2021 hyundai elantra

Our Review of the 2021 Hyundai Elantra

Hyundai pulled out all the stops for their 2021 redesign of the Elantra. Whether their efforts paid off is for you to judge. Today we’ll provide an overview of the new 2021 Hyundai Elantra. If you’re searching for your next car and are interested in Hyundai, reading this article is a great place to start. 

Design and headlights of the 2021 Hyundai Elantra

Let’s start with design, which for many will either be a make or break point. As Hyundai’s North American senior designer Davis Lee told Car & Driver, the redesigned flanks are meant to be a defining feature, “It can look out of place at first, but we wanted the car to stand out. And it adds character to the car.” 

The bold flanks aren’t the only thing Hyundai touched on the 2021 Elantra. Next year’s model is larger than ever, and also a bit wider as well – mirroring the dimensions of the Honda Civic. What’s more, Hyundai stretched the wheelbase by 0.8 inch to 107.1 inches, giving the rear legroom a much-needed upgrade.

Ultimately, the 2021 Elantra is made to stand out, a fact that’s made particularly evident when you look at the overhauled front fascia with its unique grille, hidden turn signals, and bright-white LED headlights.


Well-balanced steering and a good level of body control in corners characterize the new Elantra’s performance. It’s a fine-tuned vehicle for sure, and drivers will appreciate the ride quality and upgraded front view. 

Underneath the hood, the 2021 Elantra sports a responsive engine and automatic transmission. And, once you upgrade past the base model, you’ll be rewarded with an above-average fuel economy of 31 mpg city, 41 mpg highway, and 35 mpg combined.


In terms of safety, the base model comes pretty standard with automatic front- and rear-collision avoidance assistants with added pedestrian detection, along with lane-keeping software and blind-spot collision avoidance assistance.

More specs

  • Vehicle type: front engine, front-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 4-door sedan
  • Base price: $20,645 (SE), $21,895 (SEL), $26,445 (Limited)
  • Engine: DOHC 16-valve Atkinson-cycle inline-4, aluminum block and head, port fuel injection
  • Transmission: continuously variable automatic
  • EPA fuel economy: Combined/City/Highway 35-37/31-33/41-43

Want more reviews of the latest cars, SUVs, and everything in between? Check out the Headlights blog for more.

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Claire Biggerstaff
Claire Biggerstaff is a freelance writer and photographer from Charlotte, NC. Her curiosity leads her to write about a wide variety of topics. On her off days, she enjoys reading Polygon articles, and curling up to a good YouTube playlist.

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