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2021 Hyundai Elantra HEV vs. 2021 Volkswagen Passat Review

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2021 Hyundai
Elantra HEV

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2021 Volkswagen
Passat

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MSRP*
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$23,550 to $28,100
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$23,995 to $29,995
Invoice* $22,622 to $26,990 $23,011 to $28,765
MPG - City 49 24
MPG - Hwy 52 N/A
Engine(s) Inline-4 Inline-4
Seating Capacity 5 5
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

Comfort
Passengers in the back seat will be able to stretch out a lot more in the Volkswagen Passat than the Hyundai Elantra HEV, due to its greater head- and legroom. The Hyundai Elantra HEV will be a favorite with taller drivers due to its greater front head- and legroom than the Volkswagen Passat.

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 Volkswagen Passat, 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). When looking only at MSRP, the Hyundai Elantra HEV 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 HEV and the Volkswagen Passat have similar Destination Charges.

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

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

Handling
The Hyundai Elantra HEV has a significantly smaller turning radius than the Volkswagen Passat, 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 Volkswagen Passat. The good news is that, reportedly, cars with lower horsepower engines often have lower insurance premiums.

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

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