2021 Hyundai Elantra: N-Line, Hybrid – What You Need To Know

Hyundai is rolling out an all new, redesigned Elantra to compliment their expanded lineup.

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I recently wrote about the new 2021 Kia K5, and how 2021’s redesigns are looking extremely impressive across the board. Hyundai, already boasting an impactful redesign of the Sonata in the last two years, has recently unveiled their updated Elantra, and it is certainly a step in the right direction for the brand. While the Elantra GT hatchback has been banished from production this year, the ever-spirited N-Line and Hybrid trims will take over where the hatchback, and the Sport, left off.

The Elantra shares some similar body lines with its big brother, the Sonata, but where the Sonata is a mid-size sedan, the Elantra is considered a compact. A Sonata-esque grille, now with a far more aggressive façade, harkens to Heath Ledgers makeup in The Dark Knight. Hyundai loses those long, running chrome accents along the hood and A-pillars on this model however, and instead spices it up with new geometric side panels on the doors, to give it a sportier look.

Looking at performance now, the base model 2021 Elantra comes standard with a naturally aspirated 2.0L inline-four engine, putting out 147 hp. Where the Elantra truly shines, though, is in its fuel efficiency. Elantra owners will be enjoying a whopping 37mpg combined, while you are sitting at the gas station trying to figure out why the pump keeps clicking off. And that’s just the standard trim! The Elantra SEL Hybrid trim is estimated to run with a combined EPA fuel-economy rating of 50mpg. You read that right, and no, there isn’t a significant drop off in horsepower. The Hybrid will still be pushing 139 ponies, so your own cost-benefit analysis may guide you on that decision. Finally, the N-Line. With a 1.6L inline-four turbocharged engine and standard six-speed manual, you can expect up to 201hp, pushing the limits of what a modern compact sedan can provide. And for an extra $900, you can upgrade to a dual-clutch auto transmission, which is a nice option for those of you who prefer the convenience and user-friendly nature of an automatic transmission.

As for pricing, you’ll be happy to know that the redesigned Elantras will be hitting dealership show rooms within the next few months, starting with an MSRP of $20,645 for the standard base model Elantra SE, and will range up to $29,095 for the Elantra N-Line (without the optional dual-clutch automatic transmission). Additionally, in between these two you will find the SEL for $21,895 and the Limited for $26,445 – both of which will see superior handling and performance to the SE. It should also be noted that all four trim levels will offer continuously variable automatic transmission as an option. Coinciding with that option, manuals will come standard with Goodyear Eagle F1 tires, and the automatics will wear Hankook Ventus all-season tires.

Stay tuned, and keep a lookout for the redesigned 2021 Elantras to hit dealerships this fall.

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