2022 Hyundai Elantra Review, Pricing, and Specs

2022 Hyundai Elantra

Review, Pricing, and Specs

Starting at
$20,995
8.5 / 10
2022 hyundai elantra front exterior
Hyundai
8.5 / 10

Overview

The 2022 Hyundai Elantra stands out in traffic due to its unique styling, but underneath the sharply creased sheetmetal is a spacious and practical compact car. Its cabin is decked out with a similarly futuristic design and several high-end features are offered, especially on the high-end trims, that help with the wow factor. The entry-level engine is a somewhat sleepy 147-hp four-cylinder that is mated to a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT), but both a hybrid powertrain and a 201-hp turbocharged four are optional. The Elantra competes with heavy hitters such as the Honda Civic, the Nissan Sentra, and the Toyota Corolla, and its style and value-oriented packaging makes it a solid choice among compact cars.

What's New for 2022?

Following a full design for the 2021 model year, the Elantra is unchanged for 2022. A racy Elantra N model is slated to launch this year, but we review that model separately.

Pricing and Which One to Buy

      The midrange SEL model offers the best balance of price and features. We'd opt for the available SEL Convenience package, which adds a 10.3-inch digital gauge display, adaptive cruise control, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, a wireless smartphone charging pad, and heated front seats.

      Engine, Transmission, and Performance

      The standard nonhybrid powertrain is a 147-hp four-cylinder engine with front-wheel drive and a CVT. The hybrid model uses a 1.6-liter four-cylinder paired with an electric motor to make 139 horsepower. Gearchanges in the hybrid are handled by a six-speed automatic. Neither of these options offer thrilling acceleration, but in our test drive of a nonhybrid model we noted good ride quality and enough pep for normal city and highway driving. The most exciting Elantra is the performance-oriented Elantra N, which we review separately, but those who can't quite stomach that car's price tag could consider the tamer N Line model. It's powered by a turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder and mated to either a six-speed manual or a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic. After a brief test drive, we came away impressed with the N Line's perkier acceleration and its adept handling, which ups the athleticism without compromising on a too-stiff ride.

      Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG

      The EPA estimates the 2022 Elantra with the 2.0-liter four-cylinder will earn up to 33 mpg in the city and 43 mpg on the highway. Models with the turbocharged 1.6-liter four have estimates as high as 28 mpg city and 36 highway. The thriftiest hybrid Elantra is rated at 53 mpg city and 56 highway. On our 75-mph highway fuel-economy route, which is part of our extensive testing regimen, the Elantra hybrid managed only a 48-mpg result while the nonhybrid Limited with the base engine did 38 mpg. For more information about the Elantra's fuel economy, visit the EPA's website.

      Interior, Comfort, and Cargo

      To match its dramatic exterior, the cabin of the Elantra looks appropriately futuristic. The dashboard and center console wrap around the driver while the passenger's side takes a more minimalist approach. A single LED strip follows the dashboard-spanning air vent across the width of the car from the steering column to the passenger's-side door panel. Passenger volume is generous, particularly in the rear seat, which helps the Elantra compete with roomier rivals such as the Sentra and the Volkswagen Jetta. In our testing, the Elantra fit six carry-on suitcases inside its trunk.

      Infotainment and Connectivity

      An optional 10.3-inch digital gauge display rubs elbows with a second 10.3-inch infotainment touchscreen that sprouts from the top of the Elantra's dashboard. The standard infotainment setup is an 8.0-inch center display and analog gauges for the instrument cluster. Hyundai's latest infotainment interface takes center stage here. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are both standard, as is a Wi-Fi connection. A voice-recognition feature allows the driver to adjust things such as the climate control or the heated seats by uttering specific phrases.

      Safety and Driver-Assistance Features

      Driver-assistance features are on the menu and many of them are offered as standard. For more information about the Elantra's crash-test results, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) websites. Key safety features include:

      • Standard automated emergency braking with pedestrian detection
      • Standard lane-departure warning with lane-keeping assist
      • Available adaptive cruise control with lane-centering feature

        Warranty and Maintenance Coverage

        The 2022 Elantra comes standard with Hyundai's legendary 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty. The only competitor that can match the Elantra in terms of standard warranty protection is its corporate sibling, the Kia Forte, although it should be noted that while Hyundai offers three years of complimentary scheduled maintenance, Kia does not.

