborious.

What power it does have is sent through a continuously variable automatic transmission that Hyundai tunes for optimal fuel economy, so it too is not very impressive for spirited driving. But in typical situations, the transmission delivers a smooth experience, and there's only a little of the notorious droning noise that CVTs are known for.

Elsewhere, the Elantra is pretty middle-of-the-road. It handles corners decently well for a small sedan, behaving predictably, and it's not easily upset over bumps. But for a sporty drive, you'll want to get the N Line, which comes with a sport-tuned suspension.
The Elantra delivers a smooth ride. There's enough plushness to soak up bumps in the road well, but it also settles relatively quickly. The seats are also comfortable for the most part. The driver's seat bottom feels just a touch flat, and it might not provide enough support on road trips more than a few hours long. There isn't much in the way of side bolstering to keep you set when cornering either.

The climate controls are easy to use, with big dials to command the available dual-zone climate control. The heated seats, when equipped, activate quickly. There is noticeable wind noise as you increase speed, but that is typical for the class, and passengers can more or less carry on conversations at normal volume.
The Elantra cabin is well thought-out, with plenty of space and good outward visibility in the front row. We're also pleased to see the back seat gained 2 inches of legroom over the previous generation, allowing for quite generous accommodations for taller passengers. Their heads might still graze the ceiling, but the Elantra is among the most spacious in this class.

Our Elantra Limited test vehicle came with a power-adjustable driver's seat. It has a wide adjustment range, so it should suit short and tall drivers alike. The steering wheel also has a generous amount of adjustment, making it simple to find your ideal driving position.
The Limited's twin display screens, one for the gauges and one for the infotainment, are pleasing to use. The infotainment screen has easy-to-follow menus and quick and clear directions. The Elantra also scores extra points for including wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, though they only come with the standard 8-inch infotainment screen. Confusingly, the larger 10.25-inch screen requires a cord to run either smartphone integration system.

Another bright spot is the Elantra Limited's improved voice activation system that responds accurately to web searches, addresses and even climate control commands. The available full suite of advanced driving aids is one of the best modern systems, with smooth adaptive cruise control and lane centering. We experienced no false warnings during our testing.
Trunk space is slightly above average for the class, at 14.2 cubic feet, which is the same size as in the previous-generation Elantra. The rear seats fold flat with remote release latches in the trunk — some may find them more convenient than the releases on the seats themselves. Cupholders and storage cubbies for front passengers are nothing out of the ordinary. A wireless smartphone charging pad on the Limited trim is a nice touch.

In the back, there are two anchors on each rear outboard seat to fasten child safety seats into place. The anchors are easy to find between the cushions. The spacious back seat means you should be able to load rear-facing seats without having to scrunch into your driving position.
Depending on the model, the Elantra with the 2.0-liter engine gets an EPA-estimated 35-37 mpg in combined city/highway driving. Either way you're looking at excellent fuel economy. We easily verified the EPA's estimate and even exceeded it on our mixed-driving 115-mile test route, achieving an impressive 41.8 mpg.
Now you've entered the Elantra's sweet spot. It simply runs away from the competition with five years/60,000 miles of limited warranty coverage, 10 years/100,000 miles for the powertrain, and free maintenance for three years/36,000 miles. We also find the pricing attractive, especially considering the long list of features that comes standard on every model. Our only complaints: the amount of hard plastic in the cabin and a back seat nearly barren of any design.
The Elantra has some "wow" factor with its effusive exterior styling, large bright screens and excellent voice controls. But it makes no claim to driving excitement and it's easy to see why. Hyundai made an excellent all-arounder, not a passion purchase. That's what the N Line version is for.

Which Elantra does Edmunds recommend?

For the regular Elantra, go with the SEL trim. The base SE is already well equipped with an abundance of driver assistance features plus both wireless Apple CarPlay and wireless Android Auto. But the SEL doesn't cost much more and gets you a few more desirable extras (keyless entry, for example) plus the option to add even more features from option packages.

Hyundai Elantra models

The 2021 Elantra is a four-door small sedan available with four engine options. The first, and the one most Elantras will come with, is a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine (147 horsepower, 132 lb-ft of torque) connected to a continuously variable transmission, or CVT automatic. The Elantra is front-wheel-drive only.

