The 2022 Hyundai Elantra stands out in traffic due to its unique styling, but underneath the sharply creased sheetmetal is a spacious and practical compact car. Its cabin is decked out with a similarly futuristic design and several high-end features are offered, especially on the high-end trims, that help with the wow factor.

The entry-level engine is a somewhat sleepy 147-hp four-cylinder that is mated to a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT), but both a hybrid powertrain and a 201-hp turbocharged four are optional. The Elantra competes with heavy hitters such as the Honda Civic, the Nissan Sentra, and the Toyota Corolla, and its style and value-oriented packaging makes it a solid choice among compact cars.

Engine, Transmission, and Performance

The standard nonhybrid powertrain is a 147-hp four-cylinder engine with front-wheel drive and a CVT. The hybrid model uses a 1.6-liter four-cylinder paired with an electric motor to make 139 horsepower. Gearchanges in the hybrid are handled by a six-speed automatic. Neither of these options offer thrilling acceleration, but in our test drive of a nonhybrid model we noted good ride quality and enough pep for normal city and highway driving.

The most exciting 2022 Hyundai Elantra is the performance-oriented Elantra N, which we review separately, but those who can’t quite stomach that car’s price tag could consider the tamer N Line model. It’s powered by a turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder and mated to either a six-speed manual or a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic. After a brief test drive, we came away impressed with the N Line’s perkier acceleration and its adept handling, which ups the athleticism without compromising on a too-stiff ride.

2022 hyundai elantra interior dash

Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG

The EPA estimates the 2022 Hyundai Elantra with the 2.0-liter four-cylinder will earn up to 33 mpg in the city and 43 mpg on the highway. Models with the turbocharged 1.6-liter four have estimates as high as 28 mpg city and 36 highway. The thriftiest hybrid Elantra is rated at 53 mpg city and 56 highway. On our 75-mph highway fuel-economy route, which is part of our extensive testing regimen, the Elantra hybrid managed only a 48-mpg result while the nonhybrid Limited with the base engine did 38 mpg. For more information about the Elantra’s fuel economy, visit the EPA’s website.

Interior, Comfort, and Cargo

To match its dramatic exterior, the cabin of the 2022 Hyundai Elantra looks appropriately futuristic. The dashboard and center console wrap around the driver while the passenger’s side takes a more minimalist approach. A single LED strip follows the dashboard-spanning air vent across the width of the car from the steering column to the passenger’s-side door panel. Passenger volume is generous, particularly in the rear seat, which helps the Elantra compete with roomier rivals such as the Sentra and the Volkswagen Jetta. In our testing, the Elantra fit six carry-on suitcases inside its trunk.

Infotainment and Connectivity

An optional 10.3-inch digital gauge display rubs elbows with a second 10.3-inch infotainment touchscreen that sprouts from the top of the Elantra’s dashboard. The standard infotainment setup is an 8.0-inch center display and analog gauges for the instrument cluster. Hyundai’s latest infotainment interface takes center stage here. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are both standard, as is a Wi-Fi connection. A voice-recognition feature allows the driver to adjust things such as the climate control or the heated seats by uttering specific phrases.

Safety and Driver-Assistance Features

Driver-assistance features are on the menu and many of them are offered as standard. For more information about the Elantra’s crash-test results, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) websites.

Full Specifications

2021 Hyundai Elantra Limited
Vehicle Type: front-engine, front-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 4-door sedan

PRICE
Base/As Tested: $26,455/$26,610
Options: carpeted floor mats, $155

ENGINE
DOHC 16-valve Atkinson-cycle inline-4, aluminum block and head, port fuel injection
Displacement: 122 in3, 1999 cm3
Power: 147 hp @ 6200 rpm
Torque: 132 lb-ft @ 4500 rpm

TRANSMISSION
continuously variable automatic

CHASSIS
Suspension, F/R: struts/torsion beam
Brakes, F/R: 11.0-in vented disc/10.3-in disc
Tires: Kumho Majesty Solus
225/45R-17 91W M+S

DIMENSIONS
Wheelbase: 107.1 in
Length: 184.1 in
Width: 71.9 in
Height: 55.7 in
Passenger Volume: 100 ft3
Trunk Volume: 14 ft3
Curb Weight: 2895 lb

C/D TEST RESULTS
60 mph: 8.1 sec
1/4-Mile: 16.3 sec @ 88 mph
100 mph: 22.1 sec
120 mph: 37.5 sec
Results above omit 1-ft rollout of 0.3 sec.
Rolling Start, 5–60 mph: 8.5 sec
Top Gear, 30–50 mph: 4.1 sec
Top Gear, 50–70 mph: 5.5 sec
Top Speed (mfr’s claim): 124 mph
Braking, 70–0 mph: 175 ft
Roadholding, 300-ft Skidpad: 0.88 g

C/D FUEL ECONOMY
Observed: 35 mpg
75-mph Highway Driving: 38 mpg

EPA FUEL ECONOMY
Combined/City/Highway: 35/31/41 mpg

2021 Hyundai Elantra Hybrid Limited
Vehicle Type: front-engine, front-motor, front-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 4-door sedan

PRICE
Base/As Tested: $29,105/$29,260
Options: carpeted floor mats, $155

POWERTRAIN
DOHC 16-valve Atkinson-cycle 2.0-liter inline-4, aluminum block and head, direct fuel injection, 104 hp, 109 lb-ft + AC motor, 43 hp, 125 lb-ft (combined output: 139 hp, 195 lb-ft; 1.32-kWh lithium-ion battery pack)
Transmission: 6-speed dual-clutch automatic

CHASSIS
Suspension, F/R: struts/multilink; Brakes, F/R: 11.0-invented disc/10.3-in disc; Tires: Hankook Kinergy GT 225/45R-17 91W M+S

DIMENSIONS
Wheelbase: 107.1 in
Length: 184.1 in
Width: 71.9 in
Height: 55.7 in
Passenger Volume: 100 ft3
Trunk Volume: 14 ft3
Curb Weight: 3088 lb

C/D TEST RESULTS
60 mph: 8.4 sec
1/4-Mile: 16.5 sec @ 85 mph
100 mph: 24.4 sec
Results above omit 1-ft rollout of 0.3 sec.
Rolling Start, 5–60 mph: 9.0 sec
Top Gear, 30–50 mph: 4.7 sec
Top Gear, 50–70 mph: 6.2 sec
Top Speed (gov ltd): 116 mph
Braking, 70–0 mph: 171 ft
Roadholding, 300-ft Skidpad: 0.85 g

C/D FUEL ECONOMY
Observed: 40 mpg
75-mph Highway Driving: 48 mpg
Highway Range: 520 mi

EPA FUEL ECONOMY
Combined/City/Highway: 50/49/52 mpg

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