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2020 Hyundai Elantra SE IVT - front view

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Top Features of Base Model

  • Plenty of safety and infotainment technology
  • Value-minded pricing
  • Smart styling
Pro Review

Hyundai Elantra: Everything You Need to Know

About the Hyundai Elantra:

The Hyundai Elantra is a compact car that is available in sedan or hatchback form. The five-passenger vehicle is related to – but not an exact copy of – the Kia Forte. The brands are corporate siblings.

In typical South Korean automaker fashion, the Elantra is full of features, is tastefully designed, and is priced lower than its competitors. The Elantra also received good marks in crash tests.

What’s New in the 2019 Hyundai Elantra?

The Elantra comes in both sedan and hatchback models, and they have been updated separately. The Elantra sedan receives a significant update for 2019. However, the Elantra GT hatchback was redesigned for 2018. This is because the GT is based on Europe’s i30 compact fastback, which was all-new that year. But for 2019, both versions offer mostly the same features.

Because the sedan is more popular in the U.S., the Elantra sedan comes in six trim levels: SE, SEL, Value Edition, Eco, Limited, and Sport. The hatchback GT is now offered with an all-new, sport-tuned alternative known as N Line.

These are the sedan-only changes:

  • All-new exterior and interior designs
  • Standard steering wheel-mounted Bluetooth/audio controls and a rearview camera
  • LED headlights added to Limited and Sport
  • Hyundai SmartSense features available on lower level trims

What Does the 2019 Hyundai Elantra Compete With?

The Hyundai Elantra competes with the following vehicles:

The small size and low price of the Elantra make it a great first car or daily commuter. It is also known for impressive fuel economy and long-term dependability.

Exterior Design of the 2019 Hyundai Elantra

For 2019, the Hyundai Elantra has more style. Nearly everything but the doors have been changed. The front boasts an all-new hood, grille, and headlights. The rear gets a new trunk and taillights. Fenders and fascias have been updated as well with LED headlights now standard on Limited and Sport trims. All but base SE and the high-end Sport receive new wheels.

The Elantra GT still offers the same stylish, yet clean look from 2018. Hyundai’s “cascading” grille remains appealing. The GT’s front end does look cherubic compared to the aggressive new sedan. But the hatchback’s 17- and 18-inch wheels add some edge. Perhaps too edgy is the over-styled rear. Hopefully, the next update will relieve all that rear-end design tension.

Interior Style in the 2019 Hyundai Elantra

Interior changes are few but noteworthy. The new instrument cluster and center stack create a driver-oriented space. Knobs and buttons have been rearranged but individual preference will decide whether they are intuitive. The console appears more compressed, but does include a new storage tray.

But only the GT N Line offers a cabin to match the sporty look of its exterior. Contrast-stitching leather seats, power lumbar support, side bolsters and other niceties don’t feel cheap. Conversely, the cabin of other trims use too many mixed materials and hard plastics.

Compact cars are inexpensive compared to everything else on the market. Yet their budget interiors are a disservice to the high-quality tech the vehicles can offer.

To the Elantra’s credit, seats are supportive and other surfaces are either padded or rubberized for comfort. Luxuries like a panoramic sunroof, automatic dual-climate control, leather upholstery, and heated seats are available.

What Technology Comes in the 2019 Hyundai Elantra?

The Hyundai Elantra sees updates to its convenience and multimedia tech as well. Now standard is a 5.0-inch color audio display and steering wheel-mounted controls for Bluetooth and audio. Voice recognition and a 7.0-inch touchscreen are standard on SEL. Value Edition models include push-button start.

New sedan technology is:

  • SEL: smart shift drive mode
  • Value Edition: Blue Link app-system with complimentary three-year service
  • Limited: Qi wireless charging, Infinity premium sound system
  • Audio/visual/navigation (AVN) 5.0 with smartphone integration is an option on Limited and Sport

Elantra hatchback features:

  • GT: smartphone integration, 8.0-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth with voice recognition
  • GT N Line: push-button start
  • Blue Link, wireless charging, premium audio and AVN 5.0 – options on GT N Line

What Safety Features are in the 2019 Hyundai Elantra?

