The 2021 Hyundai Elantra is the version we’ve been anticipating. Hyundai completely redesigned its stylish compact car with a striking new look and performance upgrades. We think the Elantra’s significant updates make it more competitive against fan favorites, including the Honda Civic. And what’s even better is that the Elantra offers even more value and luxury too.
Driving the new Hyundai Elantra
The Elantra now offers more dynamic performance options that aim to please all types of drivers. As Car and Driver highlighted, enthusiasts are most excited about the new performance-oriented N Line trim. Those who want something more eco-friendly will be intrigued by the hybridized version. The top-level N model provides the most potent experience with a turbo-four that makes 276-hp.
But what’s a snore is that the Elantra’s base engine is the same as the one from the last generation. The Elantra’s standard 2.0-liter four-cylinder produces 147-hp. This engine isn’t particularly fun or fast; it’s just OK. On a brighter note, the Elantra is a comfortable ride overall, and the base option is efficient. A continuously variable automatic (CVT) is also standard.
“The Elantra isn’t exactly quick, but the 2.0-liter engine has enough pep to get the sedan up and out of its own way. Uphill highway sections require a heavy right foot, though thankfully, the CVT doesn’t buzz or drone at higher revs when more power is needed.”CNET (2020)
What is the best 2021 Hyundai Elantra trim?
The 2021 Elantra is a five-seater that comes with lots of modern tech, even on the base SE trim. Standard infotainment connectivities include an 8-inch touchscreen plus wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Helpful safety features, including forward-collision warning and driver attention warning, are also standard.
While there’s plenty to love about the SE model, you’ll be tempted to go up to the SEL trim. The SEL starts at $20,900, which is $1,250 more than the standard version. Car and Driver, along with Edmunds, are among those who say the SEL is their favorite option. That is, if you plan on sticking with the base four-cylinder engine.
The SEL adds a few more conveniences, such as keyless entry with push-button start and dual-zone climate control. It’s also easy to make the SEL more luxe. You can add the Convenience package ($950) to get an enhanced forward collision mitigation system. This package also adds a leather-wrapped steering wheel, a 10.25-inch digital gauge cluster, heated front seats, and a wireless smartphone charging pad.
Furthermore, Hyundai’s Premium package ($2,100) is available on the Elantra SEL too. This option replaces the Elantra’s regular six-speaker stereo with an eight-speaker Bose audio system. You also get a sunroof and a power-adjustable seat. Additionally, the Premium package comes with the Hyundai Digital key, which lets you use your smartphone to access the car.
Is the Elantra right for you?
It would be nice if the Elantra comes with more power, but it’s still a good compact car. This Hyundai is an especially great choice if you value tech and customization options. The Elantra has good dependability ratings too.