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New sedans are in short supply these days, but Hyundai still offers the Sonata and Elantra models. The latter just got a full redesign for the 2021 model year. The Elantra N, which features an exclusive 2.0-liter turbocharged engine and numerous sporty enhancements, debuted for the 2022 model year.

It’s clear that Hyundai still sees merit in the Elantra’s production, and that investment keeps paying off. The 2023 Hyundai Elantra recently earned an award from TrueCar for competitive gas mileage, particularly on the Hybrid model. Is it worth your money?

A new red 2023 Hyundai Elantra shows off its LED lights while it parks away from cars on a desert road.
2023 Hyundai Elantra | Hyundai

The best parts of 2023 Hyundai Elantra ownership

TrueCar praised the 2023 Hyundai Elantra for its accommodating cabin, which provides over 40 in of headroom and approximately 42.3 in of legroom. The backseat has ample room for most adults with over 37 inches of headroom and 38 in of legroom. While their trunk openings are small, both the Elantra and the Elantra Hybrid have maximum cargo capacities of over 14 cubic ft.

The standard cloth seats can be optioned with either faux or real leather trim. At the center of the cabin is an 8-in touchscreen with updated graphics and standard wireless smartphone integration. A 10.25-in touchscreen is available, though it forces you to switch back to wired smartphone syncing. 

The Hyundai Elantra helps protect riders with several advanced safety features. Alongside forward-collision warning and automatic emergency braking, you also get monitoring for driver attention and blind spots. Cyclist detection and cruise control are standard on the Elantra SEL, while the Limited gains parking sensors and rear collision warning. 

TrueCar also appreciated the Elantra’s lengthy 10-year (or 100,000 miles) powertrain warranty and its limited 5-year (or 60,000-mile) limited warranty. Hyundai will cover routine maintenance for the car’s first three years or 36,000 miles.

Fuel effieceny comes at a cost

The 2023 Hyundai Elantra Hybrid’s fuel efficiency may have earned it a first-place ranking, but that comes at the price of uninspiring performance. Its powertrain consists of a single electric motor paired with a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine that generates a combined 139 hp. Hyundai says that the Blue trim is the most efficient, earning 54 mpg combined city/highway. 

The Hyundai Elantra Hybrid Limited isn’t far behind, rated for 50 mpg combined. The non-hybrid Elantra still offers good gas mileage compared to its peers, though many of those cars have bigger standard engines. The Elantra’s four-cylinder is capable of 147 hp and 132 lb-ft of torque, paired with a continuously-variable transmission. 

If you upgrade to the N Line trim, you’ll gain access to a 201-hp turbo-four. This one earns an estimated 36 mpg city/highway, while the base engine is rated for up to 37 mpg combined. 

Despite the Elantra Hybrid’s elevated price point, it still shares the same interior quality as the regular Elantra. TrueCar noted several hard plastic parts inside, though the Limited models sport leather trim on the steering wheel. There’s also nothing noteworthy about the Elantra’s interior design language, but at least it’s inoffensive and functional.

The 2023 Hyundai Elantra is more affordable than its rivals

The 2023 Hyundai Elantra currently starts at $20,650, a great value considering this sedan’s efficient engine lineup and abundance of safety features. The Toyota Corolla is the closest competitor in terms of price at $21,550. Despite its nicely-equipped safety suite and 169-hp engine, it only earns 33 mpg combined.

Other non-luxury sedans on this list are priced at around or above $25,000. You’ll only pay a suggested $25,400 for an Elantra Hybrid, while rivals like the Honda Accord Hybrid cost upwards of $28,000. Though the Elantra may not be the flashiest choice, families will likely value its fuel-sipping powertrain and comfy interior to higher degrees.


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