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2021 Hyundai Elantra Limited Sedan

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Her: Anne Fleming, Car Buying Advocate, women-drivers.com
His: Don Hammonds, Writer, AutomobileJournal.com 

$26,610 $26,610
The 2021 Hyundai Elantra Limited Sedan is a value and-a-half of a car! It is well positioned within its category as its completely redesigned with a low body and low rider feel. Hyundai, the sister company to Kia, has added an immense line up of tech and safety features to this model, making it a must see for buyers looking for 4-door sedans at this great price-point.

With 147 horsepower and 132 lb.-ft of torque, this vehicle has a somewhat softer performance on the freeway and is a suiter for daily commutes in the city or shorter distances. Don't get me wrong, it gets superb gas mileage, it's just not a big-time hauler for the highway. The CVT is responsive, as the braking is too.
Our tester felt much more stable on the road and substantial than past Elantra's that we have driven. Even though the new Elantra is aimed at the compact car field, it also easily could pass for a mid-sized model, especially when you compare it to other compact competitors. Some car writers think the standard four-cylinder engine is a bit sluggish, but we didn't see any problems at all in that arena. The Elantra brakes well and handles beautifully around corners and potholes too.
Fuel Economy
Superb gas milage with 35 mpg overall, 31 city, and 41 highway. The Hyundai Elantra Limited is rated at 35 miles per gallon overall, 31 city, 41 highway. It uses 2.9 gallons to drive 100 miles, and you save $1,751 over five years in gasoline costs compared to other new vehicles.
The Car
The 2021 Hyundai Elantra Ltd. is teetering on luxurious in this year's lineup. Bold. Aggressive; a gem of a grill that dovetails so masterfully into the headlights and front of the vehicle.

This unprecedented model in the entry level sedan category and offers a whole lot of car for those that need to put their money towards other things in life. If that sounds appealing, the 2021 Hyundai Elantra is the option for you, and here is why. With so many bells and whistles, safety features and technology, and-out design, let alone coming in under $27K, this is your vehicle!

In 2021, Hyundai has been remodeling and designing all its lineup. Which was needed, so no complaint. This head turner is appealing for so many reasons, not just price-point. Add in an oversized Nav system that is user-friendly and intuitive to use.

All upheld by 17" Alloy wheels. This Hyundai has universal appeal and this year's model is 2" longer than last years and a bit wider too. So, add it all up and it has a more rebellious look on the road. Well done, Hyundai!
The Elantra has always been a pleasant, though modest compact sedan that buyers considered to be a "value brand," rather than an "aspirational brand" that you'd long to buy.

Well...toss that value brand stuff right out the window.

Though the Elantra is overflowing with value and chock full of standard goodies---more so than most of its competitors---this all new Elantra is such a terrific, well-built, well-equipped with smashing styling, the make has clearly gone up a level or two, and with its exciting new N sports model, it is likely to become an even more attractive offering for aspirational buyers.

This is not the Elantra you might have known. This is a whole new ball game, folks.

Its exterior design is what I would call origami styling, with sharply designed creases and character lines everywhere. The sleek, low grille and the arresting-looking grille and headlights are what you would expect to see on a much more expensive car, not a compact. Around back, the semi-fastback design and other elements are both dramatic and eye catching, too.
All the airbags and more: Forward Collision Avoidance Assist with Pedestrian Detection. Cyclist Turning Detection. Parking Distance Warning. Parking Collision Avoidance Assist Reverse. Blind Spot Collision Avoidance. Rear Cross Traffic Avoidance. Smart Cruise Control and Stop and Go. Lane Keeping Assist. Lane Following Assist. Highway Driving Assist. Hands-free Smart Trunk Release.

Two great add-ons are 3 Year Complimentary Maintenance warranty and the 5 Year Unlimited Mile Roadside Warranty. Only with Hyundai.
As you might expect, there's a long list of standard safety equipment, putting the Elantra right up there among the top models in its market segment in terms of safety. There are the usual belts, air bags and whistles, and it includes all the high-tech goodies that are valued by consumers these days.

The standard safety list includes: Forward collision mitigation with pedestrian detection, which lets you know if a collision is looming ahead and it applies the brakes for you; blind-spot collision-avoidance assist, a boon when you want to move to the next lane and you can't see a car coming in the blind spot; lane-keeping assist, which warns you and steers the car back into its lane if you unintentionally wander into the lane next to you; rear cross-traffic collision-avoidance assist, which is handy when you are backing up and trying to do so safely; and driver attention warning, which alerts you if the car senses you are dozing behind the wheel.
The technology and interior comfort creatures of the 2021 Elantra will surprise and delight. The 10.25" infotainment touch screen has an intuitive feel that makes it easy to use. Add in the Apple Car Play and Android Auto for everyone's adaptation and use. I find the system's controls are easy to access; at just over 5' tall, my arm length supports an easy reach to the controls (and full disclosure, I don't typically use the steering wheel buttons.)

