2021 Hyundai Elantra Informative Car Review

Hyundai Elantra


Hyundai is becoming renowned for its bold designs, and their 2021 Elantra compact sedan is the most recent recipient of an eye-catching transformation. This new Elantra features angular exterior components and a more luxurious cabin to draw attention away from popular competitors like the Honda Civic, Toyota Corolla, and Nissan Sentra.

The 2021 Elantra is equipped with a 147-hp four-cylinder base engine, and you also have the option to upgrade to the 201-hp turbocharged N Line version or an available hybrid powertrain. Furthermore, it packs an array of impressive driver assistance features as standard – plus even more advanced tech which can be included in your purchase! We were so impressed by this remarkable car that we added it straight onto our Editors' Choice list - making sure everyone knows what great value for money this vehicle offers.

Engine, Transmission, and Performance

To power the new Elantra, you've got one of two options. The standard nonhybrid version continues from its predecessor with a 147-hp four cylinder engine and continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). For those in search for an eco-friendly option, there's also a hybrid model featuring 1.6 liter four cylinder paired to an electric motor producing 139 horsepower that is mated to a six speed automatic gearbox.

Even though neither of these options offer a thrilling acceleration, we noted during our test drive that the non-hybrid model had good ride quality and sufficient power for city and highway driving. Excitingly enough, there's also an Elantra N Line available with its turbocharged 1.6-liter four cylinder mated to either 6-speed manual or 7-speed dual clutch automatic transmission - so you can have your cake and eat it too!

Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG

The EPA estimates the 2021 Elantra with the 2.0-liter four-cylinder will earn up to 33 mpg in the city and 43 mpg on the highway. Models with the turbocharged 1.6-liter four have estimates as high as 28 mpg city and 36 highway. The thriftiest hybrid Elantra is rated at 53 mpg city and 56 highway. On our 75-mph highway fuel-economy route, which is part of our extensive testing regimen, the Elantra hybrid managed only a 48 mpg result. For more information about the Elantra's fuel economy, visit the EPA's website.

Safety and Driver-Assistance Features

Driver-assistance features are on the menu and many of them are offered as standard. For more information about the Elantra's crash-test results, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) websites.

Is Hyundai Elantra a reliable car?

It ranks 8th out of 36 on reliability among compact cars, and received good scores across all major reliability reviewers. The Elantra is popular for a reason—its dependability and value make it a favorite in the world of compact sedans!

Do Hyundai Elantras last long?

A well-maintained Hyundai Elantra will likely last over 150,000 miles. A Hyundai Elantra should be able to stay on the road for at least 150,000 miles and could be expected to make it to 200,000 or even 250,000 miles without any serious repairs. That's a lifespan of ten to 15 years for the average driver.