News of the 2023 Hyundai Elantra is slowly emerging, and it’s not all that exciting. There are very few changes for this year over last year’s model. However, it’s not a letdown. This affordable, entry-level compact family sedan isn’t thrilling, but small cars don’t really need to be.
Is the Hyundai Elantra worth buying? Well, it is one of the best compact cars of 2022.
When does the 2023 Hyundai Elantra come out?
The 2023 Hyundai Elantra should be available this summer or early fall, though the company hasn’t yet provided a specific date.
There will be no 2023 Hyundai Elantra GT (the hatchback was discontinued in 2020) or an Elantra Sport (discontinued in 2018) this year. However, the 2023 Hyundai Elantra Hybrid should be released at the same time as its gas-powered sibling.
How much does the 2023 Hyundai Elantra cost?
While the brand hasn’t officially released a 2023 Hyundai Elantra price, Kelley Blue Book (KBB) shares its estimates for pricing for the new model. KBB places the entry-level Elantra trim at around $20,500 for a starting price, which would bump it from the list of the best new cars under $20,000.
Here are the price estimates for the new model, according to KBB:
- 2023 Elantra SE: $20,500
- 2023 Elantra SEL: ~$22,000
- 2023 Elantra N Line: ~$27,000
- 2023 Elantra Limited: ~$26,400
2023 Hyundai Elantra specs, changes, and updates
The 2023 Elantra will likely arrive with its classic 147-horsepower, 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine. This powertrain makes the sedan one of the best gas sippers on the market, returning up to 33 mpg in the city, 42 mpg on the highway, and 37 mpg combined. This engine will likely come standard on the SE, SEL, and Limited.
There will be some spice available in the lineup. Hyundai is likely to release a 2023 Elantra N-Line model with a 201-horsepower turbocharged engine and sport-tuned suspension.
We estimate that there will be virtually no changes for this year. One change includes expanded options in the 2023 Elantra SEL Convenience package. Another change comes on the most expensive trim—-KBB reports that Hyundai killed the 6-speed manual transmission for the 2023 Elantra N-Line.
2023 Hyundai Elantra interior features
There will likely be few if any changes to the 2023 Hyundai Elantra’s interior. It should carry over from last year with generous cargo space and a standard 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system. The downsides to this cheap compact car? A fairly cheap interior in entry-level models. The Elantra SE comes with thin cloth upholstery and a plastic steering wheel.
However, upgrading to a higher trim level can bring immediate improvements:
“This cabin uses up-to-the-minute technology to complement the crispness of the outside. Buyers of the SEL have the option of the Convenience package that brings twin 10.25-inch displays — one for the driver, the other for the infotainment system. These become standard in the N Line and Limited.”Kelley Blue Book
A fully loaded Hyundai Elantra sedan offers heated front seats, adaptive cruise control, faux-leather or real leather seat trim, and an 8-speaker Bose audio system. The 2023 Elantra interior should include all of these features.
2023 Hyundai Elantra vs. competitors
The 2023 Elantra will go head-to-head with the Honda Civic, the 2023 Toyota Corolla, the Kia Forte, and the Mazda3. The sporty Elantra N (technically outside of the main Elantra lineup) competes against higher-powered models the 2023 Acura Integra and the 2022 Volkswagen Golf R
So, will the 2023 Hyundai Elentra be worth it? There are quite a few compact sedans out there that are similarly priced and feel higher quality. But, if you want a cheap car that delivers on a simple promise, the Elantra is a solid option.