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2019 Hyundai Elantra

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2019 SE 4dr Sedan
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Price:   -  From $17,200
2019 SEL 4dr Sedan Price:   -  From $19,500
2019 Value Edition 4dr Sedan Price:   -  From $20,500
2019 ECO 4dr Sedan Price:   -  From $21,050
2019 Sport 4dr Sedan Price:   -  From $22,600
2019 Limited 4dr Sedan Price:   -  From $22,700
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The 2019 Hyundai Elantra, the automaker's popular compact, gains fresh styling and expanded safety technology to bolster its appeal. Perhaps most important to buyers, the Elantra maintains its economical price and abundant features for this class.

What's New for 2019

The Elantra gets an exterior makeover, including a restyled front end, new wheel designs, and LED headlights on upper trims. Interiors gain an updated instrument cluster and center control panel, plus an available eight-inch touchscreen with faster processing. Hyundai's SmartSense safety suite is now standard on most models. The newly optional Safe Exit Assist feature warns drivers of approaching rear traffic when exiting.

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Choosing Your Hyundai Elantra

Most Elantra models are powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 147 horsepower and 132 pound-feet of torque. The 2.0-liter comes with a six-speed manual transmission on the base model or a six-speed automatic gearbox on all other trims. With the automatic, the Elantra is EPA-rated at 28 miles per gallon city, 37 mpg highway, and 32 combined. The manual transmission reduces these estimates to 26/36/29 mpg (city/highway/combined).

The efficiency-themed Elantra Eco carries a 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine with 128 hp and 156 lb-ft of torque. A seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission does the shifting. The Eco leads the lineup with EPA ratings of 32/40/35 mpg.

The Elantra Sport packs a 1.6-liter turbo-four that produces 201 hp and 195 lb-ft of torque. With the standard six-manual manual transmission, the Sport is EPA-rated at 22/30/25 mpg; the optional seven-speed dual-clutch automatic bumps efficiency to 26/33/29 mpg.

The Elantra is once again offering in six trim levels:

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Starting at $17,985 (all prices include the $885 destination charge), the SE carries a six-speaker sound system, a rearview camera with parking guidelines, power windows and locks, and 15-inch steel wheels with full covers. Models equipped with the optional six-speed automatic ($1,000) also get Bluetooth and cruise control.

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The $20,285 SEL comes standard with the automatic transmission, heated mirrors, automatic headlights, a driver information display, 16-inch alloy wheels, and a seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system with satellite radio and Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility. Safety gets a major boost from lane keeping assist, automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, driver alertness warning, and blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert.

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Value Edition

The Value Edition, which starts at $21,285, adds a number of worthwhile features, including automatic dual-zone climate control, heated front seats, a sunroof, push button start, hands-free trunk release, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob.

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The high-mileage Eco costs $21,835 and gets the 1.4-liter turbocharged engine and seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. Other equipment is similar to the Value Edition, except the Eco runs on 15-inch wheels for enhanced efficiency.

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For $23,285, the Sport offers the potent 1.6-liter turbo, 18-inch wheels, and more aggressive suspension tuning. Other upgrades include leather sport seats, a flat-bottom steering wheel, revised instrumentation, and LED exterior lighting. The six-speed manual returns as standard, and buyers can choose the seven-speed dual-automatic (with paddle shifters) for $1,100. The available Premium Package ($2,250) adds an eight-speaker Infinity sound system, navigation, an eight-inch touchscreen, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, and an integrated garage door opener.

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The $23,485 Limited carries everything found in the Value Edition, plus leather seats that are heated up front, a power driver seat, a wireless charging pad, LED headlights and taillights, gloss black interior trim, chrome side moldings, and 17-inch wheels. The Limited also comes standard with the Infinity sound system, auto-dimming mirror, and garage door opener offered on the Sport. The Limited's Ultimate Package ($3,350) tacks on the eight-inch touchscreen, navigation, a power sunroof, memory for the driver's seat and side mirrors, adaptive cruise control, and Safe Exit Assist.

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The 2019 Hyundai Elantra SE's lack of safety technology – which is standard everywhere else in the lineup – makes it an unattractive choice. We consider the SEL to be the real base model. The appropriately named Value Edition continues to offer the best balance of features and affordability.

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A mid-cycle refresh for the 2019 Hyundai Elantra brings a number of styling updates that add to a value proposition that includes a trio of engines and good fuel economy across the lineup. At the same time, most sedans lack the hatchback GT's driving dynamics, the Eco's DCT transmission is unrefined, while the SE lacks the advanced safety features standard on the rest of the lineup.

