High-end grown-up cabin; comfortable seats; smooth driving experience; long list of features
Styling not as radical as some; certain safety features not standard on base car
For 2019, the Elantra gets a mild refresh, touting a new front grille, trunk lid, wheel designs, taillights and front fenders. SEL and higher trims gain new driver-assist systems, while base cars get a 5-in color audio screen, a rearview camera and steering wheel controls for Bluetooth and audio on the SE manual. Limited models gain an Infinity audio system and Qi wireless charging. See the 2019 Hyundai Elantra models for sale near you
Picking the best Elantra is hard, but we'd go with the Elantra SEL or Value. Affordable and well-equipped, they are the best values in this lineup. Find a Hyundai Elantra for sale
The latest Hyundai Elantra is offered in six trim levels: SE, SEL, Value, fuel-efficient Eco, Sport and upscale Limited.
The base-level SE ($18,020) comes standard with air conditioning, a 6-speaker sound system, power accessories (windows, mirrors and locks), a 60/40 split-folding back seat, a tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel with audio and Bluetooth controls, a 5-in color touchscreen radio with rear backup camera and six speakers.
If you opt for the automatic transmission ($1,000) it will get you cruise control.
The SEL ($20,320) adds 16-in alloy wheels, a 7-in touchscreen radio with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone integration, cruise control, 4-wheel disc brakes, automatic headlights, heated mirrors, forward-collision warning, lane-departure warning, lane-keeping assist, a blind spot monitoring system and rear cross-traffic alert.
The Value ($21,320) adds a power sunroof, LED daytime running lights, a hands-free power trunk opener, dual-zone automatic temperature control, heated front seats, proximity key with push-button start and dual illuminated vanity mirrors.
The Eco ($21,870) builds on the Value but substitutes a 1.4-liter turbocharged engine, unique 15-in alloy wheels and a unique 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.
The Sport ($23,520) gains a 1.6-liter turbocharged engine, a 6-speed manual transmission, 18-in alloy wheels, multi-link rear suspension, sport tuned suspension, a sport front grille, a sport rear diffuser, a power sunroof, LED headlights, leather sport front seats, sport instrument gauge cluster, a hands-free smart trunk release and a black headliner. A 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission is optional.
Topping the range is the Limited ($26,879), which adds 17-in alloy wheels, leather seats, a 7-in touchscreen audio system, a Qi wireless charging pad, an 8-speaker Infinity sound system, a power driver's seat with lumbar support, auto high-beam assist and dual-zone climate controls.
Optional on the Sport is the Premium package ($2,250) that adds navigation with an 8-in touchscreen, an 8-speaker Infinity audio system, dual-zone automatic climate control, the full Blue Link suite of service for three years and dual automatic temperature control.
Optional on the Limited is the Ultimate Package ($3,350), which adds a power sunroof, an 8-in center touchscreen, navigation, forward-collision warning with pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise control and driver memory settings.
|Basic||5 Years/60,000 Miles|
|Drivetrain||10 Years/100,000 Miles|
|Corrosion||7 Years/Unlimited Miles|
|Roadside Assistance||5 Years/Unlimited Miles|
2019 Honda Civic -- The Honda Civic is the gold standard for this class, offering an excellent interior, a lot of new equipment, fuel-efficient engines and passenger room galore.
2019 Mazda3 -- The Mazda3 is among our favorite compact cars, as it offers sharp handling, sharp styling, excellent fuel economy and a lot of the Elantra's gadgets, plus available AWD.
2019 Toyota Corolla -- The Corolla is not especially sporty or loaded with features, but it gets the job done, touting a comfortable ride and long-lasting durability. Every Corolla also comes standard with a pre-collision system, lane-departure warning, auto high beams and adaptive cruise control.
Used Hyundai Sonata -- If you like the Elantra's equipment and styling but need more space, you should consider a used version of the brand's midsize Sonata sedan, which feels like a larger version of the Elantra.