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About the Hyundai Elantra

Vehicle Summary

Currently in its sixth generation of production (2017-2019), the compact Hyundai Elantra sedan offers seating for five passengers—plus a number of trim options and engine configurations to suit nearly any driver's needs. If you've been looking for a sleek and well-equipped compact sedan with lots of clever storage, the Elantra may be an excellent choice. In its 2018 model, the Elantra offers 14.4 cubic feet of trunk space and split-folding rear seats for extra space when needed, which comes in handy when transporting longer items like skis or other sports equipment.

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Q: Is the Hyundai Elantra a compact car?

A: Yes, the Elantra is classified as a compact sedan.

Q: What kind of mileage does a Hyundai Elantra get?

A: Fuel economy can vary by model year, engine size, and other factors. However, the 2017 Elantra base SE trim with 2.0L four-cylinder engine and automatic transmission gets an EPA-estimated 33 mpg combined.1

Q: What engine options are available on the Hyundai Elantra?

A: There are several engine options for the Elantra, some of them varying by model year, trim, and generation. The base engine on the fifth generation Elantra (2011-2016), for example, is a 1.8L four-cylinder. Meanwhile, the Sport trim receives a more powerful 2.0L four-cylinder from 2014-2016.

A 2.0L four-cylinder engine is standard on the sixth generation Elantra (2017-2019), whereas the Sport trim for this generation gets a turbocharged 1.6L engine. The Eco trim, on the other hand, is outfitted with a turbocharged 1.4L four-cylinder engine.

Q: How much horsepower does a Hyundai Elantra have?

A: Hp can vary by engine size and model year. For example, the 2016 Elantra base trim's 1.8L four-cylinder engine puts out 148 hp, whereas the 2017 Elantra base trim's 2.0L four-cylinder is rated at 147 hp. The 2017 Sport's turbocharged 1.6L four-cylinder puts out 201 hp.

1Fuel economy figures are based on EPA estimates for when vehicle 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

Hyundai Elantra Trim Configurations

Within its past two generations of production (2011-2016 and 2017-2019), the Elantra has been offered in no fewer than 12 trim configurations. However, the following sections will focus on the 10 trims available from 2014 through 2019.

Elantra Fifth Generation (2011-2016)

All fifth-generation Elantra models are equipped with a standard 1.8L four-cylinder engine rated at 145-148 hp (exact output varies by model year). The Sport trim, which was introduced for 2014, comes with a more powerful 2.0L four-cylinder engine at 173 hp. Every Elantra is equipped with front-wheel drive—and while a six-speed manual transmission is standard on the base SE trim, a six-speed automatic transmission is optional.

The following trim features are based on the 2016 Elantra.

SE (2014-2016)

  • 15-inch steel wheels
  • Six-speaker sound system
  • Full power accessories
  • Cruise control

Value Edition (2016)

  • Keyless entry and ignition
  • Leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter
  • Sunroof
  • Heated front seats

Limited (2014-2016)

  • Larger 17-inch wheels
  • Six-way power driver's seat
  • Automatic dual-zone climate control
  • Heated front and rear seats
  • Leather upholstery

Sport (2014-2016)

  • Black exterior trim accents
  • Sport-tuned suspension
  • 2.0L four-cylinder engine
  • Sport steering system

Elantra Sixth Generation (2017-2019)

Beginning with the 2017 model year, the Elantra's base engine is upgraded to a 2.0L four-cylinder rated at 147 hp, although two other engines are offered. A turbocharged 1.4L four-cylinder at 128 hp is included on the Eco trim, and a turbocharged 1.6L four-cylinder at 201 hp propels the Sport trim.

All sixth-generation Elantra models are front-wheel drive; a six-speed manual transmission is standard on the base SE, although a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission is optional.

Unless otherwise noted, the following trim features are based on the 2018 Elantra.

