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2019 Hyundai Elantra Review

The 2019 Hyundai Elantra finishes in the top half of our compact car rankings. This is not a car for driving enthusiasts, but it has an inviting interior, plenty of technology, and a good predicted reliability rating, making it a solid choice in this class.

Pros & Cons

  • Lots of cargo space
  • User-friendly infotainment tech
  • Many available features
  • Uninspiring engines

New for 2019

  • Interior and exterior styling changes
  • Added standard and available features
  • Shuffled feature availability between trims

Is the Hyundai Elantra a Good Car?

Yes, the Hyundai Elantra is a good car. It has a smooth ride in general, and it's composed on winding roads. Inside, this compact car looks good and offers a nice amount of passenger space. Cargo room is good for the class, and there are plenty of available tech features, most of which are easy to use. It has an above-average predicted reliability rating too. The engine lineup may be underwhelming, and some rivals are more spacious or upscale, but overall, this Hyundai fares well when compared to the competition.

Should I Buy the Hyundai Elantra?

The Elantra offers plenty of value thanks to its below-average starting price. Despite the Elantra's appeal, however, you should do your homework and see how it stacks up against competitors like the Honda Civic, Toyota Corolla, and Mazda3.

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Should I Buy a New or Used Hyundai Elantra?

The Elantra is refreshed for the 2019 model year, and this model belongs to the generation that began with the 2017 model year. There are interior and exterior styling updates, as well as some technological changes. New standard features for 2019 include a rearview camera and a 5-inch display screen, and new available features include driver drowsiness monitoring and wireless device charging.

For 2018, Hyundai redesigned the Elantra GT hatchback, which gained about 4 extra feet of cargo space and an engine that produces 12 fewer horsepower compared to the outgoing Elantra GT’s engine. That is still the second-most powerful engine in the lineup, and it earned comparable fuel economy ratings to the previous model’s engine.

Hyundai redesigned the Elantra sedan for 2017. It gained a new base engine with similar horsepower and fuel economy ratings to the older model, as well as many additional available tech and safety features, including Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, blind spot monitoring, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, and adaptive cruise control.

You can potentially save thousands by shopping for a used Elantra, though you'll miss out on many features if you opt for a model from before the 2017 redesign. If you're interested in a used model, be sure to visit our overviews of the 2017 and 2018 Hyundai Elantra. Also, check out our Used Car Deals page to learn about savings and discounts on used vehicles.

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We Did the Research for You: 36 Reviews Analyzed

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This review uses applicable research and data from all model years of the current Elantra generation, which runs from 2017 to 2019.

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How Much Does the Hyundai Elantra Cost?

The Elantra sports a base price of a bit more than $17,000, which is lower than most rivals' starting prices. The Elantra GT hatchback carries a starting price of around $20,000. The most expensive Elantra trim is the Limited, which starts at $22,600. That's still less than many rivals' top trims.

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Hyundai Elantra Versus the Competition

Which Is Better: Hyundai Elantra or Honda Civic?

The Honda Civic is an annual challenger for the top spot in our compact car rankings. It's upscale, efficient, and fairly athletic, making it one of the most well-rounded compact cars. The Civic offers a performance-oriented Type R trim that is unlike any Elantra model. Both cars have plenty of driver assistance features and passenger and cargo space, and the Elantra is a bit less expensive than the Civic. The Elantra also has a better predicted reliability rating. However, the Civic edges the Elantra in most other areas, making it worth the extra money.

Which Is Better: Hyundai Elantra or Toyota Corolla?

The Toyota Corolla is one of the most popular cars on the road, but it doesn't stack up well against the Elantra. The Hyundai costs less, handles a bit better, and offers some features that the Corolla doesn’t, like Android Auto. The Corolla's big advantage is that it comes standard with several active safety features; many of these features cost extra in the Elantra. Still, because of the Hyundai’s lower price tag, you can add some of these features and still end up paying about what you would for the Toyota. The Corolla just introduced a new hatchback model that's been getting solid reviews, and the sedan will soon be redesigned as well. The Corolla has a better predicted reliability score as well. But for now, the Hyundai is just a bit better than the Toyota, and it's a better buy.

