Hyundai is usually known for bold designs, and the 2021 Elantra is the newest to receive an updated look. A significant leap ahead in the compact segment, it is packed with lots of standard highlights that Hyundai is recognized for. The sedan segment may be stalling down, but it's far from being extinct, and Hyundai is gambling big on this.
2021 Hyundai Elantra comes with an all-new design

The 2021 Hyundai Elantra casts a bigger shadow than the present avatar with larger dimensions, exceptional infotainment, and stylish design that give it a more upscale appearance. It has been fully redesigned for 2021, assuring affordability while still fulfilling a great list of standard features.

For the first time, a hybrid powertrain will also debut to juice the most out of every gallon of gas. It looks to pull away buyers from heavy hitters like the Honda Civic and Mazda 3.

What's new in the 2021 Hyundai Elantra?

Hyundai has completely redesigned the Elantra for 2021 with the following updates:

  • New exterior and interior design
  • Advanced tech features
  • Hybrid powertrain
  • Performnace oriented N-line variant

What will be the expected price for the 2021 Hyundai Elantra?

The 2021 Elantra will be available in SE, SEL, and Limited trims. An Elantra Hybrid, which is fresh for Hyundai's compact sedan series, will also be available. Pricing has yet to be declared, but we don't expect the seventh-generation Elantra's price to differ significantly from the outgoing model, which started at just below $20,000.

Hyundai motors are also silent on whether the Elantra GT will return for now. Speculated prices are given below where the SEL trim strikes the perfect balance.

  • SE: $20,000 
  • SEL: $22,000 
  • Hybrid: $24,000
  • Limited: $26,000 

When will the 2021 Hyundai Elantra go on sale?

The 2021 Elantra has already been released and it will go on sale in the second half of 2020 after the production starts in Alabama this October.

2021 Hyundai Elantra: Engine and Performance

Most of the 2021 non-hybrid Elantras will be powered by a 2.0-litre inline-4 engine producing 147 horsepower and 132 lb-ft of torque. Power goes directly to the front wheels through a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT).

This also happens to be the same drivetrain found on the Elantra's cousin, the latest Kia Forte. There has been no concrete information about attaching a turbocharged engine to the series, as is given with the current Elantra. 

2021 Hyundai Elantra 2.0 powertrain is carry forward form 2020

The 2021 Elantra hybrid utilizes a 1.6-litre four-cylinder joined with an electric motor to make 139 horsepower. It drives the front wheels by a 6-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. The electric motor is powered by a 1.3-kWh lithium-ion battery and can cover short spans on electricity solely at a lower speed. 

Models

2021 Hyundai Elantra (Expected)

2020 Toyota Corolla L Sedan

2020 Honda Civic LX Sedan

2020 Mazda 3 Sport

MSRP

$20,500

$19,500

$20,250

$20,240

Engine

2.0L Inline 4 Naturally Aspirated/ 1.6L Inline 4 Hybrid

1.8L Inline 4 Naturally Aspirated

2.0 L inline-four

2.0 L inline-four

Transmission

CVT/DCT

CVT

CVT

6-speed Auto

Horsepower

147hp @ 6200rpm/ 139hp

169hp @6600rpm

158hp @ 6500 rpm

155hp @ 6000 rpm

Torque

132 lbs.-ft. @ 4500rpm/ NA

151 lbs.-ft. @ 4800rpm

138 lb.-ft @ 4200 rpm

150 lb.-ft. @4000 rpm

Also, with the Hyundai discarding a lot of its weight for the sixth generation, the Elantra has an excellent acceleration of under 8 seconds to 60 mph. The new Elantra grants identical comfort as before but combines in sportiness with its revived suspension. The torsion beam rear suspension adds the stiffness, that many buyers were viewing for and uncovers a delicate balance among ride comfort and stability.

What are the MPG ratings of the 2021 Hyundai Elantra?

The EPA has not yet published ratings for the 2021 Elantra's fuel economy, but it will return around 31 mpg in the city and 41 mpg on the highway. Nevertheless, Hyundai does assure that the new Elantra will be the most economical in its segment. 

Models

2021 Hyundai Elantra Sedan (Expected)

2020 Toyota Corolla Sedan

2020 Honda Civic Sedan

2020 Mazda 3 Sedan

MPG (city)

31

30

32

27

MPG (highway)

41

38

42

36

MPG (combined)

35/50

33

36

30

Fuel Tank Capacity(Gal.)

14

13.2

12.39

13.2

The hybrid powertrain will be able to return more than 50 mpg combined. Hyundai says, which rival against the Honda Insight and Toyota Corolla Hybrid or specialized vehicle like the Hyundai Ioniq.

What will change in the interior of the 2021 Hyundai Elantra?

Like its completely restyled exterior design, the Elantra' cabin gets a striking update for the upcoming year. The new dashboard design is inspired by a fighter jet and the influence is throughout with its " immersive cocoon" arrangement.  Because of the car's more prominent exterior dimensions, the interior space profits as thoroughly.

The cabin is completely redesigned for 2021

The interior is uncomplicated with a dash that is governed by huge digital displays. The main appeal here is the two available 10.25-inch screens, one for the instrument cluster and other touchscreen handling infotainment functions. It is slightly turned toward the driver which we see in many of the BMWs. The panel containing the HVAC switches has been slimmed down to give a more intricate look.

