2022 Hyundai Elantra

MSRP $19,800 Est.

Ranked #15 in Sedan

6.4

Overall Rating

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2022 Hyundai Elantra Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: July 5, 2021


The Hyundai Elantra was redesigned completely in 2021, and it is all the more attractive with its sleek and modern styling which is the reason why it is such a standout in this class. The car comes with an affordable price tag, but offers an impressive list of features as standard for the money. That includes a complete set of all the advanced safety features. Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard as well.

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Pros

A generous list of standard and optional features

Compelling value considering the list of features

Fuel efficient

Roomy cabin

Cons

Sluggish acceleration from the base engine

Interior hard plastic feels pretty cheap

You don’t get the best infotainment features as standard

What's New?

No significant changes 


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$19800

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

engine type

horsepower

147 hp @ 6200 rpm

torque

132 lb-ft @ 4500 rpm

warranty

roadside assistance

No


Pictures & Videos


Trims

Base$19,800 Est. onwards

Ratings

Pricing and Features

9.0

Fuel Economy

6.0

Interior

6.0

Exterior

6.0

Safety

6.0

Competition

6.0

6.4

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

6.4

Overall Rating


It was the redesign the small sedan received last year which shot it to the top of the segment. It should not be a surprise why the sedan has undeniable value, supported by an efficient engine and spacious interiors. That being said, the base engine is a rather anemic one, it makes 147 hp. That is not the only point keeping it from nailing the top spot, it is also the overabundance of plastic that makes for quite a cheap affair on sight. You would find it hard to beat the Kia Forte and the segment leader Honda Civic.

2022 Hyundai Elantra Sedan front angle view
2022 Hyundai Elantra Sedan rear angle view

6.0/10
Fuel Economy

6.0/10
Interior

6.0/10
Exterior

6.0/10
Safety

6.0/10
Competition


2022 Hyundai Elantra Features

Other than a customary price increase, the 2022 Elantra is the same. Which means it is still offered with the same lineup. The base engine offered for all 3 trims is the same, a 2L Inline 4 producing 147 horsepower.

Trim Levels

SE

SEL

Limited

MSRP*

$19,650

$22,000

$25,450

Features

8” touch screen

Adds to all the features of SE

Ads to all feature of SE and SEL trims

 

Wireless Android Auto

Driver Attention Monitoring

Hyundai Digital Key

 

Wireless Apple CarPlay

Blind Spot Monitoring

Dynamic Voice Recognition

 

Automatic Emergency Braking

Adaptive Cruise Control

10.25” touchscreen navigation

 

Lane Keep Assist

Bose Premium Audio System

 

* 2021 Prices used

We Recommend

Since the Elantra has focused on being among the top efficient vehicles in the class, it makes sense to recommend a trim with similar values. The SEL is a good middle ground in the class. The Limited adds little to justify its price, in our opinion, while the SE misses out on some key features. 

2022 Hyundai Elantra Engine and Performance

The base engine in the Elantra is a 2-liter four-cylinder engine; the engine is not at all pretty in the performance department. It is comparatively slower than its rivals, the 147 hp it provides is not enough to make the sedan exciting. Though it is not terrible by any means, you will soon find out how painful and laborious it is to pass vehicles on the highway. If this sounds anything familiar to what you have heard before, you would be right, this engine is carried over from the previous generation Elantra.

All the power (or lack thereof) is sent to the front wheels through a continuously variable automatic transmission as the only option. Why? Hyundai has tuned the drivetrain for optimal fuel economy. You will clearly not be impressed by the way power is delivered too if you began to drive spiritedly. However, take a step back, slow down, drive the sedan the way it is meant to and you might get the picture. In typical driving scenarios, the transmission is rather smooth; not just that, for normal city and highway driving you will find enough pep on offer, that is only if you are not driving with a heavy foot. 

2022 Hyundai Elantra Sedan engine bay

An extra note here, the gearbox lets out a little of the notorious droning noise that is normally associated with CVTs and that is not very pleasant to hear. Handling the Elantra is neither good nor bad; it behaves pretty predictably and decently for a small sedan. It will not be easily upset over bumps and the ride quality is good. It is nowhere near as sporty as the upper trims, specifically the N Line but as mentioned before, for 2022 that is a whole different vehicle.

