2021 Hyundai Elantra vs. Its Competition

2021 Hyundai Elantra N Line
Martin Padgett Martin Padgett Editorial Director

Small car competition has dwindled recently, but what’s available is good.

The Civic is available in a wide range of body styles, including coupe, hatchback, and sedan, all with good space inside.

The Corolla offers a hatch and sedan shape, with an available hybrid powertrain capable of 53 mpg.

The stylish Mazda 3 offers a rare all-wheel-drive hatchback.

The Jetta is comparatively conservative but spacious and the Sentra is modestly fun to drive, although it’s built to a price.

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Quick Specs
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The 2021 Hyundai Elantra has big style, big available tech, and big range from a hybrid powertrain.
6.7
The 2021 Honda Civic doesn’t let social responsibility get in the way of a good time.
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The 2021 Mazda 3 straddles the mainstream and upscale markets with a quality cabin, power that ranges from pedestrian to plentiful, and available all-wheel drive.
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The 2021 Nissan Sentra has a sleek shape and a more refined ride, which makes it a better value than in the past.
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With the 2021 Corolla, Toyota has almost excised all the bland from its diet.
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The 2021 Volkswagen Jetta is a no-frills compact with good value. Saving money never goes out of style.
MSRP From     
$19,650$21,250$20,650$19,460$20,025$18,995
Gas Mileage     
25 MPG City / 52 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 42 MPG Hwy23 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy28 MPG City / 39 MPG Hwy28 MPG City / 52 MPG Hwy24 MPG City / 41 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Regular Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4
EPA Class     
Midsize CarsLarge CarsCompact CarsMidsize CarsCompact CarsCompact Cars
Style Name     
SE IVT SULEV *Ltd Avail*LX CVT2.0 FWDS CVTL CVT (SE)S Manual
Drivetrain     
Front Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel DriveFront Wheel Drive
Passenger Capacity     
555555
Passenger Doors     
N/AN/AN/AN/AN/AN/A
Body Style     
SedanHatchbackSedanSedanSedanSedan
Transmission     
CVT w/ODCVT w/ODAutomatic w/ODCVT w/ODCVT w/ODManual w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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