The Hyundai Elantra is a popular compact car from the Korean automaker that is available as both a sedan and a hatchback, called the Elantra GT. It competes with cars like the popular Honda Civic, Toyota Corolla, and Mazda3. The compact is currently in its sixth generation and has been in production since 1991. It sits between the subcompact Accent, three-door Veloster hatchback, and mid-size Sonata in the Hyundai lineup.

The front-wheel-drive, front-engined compact car used to have a reputation for being cheap and not much else, but the lineup has really grown up into a solid offering that is reliable, packed with upmarket features, has decent driving dynamics and a high-quality build and interior. The Elantra has won several awards in quality surveys. There are also a few different engine options for both the Elantra and Elantra GT on offer that range from efficient to performance-oriented.

The model was recently refreshed for 2019, giving it a new exterior look that was quite controversial, and some important standard safety features were also added for the 2020 model. The 2020 model also lost the manual transmission option and ushered in a more efficient CVT.

Since its launch in 1991, more than 3 million units of the Hyundai Elantra have been sold in the U.S. The Hyundai Elantras sold in North America are built in Alabama, while the Elantra GT is built in Ulsan, South Korea.

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Hyundai Elantra Specs

Hyundai Elantra sedan

Engine: 2.0-liter four-cylinder
Horsepower: 147 hp
Torque: 132 lb-ft
Drivetrain: Front-wheel drive
Transmission: CVT

Hyundai Elantra Eco Specs

Engine: 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder
Horsepower: 128 hp
Torque: 156 lb-ft
Drivetrain: Front-wheel drive
Transmission: 7-speed DCT automatic

Hyundai Elantra Sport Specs

Engine: 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder
Horsepower: 201 hp
Torque: 195 lb-ft
Drivetrain: Front-wheel drive
Transmission: 7-speed DCT automatic with paddle shifters

2020 hyundai elantra seats

Cargo Capacity: 14.4 cubic feet
Seating Capacity: 5

Hyundai Elantra GT Specs

Hyundai Elantra GT

Engine: 2.0-liter four-cylinder
Horsepower: 161 hp
Torque: 150 lb-ft
Drivetrain: Front-wheel drive
Transmission: 6-speed automatic

Hyundai Elantra GT N-Line Specs

Hyundai Elantra GT N-Line

Engine: 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder
Horsepower: 201 hp
Torque: 195 lb-ft
Drivetrain: Front-wheel drive
Transmission: 6-speed manual or 7-speed DCT automatic

Cargo Capacity: 24.9 seats up / 55.1 seats down
Seating Capacity: 5

Hyundai Elantra Fuel Economy

Hyundai Elantra sedan rear

The Hyundai Elantra has many different variants available and fuel economy is different for each one, though all of them are still pretty efficient.

The base Hyundai Elantra SE with the 2.0L four-cylinder is rated at 31/41/35 mpg (city/highway/combined), while the SEL, Value Edition, and Limited are rated at 30/40/34 mpg.

Not surprisingly, the Hyundai Elantra Eco with its 1.4L turbo four-cylinder model gets better fuel economy with 33/41/36 mpg ratings. In the same vein, the performance-oriented 1.6L turbo four-cylinder-powered Hyundai Elantra Sport is slightly less efficient at 26/33/29 mpg.

Hyundai Elantra GT side

The Hyundai Elantra GT with its 2.0L four-cylinder gets ratings of 25/32/27 mpg. The GT N-Line is rated at 23/30/26 mpg with the manual transmission and 25/32/28 mpg with the DCT.

Hyundai Elantra Safety Rating

Hyundai Elantra side

The Hyundai Elantra has been awarded as a Top Safety Pick Plus by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the highest possible rating. It got top marks in all crash test categories. The base halogen headlights got a Poor rating, but the upgraded LED projectors with highbeam assist were rated as Good, the best rating. The LATCH child seat anchors were rated as Acceptable, meaning they were easy to use, but there is room for improvement.

The Elantra sedan now comes standard with Hyundai Smart Sense, the brand’s suite of driver assistance and safety features. The package includes driver attention warning, lane-keep assist, and forward collision assist, which includes automatic emergency braking and forward collision warning, helping it seal the deal as one of the safest cars you can buy.

Hyundai Elantra GT

The Hyundai Elantra GT, on the other hand, is a Top Safety Pick, the second best designation. It scored top marks in all the crash tests, but unfortunately, its headlights held it back from getting a better overall rating. The LATCH child seat anchors were also rated as Acceptable. The Elantra GT also doesn’t come standard with Hyundai Smart Sense yet, but the package is available as an optional add-on.

