The 2021 Hyundai Elantra is all new this year, and one would have a difficult time seeing any resemblance to its former plain-Jane self. The redesigned Elantra features a bold look with sharp angles and a wider stance.
The compact sedan also gets improved available technology features that include 10.25-inch touchscreen, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and the brand's Digital Key system.
A hybrid version of the Elantra is also available for the first time, which is covered separately on our website.
Choosing Your Hyundai Elantra
The Elantra is available in three trim levels: SE, SEL, and Limited. Pricing starts at $20,645 including destination for the SE and climbs to $26,445 for the Limited.
The new Elantra is offered with just one engine: a 2.0-liter four-cylinder. It leans toward efficiency over power, with just 147 horsepower and 132 pound-feet of torque.The engine is mated to a continuously variable transmission, and power is sent to the front wheels.
The Elantra’s 2,800-pound curb weight helps the SE trim achieve an EPA-estimated 33 miles per gallon city, 43 mpg highway, and 37 combined. The SEL and Limited return 31/41/35 mpg (city/highway/combined).
Passenger and Cargo Capacity
The all-new Elantra sits on a new platform and is longer, lower, and wider than its predecessor. Ultimately, this results in more space more the five passengers it can hold. For example, rear leg room grows by 2.3 inches for a total of 38.0. Cargo capacity checks in at 14.2 cubic feet.
The base Elantra checks nearly all of the boxes of today’s roster of active safety equipment with automatic emergency braking, forward collision warning, blind-spot monitoring, lane keeping assist, rear cross-traffic alert, and automatic headlights with high beam assist.
The Limited trim adds adaptive cruise control, rear automatic emergency braking, rear parking sensors, and pedestrian detection. The SEL's Convenience Package includes adaptive cruise control and pedestrian detection.
The Elantra hasn't yet been rated by NHTSA or IIHS, although the 2020 model with LED headlights was a Top Safety Pick, and that should carryover to this all-new model.
The SE trim is equipped with an 8-inch infotainment touchscreen that allows for wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto (a segment-first) although, with just four speakers onboard, the audio experience will be somewhat limited. HD radio and two USB ports are also included.
The SEL trim gains a couple more speakers and satellite radio. The Limited adds a 10.25-inch touchscreen, navigation, wireless charging, voice recognition, and an eight-speaker Bose audio system. Hyundai’s Digital Key, which enables vehicle entry and engine start with a smartphone, is standard on the range-topping model as well.
The sharply styled Elantra is intriguing from every angle. Its chrome grille, LED daytime running lights, body-colored door handles, and 16-inch alloy wheels complete the emboldened look. The modern but not minimalist interior features a six-way manually-adjustable driver's seat, cloth upholstery, keyless entry, and a 4.2-inch multi-information display in the gauge cluster.
The SEL trim receives hands-free trunk access, dual-zone automatic climate control, push button start, satellite radio, and premium cloth seats.
The SEL Convenience Package feels like a bargain at $950 considering that it includes heated seats, heated side mirrors, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, adaptive cruise control, and a 10.25-inch digital gauge cluster display – another segment-first.
The SEL Premium Package can be added to the Convenience Package for $2,100 and features dark chrome exterior trim, 17-inch wheels, signature LED taillights, mirrors with integrated turn signals, a sunroof, and a power driver’s seat.
The top-tier Limited trim includes all of the features available in the SEL trim plus LED headlights, bright chrome belt-line trim, leather seating, interior ambient lighting with 64 colors, navigation, and a 10.25-inch infotainment touchscreen that seamlessly blends into the digital gauge cluster.
The 2021 Hyundai Elantra SEL with the Convenience Package is equipped with many advanced technologies, a premium-looking interior, and plenty of creature comforts for an impressively low price.