Which Is Better: Hyundai Elantra or Mazda3?

The Mazda3 is one of the most athletic cars in the class, and the Elantra can't hold a candle to it in that regard. The Mazda also has one of the nicest interiors in the class, which is another key area where it surpasses its Hyundai rival. And, like the Elantra, the Mazda3 comes in sedan and hatchback body styles. The Elantra has some advantages, offering features like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, which you can't get in the Mazda3. The Hyundai also costs a bit less. Overall, however, the Mazda is the better vehicle. It's up to you whether it's worth the extra money.

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Elantra Interior

How Many People Does the Elantra Seat?

The Elantra seats five people. The seats are supportive, and drivers enjoy good visibility. Although some competitors like the Honda Civic and Nissan Sentra have more passenger space, this Hyundai still provides ample room up front and enough space for two adults to ride comfortably in the back.

Elantra and Car Seats

The Elantra provides two full sets of LATCH connectors for installing car seats. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave the Elantra's LATCH system the second-highest rating of Acceptable for ease of use.

Elantra Interior Quality

Inside, this Hyundai features a mix of quality materials and some hard plastics. Overall, it looks and feels nice, though some rivals – like the Volkswagen Golf and Kia Forte – have more upscale cabins.

Elantra Cargo Space

Few competitors can match the Elantra for cargo capacity. In sedan models, you get 14.4 cubic feet of trunk space, giving you enough room for numerous pieces of carry-on luggage. GT hatchback models give you nearly 25 cubic feet of room behind the rear seats and over 55 cubic feet of space with them folded.

Elantra Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

Standard features include an infotainment system with a 5-inch display screen, a six-speaker audio system, Bluetooth, and a USB port. Available features include a sunroof, wireless device charging, a 7- or 8-inch touch screen, navigation, an eight-speaker Infinity audio system, satellite radio, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto.

The Elantra's dash is well-organized, making it easy for drivers to control audio and climate functions. The infotainment system is user-friendly, and features like Apple CarPlay and Android Auto make it easy to connect your smartphone to your vehicle.

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Elantra Performance

Elantra Engine: An Unimpressive Bunch

You have plenty of engine options in the Elantra, but none of them really get your blood pumping. The 147-horsepower base engine underwhelms, and even the 201-horsepower turbo-four, which is the strongest engine in the lineup, doesn't move with the kind of alacrity you'll find in some rivals.

Elantra Gas Mileage: Around the Class Average

With its base engine, the Elantra returns 28 mpg in the city and 37 mpg on the highway. These gas mileage ratings are on par with many rivals', including the Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla. The Elantra Eco gets the best ratings in the lineup, at 32 mpg in the city and 40 mpg on the highway.

Elantra Ride and Handling: Respectable, but Not a Standout

Whether you stick with the sedan or opt for the GT hatchback, the Elantra delivers composed handling without too much body roll around turns. However, it still can't match up with the most agile cars in the class, such as the Mazda3. The ride remains smooth over most road surfaces, and only the larger bumps in the road prove disruptive.

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Elantra Reliability

Is the Hyundai Elantra Reliable?

The 2019 Elantra earns an above-average predicted reliability rating of four out of five from J.D. Power.

Hyundai Elantra Warranty

The Hyundai Elantra comes with a five-year/60,000-mile warranty and a 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty.

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Elantra Safety

Elantra Crash Test Results

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety named the 2019 Elantra a Top Safety Pick+, giving it the highest rating of Good in all six crash tests performed. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the Elantra an overall rating of four out of five stars. It's worth noting that the NHTSA also flagged the Elantra for a safety concern involving the left rear door during a side impact test.

Elantra Safety Features              

This Hyundai comes standard with a rearview camera. Available active safety features include driver drowsiness monitoring, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring, lane keep assist, lane departure warning, lane change assist, rear cross traffic alert, and safe exit assist, which helps you know when you can safely open your car door – a handy feature if you're parked along a busy city street.

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Which Hyundai Elantra Model Is Right for Me?

Hyundai gives you plenty of trim choices with the Elantra. The sedan comes in six trims (SE, SEL, Value Edition, Eco, Sport, and Limited), and the hatchback Elantra GT comes in two trims (base and N-Line). Choosing the right one boils down to what you want out of your car.

