2021 - 2024
Seventh generation Hyundai Elantra
The latest Hyundai Elantra generation is an appealing choice for a small sedan thanks to its chiseled looks, upscale interior, and sporty performance. The standard Elantra sedan is available in SE, SEL, and Limited trims. There's also the Elantra Hybrid that provides significantly improved EPA-estimated fuel economy.
The fun-to-drive Elantra N Line is for those looking for a little more fun behind the wheel; if you want something more hardcore, there’s the aggressive 276-horsepower Elantra N. When it comes to gadgets, lower-end Elantra models come standard with wireless Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ smartphone integration.
The Elantra also comes standard with advanced driver assistance systems that includes forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking, lane-keeping assist, and a driver attention warning. The Elantra offers a lot of value, and just because you’re on a budget doesn’t mean you can’t stand out from the crowd.
Wireless Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ on lower-end models
Standard driver assist features
Standard dual USB ports
Available 10.25-inch touchscreen with eight-speaker Bose® premium audio
Available full-digital instrumentation
Available Digital Key allows Elantra to be unlocked, started and driven using a smartphone
2017 - 2020
Sixth generation Hyundai Elantra
Introduced for the 2017 model year, this generation of Hyundai Elantra remains a downright handsome and very well-equipped small sedan. Hyundai amped up the refinement in its Elantra sedan for this generation, with classy, upscale styling outside and a comfortable and thoughtfully laid out interior. The Elantra’s interior also grew, giving it better footing against its competition. Technology features include Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™, which was available on the base SE model and standard through the rest of the lineup.
For the 2018 model year, a new Elantra GT hatchback was added to the lineup. A refresh to the sedan for the 2019 model year included a new, more angular front-end design and made advanced driver assist systems more widely available across the range. The standard 2.0-liter engine isn’t very powerful, but the fuel-sipping Eco and more powerful Sport both feel more energetic thanks to their turbocharged engines.
Throughout the lineup, the Elantra’s interior shines. It’s comfortable and quiet, and even though the straightforward design is a little dull it feels high-quality.
Fuel-efficient Eco gets EPA-estimated 33 mpg city rating
Sport model includes 201-hp turbocharged engine
Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ widely available
Interior is larger than previous generations
Elantra GT hatchback introduced
Fuel economy is excellent
2011 - 2016
Fifth generation Hyundai Elantra
Thanks to expressive styling and lots of standard features, the 2011-2016 Hyundai Elantra generation is a smart pick for a small car. With inspiration Hyundai says was taken from water flowing around rocks, the Elantra’s styling stands well apart from other compact sedans of the day, and it even holds up well under a modern lens.
The interior feels a bit more dated, but its high style doesn’t get in the way of function. In 2013, the Elantra GT hatchback and Elantra Coupe joined the lineup. Initially available with a 1.8-liter four-cylinder, the Sport model introduced in 2014 comes with a more powerful 2.0-liter engine, which is also standard for the GT and Coupe.
This generation of Elantra predates technology such as Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™, but all trims come with a USB input for music. It also lacks any sort of advanced driver assist systems but does score well in government and industry crash tests, and upper trims come with blind-spot monitoring.
USB input standard on all trims
Bluetooth® phone connectivity standard
Bluetooth music streaming available
Sport model features larger engine, more power, manual transmission (introduced 2014)
Available as a coupe and versatile hatchback (introduced 2013)
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Changes by year
Latest generation from 2021 - 2024
2024 Hyundai Elantra
Revised front and rear styling
Revised interior trim
Larger standard touchscreen on SEL and above
Elantra N receives handling and steering upgrades
More tech and driver assist features were added
2023 Hyundai Elantra
Manual transmission only available on Elantra N
SEL Premium package discontinued
SEL trim now comes with 10.25-inch touchscreen
2022 Hyundai Elantra
High-performance Elantra N model introduced to lineup
2021 Hyundai Elantra
Dramatic all-new design longer, lower, and wider than its predecessor
Greatly changed lineup includes hybrid and N Line models; hatchback discontinued
Roomier interior features significantly more rear legroom than before
Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™ standard on all trims
Standard blind-spot detection and rear cross-traffic warning on all trims
Previous generation from 2017 - 2020
2020 Hyundai Elantra
New continuously variable transmission improves fuel economy
More safety features and driver aids are now standard
Dual-zone automatic climate control now comes standard
2019 Hyundai Elantra
New exterior styling for sedan includes new headlights, grille
More standard technology features and new infotainment system
Active safety features standard on all trim levels except SE
2018 Hyundai Elantra
Elantra GT hatchback added to the lineup
New SEL trim replaces combination of SE and Popular Equipment package
2017 Hyundai Elantra
All-new, more conservative design
Roomier, more comfortable interior
Improved suspension offers more comfortable ride
Technology features include Apple CarPlay®, Android Auto™
Advanced driver assistance features available (Limited)
Elantra Coupe discontinued
Previous generation from 2011 - 2016
2016 Hyundai Elantra
Adds a well-equipped Value Edition trim level
Limited trim gains standard keyless entry and ignition and automatic climate control
Sport trim no longer has standard leather seats
2015 Hyundai Elantra
Style package available for SE power sunroof, projector headlights with LED accents, interior trim
Tech package available for Sport adds 7-inch touchscreen navigation system and 360-watt premium audio (automatic transmission only)
2014 Hyundai Elantra
Refreshed exterior styling
Elantra Sport added to lineup, with more powerful 2.0-liter engine
Elantra GT and Elantra Coupe come standard with new 2.0-liter engine
Updated interior includes new touchscreen, additional sound insulation
Blind-spot monitoring available (Limited)
2013 Hyundai Elantra
Elantra Coupe and Elantra GT hatchback added to lineup
Dual-zone automatic climate control available for Limited trims
Power driver’s seat standard on Limited
2012 Hyundai Elantra
New Active Eco system recalibrates throttle for improved fuel economy
Recalibrated steering for better on-center feel and easier highway cruising
2011 Hyundai Elantra
All-new Elantra features new, eye-catching design, premium-feeling interior
Longer and nearly 2 inches lower than predecessor
Available in standard GLS and upscale Limited trims
Touchscreen navigation available on all Elantras
USB, auxiliary input standard on all trims
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RepairPal gave the Hyundai Elantra an overall reliability rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars, which RepairPal describes as Excellent. This rating ranks Hyundai Elantra 12th out of 44 among Compact Cars.
RepairPal reports that the average total annual cost for repairs and maintenance on a Hyundai Elantra is $397, compared to an average of $482 for Compact Cars and $619 for all the vehicles RepairPal considered in its dataset.
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 1.0 times for Compact Cars and 1.4 times for all the vehicles RepairPal considered in its dataset.
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.
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