Next up is the Elantra N Line. It has a turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine (201 hp, 195 lb-ft of torque) paired to either a six-speed manual transmission or a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.

The new Elantra Hybrid has a hybrid powertrain with a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine (139 hp total system output) and a six-speed automatic transmission. Hyundai says it should get more than 50 mpg in combined city/highway driving.

Finally, the line-topping Elantra N boasts a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine (276 hp, 289 lb-ft of torque) paired to either a six-speed manual transmission or a new eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.

Got all that? Now, for the regular Elantra, there are three main trim levels available: SE, SEL and Limited. The Elantra Hybrid only comes in SEL and Limited. (Note that the listed SEL and Limited features below are fully applicable to the regular Elantra only; expect a few minor variations for the Elantra Hybrid SEL and Limited.)

This base trim starts things off with these standard features:

  • LED daytime running lights
  • Chrome front grille
  • 15-inch alloy wheels
  • Height-adjustable driver's seat
  • 8-inch touchscreen
  • Wireless Apple CarPlay and wireless Android Auto smartphone integration (can activate these systems without connecting your phone with a USB cord)
  • Dual USB ports
  • Four-speaker audio system

Standard safety equipment on all Elantras includes:

  • Forward collision mitigation with pedestrian detection (warns you of an impending collision and applies the brakes in certain scenarios)
  • Blind-spot collision-avoidance assist (alerts you if a vehicle in the next lane is in your blind spot and may apply the brakes to avoid or minimize a collision)
  • Rear cross-traffic collision-avoidance assist (warns you if a vehicle is in your blind spot while reversing and applies the brakes automatically to avoid or minimize a collision)
  • Lane keeping assist (steers the Elantra back into its lane if it begins to drift over the lane marker)
  • Driver attention warning (issues an alert if sensors determine you are becoming fatigued)

The midlevel model also includes:

  • 16-inch alloy wheels
  • Keyless entry and push-button start
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Satellite radio
  • Six-speaker audio system

Optional on the SEL are:

  • Convenience package
    • Adaptive cruise control (maintains a driver-set distance between the Elantra and the car in front)
    • Enhanced forward collision mitigation system
    • Leather-wrapped steering wheel
    • Heated front seats
    • Wireless smartphone charging pad
    • Full 10.25-inch digital gauge cluster display
  • Premium package
    • Dark chrome front grille
    • LED headlights and taillights
    • 17-inch alloy wheels
    • Sunroof
    • Eight-speaker Bose premium audio system
    • Power-adjustable driver's seat
    • Hyundai Digital Key (can use select smartphones as a key to the vehicle)

This top-of-the-line trim comes loaded with all of the above plus:

  • Leather-trimmed seats
  • 10.25-inch touchscreen with navigation
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto (non-wireless)
  • Enhanced voice recognition system
  • Rear automatic braking (brakes if sensors detect an imminent collision with an object behind the vehicle)
  • Lane keeping system (makes minor steering corrections to help keep the vehicle centered)

N Line
This sporty Elantra is equipped similarly as the SEL but has specific features such as:

  • 18-inch alloy wheels with available performance tires
  • Sport-tuned springs and shock absorbers and a more sophisticated rear suspension design for better handling
  • Special exterior styling details
  • Combination leather and cloth seats

Elantra N
The range-topping high-performance N is a steroid-induced version of the N Line and has:

  • 19-inch alloy wheels with available high-performance summer tires
  • Bigger brakes
  • The more sophisticated rear suspension design from the N Line, plus adaptive dampers
  • Unique exterior fascia
  • Elantra N-specific steering wheel
  • Sport front seats with additional bolstering
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Consumer reviews

Read what other owners think about the 2021 Hyundai Elantra.

