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Hyundai Elantra

In the more than two decades since it debuted, the Hyundai Elantra has become one of America’s most popular small sedans. Today’s Elantra impresses with a smooth ride, roomy interior, high fuel economy, and solid build quality. The Elantra also has a tradition of offering a lot of value in terms of features for the money. Whether you’re driving an Elantra from 2011 or a much newer version, you’ll find it to be a feature-packed, smartly designed, and good-looking compact sedan.

This page covers the following models:

  • Hyundai Elantra

  • Hyundai Elantra Hybrid

  • Hyundai Elantra GT

  • Hyundai Elantra N

Latest generation
2021 - 2023
2021-present Hyundai Elantra generation
$20,998 - $32,998*
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Previous generation
2017 - 2020
2017-2020 Hyundai Elantra generation
$12,998 - $26,998*
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Previous generation
2011 - 2016
2011-2015 Hyundai Elantra generation
$11,998 - $17,998*
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Reliability

RepairPal reliability rating

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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.

Cost

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.

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 1.0 times for Compact Cars and 1.4 times for all the vehicles 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.


2021 - 2023

2021-present Hyundai Elantra generation

The latest Hyundai Elantra 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. 

What you can expect to pay for a 2021 - 2023 Hyundai Elantra

Median Hyundai Elantra price at CarMax in the last 60 days
Range of Hyundai Elantra prices at CarMax in the last 60 days

Model highlights

  • 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

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2017 - 2020

2017-2020 Hyundai Elantra generation

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.

What you can expect to pay for a 2017 - 2020 Hyundai Elantra

Median Hyundai Elantra price at CarMax in the last 60 days
Range of Hyundai Elantra prices at CarMax in the last 60 days

Model highlights

  • Fuel-efficient Eco gets EPA-estimated 33 mpg city rating

  • Sport model includes 201-hp turbocharged engine

  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto widely available

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2011 - 2016

2011-2015 Hyundai Elantra generation

Thanks to expressive styling and lots of standard features, the 2011-2015 Hyundai Elantra 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.

What you can expect to pay for a 2011 - 2016 Hyundai Elantra

Median Hyundai Elantra price at CarMax in the last 60 days
Range of Hyundai Elantra prices at CarMax in the last 60 days

Model highlights

  • 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 - 2023

2023 Hyundai Elantra

2023 Hyundai Elantra Hybrid Limited

New for 2023

  • Manual transmission available only on Elantra N model

  • SEL Premium package discontinued

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2022 Hyundai Elantra

2022 Hyundai Elantra N-Line

New for 2022

  • High-performance Elantra N model introduced to lineup

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2021 Hyundai Elantra

2021 Hyundai Elantra Limited

New for 2021

  • Dramatic all-new design longer, lower, and wider than its predecessor

  • Greatly expanded lineup includes fuel-efficient hybrid, sporty N Line models

  • 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

  • Elantra Hybrid offers excellent fuel economy

  • Elantra GT hatchback discontinued

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Previous generation from 2017 - 2020

2020 Hyundai Elantra

2020 Hyundai Elantra Value Edition

New for 2020

  • New continuously variable transmission improves fuel economy

  • More safety features and driver aids are now standard

  • Dual-zone automatic climate control now comes standard

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2019 Hyundai Elantra

2019 Hyundai Elantra SEL

New for 2019

  • 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

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2018 Hyundai Elantra

2018 Hyundai Elantra SEL

New for 2018

  • Elantra GT hatchback added to the lineup

  • New SEL trim replaces combination of SE and Popular Equipment package

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2017 Hyundai Elantra

2017 Hyundai Elantra Limited

New for 2017

  • 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

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Previous generation from 2011 - 2016

2016 Hyundai Elantra

2016 Hyundai Elantra Limited

New for 2016

  • 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

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2015 Hyundai Elantra

2015 Hyundai Elantra Sport

New for 2015

  • 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)

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2014 Hyundai Elantra

2014 Hyundai Elantra Sport

New for 2014

  • Refreshed exterior styling

  • Elantra Sport added to lineup, with more powerful 2.0-liter engine

  • GLS trim renamed SE

  • Elantra GT and Elantra Coupe come standard with new 2.0-liter engine

  • Additional sound insulation for a quieter interior

  • Updated interior with new touchscreen audio system

  • Blind-spot monitoring available (Limited)

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2013 Hyundai Elantra

2013 Hyundai Elantra GLS

New for 2013

  • 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

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2012 Hyundai Elantra

2012 Hyundai Elantra GLS

New for 2012

  • New Active Eco system recalibrates throttle for improved fuel economy

  • Recalibrated steering for better on-center feel and easier highway cruising

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2011 Hyundai Elantra

2011 Hyundai Elantra Limited

New for 2011

  • 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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