Models

2021 Hyundai Elantra Sedan (Expected)

2020 Toyota Corolla Sedan

2020 Honda Civic Sedan

2020 Mazda 3 Sedan

Passenger capacity

5

5

5

5

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

40.3/56.2/42.2

38.3/54.8/42.3

39.3/57.0/37.1

38.3/54.8/42.3

Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

37.3/55.3/35.7

37.1/54.8/41.4

37.1/55.0/37.4

37.6/54.4/35.8

The 2021 Elantra comes with a somewhat lower seating position but grants more space for its passengers than earlier. The front headroom is now 40.6 inches, while the rear headroom is 37.3 inches, more than in the prior variant. The new Elantra is now 2 inches longer, 1 inch wider, and about 1 inch lower than the 2020 Hyundai Elantra. There are 14.2 cubic feet of cargo space in the trunk, which is alike to the current model’s 14.4 cubic feet.

2021 Hyundai Elantra with the 10.2-inch infotainment screen


The new Hyundai Elantra has many of the segment's firsts features, including a long list of connectivity and high tech functionalities. Prime among them is the availability of wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration. Like the Sonata, the Elantra also gives a smartphone-based key that can unlock and start the car without a mechanical key.  An all-new voice-recognition system will follow general commands like turning on the AC or searching for a route.

Interior features include

  • Bluetooth Telephony with Voice Recognition
  • Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity
  • 8 Speaker HD audio system with Sub-woofer in the Top Trim
  • Rearview Camera with Dynamic guidelines
  • Dual Automatic Temperature Control with Auto Defogging System
  • Qi Wireless Charging Pad for compatible Phones
  • Available Bose Premium Audio System
  • Available digital driver’s display

What will change in the exterior of the 2021 Hyundai Elantra?

The 2021 Elantra acquires its smooth profile and more massive hood from the Sonata sedan that was renewed for 2020. Hyundai names this new design expression as "Sensuous Sportiness." A new platform, that Hyundai calls K3, offers a longer wheelbase and a broader posture. Also, the coupe-like roofline is flatter than that of the outgoing model.

2021 Hyundai Elantra redesigned exterior

The new Elantra gets jewel-pattern grille that combines the turn signals, similar to the wilder-looking Sonata. When coming to the side, till now, the body panels were rather straight. Now you will see sculpted lines across the sides with bulges. It gives the Elantra a forward-leaning look particularly when coupled with the 17-inch wheels

Model

2021 Hyundai Elantra Sedan (Expected)

2020 Toyota Corolla Sedan

2020 Honda Civic Sedan

2020 Mazda 3 Sedan

Curb weight (lbs.)

2844

2840

2724

2899

Length(in)

181.9

183.1

182.3

180.3

Width(in)

70.9

69.9

70.8

70.7

Height(in)

56.5

57.3

55.7

57.3

Ground clearance (in)

5.3

6.7

6.3

6.1

Wheelbase (in)

106.3

106.3

106.3

106.3

The rear end has full-width taillights that mimic the appearance of the H logo-like shape. There's a black strip in between the back glass and trunk lid to further increase its coupe-like style. It gains 2.2 inches in length and an inch in width, and its height has dropped 0.8-inch when compared to the 2020 iteration.

Exterior Features

  • Sharp, Triangle Design LED Headlamps
  • LED Tail Lamps
  • Redesigned Front Grill
  • Hands-Free Smart Trunk Release
  • New 17” Alloy Wheels
  • LED Daytime Running Lamps
  • Redesigned Rear Trunk
  • Shark Fin Antenna for Radio Connectivity
  • Triangular Design Front Fog Lamps
  • Rear Lightbar

Safety Features

Considering the 2021 Elantra is all-new, neither the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has performed crash tests. Similar to all the latest cars, the Elantra is furnished with a pack of advanced driving aids.

 Some safety features present in the 2021 Elantra include:

  • Forward Collision Warning
  • Active Lane Control
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Auto Emergency Brake Assist and ABS with EBD
  • Cross-Traffic Alert
  • Rear View Camera with Adaptive guidelines
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System with Individual Tire Pressure Indicator
  • Vehicle Stability Management and Traction Control with Electronic Stability Control
  • Dual Front, Driver Knee, Side Curtain and Side-impact Airbags

Hyundai offers the following warranty on it's Elantra when it goes on sale

  • The limited warranty covers 5 years or 60,000 miles
  • Powertrain warranty covers 10 years or 100,000 miles
  • Complimentary maintenance is covered for 3 years or 36,000 miles

Final Verdict

The new Elantra has a massive gap to fill. In a society where sedans are no longer admired, the Elantra nameplate volunteers on uninterrupted. The 2021 Elantra tries to move a half-notch up in the small car pecking order, earning a premium look and numerous upscale highlights. If Hyundai can endure the limit on pricing, Elantra would again be of great value.

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2021 Hyundai Elantra FAQs

Will the 2021 Hyundai Elantra be a Hybrid?

Yes, the 2021 Hyundai Elantra will be available as a hybrid as well. A 1.6 litre naturally aspirated engine will come mated to electric motors and puts out a staggering 50 mpg.

What will be the price of the 2021 Hyundai Elantra?

The 2021 Hyundai Elantra is expected to start at around $20,500.

When will the 2021 Hyundai Elantra launch?

The Hyundai Elantra is expected to launch in the final quarter of 2020.