2021 Hyundai Elantra vs. 2021 Hyundai Sonata

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Customers often come to Jim Ellis Hyundai wondering which of Hyundai's two sedans they should choose from. The good news is they are both newly renovated and excellent choices. While they have lots of differences, rest easy knowing they also have a lot in common. So, no matter which model you choose, you've got a reliable and fresh-faced vehicle at your fingertips. Scroll further down to get a more in-depth comparison of the Elantra vs. Sonata.

2021 Hyundai Elantra
Power: 147-hp 2.0L 4 cylinder
Drivetrain: FWD
Seats: TBD, much expected to be higher than the 2020 model!
Cargo storage: TBD, last year was 14.4 cu. ft.
Passenger room: TBD, last year was 95.8 cu. ft.
Total interior room: TBD, last year was 110.2 cu. ft.
MPG: 33 City/ 43 HWY
  • Highway Drive Assist
  • Rear Cross-Traffic Collision Assist
  • Lane Assist
  • Blind Spot Assist
  • Forward Collision Assist
  • Driver Attention Warnings
*Not yet rated for safety as it isn't released!
Shop Model: New Elantra For Sale
2021 Hyundai Sonata
Power: 191-hp 2.5L GDI 4-cylinder
Drivetrain: FWD
Seats: 5 seats
Cargo storage: 16 cubic feet
Passenger room: 104.4 cubic feet
Total interior room: 120.4 cubic feet
MPG: 28 City/ 38 HWY
  • Lane Assist
  • Forward Collision Assist
  • Driver Attention Warnings
2021 earned a 5 star overall safety rating from the NHTSA
Shop Model: New Sonata For Sale

Hyundai Elantra vs. Sonata Performance

Both of these sedans perform well in terms of power and efficiency. Let's start with the Elantra. There are three options on the Hyundai Elantra for engines. The first is a 2.0L, four-cylinder that gets 147 horsepower. For a compact car, this alone is plenty to help you glide smoothly throughout town. You can get a 1.6L four-cylinder turbocharged engine or a 2.0L four-cylinder engine if you want more power. Those two engines get 201 and 275 horsepower, respectively. These make accelerating your Elantra a fun and easy task.

Since the Elantra is a smaller vehicle, it is no surprise that it is more efficient than the Sonata. But both get incredible fuel numbers. The Elantra can get up to 33 city and 43 highway MPG on a regular model, or a whopping 53 city and 56 highway MPG on a hybrid model.1

Now it's time to look at the Sonata in this Elantra vs. Sonata category. Like the Elantra, the Sonata comes with three options. All three are more powerful than their Elantra counterparts. The first is a 2.5L four-cylinder that provides 191 horsepower. The higher options are a 1.6L turbocharged engine that gets 180 horsepower and an all-new 2.5L turbocharged engine that produces 290 horsepower. The Sonata is composed and comfortable on the road.

For gas mileage, the Elantra vs. Sonata numbers are pretty darn close. Yes, the Elantra is more efficient, but the Sonata is close behind. You can get up to an EPA-estimated 27 city and 37 highway MPG on a regular model and up to 50 city and 54 highway MPG on a hybrid Sonata.1

When it comes to performance, these two sedans both have options for any type of driver. This allows you to get the engine that makes your heart roar rather than settling for only one option.

Benefits of the Hyundai Elantra

The Hyundai Elantra is an excellent choice for many drivers. For those who don't need a ton of space, want an efficient car, and like to have ample maneuverability, the Elantra is a great fit. Parking into tight spaces will be a breeze in this sedan. Additionally, because it is a smaller model, it is also the less expensive one in the Elantra vs. Sonata competition.

The Elantra is also an incredibly versatile vehicle. It can help you enjoy your commutes. It is an excellent car for teen drivers and has the space to fit your family and friends. We aren't the only ones who think so, either. The Hyundai Elantra was just named the 2021 North American Car of the Year™.

Benefits of the Hyundai Sonata

While the Elantra shines for its maneuverability and versatility, the Sonata shines for its ability to do more in its extra space. Because the frame of the Sonata is larger, you and your passengers will enjoy extra head, leg, and shoulder room on long or short car rides. The Sonata also has an excellent 16.0 cubic feet of trunk space to help you pack anything from large suitcases to golf clubs and more!

The Sonata also offers more features than the Elantra does. For starters, you can find additional safety features like adaptive cruise control, surround-view parking camera system, front & rear parking sensors, head-up display, Smart Park, and more. Entertainment-wise, the Sonata offers a 12-speaker Bose sound system, while the Elantra only offers an eight-speaker Bose sound system. The Sonata also exclusively offers Digital Key technology, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a panoramic sunroof, a leather-wrapped dashboard, and genuine leather upholstery.

What's the pricing difference for the Elantra vs. Sonata?

As mentioned, both of these cars just had impressive internal and external makeovers. It's great that Hyundai offers drivers both the cool and compact Elantra and the mighty midsize Sonata - but how much do they cost? Because the Hyundai Elantra is smaller than the Sonata, you will find the Elantra at a lower price.

What is the main reason for the price difference? The two most significant factors there are size and power. The Sonata has more room and more punch. Another factor is the revamped features. The Sonata is filled with user-friendly technology - such as Remote Smart Parking Assist and Digital Key. Digital Key allows you to unlock the doors and start your engine from your phone.

The Elantra has a smart, enticing interior too though. The affordable base-level trim comes standard with an 8" color touchscreen display, Android Auto & Apple CarPlay connectivity, and various safety features. Budget-minded shoppers will be happy that the Elantra piles on the features, without piling on the dollars. However, you should know that both vehicles rank as very affordable among their competitors.

What's the Difference in Elantra vs. Sonata Size?

The Hyundai Sonata offers a bit more space for passengers, which adds big-time value for some drivers. But, the Hyundai Elantra doesn't lose much space considering its sleek, small stature is 11 inches shorter than the Sonata. You definitely won't feel cramped in an Elantra. However, if space is a key factor for you, the Sonata offers four more inches of leg space in the front as well as 120.4 cubic-feet of passenger space - 25 more cubic feet than the Elantra.

Where could some of these numbers come into play? Need to park your car in a tight spot or trust it'll fit in that small amount of room left on the curb? The Elantra is for you. Always have passengers in the backseat who need a little extra legroom? The Sonata is for you.

Which has better gas mileage-Elantra or Sonata?

The Elantra wins this battle. The Elantra can get an estimated 43 Hwy MPG2, while the Sonata gets you 38 Hwy MPG3. This is due to the Elantra's smaller frame.

Your gas mileage also has a lot to do with your car's powertrain. The Sonata's gas mileage, while still very competitive with vehicles in its class, is lower than the Elantra because it gives drivers a more powerful engine. The Sonata comes standard with a 191HP, 2.5L GDI 4-cylinder engine, while the Elantra standard gives you a 147HP, 2.0L 4-cylinder engine. Put simply, the Sonata has more pep in its step when you hit the gas pedal.

Safety Comes Standard in Both Elantra and Sonata

Hyundai has done an excellent job of guaranteeing that no matter which vehicle you decide on, you will be extremely safe in either.

The Elantra comes standard with Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist, pedestrian detection, and blind-spot monitoring - technology some of the challengers at its price level don't offer at all. The Sonata has all of those same features plus Driver Attention Warning and Lane Follow Assist technologies. You'll also be glad to know the 2021 Hyundai Sonata received an impressive five out of five-star safety rating from the NHTSA. (Please note: the 2021 Hyundai Elantra has not yet been tested by the NHTSA.)

Let the Experts at Jim Ellis Hyundai Help You

Whether you are completely sold on which of the two sedans you love already or you still have some more questions, we invite you to come to our dealership in Atlanta, GA, to let our sales experts assist you. We know the ins and outs of both of these models and look forward to answering any and all of your questions.

At Jim Ellis Hyundai, we pride ourselves on our happy customers. We are here to give you knowledgeable, patient, and friendly service. Contact us today to set up a test drive!

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1 EPA estimates only. Actual mileage will vary on driving conditions.

22021 ELANTRA SE: 33 City/43 Hwy/37 Combined MPG. 2021 ELANTRA SEL/Limited: 31 City/41 Hwy/35 Combined MPG. All figures are EPA estimates and for comparison purposes only. Actual mileage may vary with options, driving conditions, driving habits and vehicle's condition.

32021 Sonata SE: 28 City/38 Hwy/32 Combined MPG. 2021 Sonata SEL: 27 City/37 Hwy/31 Combined MPG. 2021 Sonata SEL Plus/Limited: 27 City/37 Hwy/30 Combined MPG. All figures are EPA estimates and for comparison purposes only. Actual mileage may vary with options, driving conditions, driving habits and vehicle's condition.

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