THE BOTTOM LINE
The 2021 Hyundai Elantra Hybrid combines stable efficiency with a glorious gasoline economic system, cutting-edge tech, and sharp styling for a compact sedan that is straightforward to advocate.
Begins at $23,550.00
- Good efficiency
- Glorious gasoline economic system
- A great deal of normal options
- Enticing design
- No wi-fi Android Auto or CarPlay on high trim
- Onerous plastic downgrades inside
2021 HYUNDAI ELANTRA HYBRID SPECS
|Engine||1.6-liter 4-cylinder engine electrical motor|
Hyundai has been on a hybrid tear over the past few years, including a fuel-saving powertrain to the Sonata sedan, Tucson, and Santa Fe crossovers, and providing the Ioniq in a hybrid plug-in hybrid and battery-electric trifecta. The all-new 2021 Hyundai Elantra will get a hybrid variant that goes up towards extra established cars within the compact sedan phase, together with the Honda Insight and Toyota Corolla hybrids. With hanging styling, an upscale inside, and tech together with wi-fi Android Auto and AppleCarPlay, and an NFC smartphone key, the Elantra Hybrid is a formidable competitor to those autos our new Editors’ Alternative winner.
2021 Elantra Hybrid Pricing and Design
The 2021 Hyundai Elantra Hybrid is available in two trim ranges—SEL and Restricted—each with a 1.6-liter, 4-cylinder engine and electric motor powered by a 1.32-kWh lithium-ion battery. The hybrid powertrain produces 139 horsepower, a bit greater than the Corolla Hybrid, however a bit lower than the Honda Perception Hybrid. A 6-speed dual-clutch automated transmission drives the entrance wheels.
The SEL trim begins at $23,550 and consists of such normal exterior facilities as 16-inch alloy wheels, halogen headlights, LED daytime working lights, partial LED taillights, heated and body-colored mirrors, a chrome grille, and black facet door moldings. The inside will get heated fabric entrance seats, a six-way energy driver seat and four-way energy entrance passenger seat, a tilt and telescopic steering wheel, and dual-zone automated local weather management. The SEL’s normal tech facilities embody a hands-free trunk launch, Qi smartphone charging, Bluetooth for hands-free telephone use and wi-fi streaming, the Blue Hyperlink telematics system, and Hyundai’s Digital Key that enables unlocking, beginning, and driving utilizing a smartphone or NFC card.
The usual infotainment system consists of an 8-inch contact display screen with a rearview digicam, voice recognition, wi-fi Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, twin USB ports (one to attach a smartphone and one for charging), and a four-speaker audio system with AM/FM HD Radio. Normal driver assists embody cruise management, ahead collision warning with pedestrian detection and automated emergency braking, lane holding help, blind spot detection with rear cross site visitors alert, and auto excessive beams.
The Restricted trim we examined begins at $28,100 and provides 17-inch wheels, LED headlights and taillights, a darkish chrome grille, chrome facet physique moldings, built-in facet mirror flip indicators, a sunroof, a leather-based shift knob and seating, driver seat lumbar assist, and reminiscence features, and ventilated entrance seats. Tech consists of twin 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster and infotainment screens, navigation, an eight-speaker Bose sound system with SiriusXM satellite tv for pc radio, dynamic voice recognition, entrance and rear parking sensors, lane centering, adaptive cruise management, ahead collision warning with bicycle owner detection, and protected exit warning that alerts passengers when a car is approaching from behind. After tacking on the premium package deal, the ultimate sticker worth involves $30,200.
Hyundai describes the outside design as having “parametric dynamics” and offers the brand new Elantra a flowing, four-door-coupe look. The snazzy jewel sample grille with built-in flip indicators and sharply creased sheet metallic undeniably make the Elantra Hybrid probably the most enticing car within the phase.
The inside is equally fashionable and roomy, even for taller rear-seat passengers, regardless of the aggressively raked roofline. We like the brand new clear dashboard structure and the smooth look of how the 10.25-inch instrument panel and infotainment screens are merged underneath one piece of glass. That stated, using onerous plastic in some locations cheapens the texture of the inside.
Elantra Hybrid Interface and Connectivity
Too many automakers typically attempt to cram an excessive amount of into bigger and bigger screens. The Elantra Hybrid’s twin 10.25-inch screens make good use of their ample measurement; however, without overwhelming you, giving the sprint a minimalist really feel.
The infotainment show has an intuitive structure with several screens that, like a smartphone, will be swiped for entry, whereas the display screen icons will also be rearranged to your desire. The bigger instrument cluster is a case research in much less extra and presents info in an uncluttered, easy method, with flashy animation thrown in when drive modes are switched.
Like most automakers, Hyundai has primarily ceded in-car connectivity to your smartphone through Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Whereas Hyundai rightfully boasts of being one of many first non-luxury manufacturers to supply wi-fi Android Auto and CarPlay, oddly solely the lower-priced SEL has this characteristic. In contrast, the higher-end Restricted trim requires a cable to hook up with your telephone.
The Restricted comes normal with related navigation that gives cloud-based real-time routing updates and three years of map refreshes. Hyundai’s Blue Hyperlink system gives routine telematics options akin to automated crash notification and emergency roadside help. It hyperlinks to a smartphone app to allow remotely locking/unlocking the automotive’s doorways, turning on the local weather management, and discovering the car by sounding the horn and flashing the lights.
Elantra Hybrid Efficiency and Gas Economic system
The 2021 Hyundai Elantra Hybrid moved shortly and easily whereas driving on LA’s crowded streets and freeways, in addition to its steep canyon roads. Whether or not dashing as much as merge onto the freeway, getting round slow-moving autos on the curvy west finish of Sundown Boulevard, or climbing the twisty canyons above Malibu, the Elantra Hybrid dealt with all of it with spectacular—if not rousing—efficiency.
The six-speed transmission shifts easily and holds gears so long as wanted. In contrast with the constantly variable transmissions employed within the Toyota Corolla Hybrid and Honda Perception Hybrid, the Elantra feels torquier.
The Elantra Hybrid’s rear multi-link suspension makes it really feel extra planted and clean over tough patches of pavement. We had the possibility to drive the common Elantra and hybrid again, and the hybrid was noticeably extra managed, with much less physique roll.
Hyundai claims the SEL will get 31/41/35mpg metropolis/freeway/mixed, and 31/41/35mpg for the Restricted. The SEL’s mpg tops the Corolla Hybrid and Perception, whereas the Restricted is available under the 2 rivals. Nevertheless, when test driving the Restricted with extra concern for gauging the automotive’s giddy-up than gasoline economic system, we achieved over 49mpg in line with the automotive’s pc.
A Profitable Compact Sedan
The 2021 Hyundai Elantra Hybrid Restricted prices are a bit lower than the top-of-the-line 2020 Honda Insight Touring; however, they simply surpass it when it comes to efficiency. And whereas the Elantra Hybrid Restricted prices are greater than the 2020 Corolla Hybrid (which is just accessible in a single LE trim), it is and away from a greater automotive when it comes to seems efficiency, options, and inside consolation. That is sufficient to make it our new Editors’ Alternative winner for the phase.