Hyundai Elantra Features

2020 Hyundai Elantra dashboard

The base Hyundai Elantra SE comes standard with forward collision avoidance assist with automatic emergency braking, lane-keep assist, driver attention warning, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, blind spot mirror, a reverse camera with dynamic guidelines, tire pressure monitoring, automatic climate control, 6-way adjustable driver’s seat, cloth seating, a tilt and telescopic steering wheel, remote keyless entry, Bluetooth, cruise control, 15-inch wheels, and a 5-inch screen.

Hyundai Elantra steering wheel acc

Moving up to the SEL trim adds 16-inch wheels, blind spot detection, lane departure warning, blind spot collision warning, rear cross traffic alert, heated outside mirrors, automatic headlights, hood insulator, voice recognition, and a 7-inch touchscreen.

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The Value Edition trim adds some nice features like a standard sunroof, heated front seats, proximity key with push-button ignition, and BlueLink, a telematics system you can access via a smartphone app.

Hyundai Elantra screen

The Hyundai Elantra Limited adds optional pedestrian detection with its forward collision avoidance assist system, optional adaptive cruise control, optional sunroof and an optional 8-inch touchscreen with navigation. Standard features added include 17-inch wheels, LED headlights and taillights, LED daytime running lights, automatic highbeam assist, side mirror turn indicators, power lumbar adjustment, leather seats, wireless phone charging, dual charging USB ports, upgraded audio system, and more. The Eco and Sport trims are similar to the Limited one, give or take a few features.

Hyundai Elantra wireless charging pad

Hyundai Elantra GT Features


Hyundai Elantra GT trunk

Hyundai Elantra GT

The Hyundai Elantra GT comes standard with brake assist, tire pressure monitoring, hill start assist, body color powered/heated side mirrors, blind spot mirror, LED daytime running lights, manual air conditioning, Bluetooth, tilt and telescopic steering wheel, cruise control, an 8-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, remote keyless entry, and more.

Options include lane change assist, blind spot monitoring with rear-cross traffic alert, side mirrors with turn signal indicators, sunroof, automatic dual climate control, leather-wrapped steering wheel, one-touch power up/down windows, leather seats, and heated front seats.

Hyundai Elantra GT N-Line badge

The Hyundai GT N-Line comes standard with brake assist, tire pressure monitoring, hill start assist, black dual powered side mirrors with integrated turn signal indicators, LED headlights, LED tail lights, dual zone automatic climate control, leather-wrapped steering wheel, Bluetooth, an 8-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, remote keyless entry, one-touch power up/down windows, leather seats, and more.

Forward collision avoidance assist with pedestrian detection, lane departure warning, lane-keep assist, driver attention warning, sunroof, automatic high beams, BlueLink, navigation, upgraded audio system, wireless charging pad, and heated front seats are optional.

Hyundai Elantra Pricing

The base 2020 Hyundai Elantra SE starts at $18,950. Up from there, the SEL costs $19,700, and the Value model costs $20,600. The Eco model costs $21,250, the Sport costs $23,800, and the Limited model costs $22,800.

The Hyundai Elantra GT starts at $20,450, while the GT N-Line starts at $23,300 for the model with the manual transmission and $24,400 if you want the automatic.

The pricing above does not include the $920 destination fee.

Hyundai Elantra Competitors

The Hyundai Elantra competes with other compact sedans and hatchbacks like the Toyota Corolla, Kia Forte, Honda Civic, Hyundai Veloster, Subaru Impreza, Volkswagen Jetta/Golf, Mazda3, Nissan Sentra, and more.

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Future Hyundai Elantra Plans

Seeing as the recent refresh was received so poorly, we wouldn’t be surprised if Hyundai tried to fix it with a less controversial or polarizing redesign in the near future.

There’s a possibility of a new hybrid model for the Elantra on the horizon, which might help it compete better with the Corolla, which now has a hybrid variant. There might even be an EV model in the near future.

It would also make sense if the Hyundai Elantra Sport was rebranded as the Elantra N-Line, seeing that the GT model has already taken on the new nomenclature that builds on the success of the fun Veloster N hot hatch.

Detailed Specs

Engine / 2.0L 4-cylinder (base engine)
Horsepower / 147
Torque / 132 lb-ft
Drivetrain / Front-wheel drive
Transmission / CVT

Our Final Verdict

The Hyundai Elantra offers different types of drivers a lot of options: there are two body styles with totally different styles, and many different engines to pick from that can be fuel efficient or performance-oriented. With proven reliability, a high-quality build, a huge list of features, decent and well-sorted driving dynamics, the Hyundai Elantra is a smart choice if you’re shopping for a compact sedan or hatchback.