Average user rating: 4.4 stars
17 total reviews
5 star reviews: 82%
4 star reviews: 0%
3 star reviews: 6%
2 star reviews: 0%
1 star reviews: 12%

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Most helpful consumer reviews

5/5 stars, Exceeding Expectations
Bryce Formwalt,
Limited 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl CVT)
I traded in my 2017 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid with over 100,000 miles and was intent on getting another Sonata. But after purchasing a 2021 Elantra SEL for my son, I was SO impressed that I had to get one for myself! The
5/5 stars, More than expected.
SEL 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl CVT)
My wife and I had been looking at downsizing from a 2020 Ford Explorer which we really liked. We drove Ford Escape, and Chevy Equinox and Malibu. We wanted to drop our payment by $125. That ruled out the 3 vehicles we drove. We tried the Elantra and the ride was as smooth and quiet as our Explorer. The Malibu had too much road noise. The seats are real comfortable. Driving home, I got up to 43.9 mpg. We have not had the time to play with the electronics. Cruising down the road, it (SEL) has lane change adjustment and an adjustable setting for the car to automatically slow down for slower vehicles in front of you. Once you change lanes, it will automatically speed back up to the cruise setting. Love the black grill and rims. Great looking car. It is not a dragster but will get you up to speed quickly. Test drive the vehicle and it will sell you. This is our first Hyundai and we are well pleased.
5/5 stars, Smart and Sexy Car
E K,
SE 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl CVT)
Exactly what I was looking for. Smart because of price point, warranty, finance options and sexy because it is a very nice looking car!!
5/5 stars, Great Features For The Price Point!
Steve D.,
SEL 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl CVT)
We leased this car for our 18 year old son. The redesign is excellent and even the base model comes standard with every safety feature imaginable! While still a $21K Hyundai with lots of hard plastic around the interior and only 147 horses under the hood, the ride is surprisingly brisk and quiet. I'm not sure you'll find this level of standard features in any other vehicle at this price point. Three years complimentary maintenance and a phenomenal app for your phone to control the car rounds this one out!

