2021 Hyundai Elantra: A Trim Comparison
We rank the 2021 Hyundai Elantra in the middle of the pack of compact cars on the market. However, as is usually the case with Hyundai’s vehicles, it has a very competitive price point with the array of features that come standard.
New Hyundai Elantra Trims
The current generation is inching closer to complete redesign. Still, there are subtle refinements that make the Elantra a solid commuter or first car.
The SE trim is the least expensive 2021 Hyundai Elantra with a starting MSRP of $19,650. It’s a great choice for drivers on a budget. It has some features that you may not find in similar sedans of the same price point, including an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Bluetooth, two USB ports, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and voice recognition. On top of this, you’ll get a four-speaker audio system and remote keyless entry.
The SE offers plenty in the way of safety features as well. For one, you’ll get a rearview camera as is standard with most vehicles as regulated by law. Other features that are standard with this vehicle are automatic emergency braking, forward collision warning, blind spot monitoring, pedestrian detection, rear cross traffic alert, lane follow assist and lane keep assist. There’s also features called safe exit warning and driver attention warning that are designed to ensure driver safety.
The Elantra SE is equipped with a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine which produces 147 horsepower. With its fairly small engine, this trim delivers an estimated 33 mpg in the city and 43 mpg on the highway.
The 2021 Hyundai Elantra SEL begins at $20,900. What the Elantra SE lacks, the higher SEL trim provides. It includes a number of quality features to convince buyers to pay a little more. The first thing drivers will notice is the addition of two more speakers, a push-button start ignition and satellite radio.
While the audio system is great, you can upgrade it to a superior eight-speaker Bose premium audio system. Other upgrades include a leather-wrapped steering wheel, heated front seats, sunroof, and wireless device charging. Other optional safety feature additions include adaptive cruise control and cyclist detection.
The Limited trim starts at $25,450. It includes features like cyclist detection and adaptive cruise control which are optional in lower trims, as well as features like park distance warning, collision avoidance assist, rear parking sensors and highway driving assist. On top of this, there’ an upgraded 10.25-inch touch screen infotainment system with eight-speaker Bose premium audio, Android Autio, Apple CarPlay and navigation. Other features included with this trim are wireless device charging, ambient interior lighting, leather upholstery and a leather-wrapped steering wheel.
The 2021 Hyundai Elantra N Line starts at $24,100 and has one huge appeal: speed. This trim has a 1.6-liter turbocharged GDI four-cylinder engine, which is capable of 201 horsepower. Despite the engine upgrade, it doesn’t suffer from poor fuel economy. The Elantra N Line gets up to 22 mpg in the city and 30 mpg on the highway. Those are great numbers for a sporty vehicle!
The Elantra Line keeps most features available from previous trims. In addition to the safety focus, the Elantra N Line also adds interior and exterior styling such as combination cloth and leather seating for a more luxurious feel. A sport suspension system is included as well.
The 2021 Hyundai Elantra N is another performance-focused trim. It features a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that generates 275 horsepower – making it the most powerful trim you can get. You can pair with it a six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic dual-clutch transmission.