The Hyundai Elantra received a redesign in 2021, bringing a sharper, more aggressive design, an available hybrid powertrain, a sporty N-Line model, and more tech features. Entering its second model year on sale since the complete redesign, we expect the 2022 Hyundai Elantra to be a carryover model.
When Hyundai unveiled the redesigned Elantra for the 2021 model year, the compact sedan arrived with a far more aggressive design than before. The front end features a menacing grille that sits in between angular headlights that run high up the fenders. Sharp body creases along the side of the sedan further highlight its sporty look. At the back, the current Elantra wears triangular taillights that are connected by a thin strip. As a carryover model, the 2022 Hyundai Elantra will share a lot of the same design elements as the current model.
On the inside, we expect the 2022 Elantra to retain the same interior design as the model that’s currently on sale. The current Elantra features a high-tech, upscale design that stands out for the class. The sedan has a flowing dashboard with a line of connected air vents, while a grab handle extends from the center console, dividing the two front seats. The elegant look is a large contrast to the rest of the segment, which has more conservative designs.
On top of an 8-inch touchscreen, the current Elantra comes with wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, two USB ports, an HD radio, four audio speakers, and voice recognition. Available features include a 10.25-inch touchscreen, an eight-speaker Bose audio system, wireless smartphone charging, and navigation. These tech features should carry over for the 2022 Hyundai Elantra.
Including the Elantra Hybrid, Hyundai offers three different powertrains with the current Elantra, which should all remain the same for the 2022 model year. The standard engine is a 2.0-liter four-cylinder that makes 147 horsepower. The sporty N-Line is powered by a turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder that generates 201 hp. The Elantra Hybrid features a 1.6-liter four-cylinder that’s paired with an electric motor for a combined output of 139 hp. The base engine comes with a CVT, the N-Line can be equipped with either a six-speed manual or a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic, and the hybrid comes with a six-speed dual-clutch automatic.
Currently, the Elantra comes with forward collision warning, blind spot monitoring, automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, rear cross traffic alert, lane follow assist, lane keeping assist, high-beam assist, and driver attention warning. Neither the IIHS nor the NHTSA has crash-tested the Elantra yet. Based on previous years, we expect the Elantra to perform well in both organizations’ tests. These safety features will continue to be offered on the 2022 Hyundai Elantra.