2021 Hyundai Elantra video

[MUSIC PLAYING] RYAN ZUMMALLEN: The old Hyundai Elantra had a bit of a design problem, in that there wasn't very much of it. But Hyundai fixed that for the new 2021 Elantra by doing all of the design at once. Some of it really works, and some of it not so much. But to be honest, that's a good thing. This 2021 Elantra definitely stands out. And now it looks more ready to take on compact sedans like the Volkswagen Jetta, Toyota Corolla, and Nissan Sentra, all of which we liked just a little bit more than the last Elantra. The base price for this new one starts a little over $20,000, which is roughly $800 more than the 2020 model. There's also a hybrid and a sporty N Line, both of which are around $25,000. That $20,000 starting price is about the same as a Corolla or a Honda Civic. And our top end limited model has a starting price of about $26,500. If you like standard features, there is a long list. So let's dive right in and see if the Elantra should make your short list. But first, smash that subscribe button so you don't miss any of our videos. And check out Edmunds.com for all of your car shopping needs. Finally, did you know you can get a cash offer on your vehicle? Right now. Just go to Edmunds.com/SellMyCar right now. Hyundai also gave the Elantra a new platform, which it says is stronger and creates more room for passengers. That sounds like music to our ears. But here's what didn't change, that same sluggish engine and transmission from the previous Elantra. If this new one is going to fare better in the ratings than the last one, it's going to have to wow us in terms of comfort, technology and more. Another advantage comes in the weight department. Compared to the 2019 Elantra we tested, this 2021 version with 95 pounds less. And it did that while stuffing a lot more equipment inside. Once inside the new Elantra, you can immediately tell that this is a car with a personality all its own. This is a modern interior with attractive materials for the class. And everything is packaged in a unique style. For instance, the steering wheel has these cool little wings that are just a little bit different from everything else in the class. And the Elantra has its share of hard plastics, but they're designed in a way that you can tell Hyundai was trying to make you feel a little bit special. They're thinking of you, aw. Let's talk screens. Standard on the Elantra is an eight inch central touch screen, which is good for the class. But even better, it comes with wireless Apple CarPlay and wireless Android Auto, which is fantastic for the class. You can also upgrade to this system, two 10.3 inch screens under one single piece of glass. This looks really great. The maps are really vibrant. And there are a lot of cool animations and Easter eggs as well. So we would recommend springing for this system if you can. The problem is, there is no wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto if you get the upgraded system. So you're going to need this. And if you're a techie, I feel for you. I really do. Here are some features that do come with every Elantra, though. Driver aids, lots of them. Collision mitigation, lane keep, and lean centering, blind spot warning, a driver attention monitor, and a rear view camera, all standard. You do have to add some as options, like adaptive cruise control and backup sensors with automatic braking. But I've been using those for the last few days with only good things to say. More features, you say? Well, Hyundai is also bringing out a new voice control system, which they say can more accurately detect natural language. So you can use it for things like finding an address, or getting directions to a coffee shop, or even asking for the weather, things like that. But Hyundai also says you can use it to control the climate control. Here's a list of some of the things they suggest you use it for. Turning the climate on and off, setting the fans to high or low, even setting the fan to direct at your feet, your face, or both. So is it better to use that than if I just set it myself? Let's find out with a little race. SPEAKER 1: Please say a command. RYAN ZUMMALLEN: Turn air conditioning on. SPEAKER 1: Turning on the air conditioner. Please say a command. RYAN ZUMMALLEN: Turn on heated seats. SPEAKER 1: Sorry, I didn't understand you. Please try your command again after the beep. RYAN ZUMMALLEN: Turn on seat warmers. SPEAKER 1: Turning on all seat warmers. RYAN ZUMMALLEN: Set fan to face. SPEAKER 1: Settings fan to face. RYAN ZUMMALLEN: OK, so that was pretty impressive. But let's see if I can turn them on a little faster. OK, so humans win this round. But I did enjoy playing with the system and learning how to use it while keeping my eyes straight ahead and my hands on the wheel. The future is here, y'all. It's like a desert back here. No outlets, no fans, hard plastic everywhere. This is mostly what you can expect from the class. But there are some competitors, like the Jetta, who are introducing features in the rear and Hyundai is risking being left behind. Now, there are two extra inches of leg room in the rear compared with the previous model. And when I'm sitting behind my normal driving position, I've actually got tons of space. But with the sloping roof line, my head does graze the ceiling a little bit. So while it's certainly more comfortable back here, it is going to be a little bit challenging for people six feet or taller, like myself. So with the new platform, you save some weight and you gain leg room for rear passengers. But head room is about the same and trunk space is the same as the previous model. Those things I could forgive if the rear passenger space had some redeeming value. But it's like they forgot to design this part of the car, yikes. We promised you tech features, and this is the techiest of them all. The Elantra offers a new digital key option, which you can activate through this app. And that will unlock the car, start the car, you can even drive the car just with this in your pocket. You can just leave the key at home. The problem? I can't use it. The system is Android only, and like half of Earth, I have an iPhone. This isn't even my phone. [CRACKING] [MUSIC PLAYING] I really like the way this new Elantra drives. Steering feels on point, and the ride is smooth and comfortable. Is it fast? No. But it does feel maneuverable. And that's what I want, personally, from an economy car. There's a really good responsiveness to the steering and to the brakes. And for a CVT, this transmission feels pretty good. Now, there's a lack of feedback, which is what is going to hold the Elantra back from being as fun to drive as a Civic or a Maza3. But if you're looking for an affordable economy car, I think you'll really like this. And efficiency is always going to be this car's strong point. It was already tops in the class, and then the 2021 Elantra improves to 37 MPG combined. And on our 115 mile test loop, this Elantra actually got 41.8 miles per gallon, which is equal to its highway rating. And that's really strong for the class. Not to mention, don't forget there's a hybrid model. And that has an estimate of 54 MPG combined. 54! So for 2021, the Elantra got a new platform. And in some ways, it really impressed us. But the biggest differences are still in the looks and the technology. And if you're a looks and technology person, this is probably looking pretty sweet to you right now. And I don't blame you. Opting for the Elantra also brings extra benefits in the form of efficiency and overall value. These are still the foundational bedrocks of this car. And they only got better this year. So where does the Elantra stack up against other small sedans? Well the Civic and Kia Forte remain our top choices. But the new Elantra is right behind them. In fact, we rate it higher than even the Mazda3. This is a great package, held back only by its lackluster engine. And even that has a fix in the form of the new Elantra N Line. In short, the 2021 Elantra is vastly improved. Thanks for watching. Don't forget to click Like and subscribe to the Edmunds channel for more videos just like this one. For an in-depth article on the 2021 Elantra and its competitors, click the link in the description. [MUSIC PLAYING]

2021 Hyundai Elantra Review | Driving the Redesigned Elantra | Price, MPG, Release Date & More!

Features & Specs

MPG & Fuel
33 City / 43 Hwy / 37 Combined
Fuel Tank Capacity: 12.4 gal. capacity
5 seats
Type: front wheel drive
Transmission: Continuously variable-speed automatic
Inline 4 cylinder
Horsepower: 147 hp @ 6200 rpm
Torque: 132 lb-ft @ 4500 rpm
Basic Warranty
5 yr./ 60000 mi.
Length: 184.1 in. / Height: 55.7 in. / Width: 71.9 in.
Curb Weight: 2725 lbs.
Cargo Capacity, All Seats In Place: 14.2 cu.ft.

