Pulling out of the shadows and making a play for the crown in the compact segment, the 2021 Hyundai Elantra is like none of its predecessors. If for the last 2+ decades it’s been the earnest, sensible choice, then this time around there are some definite perks for opting for an affordable Elantra. Pricing kicks off at $16,950 (plus destination) for the SE, and by the time you get to the $25,450 Limited trim it’s positively high-tech inside.
Dual dashboard displays borrow some infotainment gadgetry from Mercedes and other high-end automakers, and the optional duotone dashboard and seats certainly stand out. There are more subdued versions if you’d prefer. The Limited also gets Qi wireless charging, leather seats with front row heating, and a Bose audio system. All models have Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
A 2.0-liter inline-4 is standard, with the Elantra N Line switching it out for a 1.6-liter turbo-4. The regular engine has a CVT; the N Line drops in a 6-speed manual as standard, with a 7-speed DCT available.