Models

2022 Hyundai Elantra 

2022 Honda Civic

2021 Kia Forte

2021 Mazda 3

MSRP

$20,000 (est)

$22,000 (est)

$18,885

$21,645

Engine

2.0-liter I4

2.0-liter I4

2.0-liter I4

2.0-liter I4

Drivetrain

FWD

FWD

FWD

AWD

Transmission

CVT

CVT

CVT

6-speed automatic

Power

147 hp @ 6200 rpm

158 hp @ 6500 rpm

147 hp @ 6200 rpm

155 hp @ 6000 rpm

Torque

132 lb-ft @ 4500 rpm

138 lb-ft @ 4200 rpm

132 lb-ft @ 4500 rpm

150 lb-ft @ 4000 rpm

In a sea full of automatic sedans, the 2021 Forte is the only one sticking with the good-old manual gearbox but that is expected to be dropped in the 2022 Forte/K3 with CVT as its only sole offering. Meanwhile, the power and torque figures are ruled by the Mazda 3 courtesy of its SkyActiv tech.

2022 Hyundai Elantra Fuel Economy

6.0/10

It really doesn’t matter which Elantra model you opt for, you are going to get excellent fuel economy. And looking at the sacrifices Hyundai made with the performance in the Elantra, it better be. The base engine will easily exceed the EPA estimates and out on the highway, you are bound to achieve an impressive 43 mpg.

Models

2022 Hyundai Elantra (expected)

2022 Honda Civic

2021 Kia Forte

2021 Mazda 3

MPG (City)

33

33

27

28

MPG (Highway)

43

42

37

36

MPG (Combined)

37

36

31

31

Fuel Capacity (gallons)

14.0

12.4

14.0

13.2

Range (City/Hwy/Combined) (miles)

462/602/518

409/520/446

378/518/434

369/475/409

The class is divided into two here. While the Elantra and the Civic go head to head for the title of the most fuel-efficient vehicle, the Forte and the Mazda 3 try to save themselves from the position of the least efficient in the class. The Elantra takes the crown here, albeit marginally. The Forte and Mazda 3 both share the last position. 

2022 Hyundai Elantra Interior

6.0/10

The interior of the Elantra is actually pretty well thought out. The outward visibility is good and space is in abundance. The dashboard and the center console in this car seem to wrap around the driver. However, on the passenger’s side, things are much more minimal with respect to design. That does not however mean that they are bland, especially the LED strip which runs along with the dashboard around the air vents across the width of the car and ends on the passenger’s side door panel. The climate controls have large dials, which make them easy to use; the same is true for the optional dual-zone climate control and the heated seats which don’t take time to activate.

2022 Hyundai Elantra Sedan front seats

While on the highway, there is a fair share of wind noise entering into the cabin; that however is not too unusual in this class and passengers can carry on a conversation. The seats too are comfortable for the most part, it’s just that the driver’s seat feels flatter than one would like. It can be quite tiresome on long road trips as there might not be enough support on offer and that will draw a fair share of fatigue for you in a few hours. When you are tackling corners too, there is much less bolstering on offer to keep you in place.

Model

2022 Hyundai Elantra (expected)

2022 Honda Civic

2021 Kia Forte

2021 Mazda 3

Seating

Capacity

5

5

5

5

Front

(Head/Shoulder/

Leg) (in.)

40.6/56.5/42.3

39.3/57/42.3

38.8/56.1/42.2

38/55.7/42.3

Second

(Head/Shoulder/

Leg) (in.)

37.3/55.6/38

37.1/55/37.4

37.5/55.3/35.7

37.3/53.5/35.1

Trunk Capacity (cubic feet)

14.2

15.1

15.3

13.2

The changes the bold redesign brought along in 2021 are noticeable, the rear row now gains 2 inches of legroom now, a reason to rejoice for taller passengers. Speaking of taller passengers, their heads might still graze the ceiling of the car, but it does not get as spacious as this in this class. The Elantra also has nailed the interior space perfectly, for both rows. Some of Elantra’s key interior features are as follows:

  • Bluetooth Telephony with Voice Recognition
  • Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity
  • Dual Automatic Temperature Control with Auto Defogging System
  • Qi Wireless Charging Pad for compatible Phones
  • Bose Premium Audio System
  • Digital driver’s display
  • 8 Speaker HD audio system with Subwoofer

2022 Hyundai Elantra Exterior

6.0/10

Hyundai really seemed to have a point to prove with the exterior design of the Elantra. While this sedan might be intended as a no-frills transport under the skin but from the outside, it is a totally different story. The exterior sports the "Sensuous Sportiness'' design language by Hyundai. While the designer was nearly certain that a fraction of people will think the design is certainly polarizing, especially considering the segment this car is in, they believe that people will eventually get used to it and will begin to appreciate the boldness of the design. The main ingredient with the exterior is the angular body surfaces; the body has plenty of sharp points and triangular lines. Moving away from the boldness for a bit, the sedan has a coupe-like roofline to offer. 

