2021 Hyundai Elantra Lineup
Hyundai is set to deliver 3 all-new 7th Gen Elantra models for 2021; the comfortable standard Elantra, the sporty N-Line, and the fuel efficient HEV. All three of which came dressed to impress for our first drives in and around Los Angeles.
First let’s start with the extremely fuel efficient Elantra HEV Hybrid, which is available in SEL or Limited trim. The Limited has a combined fuel economy of 50 mile-per-gallons, while the SEL moves up to 54 MPGs. With best-in-class rear seat leg room and best-in-class passenger and total interior volume, you shouldn’t hear any complaints when driving.
The HEV comes with a 1.6 liter 4-cylinder kappa engine rated at 104-horsepower and 108 lb-ft. of torque, combined with a 43-horsepower electric motor with an output of 125 lb-ft. And no CVT here as the Elantra hybrid uses a true 6-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. Pricing for the hybrid starts at $23,550 for SEL trim, and $28,100 for the Limited.
Now we shift gears to the all gas powered Elantra’s. Safety features like Forward Collision Avoidance Assist, Driver Attention Warning, and Blind Spot Assist come standard as do many other safety features and technology.
The team at Hyundai have also given these new models a bolder look for the exterior. The interior gets a facelift too with large digital screens for infotainment, a wireless phone charger, customizable cup holders, and ambient lighting with 64 colors available to customize your ride.
Powering the standard Elantra is a new 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine rated at 147-horsepower and 132 lb-ft. of torque. Compared to the hybrid, fuel economy drops to a respectable combined 37 MPG. Pricing starts at $19,650.
While we only drove the Limited model, was can surely say it is extremely comfortable and capable.
Last but definitely not least is our favorite of the group, the Elantra N-Line. On sale by the end of the year, the performance inspired N-line is available on the Elantra for the first time. The N-Line features unique exterior and interior design elements, including a cascading front grille, lip spoiler, 18-inch wheels, twin chrome exhaust, unique leather steering wheel, analog gauge cluster, and alloy pedals.
The N-Line stands out from other Elantras in a big way with its 1.6-Liter turbocharged GDI 4-cylinder engine that boasts 201-horsepower and 195 lb-ft. of torque. That can be mated to either a 7-speed dual clutch automatic or a 6-speed manual transmission. Add to that the updated suspension, and this car is an absolute blast to drive. The sound and feel of this N-Line Elantra was a fun surprise.
We will have a more in-depth review of these Elantras soon. Until then, keep it locked, right here on MotorWeek!
Engine: 2.0L 4-cylinder
Torque: 132 lb-ft.
EPA: 37 Combined
Engine: 1.6L 4-cylinder
Torque: 195 lb-ft.
EPA: 50 Combined / 54 Combined
Engine: 1.6L Turbo 4
Torque: 195 lb-ft.