The Hyundai Elantra comes with safety technologies not usually found in its segment. A driver’s blind spot mirror and rearview camera are standard. The camera displays dynamic guidelines, which is a premium add-on in larger vehicles if offered at all. Move up to the SEL trim and Hyundai SmartSense becomes available.

Hyundai SmartSense consists of ten features that are available to some degree throughout Hyundai’s entire lineup. In the case of the Elantra, seventy-five percent of its sedan sales are SEL and above. Suffice to say, there is still a hefty serving of the SmartSense pie.

Carryover sedan safety:

  • Lane departure warning (LDW)
  • Rear cross-traffic alert (RCTA)
  • Blind spot monitoring (BSM)
  • High beam assist (HBA) – standard on Limited and Sport
  • Adaptive cruise control (ACC) – option on Limited

Added for 2019 SEL and above:

  • Forward collision-avoidance assist (FCA)
  • Driver attention warning (DAW)
  • Lane keep assist (LKA)
  • Safe exit assist (SEA) – option on Limited
  • FCA with pedestrian detection – option on Limited

The hatchback is equipped differently. Like the Elantra SE, the GT comes with a blind spot mirror and rearview camera. But BSM, RCTA and LDW can be added as part of a package. These are not available on the GT N Line, though, which instead can get ACC, DAW, HBA, LKA and FCA with pedestrian detection.

What is the 2019 Hyundai Elantra Like to Drive?

Engine performance is unchanged. There are four four-cylinder engines and three transmissions to mix and match.

  • 2.0-liter (147 horsepower, 132 pound-feet of torque): SE, SEL, Value, Limited
  • 1.4-liter turbo (128 horsepower, 156 pound-feet of torque): Eco
  • 2.0-liter (161 horsepower, 150 pound-feet of torque): GT
  • 1.6-liter turbo (201 horsepower, 195 pound-feet of torque): Sport, GT N Line
  • Six-speed manual: SE, Sport, GT N Line
  • Six-speed automatic: SE (option), SEL, Value Edition, Limited, GT
  • Seven-speed dual-clutch: Eco, Sport (option), GT N Line (option)

The Elantra is one of the least powerful compact sedans (the Nissan Sentra is powered less). As a daily driver, this shouldn’t be a concern. Having driven the Elantra Limited and GT, both vehicles handle similarly.

Although outfitted with different engines, acceleration is comparable. Their shared automatic shifts smoothly. The cabins are quiet and commuting is comfortable. What’s disappointing is the amount of body roll they exhibit as well as a slight aversion to elevation. Then again, not every Elantra owner resides in the mountainous California regions where we test.

The GT N Line is a whole other beast. The GT Sport it replaces was already a fun hatchback. What the new GT N Line brings is increased stiffness to the engine, transmission and roll-rod connection mounts. The springs have been tightened with shocks and steering re-tuned as well. The rear multi-link independent suspension and added stabilizer bar make the GT N Line more likely to roll through the corners than roll over them.

Should I Buy a 2019 Hyundai Elantra?

The Hyundai Elantra offers plenty of choice for both budget-minded shoppers and enthusiasts. Also, the hatchback is the most spacious of its segment. At 55.1 cubic-feet behind the front seats, the GT even surpasses larger compact crossovers like the Toyota CH-R (36.4) and Jeep Renegade (50.8).

Should I buy a Used Hyundai Elantra? Are There Any I Should Avoid?

Hyundai has touted its warranty as “America’s best” for years. Its five-year/60,000-mile new vehicle limited warranty also is transferrable. So, if you’re skittish on that low used-car price, stick to a later model year.

How Much Does the 2019 Hyundai Elantra Cost?

