As the old saying goes, there is more than one way to remove a cat’s skin. Whatever vitriol the person who coined this adage has is unknown, but their reasoning is true, especially if you want to save money at the pump. There are so many super-affordable cars to choose from and you don’t need to get a plug-in model or anything completely electric. you can catchOr even Honda’s economical . and then there is , a household name and a proven performer. But have you considered the Hyundai Elantra Hybrid? If not, absolutely must.
- Spacious, well made interior
- unexpected performer
- superb fuel efficiency
- distinctive style
do not like it
- Contemporary Transmission Clunks
- eco-friendly tires are noisy
- distinctive style
In Blue trim, its most efficient form, this little sedan returns some fuel-economy figures. Expect around 53 mpg city, 56 mpg highway and 54 mpg combined. The top-shelf Limited model I’m evaluating here is 4 mpg less efficient each driving cycle. It sounds like a big hit, but on a percentage basis it really isn’t, plus my average in real world driving is about 48 mpg, which is still phenomenal. They are strong enough to make remarkable figuresThe hybrid is more clingy than some of its competitors, but penny-pinching parsimony isn’t the only reason to consider one of these Hyundais.
What makes this car stand out from the pack is its avant-garde design. With its intricate front end that reminds a multicolored gem from its crisp elongated edges to that angular rump, this sedan has some serious style. No, its looks won’t be for everyone, but the Elantra stands out from practically everything on the road today. The only potential problem is longevity. This car looks great at the moment, but I question whether it will remain attractive for a few years down the road or if it will get as old as unrefrigerated milk.
2021 Hyundai Elantra Hybrid: An Avant-Garde Fuel-Sipper
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They carry in the good looking Elantra’s interior, which is as luxurious as it is well equipped. The technical-looking dashboard is tilted slightly towards the driver, so more controls are within easy reach. Painted silver accents brighten the cockpit, which might otherwise be a little more serious in black, though a gray color scheme is also available.
The dash of the car is made of attractive hard and soft plastic and the overall shebang looks more advanced than you would expect from a vehicle in this class. Of course, there is some cost-cutting worth noting, though none of it serious. The headliner is of iffy quality and there are no air vents or power outlets for the rear seat passengers. Also, there’s an odd cadence to the left of the steering wheel, a gear-like circle with a line in the middle. If you expect this element to function, you will be very disappointed as it is purely decorative, although operationalVersions of Elantra This is where the Drive Mode button is located.
The Elantra Hybrid’s front seats are quite comfortable, plus they’re heated and ventilated in the Limited model, but the rear accommodations are luxurious for a car of this size. There’s a stretched-out amount of legroom and almost as much head space. On top of that, the cushions are nicely positioned with a comfortably angled backrest and even a fold-down center armrest. This Hyundai cabin is airy and open, with a passenger volume of 99.4 cubic feet, making it more capacious than its sedan rivals. Even the trunk is massive, clocking in at 14.2 cubes, a Small Slightly less than Insight.
Two 10.3-inch screens are standard on the limited-trim Elantras. This includes a reconfigurable digital instrument cluster and a stunning touchscreen which is home to an excellent infotainment system. Not only is it colorful and easy to use, this multimedia array is super responsive, almost never lags or stutters. Embedded navigation is also included here.And are standard across the Elantra range, although they do require the use of cables on a limited number of models. Curiously, the lower-end examples support mirroring wireless smartphones to their smaller 8-inch infotainment screens, something I’ve experienced in another And Vehicle.
As for driver assistance, the Elantra Hybrid comes standard with the usual suspects. Automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, blind-spot assist, rear cross-traffic alert, lane-keeping assist and automatic high beam, among others, are accounted for. The Limited trim includes adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go capability as well as Highway Drive Assist, which focuses the lane in the mix. All these features work as advertised and are intuitive.
The Elantra Hybrid is powered by a 1.6-litre four-cylinder engine that is mated to a six-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox. This engine is augmented by an electric motor that brings 43 horsepower and 125 pound-feet of torque to the party, while the lithium-ion polymer battery pack acts as an electron reservoir. Total system output is 139 hp, but the twist is more impressive at 195 lb-ft. Quiet and sophisticated, this sedan delivers better speeds than you would expect after reading those numbers. No, it won’t set the world on fire, but it has a respectable scooter for everyday use, especially when you consider how affordable it is. The pony’s lack of powertrain is only noticeable at highway speeds where it feels somewhat asthmatic. Switching to Sport Driving mode, either Normal or Smart, improves things up a bit and stiffens the steering a bit.
Slowing down your roll, this car’s brakes are a little rubbery under the feet and the initial bite of regenerative deceleration is a bit abrupt, but otherwise the pedal feels fine and the transition to friction braking is pretty much imperceptible. Ride quality is on the harsh side, which is surprising given that the hybrid model is about 200 pounds heavier than the traditional Elantra Limited. Perhaps the engineers were trying to make the car look sporty.
Moving on, the interior has been impressively quiet except for the high-efficiency Hankook Kynergy GT tires fitted to the 17-inch wheels. Depending on the surface, they do have a tendency to sing, plus they feel a bit slick in the corners, screaming with little excitement. The Elantra’s steering is smooth and precise, if not otherwise remarkable. When Highway Drive Assist is activated, lane-keeping assist does a phenomenal job of keeping the Elantra Hybrid between the lines. In fact, this setup far outperforms some of the systems offered in more expensive luxury vehicles. The only real dynamic aspect of this car is the transmission, which on very rare occasions can feel confusing. Generally speaking, it’s super smooth and fast enough to shift, though not quite as sharp as other dual-clutch gearboxes.
An entry-level 2021 Hyundai Elantra Hybrid starts at $24,555, which includes $1,005 in destination fees. This makes it about $3,700 pricier than the standard 2022 Elantra sedan, an appreciable difference. The top-of-the-line Limited model reviewed here rolled off the assembly line in Ulsan, South Korea wearing a $29,260 price tag, which is in line with an Insight Touring and, frankly, the average new-vehicle transaction. Not unreasonable to see. The price is around 41 grand these days.
If maximizing fuel efficiency is as important to you as fashionable design, your chariot awaits. The Elantra Hybrid can dispense a gallon of gasoline like the best and it looks far better while doing so.