Best Value

Pricing for the 2019 Hyundai Elantra start at $17,985 for an SE with a six-speed manual transmission, and rises to $26,835 for the Limited equipped with the Ultimate Package (a $500 reduction over the 2018 model). In between, the SEL and Value Edition represent the volume models, the the Eco is the fuel miser, while the Sport offers improved speed and handling at a price.

Like last year, the Limited model – sans the pricey Ultimate Package – offers the best overall value, with standard high beam assist, LED headlights, LED taillights, side mirror turn signals, 17-inch alloy wheels, leather seats, dual automatic climate control, a seven-inch infotainment touchscreen with Infinity Audio, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility, a wireless charging pad, and keyless push-button start.

The Limited also takes advantage of the new advanced safety features that are now standard on SEL and above models that includes forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring, lane keeping assist, lane departure warning, rear cross-traffic alert, and driver attention alert.

Here's the sedan trim we'd choose:

  • Model: 2019 Hyundai Elantra Limited
  • Engine: 2.0-liter four-cylinder
  • Output: 147 hp / 137 lb-ft
  • Transmission: Six-speed automatic
  • Drivetrain: Front-wheel drive
  • Fuel Economy: 28 City / 37 Hwy
  • Options: Carpeted floor mats ($125)
  • Base Price: $23,485 (including the $885 destination charge)
  • Best Value Price: $23,610


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The Elantra sedan is offered with three engines, based on trim level. SE, SEL, Value Edition, and the Limited models come with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 147 horsepower and 137 pound-feet of torque. On SE models, a six-speed manual transmission is standard; a six-speed automatic is optional on the SE, and standard on the other trims. Stepping up to the Eco brings with it a turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine that generates 128 hp and 156 lb-ft of torque matched with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic. Rounding out the lineup is the Sport trim that matches a 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine generating 201 hp and 195 lb-ft of torque with either a model-specific seven-speed dual-clutch automatic, or – our pick – a six-speed manual.

Elantra sedans with the 2.0-liter engine and six-speed manual score an EPA-estimated 26 miles per gallon in the city, 36 mpg on the highway, and 29 combined, while those with an automatic do a bit better at 28/37/32 mpg (city/highway/combined). The Eco model ups those numbers to 32/40/35 mpg, while the Sport trim manages 22/30/25 mpg with the manual or 26/33/29 mpg with the automatic.

Most models use a MacPherson front, torsion beam rear, suspension, while the Sport substitutes an independent setup in back. Both offer a smooth, controlled ride and composed handling. Around town, the ride is serene, with the suspension doing a nice job of isolating most road imperfections, and the brakes offering a decent amount of feedback through the pedal.

At the same time, despite their solid feel, there's not much of initial bite to the brake pads, and, in particular, a wooden pedal feel and noticeable fade during hard stops on Sport models. And although it's weighted nicely, there's very little communication between what's going on under the chassis, and the steering wheel.

Finally, while the six-speed manual is enjoyable, both automatics – the conventional six-speed and dual-clutch seven-speed – have been calibrated for fuel efficiency over performance. The seven-speed, in particular, features wide gaps between the first three gears, which only serves to emphasize the Eco model's lack of power, especially at the low end, while the base 2.0-liter engine is only adequate compared to rivals.


A mild refresh for 2019 brings with it a number of changes. The front fascia is less rounded and more chiseled, with sharp angles defining the grille, deep fog light surrounds, and narrower, almost triangular, headlight enclosures. The hood and front fenders are also new. The body sides remain unchanged and feature a chiseled upper character line and deeply sculpted lower swage line that accentuates the steeply-raked roofline. In back, the decklid has been re-styled to accommodate new, tapered taillights, while the license plate binnacle has been re-positioned from between the taillights to the re-styled lower valance, for a cleaner look.

The slickly updated exterior is wrapped around a cabin that can still boast of 95.8 cubic feet of passenger space, and a trunk that measures 14.4 cubic feet, keeping the Elantra in the EPA's mid-size class. Like the larger Sonata, the controls and touchscreen are canted slightly toward the driver for better ergonomics. For 2019, the dash features new center HVAC and driver-side instrument clusters, along with re-styled dash vents, and a revamped storage tray in front of the shifter. The unchanged front seats are comfortable and nicely bolstered, with Sport models getting deeper buckets covered in grippier cloth or optional leather. There's ample head and knee room in back courtesy of low rear seats that offer enough leg room to accommodatesix-footers in comfort, while the optional gesture-controlled automatic trunk makes things easier when your hands are full.

At the same time, interior noise levels decrease as trim levels increase, with the best sound insulation tweaks reserved for the pricey Limited model. Additionally, even with the refresh, the interior of the latest generation Elantra sedan seems to have taken a step backward, as it lacks the fit, finish, and material quality of the European-inspired hatchback GT. Finally, while relatively commodious, rear seat occupants don't enjoy the comfortable seat cushions found up front.

