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2019 Hyundai Elantra Review | CarMax

For model year 2019, the Hyundai Elantra got a little facelift with interior and exterior styling updates, adding even more panache to this attractive sedan. The 2019 Elantra is available in a four-door sedan or hatchback model, with six distinctive trims that include a number of grade-specific features like leather interior, premium audio, and more.

This appealing four-door is an excellent choice if you are looking for a car that has all the get-up-and-go you need with a capable 2.0L or 1.4L turbocharged engine. You and four others can fit comfortably in this midsize sedan, making it a great choice for professionals, students, and small families.

Here's what you'll learn in this 2019 Hyundai Elantra review:

Key Specs & Features

  • 2019 model engines by trim level: the 2.0L four-cylinder engine (SE, SEL, Value, GT Hatchback, and Limited), turbo 1.4L engine (ECO), and turbo 1.6L (Sport and N Line Hatchback).
  • Rearview camera with dynamic guidelines as standard.
  • Standard Bluetooth® audio streaming
  • 60/40-split-folding rear seats
  • Remote keyless entry with alarm
  • Purifying cabin air filter

5 Reasons to Buy


2019 Hyundai Elantra Review: Trunk Cargo | CarMax

Or maybe it simply detects your key fob in your hand, pocket, or purse as you approach your 2019 Hyundai Elantra's Smart Trunk. You don't have to wave a magic wand; all you have to do is stand behind the vehicle with your fob in close proximity and the trunk will open. Abracadabra! Your Elantra has the ability to be an extra hand when yours are full. Starting with the Value trim and up, the Hands-Free Smart Trunk is activated through the 2019 Elantra's system settings menu. As you approach the rear of the vehicle, it starts to beep. If you remain there, the trunk opens after the fourth beep. It's also designed to prevent accidental openings; the fob must be away from the Elantra for over 15 seconds for it to release.


2019 Hyundai Elantra Review: Tech Dash | CarMax

No slouch in the technology department, Hyundai offers upgrades with each model, starting with a generous package in the base 2019 Elantra. A rearview camera is standard on all trim levels of the 2019 Hyundai Elantra, as are a five-inch infotainment display and Bluetooth® phone connectivity. In the higher grades, wireless device charging and an eight-inch infotainment display are included. All trims except the SE base model give you forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, blind-spot and rear cross-traffic alert, and lane-keeping assist. Hyundai's drowsy driver warning system is included with the SEL trim and higher to make sure you're alert and paying attention.


2019 Hyundai Elantra Review: Front Seats | CarMax

There are a bundled number of smart packages in each trim level of the 2019 Elantra, starting with a generous base model in the SE. Step up to the SEL and you add smartphone integration, drive modes, and auto headlights. Keep working your way to the higher trim levels and your 2019 Elantra will include a leather interior, power driver seat with lumbar support, wireless charging, and more at the Limited grade. Even better, an Ultimate package on a Limited trim includes navigation, power sunroof, adaptive cruise control, and more. If you want a sleek and nimble vehicle, the Sport model adds to the Limited with a flat-bottom leather-wrapped steering wheel, distinctive wheels, and a multi-link rear suspension for more responsive handling.

2019 Hyundai Elantra Review: Backseats | CarMax


2019 Hyundai Elantra Review: Engine | CarMax

The 2019 Hyundai Elantra Sport is available with an automatic or zippy manual transmission. This model boasts a turbocharged 1.6L four-cylinder engine generating 201 horsepower, which is plenty for a spirited ride. Bringing up the rear is a new suspension for 2019 with firmer tuning, stylish 18-inch wheels, and chrome accents for extra shine. The Sport trim also includes a racing-reminiscent flat-bottomed steering wheel and sleek leather front sport seats. Add the optional Sport Premium package to your 2019 Elantra to get navigation, premium audio, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, dual-zone automatic climate control, and more.


Do you like hatchbacks? The 2019 Hyundai Elantra is available in the Elantra GT hatchback and the Elantra GT N Line. The N Line, which comes with a 201-horsepower 1.6L turbocharged engine, gives its owners an EPA-estimated 26 mpg combined with the manual transmission.1 The Hyundai Elantra GT Hatchback has a 2.0L engine running with 161 horsepower. If you like the versatility and cargo space (121.4 cubic feet total volume for each trim level) of a hatchback, the Elantra has you covered with two terrific options.

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What You Need to Know


2019 Hyundai Elantra SE

  • 2.0L four-cylinder engine
  • Steering wheel with audio controls
  • Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist
  • Drive Mode Select
  • Rearview camera with dynamic parking guidelines

2019 Hyundai Elantra SEL

  • Blind-Spot Collision Warning
  • Drowsy Driver alert system
  • Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist
  • Seven-inch touchscreen
  • Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay®

2019 Hyundai Elantra Value Edition

  • Power sunroof
  • Blind-spot collision warning
  • Door-handle approach lights
  • Rear-seat cupholders
  • Hands-Free Smart Trunk release

2019 Hyundai Elantra Eco

  • Turbo 1.4L four-cylinder engine
  • Seven-speed dual-clutch transmission
  • 15-inch alloy wheels
  • Dual USB charging

2019 Hyundai Elantra Limited

  • 2.0L four-cylinder engine
  • Infinity Premium Audio with Clari-fi
  • Heated front seats
  • Wireless charging
  • LED headlights

2019 Hyundai Elantra Sport

  • Turbo 1.6L four-cylinder engine
  • Six-speed manual transmission
  • Leather seating
  • Multi-link independent rear suspension


The 2019 Hyundai Elantra seats five passengers; rear 60-40 split-bench seats are standard. Interior seating options include:

  • Beige
  • Black
  • Gray
  • Beige leather (Limited trim only)
  • Black leather (Limited and Sport trims)


  • Galactic Gray
  • Lakeside Blue
  • Machine Gray
  • Phantom Black
  • Quartz White Pearl
  • Scarlet Red
  • Symphony Silver

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The Bottom Line

The 2019 Hyundai Elantra is a plucky sedan that allows you to choose the package you need, from simple (the base SE) to extra-sporty (Sport and N Line hatchback). From your daily commute to a cross-country trip, you and up to four other passengers will be comfortable in this vehicle as it works hard to suit your everyday life.

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1Fuel economy figures are based on EPA estimates when vehicles sold as new. Fuel economy may vary for reasons like driving conditions and vehicle history. Unless specified, figures are for vehicles equipped with an automatic transmission. See fueleconomy.gov for details.
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