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Our experts’ favorite Elantra safety features:

Blind-Spot Collision-Avoidance Assist
Issues an alert if the vehicle is about to collide with another vehicle in the next lane and may apply brakes to avoid or reduce the impact.
Rear Cross-Traffic Collision-Avoidance Assist
Detects oncoming vehicles while reversing and issues an alert. Brakes automatically if appropriate.
Lane Following Assist
Makes minor steering corrections to help keep the vehicle centered in its lane.

NHTSA Overall Rating 5 out of 5 stars

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.

Frontal Barrier Crash RatingRating
Overall4 / 5
Driver5 / 5
Passenger4 / 5
Side Crash RatingRating
Overall5 / 5
Side Barrier RatingRating
Overall5 / 5
Driver5 / 5
Passenger5 / 5
Combined Side Barrier & Pole RatingsRating
Front Seat5 / 5
Back Seat5 / 5
Rollover5 / 5
Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
Risk Of Rollover10.1%

Hyundai Elantra vs. the competition

2021 Hyundai Elantra

2021 Hyundai Elantra

2020 Honda Civic

2020 Honda Civic

Hyundai Elantra vs. Honda Civic

Since its redesign in 2016, the Civic has been one of our favorite sedans on the market. It has a roomy and comfortable interior and performance that manages to be both exciting and efficient. The optional turbocharged engine is a big plus that sets it apart from most rivals. Read Edmunds' long-term road test of the Honda Civic.

Compare Hyundai Elantra & Honda Civic features 

Hyundai Elantra vs. Kia Forte

The Elantra and the Kia Forte share many sensibilities. Efficiency, technology and value are paramount to both, and the Forte excels in each of these arenas. It has more trim levels to choose from, but it lacks the dazzling tech features and extra legroom that the Elantra gained this year.

Compare Hyundai Elantra & Kia Forte features 

Hyundai Elantra vs. Mazda 3

There is a lot that sets the Mazda 3 apart from the competition. It has available all-wheel drive and a near-luxury interior, and it's uniquely fun on twisty roads. For 2021 there are two new engines as well, including a spunky turbocharged engine. It's not as spacious as the Elantra, however. Read Edmunds' long-term road test of the Mazda 3.

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2021 Hyundai Elantra First Impressions

What is it?

The Hyundai Elantra has been fully redesigned for 2021, promising affordability while delivering a healthy list of standard features. This seventh-generation Elantra will also debut a new hybrid variant to squeeze the most out of every gallon of gas, plus a performance model to enhance the driving experience.

The standard Elantra uses the same 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that powers the 2020 model. It produces 147 horsepower and 132 lb-ft of torque and is mated to a continuously variable automatic transmission that sends power to the front wheels.

The Elantra Hybrid features a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine paired to a 32-kilowatt electric motor. Combined, the engine and motor produce 139 hp and 195 lb-ft of torque, and the power is routed through a six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. Hyundai estimates it will return an impressive 50 mpg in combined driving, or a touch less than a comparable Honda Insight or Toyota Corolla Hybrid.

New for 2021 is the performance-oriented Hyundai Elantra N Line. Its turbocharged 1.6-liter engine develops 201 horsepower and 195 lb-ft, and it powers the front wheels using your choice of a six-speed manual or a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. In addition to sporty bits inside — such as paddle shifters and selectable drive modes — the N Line includes a more aggressive aero body kit and dual exhaust pipes to look the part.

From the outside, the 2021 Elantra is marginally longer and wider but a tiny bit shorter in height and lighter than before. The interior is refreshingly simple with a dash that is dominated by digital displays. A single pane spans the length over the 10.25-inch digital instrument panel and 8-inch touchscreen. Buyers who require a strong sense of symmetry can opt for a 10.25-inch touchscreen in higher trims.

