Everything You Need to Know About the 2021 Hyundai Elantra


The Hyundai Elantra slots in as a sporty and deceptively spacious sedan that manages plenty in the way of power, tech, and comfort. If you're in the market for a versatile sedan that's well-equipped to function as a personal commuter or as a compact family hauler, then the Hyundai Elantra is an excellent model to consider. The new Hyundai Elantra makes a handful of changes to the previous model year, adding in an all-new N-Line sport option along with a new hybrid powertrain.


The Hyundai Elantra makes three engine options available, with one being a hybrid variant. For drivers interested in a gas-powered model, the Elantra offers up two engine options: a 2.0-liter inline-4 engine and a Turbocharged 1.6-liter inline-4 engine. The base 2.0-liter inline-4 manages 147 horsepower and 132 pound-feet of torque while the more powerful turbocharged 1.6-liter inline-4 version features 201 horsepower and 195 pound-feet of torque. The Elantra Hybrid boasts a 1.6-liter inline-4/electric motor combination that makes 139 horsepower and 195 pound-feet of torque. The new Hyundai Elantra is only available in front-wheel drive configurations. However, drivers can enjoy choices in the transmission realm, with the N-Line coming equipped with either a 6-speed manual transmission or a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission (with paddle shifters). The base 2.0-liter inline-4 engine works in unison with a continuously variable transmission (CVT). The Hyundai Elantra Hybrid features a 6-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.

  • 2.0-liter inline-4 engine: 147 horsepower/ 132 pound-feet of torque; estimated fuel economy: 33/34 city/highway miles per gallon
  • Turbocharged 1.6-liter inline-4 engine: 201 horsepower/ 195 pound-feet of torque; estimated fuel economy: 22/29 city/highway miles per gallon
  • 1.6-liter inline-4 hybrid engine: 139 horsepower; estimated fuel economy: 53/56 city/highway miles per gallon
  • Front-wheel drive
  • Continuously variable transmission/ 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission/ 6-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission

Exterior & Interior

The exterior of the latest model year of the Hyundai Elantra offers drivers a handful of options and upgrades to consider, with most being limited to pure aesthetic additions. To start, the Hyundai Elantra features a sporty, elegant exterior design that includes a cascading front grille design, elegantly bold lines, and a wing-type lower bumper. Drivers interested in increasing the sportiness of the new Elantra can look to the N-Line for assistance. The Hyundai N-Line is a performance-oriented trim that includes N-Line rear fascia, a lip spoiler, twin chrome exhaust tips, LED projector headlights, and LED taillights.

The interior of the Hyundai Elantra provides drivers with ample options in the comfort and convenience realms. The Hyundai Elantra comes standard with seating for up to five, cloth-trimmed seats, and a variety of driver assistance features, Standard safety features include lane-keeping assist, lane-follow assist, active high-beam headlights, driver attention monitor, and automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection. Moving to a higher trim level ensures increased interior features, like automatic climate control, a sunroof, leather-trimmed seats, and heated front seats.

Tech & Safety

Tech features available with the new Hyundai Elantra are quite numerous, ranging from standard offerings like an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment display and Apple CarPlay/Android Auto to available options like an 8-speaker audio system and a 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment display. Safety features mix driver assistance features and traditional safety features, with the base SE coming outfitted with a bit of both. The SE includes automatic emergency braking, seat belts, and airbags. Upper trim levels include safe exit warning, rear parking assist, blind-spot monitor, and rear cross-traffic assist.

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