Updated: Jul 18
Its solid, proven and formidable in its segment. Elantra is the longstanding nameplate affixed to Hyundai's compact sedan, and a hybrid version launched for 2021. Unlike some hybrids, the Elantra Hybrid looks nearly identical to the standard gas-powered car. I like the look... a lot. Check the screen below for the Youtube 1 minute short video.
The Elantra is one of the longest running models in Hyundai's lineup, and its been pretty popular along the way. The Elantra Hybrid conceals its efficient drivetrain behind attractive and eye-catching styling that I could enjoy everytime I stepped to the car.
What matters most is seen under the skin, where in addition to its fuel-efficient powertrain, the Elantra Hybrid has independent rear suspension as opposed to the standard car's torsion beam.
Hyundai also gives you a lot of choice within the 2023 Elantra lineup. Besides the commonm 147-horsepower engine, there's the turbocharged 201-hp Elantra N Line and then the top-performing Elantra N with its 276-hp mill. Or, if fuel economy and reduced fuel bills are what you're looking for, the Elantra Hybrid satisfies with up to EPA-estimated 54 mpg in combined driving.
On the road trip, I was pleased from start to finish. I really got the chance to see exactly wha the car has to offer. Thats because the Elantra Hybrid is surprisingly good to drive, it even has more pickup that expected, even on the open road. We achieved 0-60 in just under 9 seconds. It was quick enough for what I was looking for
The biggest perk of the Elantra Hybrid is just howversatile it is. It fits a variety of lifestyles. It looks the part you want it to play thanks to its not-so-hybrid sharpness and smooth-shifting automatic transmission.
The Elantra Hybrid's interior is identical to the one in the standard Elantra Limited, and that presents a mix of both good and bad. The good news is that, for the most part, the Elantra rides and drives nicely. Though you'll notice some jostling when driving over rutted roads, the Elantra otherwise feels smooth and well controlled. The front seats are comfortable and supportive. The bad news is just how loud it gets in the cabin. Wind noise is particularly noticeable, and the Elantra is far off the class leaders in this regard.
MSRP: From $29,150
Curb weight: 3,069 lbs
Engine: 1.6 L 4-cylinder
MPG: 49 city / 52 highway
Tire size: P225/45R17
Horsepower: 104 hp
Dimensions: 184″ L x 72″ W x 56″ H