SE (2017-2019)

  • 15-inch steel wheels
  • Full power accessories
  • Six-speaker sound system
  • 60/40-folding rear seats
  • Cloth upholstery

SEL (2018-2019)

  • Larger 16-inch alloy wheels
  • Automatic headlights
  • Keyless entry and push-button start
  • Automatic dual-zone climate control
  • Smartphone integration via Android Auto and Apple CarPlay®

SE Value Edition (2017-2019)

  • Door-handle lighting
  • Heated front seats
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror
  • Hands-free trunk opening
  • Sunroof

Eco (2017-2019)

  • Turbocharged 1.4L four-cylinder engine
  • LED daytime running lights
  • Heated front seats
  • Hands-free trunk opening

Limited (2017-2019)

  • Larger 17-inch alloy wheels
  • Leather upholstery
  • Power driver's seat

Sport (2017-2019)

  • Turbocharged 1.6L four-cylinder engine
  • 18-inch alloy wheels
  • Heated front sport seats
  • Flat-bottom steering wheel
  • Xenon headlights

Reliability Research


RepairPal gave the Hyundai Elantra an overall reliability rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars, which RepairPal describes as Excellent. This rating ranks the Hyundai Elantra 12th out of 45 among Compact Cars.

  • Cost RepairPal reports that the average total annual cost for repairs and maintenance on a Hyundai Elantra is $357, compared to an average of $437 for Compact Cars and $556 for all the vehicles RepairPal considered in its dataset.
  • Frequency According to RepairPal, Hyundai Elantra owners bring their vehicles into a repair shop for unscheduled repairs an average of 1.1 times per year, compared to an average of 0.9 times for Compact Cars and 1.4 times for all the vehicle models RepairPal considered in its dataset.
  • Severity RepairPal reported that the probability of a repair being a severe or major issue is 7% for the Hyundai Elantra, compared to an average of 10% for Compact Cars and 12% for all the vehicles RepairPal considered in its dataset.

RepairPal Reliability Ratings are based on the actual cost, frequency, and severity of unscheduled repairs and maintenance on make/model data for select 2006-2020 vehicles. The reliability of a specific vehicle may vary depending on its maintenance and driving history, model year, trim, and features.

*RepairPal Reliability Ratings are provided by RepairPal and CarMax is not responsible for their accuracy. These ratings are based on RepairPal Reliability data as of 09/01/2021. Learn more.


Reviews for Hyundai Elantra

Overall Rating

4.4 out of 5 (556 reviews)

1 year in, 75k miles, a great car

I've owned this car for one year now, and have had no major problems. I've put almost 20k miles on since I bought it. Routine oil changes and a transmission flush are basically all I've had to do, oh and new tires. I think I had to replace a couple belts recently too. Handles well enough in the snow with standard all-season tires. There isn't a lot of passenger room - two adults up front and a teenager in back is pretty crowded, but most of the time it's just me and the small children in car seats, and two car seats work okay. I definitely wouldn't want to try 3 though. I mostly use the car for commuting to work and it's great, good gas mileage (33 mpg average, mostly highway).


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  • Dashboard: very basic
  • Technology and Entertainment: AM radio works very poorly

- John Y, 2010 Hyundai Elantra

Luxury feel at bargain price.

I stand behind this purchase 100%. I’m a mother and a working professional at a high demand law firm. this vehicle looks very professional, mimics a compact Audi for example, but the cost of maintenance and the vehicle itself is bargain price. has a lot of tech. fast, compact, luxury package. I like it, in the future I would purchase another. my only issue is the backseat is not great for rear facing car seats. but, it does work and my daughter doesn’t complain. it’ll be just fine once she’s forward facing anyways, so not a big issue. trunk fits stroller, my grandmas walker, and grocery shopping all at the same time. I live in a major city and I’m only filling up once every two weeks, cost about $20-$25, an even $30 if it’s on empty.


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  • Interior Space: just a bit small for a rear facing car seat. not impossible but not the easiest fit either.

- Andrea Luna, 2019 Hyundai Elantra

Elantra saved my life in a 10 flip rollover accide

In a roll over accident of 70 yards down an embankment more than 10flips over boulders this car not only held up but I believe kept me should see the pictures of the place where I went off the road and the final condition of the car no one should have ever been able to survive a wreck like that but I not only survived but walked away with only a hurt shoulder from how violently I was tossed in the seat belt. No other marks on me the passenger compartment was completely intact. Where most other cars " I believe " would have folded like a lawn chair.


  • Safety: It saved my life in a 10 flip rollover
  • Ride and Handling: It has a very good stance and corners extremely well
  • Power: It has not only enough to get out of the way but enough to lead the pack


  • Weather Versatility: The elantra and I've had three doesn't do well in wet weather it's very scetchy at any kind of speed
  • Technology and Entertainment: The ones I had lower end electronics and not only left it lacking but sometimes hard to hear and to connect to
  • Value: In one year the value of the car droped $6000 and put me way upside-down on what I still owed

- John Gayhart, 2012 Hyundai Elantra

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