The Elantra Limited offers the most features, while the Elantra Eco has the best fuel economy ratings. The Elantra GT makes a great choice for drivers who want a little more horsepower (though don’t expect it to feel fast) and also need more cargo space.

Hyundai Elantra SE

The Elantra SE carries a base price of $17,100. It comes with a 147-horsepower engine and a six-speed manual transmission. Standard features include cloth upholstery, a rearview camera, and an infotainment system with a 5-inch display screen, a six-speaker audio system, Bluetooth, and a USB port. You can get a six-speed automatic transmission for $1,000.

Hyundai Elantra SEL

The Elantra SEL starts at $19,400. This trim has the same standard engine, though it's mated to a standard six-speed automatic transmission. In addition to the SE's features, the SEL trim adds driver drowsiness monitoring, forward collision warning, blind spot monitoring, lane keep assist, lane departure warning, lane change assist, rear cross traffic alert, and an upgraded infotainment system with a 7-inch touch screen, satellite radio, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto.

Hyundai Elantra Eco

The Elantra Eco has a starting price of $20,950. This trim comes with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission and a turbocharged 128-horsepower engine that’s the most fuel-efficient in the lineup. In addition to the lower trims' features, the Eco adds a hands-free trunk release, two additional USB ports, heated front seats, and dual-zone automatic climate control.

Hyundai Elantra Limited

The Elantra Limited starts at $22,600. The Limited comes with the 147-horsepower engine and a six-speed automatic transmission. Standard features include leather upholstery, a power-adjustable driver's seat, wireless device charging, Hyundai's Blue Link telematics system, an eight-speaker Infinity audio system, HD Radio, and Clari-Fi music restoration technology.

The Elantra Limited offers the Ultimate package for $3,350, which adds a sunroof, automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, safe exit assist, adaptive cruise control, and an upgraded infotainment system with an 8-inch touch screen and navigation.

Hyundai Elantra GT

The Elantra GT hatchback has a starting price of around $20,000. The GT N-Line's starting price is about $4,000 higher. The Elantra GT comes standard with a 161-horsepower four-cylinder engine, and the GT N-Line comes with a 201-horsepower turbo-four. The GT N-Line also offers a seven-speed automatic transmission. Features-wise, these two are similar to the higher trims of the Elantra sedan.

Check out our U.S. News Best Price Program for great savings at your local Hyundai dealer. You can also find excellent manufacturer incentives on our Hyundai deals page.

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The Final Call

The 2019 Hyundai Elantra may not be the most fun-to-drive car in the class, but it’s a fine commuter or small family vehicle thanks to its spacious interior, plentiful technology, and good predicted reliability rating. The compact car class features some great cars, and the Elantra finishes in the top half of our class rankings. It isn't as exciting as some of its competitors, but there's a lot to like about it, and it's worth a look for most compact car shoppers.

Don’t just take our word for it. Check out comments from some of the reviews that drive our rankings and analysis.

  • "Just two years after launching an all-new model, the 2019 Hyundai Elantra gets an extensive makeover. The compact-sedan market changes quickly and Hyundai is determined to stay on top of the competition. Flying in the face of such radical designs as the Honda Civic, Mazda3 and Nissan Sentra, the updated Elantra takes a more sophisticated approach, placing an emphasis on style, luxury, safety and as always, an unbeatable 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty. Beneath its seductive new skin, the Elantra remains unchanged, offering the same roomy interior, engines and suspension as before." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • Ultimately, the Elantra's value isn't enough to vault it to a podium finish in its class. Alternatives such as the Honda Civic, Mazda 3 and Volkswagen Golf simply drive better and offer nice interiors. But the Elantra remains a solid pick behind the front-runners, offering a lot of features for less money. If you're open to getting a hatchback, the Elantra GT … is worth consideration." -- Edmunds
  • "A sure thing, however, is that the GT and rival hatchbacks offer value against comparably equipped small SUVs that cost more to buy and drive. They can satisfy a lot of buyers' actual needs, while adding a healthy dollop of extra driving fun." -- (2018)


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