The Best and Worst Things

Despite its compact exterior dimensions, the Elantra's total interior volume of 111 cubic feet places it in the EPA's mid-size class.

Once an image leader in the class, the interior of the current Elantra sedan is more restrained and suffers from a number of chintzy-looking material choices.

Right For? Wrong For?

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Sharp styling updates, a smooth ride, good fuel economy, and trim levels for nearly every pocketbook make the latest Elantra sedan a good choice for singles.

The Sport model still falls short of class leaders like the Volkswagen GTI, Focus ST, and any Mazda Mazda3. Enthusiasts should check elsewhere.

The Bottom Line

Despite the lack of advanced safety features on the SE, middling performance from the base engine, and a clunky transmission on the Eco, the 2019 Hyundai Elantra remains a solid offering in the compact class with its updated styling, good fuel economy, and smooth ride.

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Specs & Features

Overall Crash Safety Rating
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
2.0L I-4 / 147 HP / 132 ft.lbs.
Standard: 6-spd man w/OD
Available: 6-spd SHIFTRONIC w/OD
Drive Type
Fuel Economy - City/Highway/Combined
26 / 36 / 31 Mpg
Passenger Capacity
Bumper to Bumper Warranty
60 Months / 60,000 Miles
Mechanical Specs
Engine - Cylinders/Horsepower/Torque
2.0L I-4 / 147 HP / 132 ft.lbs.
Drive Type
Fuel Economy - City/Hwy/Combined
26 / 36 / 31 Mpg
Front Disc/rear Drum
Front Suspension
Rear Suspension
Semi-independent Torsion Beam Beam
Spare Tire And Wheel
Compact Steel
Fuel Tank
14.0 Gal.
Recommended Fuel Type
Regular Unleaded
Average Cost To Fill Tank
Dimensions & Capabilities
Maximum Cargo Volume
14.4 Cu.ft.
Passenger Volume
96 Cu.ft.
Exterior Length
181.9 "
Exterior Width
70.9 "
Exterior Height
56.5 "
Front Headroom
40.3 "
Rear Headroom
37.3 "
Front Legroom
42.2 "
Rear Legroom
35.7 "
Front Shoulder Room
56.2 "
Rear Shoulder Room
55.3 "
Front Hip Room
Rear Hip Room
Curb Weight
2,822 Lbs. / 2,844 Lbs.
Wheel Base
106 "
Turning Radius
17.4 '
Exterior Features
Door Count
4 Doors
15.0 " Steel
Clearcoat Monotone
Exterior Mirrors
Dual Power Remote, Convex Spotter Driver
Grille Moldings
Black W/chrome Accents
Rear Spoiler
Stainless Steel
Interior Features
Passenger Capacity
Seat Trim
Front Seat Type
Heated Front Seats
Front Driver Seat Direction Controls
Front Passenger Seat Direction Controls
Front Armrests
Rear Armrests
Rear Seats
60-40 Bench
Radio & Infotainment
Am/fm, Seek-scan
Radio Steering Wheel Controls
Apple Car Play
Android Auto
Bluetooth w/ Hands-Free Connectivity
Convenience Features
Steering Wheel Type
Telescopic Tilt
Climate Control
Cruise Control
With Steering Wheel Controls
Sun Roof
Rearview Mirror
Day-night / Auto-dimming Day-night
One Touch Open Window
Tinted Windows
Vanity Mirrors
Remote Keyless Entry
Keyfob (all Doors)
Power Outlets
Safety Features
Overall Crash Safety Rating
Overall Front Crash Safety Rating
Overall Side Crash Safety Rating
Rollover Crash Safety Rating
Front Impact Airbags
Driver And Passenger
Driver Side Impact Airbags
Seat Mounted
Knee Airbag
Passenger Side Impact Airbag
Seat Mounted
Rear Side Airbag
Seatbelt Pretensioners
Anti-Lock Brakes
4-wheel Anti-lock Brakes (abs)
Forward Collision Warning
Blind Spot Sensor
Lane Departure Warning
Autonomous Cruise Control
Pedestrian Detection
Driver Attention Alert
Daytime Running Lights
Auto High Beams
Adaptive Headlights
Parking Sensors
Security Systems
Security System
Panic Alarm
Ignition Disable
Bumper To Bumper Months Miles
60 Months / 60,000 Miles
Major Components Months
120 Months / 100,000 Miles
Included Maintenance Months
Roadside Assistance Months
60 Months / Unlimited Miles
Corrosion Perforation
84 Months / Unlimited Miles
Accessories Months
12 Months / Unlimited Miles

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