Feature highlights include standard wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration, the first time such a system has been introduced in a non-luxury car. Notable options include a hands-free digital key in a card or on your smartphone, dual Bluetooth connections, a wireless charging pad, and an enhanced voice recognition system that can control functions such as air conditioning.

Like all modern cars, the Elantra is equipped with a bevy of advanced driving aids. Forward collision warning and lane keeping assist are standard, while upper trims feature a blind-spot monitor, adaptive cruise control and rear collision mitigation.

Why does it matter?

Value is paramount in the compact class, and the Elantra has historically offered a greater set of features at a lower price compared to rivals. In recent years, that advantage has waned as competitors strengthened their own value propositions. Hyundai could again shift that advantage by delivering a more stylish and feature-rich car that is also more fun to drive. Our first impression is that this new Elantra has the potential to do so.

What does it compete with?

Among the class of small sedans, our favorites include the spacious Honda Civic, the stylish Kia Forte and the luxurious Mazda 3. As for the compact hybrid space, the Elantra Hybrid will go toe to toe with the Honda Insight and the Toyota Corolla Hybrid.

EdmundsEdmunds says

The all-new 2021 Hyundai Elantra has huge potential to claim a top spot in its class thanks to its generous list of features and the addition of the fuel-efficient hybrid model. We'll know for sure after we get to drive and evaluate it for ourselves. Check back for more information and driving impressions as we get closer to the late 2020 launch.


Is the Hyundai Elantra a good car?

The Edmunds experts tested the 2021 Elantra both on the road and at the track, giving it a 7.7 out of 10. You probably care about Hyundai Elantra fuel economy, so it's important to know that the Elantra gets an EPA-estimated 28 mpg to 54 mpg, depending on the configuration. What about cargo capacity? When you're thinking about carrying stuff in your new car, keep in mind that the Elantra has 14.2 cubic feet of trunk space. And then there's safety and reliability. Edmunds has all the latest NHTSA and IIHS crash-test scores, plus industry-leading expert and consumer reviews to help you understand what it's like to own and maintain a Hyundai Elantra. Learn more

What's new in the 2021 Hyundai Elantra?

According to Edmunds’ car experts, here’s what’s new for the 2021 Hyundai Elantra:

  • Redesigned for 2021
  • Bolder styling
  • Impressive available touchscreens and voice controls
  • New performance and hybrid versions
  • The start of the seventh-generation Elantra introduced for the 2021 model year
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Is the Hyundai Elantra reliable?

To determine whether the Hyundai Elantra is reliable, read Edmunds' authentic consumer reviews, which come from real owners and reveal what it's like to live with the Elantra. Look for specific complaints that keep popping up in the reviews, and be sure to compare the Elantra's average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more

Is the 2021 Hyundai Elantra a good car?

There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2021 Hyundai Elantra is a good car. Edmunds' expert testing team reviewed the 2021 Elantra and gave it a 7.7 out of 10. Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2021 Elantra is a good car for you. Learn more

How much should I pay for a 2021 Hyundai Elantra?

The least-expensive 2021 Hyundai Elantra is the 2021 Hyundai Elantra SE 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl CVT). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $19,650.

Other versions include:

  • SE 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl CVT) which starts at $19,650
  • N Line 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl Turbo 7AM) which starts at $25,200
  • Limited 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl CVT) which starts at $25,450
  • Blue 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid 6AM) which starts at $23,550
  • Limited 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid 6AM) which starts at $28,100
  • SEL 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl CVT) which starts at $20,900
  • N Line 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl Turbo 6M) which starts at $24,100
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What are the different models of Hyundai Elantra?