2022 Hyundai Elantra Sedan 

Model

2022 Hyundai Elantra (expected)

2022 Honda Civic

2021 Kia Forte

2021 Mazda 3

Curb Weight

(lbs.)

2868

2771

2707

3071

Length (in.)

184.1

182.7

182.7

183.5

Width (in.)

71.9

70.9

70.9

70.7

Height (in.)

55.7

55.7

56.5

56.9

Ground

Clearance (in.)

5.3

N/A

5.3

5.5

Wheelbase (in.)

107.1

106.3

106.3

107.3

As mentioned previously, the wheelbase is stretched longer in order to offer more interior room. The sedan also sits wider and the overhangs are shorter. Moving towards the front of the sedan, you are greeted with a parametric jewel-pattern grille; it is among Hyundai’s newer renditions if it seems familiar in any way. The grille is neatly integrated into the turn signals; they remain hidden unless they are activated. 

Moving towards the back now, the tail lamps get the most attention; they stretch across the width of the car, the carmaker calls it the "H-Tail Lamp ''. If you’re wondering what a strange name and how it got it, the lamp is shaped like a flying ‘H’ which also happens to be the logo of the brand doesn’t it. You get choices for wheel sizes, choose 15, 16, or 17-inch wheels, all with bold and angular designs to go along with the aesthetic. The Elantra’s curb weight is average for the class. So is its ground clearance. The Mazda 3 is the heaviest in the class. Some noteworthy exterior characteristics of the Elantra are:

  • Angular contour lines
  • Impressive new grille design
  • Taillights that run across the trunk lid
  • The sloped roof at the rear

2022 Hyundai Elantra Safety

6.0/10

There are plenty of driver-assist features in the Elantra but it is a mixed bag. Hyundai has a lot of advanced features which are the best of what the modern safety suites have to offer you but the majority of the good ones like the blind-spot monitoring are optional which sounds like a money-grabbing move-in this segment. The car has neither been tested by either NHTSA or IIHS yet. Meanwhile below is the list of the highlighted safety features from the safety package:

  • Automated emergency braking with pedestrian detection
  • Forward collision avoidance
  • Lane-departure warning with lane-keeping assist
  • High beam assist
  • Adaptive cruise control with lane-centering (optional)
  • Blind-spot assist (optional)

2022 Hyundai Elantra Competition

6.0/10

2022 Hyundai Elantra Vs 2022 Honda Civic

Just in time it seems, the Civic has also received updates for the year 2022; so the segment leader got even better. It will be on sale sooner than the Elantra, and it is evidently sportier than before, at least it looks the part. The interior looks a lot cleaner, which can be an advantage over the cheaper but minimal interior in the Elantra. Typical of Hondas, the safety features are modern and enhanced than before, however, it needs more of them.

2022 Hyundai Elantra Vs 2021 Kia Forte

There is a fair share of similarities between these two sedans; both the manufacturers prioritize technology, efficiency, and value. Though these things are paramount to both the sedans, it is the Forte that excels in all of these. It has more trim levels to choose from, which is always a nice thing. However, with the recent updates, Elantra gains some points with more technology and extra legroom. This is an indication that the current generation of the Forte might be a bit long in the tooth, last updates were received in 2018-19.

2022 Hyundai Elantra vs Mazda 3

While the Mazda steals the show with its performance here, the Elantra knew to focus more on its strengths. An impressive new design, spectacular fuel economy, and a roomier cabin make for a good sales pitch. Both cars have their merits, the choice between which depends on the buyer.

2022 Hyundai Elantra Final Verdict

The exterior design is by far the loudest aspect of the 2022 Hyundai Elantra. On the inside, it is all about efficiency and comfort. The engine and powertrain are a little vanilla and efficiency-focused for spirited driving. The driver assistance features are a mixed bag but the technology options are advanced and impressive and offer compelling value. 

The trim line-up and the way the features are distributed could have certainly been better. It is not nice that all the best features both for the infotainment and the driver-assistance are not standard. On the whole, if you can live with the wild styling, you will find yourself duly impressed with the features and value on offer.

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