2021 Hyundai Elantra HEV vs. 2021 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid | NewCars.com

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2021 Hyundai Elantra HEV vs. 2021 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid Review

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2021 Hyundai
Elantra HEV

MSRP*: $23,550 to $28,100
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2021 Hyundai
Sonata Hybrid

MSRP*: $27,750 to $35,300
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Invoice* $22,622 to $26,990 $26,460 to $33,655
MPG - City 49 MPG 45 - 50 MPG
MPG - Hwy 52 MPG 51 - 54 MPG
Seating Capacity 5 seats 5 seats
Cargo Space Info not available Info not available
Engine 139-hp, 1.6-liter, 4 Cylinder Engine (Gas/Electric Hybrid) 192-hp, 2.0-liter, 4 Cylinder Engine (Gas/Electric Hybrid)
Transmission 6-Speed A/T 6-Speed A/T
Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive Front Wheel Drive
Horsepower 139 hp 192 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 HEV 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 HEV.

Convenience
You'll be making about the same number of stops at the gas station with the Hyundai Elantra HEV as you will with the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid, as they get the same number of miles per tank of gas.

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 HEV 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 HEV and the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid have similar Destination Charges.

Dimensions
The Hyundai Elantra HEV 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 HEV is slightly shorter than the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid, which may make it easier to park.

Handling
The Hyundai Elantra HEV has a significantly smaller turning radius than the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid, allowing much better maneuverability in and out of tight spots.

Performance
When it comes to horsepower, the Hyundai Elantra HEV is significantly less powerful than the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid. The good news is that, reportedly, cars with lower horsepower engines often have lower insurance premiums.

Powertrain
The Hyundai Elantra HEV has much less torque than the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid, which generally means that it won't feel as fast or powerful.

Utility
In terms of seating you'll be able to fit the same number of people in both the Hyundai Elantra HEV and the Hyundai Sonata Hybrid.

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