2021 Hyundai Elantra vs. Its Competition

2021 Hyundai Elantra
Aaron Cole Aaron Cole Managing Editor

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

The Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla are toward the top of the list for different reasons.

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 that’s very fuel-efficient.

The Mazda 3 is the stylish pick of the bunch, and offers an all-wheel-drive hatchback that’s rare among competitors.

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
The 2021 Hyundai Elantra compact sedan is hardly small anymore: It has big style, big available tech, and big range from a hybrid powertrain.
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The 2020 Honda Civic sets the pace among affordable compact cars.
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The Mazda 3 punches above its weight class with an upmarket interior, good handling, and optional all-wheel drive.
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The 2020 Nissan Sentra is sportier and better equipped but is still a value.
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It’s still among the more mildly flavored mass-market sedans, but the 2020 Toyota Corolla has dropped the bland from its diet.
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The docile 2020 Volkswagen Jetta is a solid compact sedan choice; for zesty performance, opt into the Jetta GLI.
MSRP From     
$19,650$20,000$21,500$19,310$19,600$18,895
Gas Mileage     
25 MPG City / 43 MPG Hwy22 MPG City / 40 MPG Hwy24 MPG City / 36 MPG Hwy28 MPG City / 39 MPG Hwy28 MPG City / 52 MPG Hwy25 MPG City / 40 MPG Hwy
Engine     
Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Regular Unleaded I-4Intercooled Turbo Regular Unleaded I-4
EPA Class     
Mid-Size CarsMid-Size CarsCompact CarsMid-Size CarsCompact CarsCompact Cars
Style Name     
SE IVTLX ManualFWDS CVTL CVT (GS)S Manual w/SULEV
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     
SedanSedanSedanSedanSedanSedan
Transmission     
CVT w/ODManual w/ODAutomatic w/ODCVT w/ODCVT w/ODManual w/OD
Detailed Spec Comparison
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