If you're interested in the Hyundai Elantra, the next question is, which Elantra model is right for you? Elantra variants include SE 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl CVT), N Line 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl Turbo 7AM), Limited 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl CVT), and Blue 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid 6AM). For a full list of Elantra models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

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2021 Hyundai Elantra Overview

The 2021 Hyundai Elantra is offered in the following submodels: Elantra Sedan, Elantra Hybrid. Available styles include SE 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl CVT), N Line 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl Turbo 7AM), Limited 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl CVT), Blue 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid 6AM), N Line 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl Turbo 6M), Limited 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid 6AM), and SEL 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl CVT). Hyundai Elantra models are available with a 2.0 L-liter gas engine or a 1.6 L-liter gas engine, with output up to 201 hp, depending on engine type. The 2021 Hyundai Elantra comes with front wheel drive. Available transmissions include: continuously variable-speed automatic, 7-speed automated manual. The 2021 Hyundai Elantra comes with a 5 yr./ 60000 mi. basic warranty, a 5 yr./ unlimited mi. roadside warranty, and a 10 yr./ 100000 mi. powertrain warranty.

What do people think of the 2021 Hyundai Elantra?

Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2021 Hyundai Elantra and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2021 Elantra 4.4 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2021 Elantra.

Edmunds Expert Reviews

Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2021 Hyundai Elantra and all model years in our database. Our rich content includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2021 Elantra featuring deep dives into trim levels and features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.

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What's a good price for a New 2021 Hyundai Elantra?

2021 Hyundai Elantra SE 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl CVT)

The 2021 Hyundai Elantra SE 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl CVT) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $20,940. The average price paid for a new 2021 Hyundai Elantra SE 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl CVT) is trending $425 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $425 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $20,515.

The average savings for the 2021 Hyundai Elantra SE 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl CVT) is 2% below the MSRP.

2021 Hyundai Elantra SEL 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl CVT)

The 2021 Hyundai Elantra SEL 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl CVT) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $23,170. The average price paid for a new 2021 Hyundai Elantra SEL 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl CVT) is trending $565 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $565 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $22,605.

The average savings for the 2021 Hyundai Elantra SEL 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl CVT) is 2.4% below the MSRP.

2021 Hyundai Elantra Blue 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid 6AM)

The 2021 Hyundai Elantra Blue 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid 6AM) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $24,870. The average price paid for a new 2021 Hyundai Elantra Blue 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid 6AM) is trending $551 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $551 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $24,319.

The average savings for the 2021 Hyundai Elantra Blue 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl gas/electric hybrid 6AM) is 2.2% below the MSRP.

2021 Hyundai Elantra N Line 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl Turbo 6M)

The 2021 Hyundai Elantra N Line 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl Turbo 6M) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $25,420. The average price paid for a new 2021 Hyundai Elantra N Line 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl Turbo 6M) is trending $429 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $429 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $24,991.

The average savings for the 2021 Hyundai Elantra N Line 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl Turbo 6M) is 1.7% below the MSRP.

2021 Hyundai Elantra Limited 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl CVT)

The 2021 Hyundai Elantra Limited 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl CVT) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $26,770. The average price paid for a new 2021 Hyundai Elantra Limited 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl CVT) is trending $666 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

Edmunds members save an average of $666 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $26,104.

The average savings for the 2021 Hyundai Elantra Limited 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl CVT) is 2.5% below the MSRP.

Which 2021 Hyundai Elantras are available in my area?

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What is the MPG of a 2021 Hyundai Elantra?

2021 Hyundai Elantra SE 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl CVT), continuously variable-speed automatic, regular unleaded
37 compined MPG,
33 city MPG/43 highway MPG

2021 Hyundai Elantra N Line 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl Turbo 7AM), 7-speed automated manual, regular unleaded
31 compined MPG,
28 city MPG/36 highway MPG

2021 Hyundai Elantra Limited 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl CVT), continuously variable-speed automatic, regular unleaded
35 compined MPG,
31 city MPG/41 highway MPG

EPA Est. MPG37
TransmissionContinuously variable-speed automatic
Drive Trainfront wheel drive
Displacement2.0 L
Passenger Volume113.6 cu.ft.
Wheelbase107.1 in.
Length184.1 in.
Width71.9 in.
Height55.7 in.
Curb Weight2725 lbs.

Should I lease or buy a 2021 Hyundai Elantra?

Is it better to lease or buy a car? Ask most people and they'll probably tell you that car buying is the way to go. And from a financial perspective, it's true, provided you're willing to make higher monthly payments, pay off the loan in full and keep the car for a few years. Leasing, on the other hand, can be a less expensive option on a month-to-month basis. It's also good if you're someone who likes to drive a new car every three years or so.

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