Bluetooth, 8-speaker Bose kick premium audio stereo system, Wireless device Charging Port, Two (2) USB ports, Voice Recognition, HD Radio. Sirius XM with 90 Day Subscription. Hyundai Blue Link with 3 Year Subscription.

Remote Keyless Entry, Push Button Starter, Rearview Camera, Automatic Braking, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, High Beam Assist, and Safe Exit Warning.
Unlike some of its competitors, the 2021 Elantra actually offers you some real choices to consider when it comes to power and performance.

Those choices include A 2.0-liter, 147 horsepower four-cylinder engine for many models; a turbocharged 1.6-liter, 201 horsepower four-cylinder engine for the sporty Elantra N Line, along with a choice of a CVT automatic or a six-speed manual transmission; and a new Elantra Hybrid which, we're told, gets 50 miles per gallon with a hybrid powertrain system that is good for 139 horsepower and has a six-speed automatic transmission.

Now comes the big news: The hot as a firecracker N model, powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter, 276 horsepower four-cylinder engine, which offers either a six-speed manual transmission or an eight-speed dual clutch automatic transmission. Word's out that it's a really smoking hot ride and I'd love to get my hands on it!

Now what about the equipment? The entry level is called the SE, and its standard features include LED daytime running lights; height adjustable driver's seat; 15-inch alloy wheels, eight-inch touchscreen; dual USB ports, four speaker audio system; and wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration.

Want a little more flash along with more goodies? Check out the SEL version.

It comes standard with 16-inch alloy wheels; keyless entry and push-button start; dual-zone automatic climate control; satellite radio; six-speaker audio system, and if that isn't enough there's a whole long list of options you can order too.

If you want all the luxury goodies and head-turning looks, head straight for the Hyundai Elantra our tester was the Limited.

Standard equipment includes everything the other models have, while adding on the following standard equipment list:

Leather-trimmed seats;10.25-inch touchscreen with navigation; Apple CarPlay and Android Auto; enhanced voice recognition system; rear automatic braking system and lane keeping system.
Aesthetics & Styling
The 2021 Hyundai Elantra Limited is a luxury sedan in disguise. With it bold and aggressive grill that dovetails masterfully into the LED lights of the vehicle, it's a gem of a design and a standout in its class. The Honda Civic and the Mazda 03 are the key competitors, however, the interior is very clean and uncluttered. The lines are purposeful and design friendly. Color use is eye catching. The cabin looks very high brow and is also quiet. The seats configure easily making more room for packing with the 60/40 split.

It seats five passengers comfortably, especially those in back seat. Those in the front also have pleasant seating as they are both heated, and leather, while adjusting with ease. There are two complete sets of LATCH connectors for installing child safety seats. Trunk space is just over 14 cubic feet, the same size as the predecessor, we made a trip to a home improvement retailer and purchased 8 bags of 50-lbs mulch; and all stacked quite well and neatly in the trunk; with pictures to prove it. Also, it comes with a Temporary Compact Spare Tire.
Just.... wow! Twenty first century buyers, meet your eye catcher on wheels!

The Elantra is light years ahead in styling with unusual curves, creases, low profile, and futuristic styling cues. It's just plain gorgeous and the pictures of it that you see in magazines and elsewhere simply don't do it justice. It is beyond me how Hyundai could have designed such a stylistically complex and striking compact car and have it come out on top.

And guess what? It's selling like hotcakes. Is there any surprise? Detroit's car makers, who think that everyone wants a boxy, expensive SUV crossover or a teeny tiny jellybean to drive. Shame on them for not offering a variety of reasonably priced sedans to consumers who have modest incomes.

And yes, if they spent more money on design, quality control and putting considerable money for marketing behind those sedans, Detroit's auto makers might find themselves being more competitive.

Oh yes.... An extra bonus for penny pinchers: The Elantra looks far, far more expensive than any of its competitors. Advantage--Hyundai.

Inside, the sweeping instrument panel with its twin digital display screens will knock your eyes out. Again, futuristic design elements used to the "enth" degree by Hyundai will mesmerize you.

The only negative I noticed was the cheap-looking material that Hyundai used in the back seats and on the door panels. It even shows up on the back of the otherwise luxurious looking front seats! It sort of looks like denim, first, which I don't think you'd want on a Limited version that is intended for top-of-the-line luxury ambiance. Another issue is that hard-touch plastic abounds in the back seat and on the doors.
5 Year, 60,000-mile New Car Warranty. 10 Year, 100,000 Powertrain Warranty. 7 Year Unlimited Anti-Perforation Warranty. 3 Year Complimentary Maintenance. 5 Year Unlimited Mile Roadside Warranty. Five year/60,000-mile basic warranty, 10 year/100.000-mile powertrain warranty/ three year/36,000-mile complimentary maintenance.