Hyundai Elantra vs. Sonata

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, Automotive Editor - November 23, 2022
2023 Hyundai Elantra

Hyundai has one of the stronger sedan pairings with the Elantra and Sonata. Despite the popularity of SUVs, these two sedans continue to be two of the more popular sedans on sale, offering buyers with great value, lengthy lists of standard features, and high-tech equipment. Choosing between these two models may be harder than you think.

In this comparison, we’ll take a look at the key similarities and differences between the Elantra and Sonata. We’ll explore pricing, size, reliability, and fuel economy to help you decide on the model that’s right for you.

Sonata vs. Elantra Price

2023 Hyundai Elantra

As the smaller of the two, the compact Elantra is the more affordable car. Pricing for the Elantra starts at $21,545 (prices include destination), which makes it $4,500 cheaper than the Sonata. Hyundai’s midsize sedan costs $26,045.

Hyundai offers the Elantra and Sonata with hybrid engines, though the difference in pricing is similar to the gas-powered models. The Elantra Hybrid costs $25,495, while the Sonata Hybrid carries a starting price tag of $29,045 – a $3,550 difference between the two.

While there’s a large difference in pricing between the two sedans, both models can be leased for a similar price. Lease deals for the Elantra start at $319 per month for 36 months with $0 due at signing. The Sonata can be leased for $369 per month for 36 months with $0 due at signing.

Hyundai’s sedans are priced below competitive Japanese and American sedans.

Elantra vs. Sonata Size

2023 Hyundai Sonata Interior

When it comes to size, the Elantra and Sonata may compete in different segments, but they’re not that different in size. The Sonata is 8.8 inches longer, 1.3 inches wider, and 1.2 inches taller in height than the Elantra. The extra size bumps the Sonata to the midsize segment, while the Elantra competes as a compact car.

With a larger body, the Sonata has a more spacious cabin than the Elantra. The Sonata has 104.4 cubic feet of passenger volume, while the Elantra has 99.4 cubic feet of interior space for passengers. The Sonata offers more front legroom, rear headroom, front and rear hip room, and front and rear shoulder room. One area where the Elantra surpasses the Sonata is when it comes to rear legroom, as the Elantra has nearly four extra inches of space than the Sonata.

The Sonata offers slightly more cargo space than the Elantra. The midsize sedan has 16 cubic feet of cargo space in the trunk compared to the Elantra 14.2 cubic feet of cargo space.

Sonata vs. Elantra Reliability

2022 Hyundai Elantra

Both the Sonata and Elantra have similar reliability ratings from Consumer Reports. In the organization’s rankings, the 2022 Sonata finished in fifth place out of nine midsize cars. It earned a predicted reliability rating of four out of five and an owner satisfaction score of three out of five.

The 2022 Elantra finished in fourth place in Consumer Reports’ ranking of 15 compact cars. The small sedan earned a three out of five for reliability and four out of five for owner satisfaction.

Sonata vs. Elantra Gas Mileage

2023 Hyundai Sonata

While the Sonata is the larger vehicle of the two, it gets nearly the same fuel economy figures as the Elantra. The Sonata Hybrid is rated to get up to 52 mpg combined, which is an impressive figure for a midsize sedan. The gas-powered Sonata can get up to 32 mpg combined. The Elantra Hybrid can get up to 54 mpg combined, while the gas-only model is rated at up to 37 mpg combined.

The Sonata’s fuel economy figures are more impressive when you consider the vehicle’s performance. The Sonata comes with a 191-horsepower 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, while the Elantra has a 147-hp 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. The Sonata Hybrid also has more power than the Elantra Hybrid, as its 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and electric motor make a combined 192 hp compared to the Elantra Hybrid’s 139 hp.

Which Is Better: Elantra Or Sonata?

The Hyundai Elantra is the clear winner in this comparison. With a more affordable price tag, better fuel economy figures, and rear seats that offer more legroom than the Sonata, the Elantra stands out as the better choice for shoppers.

The Sonata offers more overall interior space than the Elantra and has impressive fuel economy figures for its more powerful base engines. It also has the more high-end design and upscale cabin. We recommend looking into both models to see which one has what you’re looking for and your unique priorities.

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, Automotive Editor

Based out of the Washington, D.C. area, Joel Patel is an automotive journalist that hails from Northern Virginia. His work has been featured on various automotive outlets, including Autoweek, Digital Trends, and Autoblog. When not writing about cars, Joel enjoys trying new foods, wrenching on his car, and watching horror movies. 

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