The Elantra starts at $17,200 for the base SE with a six-speed manual and increases to $23,700 for the fully-loaded Sport featuring a seven-speed DCT. The five-door GT and GT N Line start at $20,450 and $23,300, respectively.

Only Limited, Sport, and GT feature optional packages, and destination charges vary. A fee of $920 is added for sedans and $885 for hatchbacks.

Pros and Cons of the 2020 Hyundai Elantra


  • Wide selection of trim levels
  • Pricing within every budget and need
  • Sedan has updated design
  • Hatchback has generous cargo volume


  • Noticeable body roll for non-GT N Line models
  • Not available with AWD
  • Sedan and hatchback models could be better aligned
Model History

The History of Hyundai Elantra: Six Generations of Elantra

The Hyundai Elantra has been in production since 1990. Sold worldwide, the compact car is known as the Avante in South Korea and the Lantra in Australia and Europe. The Elantra name became standardized in 2001 in all but the South Korean market.

Last redesigned in 2016, the sixth-generation Elantra received a significant mid-cycle refresh for its 2019 sedan. The hatchback version remained a carryover, with the addition of the performance-inspired N-Line model.

Specs & Key Features of the 2020 Hyundai Elantra


Body Style
2.0L DOHC 16V 4-Cylinder D-CVVT MPI
147 hp
Smartstream Intelligent Variable
Passenger Doors
Passenger Seating
Front Wheel Drive
City MPG

Key Features

  • Air Conditioning
  • Audio
  • Back Up Camera
  • Bluetooth
  • Cruise Control
  • LCD Monitor
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Monitors
  • Remote Keyless Entry
  • Tinted Glass

