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2021 Hyundai Elantra vs. 2021 Volkswagen Passat Review

Picture of the 2021 Hyundai Elantra

2021 Hyundai

MSRP*: $19,650 to $25,450
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2021 Volkswagen

MSRP*: $23,995 to $29,995
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Invoice* $19,075 to $24,446 $23,011 to $28,765
MPG - City 25 - 33 MPG 24 MPG
MPG - Hwy 34 - 43 MPG Info not available
Seating Capacity 5 seats 5 seats
Cargo Space 14.2 ft3 15.9 ft3
Engine Inline-4 Inline-4
Transmission Continuously Variable, Manual Auto Manual
Drivetrain Front-wheel Front-wheel
Horsepower 147 - 201 hp 174 hp
Towing Capacity Info not available 1,000 lbs
Exterior Length 184.1 in 193.6 in
Exterior Width 71.9 in 72.2 in
Leg Room Front 42.3 in
Rear 38.0 in
Front 42.4 in
Rear 39.1 in
Head Room Front 38.7 - 40.6 in
Rear 37.3 in
Front 38.3 in
Rear 37.8 in
Basic Warranty 5 years/60,000 miles 4 years/50,000 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

Passengers in the back seat will be able to stretch out a lot more in the Volkswagen Passat than the Hyundai Elantra, due to its greater head- and legroom. As far as headroom and legroom go, there's not much difference between the Hyundai Elantra and the Volkswagen Passat in the front seats.

With the Volkswagen Passat 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.

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). When looking only at MSRP, the Hyundai Elantra will have less of an impact on your bank account than the Volkswagen Passat. 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 Volkswagen Passat have similar Destination Charges.

The Hyundai Elantra is about the same width as the Volkswagen Passat. If you go with the Hyundai Elantra, you'll have a much easier time finding a large enough space to park than you will with the Volkswagen Passat.

When it comes to horsepower, the Hyundai Elantra is somewhat more powerful than the Volkswagen Passat.

With its lower torque, the Hyundai Elantra doesn't do as good a job transmitting power to its wheels as the Volkswagen Passat.

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

You'll have greater peace of mind with the more generous basic warranty of the Hyundai Elantra than that of the Volkswagen Passat.