        • Limited warranty covers 5 years or 60,000 miles
        • Powertrain warranty covers 10 years or 100,000 miles
        • Complimentary maintenance is covered for 3 years or 36,000 miles

          Specifications

          Specifications

          2021 Hyundai Elantra Limited
          Vehicle Type: front-engine, front-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 4-door sedan

          PRICE
          Base/As Tested: $26,455/$26,610
          Options: carpeted floor mats, $155

          ENGINE
          DOHC 16-valve Atkinson-cycle inline-4, aluminum block and head, port fuel injection
          Displacement: 122 in3, 1999 cm3
          Power: 147 hp @ 6200 rpm
          Torque: 132 lb-ft @ 4500 rpm

          TRANSMISSION
          continuously variable automatic

          CHASSIS
          Suspension, F/R: struts/torsion beam
          Brakes, F/R: 11.0-in vented disc/10.3-in disc
          Tires: Kumho Majesty Solus
          225/45R-17 91W M+S

          DIMENSIONS
          Wheelbase: 107.1 in
          Length: 184.1 in
          Width: 71.9 in
          Height: 55.7 in
          Passenger Volume: 100 ft3
          Trunk Volume: 14 ft3
          Curb Weight: 2895 lb

          C/D TEST RESULTS
          60 mph: 8.1 sec
          1/4-Mile: 16.3 sec @ 88 mph
          100 mph: 22.1 sec
          120 mph: 37.5 sec
          Results above omit 1-ft rollout of 0.3 sec.
          Rolling Start, 5–60 mph: 8.5 sec
          Top Gear, 30–50 mph: 4.1 sec
          Top Gear, 50–70 mph: 5.5 sec
          Top Speed (mfr's claim): 124 mph
          Braking, 70–0 mph: 175 ft
          Roadholding, 300-ft Skidpad: 0.88 g

          C/D FUEL ECONOMY
          Observed: 35 mpg
          75-mph Highway Driving: 38 mpg

          EPA FUEL ECONOMY
          Combined/City/Highway: 35/31/41 mpg

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          2021 Hyundai Elantra Hybrid Limited
          Vehicle Type: front-engine, front-motor, front-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 4-door sedan

          PRICE
          Base/As Tested: $29,105/$29,260
          Options: carpeted floor mats, $155

          POWERTRAIN
          DOHC 16-valve Atkinson-cycle 2.0-liter inline-4, aluminum block and head, direct fuel injection, 104 hp, 109 lb-ft + AC motor, 43 hp, 125 lb-ft (combined output: 139 hp, 195 lb-ft; 1.32-kWh lithium-ion battery pack)
          Transmission: 6-speed dual-clutch automatic

          CHASSIS
          Suspension, F/R: struts/multilink; Brakes, F/R: 11.0-in vented disc/10.3-in disc; Tires: Hankook Kinergy GT 225/45R-17 91W M+S

          DIMENSIONS
          Wheelbase: 107.1 in
          Length: 184.1 in
          Width: 71.9 in
          Height: 55.7 in
          Passenger Volume: 100 ft3
          Trunk Volume: 14 ft3
          Curb Weight: 3088 lb

          C/D TEST RESULTS
          60 mph: 8.4 sec
          1/4-Mile: 16.5 sec @ 85 mph
          100 mph: 24.4 sec
          Results above omit 1-ft rollout of 0.3 sec.
          Rolling Start, 5–60 mph: 9.0 sec
          Top Gear, 30–50 mph: 4.7 sec
          Top Gear, 50–70 mph: 6.2 sec
          Top Speed (gov ltd): 116 mph
          Braking, 70–0 mph: 171 ft
          Roadholding, 300-ft Skidpad: 0.85 g

          C/D FUEL ECONOMY
          Observed: 40 mpg
          75-mph Highway Driving: 48 mpg
          Highway Range: 520 mi

          EPA FUEL ECONOMY
          Combined/City/Highway: 50/49/52 mpg

          C/D TESTING EXPLAINED

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