More Features

  • Engine: 2.0L DOHC 16V 4-Cylinder D-CVVT MPI
  • Transmission: Smartstream Intelligent Variable -inc: drive mode select (normal, sport, smart)
  • Front-Wheel Drive
  • 4.89 Axle Ratio
  • 60-Amp/Hr 550CCA Maintenance-Free Battery w/Run Down Protection
  • 120 Amp Alternator
  • Gas-Pressurized Shock Absorbers
  • Front Anti-Roll Bar
  • Electric Power-Assist Speed-Sensing Steering
  • 14 Gal. Fuel Tank
  • Single Stainless Steel Exhaust
  • Strut Front Suspension w/Coil Springs
  • Torsion Beam Rear Suspension w/Coil Springs
  • Front Disc/Rear Drum Brakes w/4-Wheel ABS, Front Vented Discs, Brake Assist and Hill Hold Control
  • Wheels: 15" x 6.0J Steel w/Covers
  • Tires: P195/65R15
  • Steel Spare Wheel
  • Compact Spare Tire Mounted Inside Under Cargo
  • Clearcoat Paint
  • Body-Colored Front Bumper
  • Body-Colored Rear Bumper w/Gray Rub Strip/Fascia Accent
  • Black Side Windows Trim and Black Rear Window Trim
  • Body-Colored Door Handles
  • Body-Colored Power Side Mirrors w/Convex Spotter and Manual Folding
  • Fixed Rear Window w/Defroster
  • Light Tinted Glass
  • Variable Intermittent Wipers
  • Fully Galvanized Steel Panels
  • Black Grille w/Chrome Accents
  • Trunk Rear Cargo Access
  • Projector Beam Halogen Daytime Running Lights Preference Setting Headlamps w/Delay-Off
  • Radio: AM/FM Audio System -inc: 5-inch color display screen, 6 speakers, Bluetooth hands-free phone system w/audio streaming, IPod/USB/MP3 auxiliary input jacks and speed-sensitive automatic volume control
  • Radio w/Seek-Scan, Clock and Steering Wheel Controls
  • Window Grid Antenna
  • 2 LCD Monitors In The Front
  • Front Bucket Seats -inc: 6-way adjustable manual driver's seat, w/height adjustment and front passenger seat w/slide, recline and height adjustment
  • Driver Seat
  • Passenger Seat
  • 60-40 Folding Split-Bench Front Facing Fold Forward Seatback Rear Seat
  • Manual Tilt/Telescoping Steering Column
  • Gauges -inc: Speedometer, Odometer, Engine Coolant Temp, Tachometer, Trip Odometer and Trip Computer
  • Power Rear Windows
  • Front Cupholder
  • Rear Cupholder
  • Remote Keyless Entry w/Illuminated Entry, Illuminated Ignition Switch and Panic Button
  • Remote Releases -Inc: Mechanical Cargo Access and Mechanical Fuel
  • Cruise Control w/Steering Wheel Controls
  • Dual Zone Front Automatic Air Conditioning
  • HVAC -inc: Underseat Ducts
  • Glove Box
  • Driver Foot Rest
  • Interior Trim -inc: Metal-Look Instrument Panel Insert, Metal-Look Door Panel Insert, Metal-Look/Piano Black Console Insert and Metal-Look Interior Accents
  • Full Cloth Headliner
  • Urethane Gear Shift Knob
  • Premium Cloth Seat Trim
  • Day-Night Rearview Mirror
  • Driver And Passenger Visor Vanity Mirrors
  • Full Floor Console w/Covered Storage, Mini Overhead Console w/Storage and 2 12V DC Power Outlets
  • Front Map Lights
  • Fade-To-Off Interior Lighting
  • Full Carpet Floor Covering
  • Carpet Floor Trim and Carpet Trunk Lid/Rear Cargo Door Trim
  • Cargo Space Lights
  • FOB Controls -inc: Trunk/Hatch/Tailgate
  • Instrument Panel Covered Bin, Driver / Passenger And Rear Door Bins
  • Power 1st Row Windows w/Driver 1-Touch Down
  • Delayed Accessory Power
  • Power Door Locks w/Autolock Feature
  • Redundant Digital Speedometer
  • Trip Computer
  • Outside Temp Gauge
  • Analog Display
  • Manual Adjustable Front Head Restraints and Fixed Rear Head Restraints
  • Front Center Armrest
  • Perimeter Alarm
  • 2 12V DC Power Outlets
  • Air Filtration
  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
  • ABS And Driveline Traction Control
  • Side Impact Beams
  • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Seat-Mounted Side Airbags
  • Forward Collision Mitigation
  • Lane Keeping Assist
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System Low Tire Pressure Warning
  • Dual Stage Driver And Passenger Front Airbags
  • Curtain 1st And 2nd Row Airbags
  • Airbag Occupancy Sensor
  • Driver Knee Airbag
  • Rear Child Safety Locks
  • Outboard Front Lap And Shoulder Safety Belts -inc: Rear Center 3 Point, Height Adjusters and Pretensioners
  • Back-Up Camera

Warranty Options for the 2020 Hyundai Elantra (4)










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Safety Ratings for the 2020 Hyundai Elantra

US NHTSA Crash Test Results

Results shown are for the 2020 Hyundai Elantra SE IVT:

Overall Rating
Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
Overall Side Crash Rating
Side Barrier Rating
Side Barrier Rating Driver
Side Barrier Rating Passenger Rear Seat
Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat
Combined Side Rating Front Seat
Combined Side Rating Rear Seat
Rollover Rating

Dynamic Test Result

No Tip

Rollover Note

Dynamic (moving) test results (Tip or No Tip) and measured rollover-related properties determine vehicle's risk of rollover in single vehicle crash and its rollover rating. The Rollover Resistance Rating utilizes a "fishhook" maneuver which is a series of abrupt turns at varying speeds to see how "top-heavy" a vehicle is.


Male: Average sized adult male dummy in 35-MPH crash into fixed barrier. Rating is evaluation of injury to head, neck, chest, legs. Female: Small-sized adult female dummy in 35-mph crash into fixed barrier. Rating is evaluation of injury to head, neck, chest, legs.