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2021 Hyundai Elantra vs. 2021 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Review

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2021 Hyundai
Elantra

MSRP*: $19,650 to $25,450
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2021 Hyundai
Sonata Hybrid

MSRP*: $27,750 to $35,300
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Invoice* $19,075 to $24,446 $26,460 to $33,655
MPG - City 25 - 33 MPG 45 - 50 MPG
MPG - Hwy 34 - 43 MPG 51 - 54 MPG
Seating Capacity 5 seats 5 seats
Cargo Space 14.2 ft3 16.0 ft3
Engine Inline-4 Inline-4
Transmission Continuously Variable, Manual Auto Manual
Drivetrain Front-wheel Front-wheel
Horsepower 147 - 201 hp 150 hp
Exterior Length 184.1 in 192.9 in
Exterior Width 71.9 in 73.2 in
Leg Room Front 42.3 in
Rear 38.0 in
Front 46.1 in
Rear 34.8 in
Head Room Front 38.7 - 40.6 in
Rear 37.3 in
Front 40.0 in
Rear 37.8 in
Basic Warranty 5 years/60,000 miles 5 years/60,000 miles
Overall Safety Rating** ***** *****
Frontal Crash Rating** **** ****
Side Crash Rating** ***** *****

**Vehicle crash and safety data is provided by NHTSA, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The NHTSA testing was established by Congress to reduce highway deaths and injuries.

*MSRP and Invoice prices displayed are for educational purposes only, do not reflect the actual selling price of a particular vehicle, and do not include applicable gas taxes or destination charges.

Comparison Review

Comfort
Due to its greater rear head- and legroom, backseat passengers will be able to stretch out a lot more in the Hyundai Elantra than the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid. The Hyundai Sonata Hybrid will be a favorite with taller drivers due to its greater front head- and legroom than the Hyundai Elantra.

Convenience
With the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid you will definitely be making less frequent stops at the gas station than with the Hyundai Elantra, due to its tank size and fuel economy.

Cost
There are a lot of factors to consider when calculating the overall cost of a vehicle. The main consideration is Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP). Based on MSRP, the Hyundai Elantra is clearly a better financial choice over the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid. Another consideration is the Destination Charge, which is a standard charge for transporting the vehicle to the dealer from where it's built. The Hyundai Elantra and the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid have similar Destination Charges.

Dimensions
The Hyundai Elantra is a little narrower than the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid, so you'll have an easier time getting in and out of the car in a tight parking spot. The Hyundai Elantra is slightly shorter than the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid, which may make it easier to park.

Performance
When it comes to horsepower, the Hyundai Elantra has a much more powerful engine than the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid. However, something you should consider is that higher horsepower engines often command higher insurance premiums.

Powertrain
Due to its much higher torque, the engine of the Hyundai Elantra does a much better job of transmitting power to the wheels than the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid.

Utility
In terms of seating you'll be able to fit the same number of people in both the Hyundai Elantra and the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid. The Hyundai Elantra has less cargo capacity than the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid, which is okay if you don't need to move a lot in one trip.

Warranty
The Hyundai Elantra comes with essentially the same basic warranty as the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid.