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Are you ready to learn more about the 2023 Hyundai Elantra vs. 2023 Hyundai Sonata?

Customers often come to Jim Ellis Hyundai wondering which of Hyundai’s two popular sedans they should choose as their new ride. The good news is they are both efficient and refined choices. While there are significant differences between the two vehicles, you can rest easy knowing they also have much in common. No matter which model you choose, you’ve got a reliable and fresh-faced car at your fingertips. Scroll further down to get a more in-depth comparison of the Hyundai Elantra vs. Hyundai Sonata.

2023 Hyundai Elantra

MPG – CITY1 28-33 MPG
MPG – HWY1 36-42 MPG
CARGO SPACE: 14.2 cu. ft.
ENGINE: 147-hp, 2.0-liter, 4-Cylinder Engine (Gasoline Fuel)
201-hp, 1.6-liter, 4-Cylinder Engine (Gasoline Fuel)
TRANSMISSION: 7-Speed Automatic, Continuously Variable
DRIVETRAIN: Front Wheel Drive
HORSEPOWER: 147-201 hp
LEGROOM: Front 42.3 in
Rear 38.0 in
HEADROOM: Front 38.7-40.6 in
Rear 37.3 in
Shop Model: New Elantra For Sale
2023 Hyundai Sonata

MPG – CITY1 23-28 MPG
MPG – HWY1 33-38 MPG
CARGO SPACE: 16 cu. ft.
ENGINE: 180-hp, 1.6-liter, 4-Cylinder Engine (Gasoline Fuel)
191-hp, 2.5-liter, 4-Cylinder Engine (Gasoline Fuel)
290-hp, 2.5-liter, 4-Cylinder Engine (Gasoline Fuel)
TRANSMISSION: 8-Speed Automatic
DRIVETRAIN: Front Wheel Drive
HORSEPOWER: 180-290 hp
LEGROOM: Front 46.1 in
Rear 34.8 in
HEADROOM: Front 40.0 in
Rear 37.4-38.4 in
Shop Model: New Sonata For Sale

Compare Hyundai Elantra vs. Hyundai Sonata Performance

Both sedans perform well in terms of power and efficiency. Let’s start with the Hyundai Elantra. There are two non-hybrid Hyundai Elantra engines to choose from. The first is a 2.0-liter four-cylinder that gets 147 horsepower and 132 pound-feet of torque. For a compact car, this is plenty to see you glide smoothly throughout town with more than enough power. You can also get a turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine with 201 horsepower and 195 pound-feet of torque. These engines make accelerating in your new Hyundai Elantra fun and easy.

Since the Hyundai Elantra is a smaller vehicle, it’s no surprise that it’s more efficient than the Hyundai Sonata. That said, both sedans do get excellent fuel economy ratings. A 2023 Hyundai Elantra with a 2.0-liter engine and stop-start technology gets an EPA-estimated 33/42/37 MPG (City/Highway/Combined).1

Now, it’s time to look at the latter vehicle in our 2023 Hyundai Elantra vs. 2023 Hyundai Sonata matchup. All three Hyundai Sonata gasoline-only engines are more powerful than their Hyundai Elantra counterparts. The middle option is a 2.5-liter four-cylinder that provides 191 horsepower and 181 pound-feet of torque. The others are a turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine that gets 180 horsepower and 195 pound-feet of torque and a 2.5-liter turbocharged engine that produces 290 horsepower and 311 pound-feet of torque. The Hyundai Sonata is speedy yet composed on the road.

For gas mileage, the Hyundai Sonata vs. Hyundai Elantra numbers are pretty darn close. Yes, the Hyundai Elantra is more efficient, but the heavier Sonata is close behind. You can get up to an EPA-estimated 28/38/32 MPG (City/Highway/Combined)1 with the 2.5-liter base engine. Both of these vehicles come with front-wheel drive and a smooth transmission.

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.

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. Maneuvering into and out of tight spaces will be a breeze in this sedan. Additionally, because it’s a smaller model, it’s also the less expensive one in the Hyundai Elantra vs. Hyundai Sonata competition.

The Elantra is also an incredibly versatile vehicle. It can help you enjoy your commute. It is an excellent car for teen drivers and has the space to fit your family or friends. Visit our dealership today to test-drive this sporty and efficient sedan for yourself.

Benefits of the Hyundai Sonata

While the Elantra shines for its maneuverability and versatility, the Sonata excels with its ability to do more with 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.

The Sonata also offers more features than the Elantra does. For starters, you can find additional safety features like smart cruise control with stop-and-go technology and a remote smart parking assist feature. For entertainment, the Sonata offers a 12-speaker Bose® sound system, while the Elantra only offers an eight-speaker version.

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.

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 as a standard feature. The Sonata has all of those same features plus remote parking assistance and smart cruise control technologies. Both vehicles do well in this portion of our 2023 Hyundai Elantra vs. 2023 Hyundai Sonata comparison.

Let the Experts at Jim Ellis Hyundai Help You

Whether you’ve decided which of the two sedans you love already or 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. Our finance team works hard to offer low-rate financing packages to qualifying customers, and all of us are here to give you knowledgeable, patient, and friendly service. Contact us today to set up a test drive.


What’s the pricing difference for the 2023 Hyundai Elantra vs. 2023 Hyundai Sonata?

The exact price of either of these vehicles will depend in no small part on the trim and features you select. That said, however, the base model of the Hyundai Elantra is less expensive than that of the Hyundai Sonata because it’s smaller and has fewer standard features. Both of these sleek sedans offer excellent value for your money.

How much bigger is a Sonata than an Elantra?

The 2023 Hyundai Elantra has 99.4 cubic feet of total passenger volume, while the 2023 Hyundai Sonata has 104.4 cubes. The Sonata, therefore, has 5 more cubic feet of internal space than the Elantra. This is a significant difference, but not gigantic – both of these vehicles offer a spacious cabin your family will enjoy.

Which has better gas mileage: Hyundai Elantra or Sonata?

While gas mileage varies from engine to engine, the Hyundai Elantra does, generally speaking, get better fuel economy ratings than the Hyundai Sonata. Since the Elantra is the smaller, lighter vehicle, this makes intuitive sense. It earns an EPA-estimated 33/42/37 MPG (City/Highway/Combined)1 with the 2.0-liter engine and stop-start technology.

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1All 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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