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2022 Hyundai Elantra Review

The 2022 Hyundai Elantra has a refined powertrain, polished handling, a user-friendly touch screen, and many standard tech and safety features, but its interior quality and cargo space are merely average for the compact car class.

Pros & Cons

  • Many standard tech and safety features
  • Straightforward infotainment system
  • Zippy, fuel-efficient engine lineup
  • Poised ride and handling
  • Low starting price
  • Some cheap cabin materials

Rankings & Research

The 2022 Hyundai Elantra's #4 ranking is based on its score within the Compact Cars category. Currently the Hyundai Elantra has a score of 8.0 out of 10, which is based on our evaluation of 24 pieces of research and data elements using various sources.

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Overall Rating

Critics' Rating: 8.2/10
Performance: 7.6/10
Interior: 6.7/10
Safety: 9.4/10
Quality & Reliability: 80/100 J.D. Power Ratings Logo

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Is the Hyundai Elantra a Good Car?

Yes, the 2022 Hyundai Elantra is a great compact car. It is comfortable and enjoyable to drive, and it has a diverse engine lineup that ranges from highly efficient to high-powered. The front seats are comfy, and the infotainment system is easy to use. Better still, the Elantra provides a ton of standard tech and safety features for a car that starts at under $20,000, and it's backed by a lengthy 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty.

We review the Hyundai Elantra Hybrid separately.

Should I Buy the Hyundai Elantra?

The Hyundai Elantra is definitely worth a look if you're shopping for a compact sedan. It's affordably priced, packed with features, and enjoyable to drive. That being said, it is up against some fierce competition. You may want to cross-shop the Mazda3, Toyota Corolla, or redesigned Honda Civic before you buy. All three are available in roomier hatchback variants as well, while the Elantra is sedan-only.

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Why You Can Trust Us: 24 Reviews Analyzed

We’ve analyzed 24 Hyundai Elantra reviews, as well as data points like safety scores and fuel economy estimates, to help you make the best car-buying decision possible. This 2022 Elantra review incorporates applicable research for all models in this generation, which launched for 2021.

U.S. News Best Cars has been ranking and reviewing vehicles since 2007, and our staff has more than 75 years of combined experience in the auto industry. To ensure our objectivity, we never accept expensive gifts from carmakers, and an outside firm manages the ads on our site.

2021 vs. 2022 Hyundai Elantra: What's the Difference?

Hyundai added an N trim to the Elantra lineup for 2022, but otherwise, there are no major differences between the 2021 and 2022 models. The sport-tuned N packs a 276-horsepower turbocharged engine, upgraded brakes, an adaptive suspension, and racier styling, among other tweaks.

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Here are the key changes for the Hyundai Elantra over the last few years:

  • 2022: Elantra N trim introduced
  • 2021: fully redesigned with a new look and additional standard and available features; N Line trim joined lineup; Elantra hybrid debuted; hatchback variant discontinued
  • 2020: CVT replaced six-speed automatic transmission; forward collision warning, lane keep assist, and driver drowsiness monitoring became standard
  • 2019: refreshed interior and exterior styling; gained more standard and available features

If you're considering an older model, be sure to read our 2019 Elantra, 2020 Elantra, and 2021 Elantra reviews to help make your decision. Also, check out our Best New Car Deals and Best New Car Lease Deals pages to learn about savings and discounts you can find on new vehicles.

How Much Does the Hyundai Elantra Cost?

The 2022 Hyundai Elantra sedan has a $19,850 starting price, which is among the lowest in the compact car class. Prices rise to $21,100 for the SEL trim and $25,600 for the ritzier Limited trim. The turbocharged Elantra N Line starts at $24,250. For comparison, the midsize Hyundai Sonata starts at $24,150.

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Hyundai Elantra Versus the Competition

Hyundai Elantra vs. Honda Civic

The Honda Civic and the Elantra are both family-friendly cars that offer class-leading fuel economy, surefooted handling, an easygoing ride, and intuitive tech. Both also come packed with advanced safety features, although you'll get a few more with the Elantra. The Civic stands out as the more premium vehicle, thanks to its suave and finely trimmed interior, but its starting price is also about $1,800 more. The Honda finishes higher in our compact car rankings, but you can't go wrong with either vehicle.

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Hyundai Elantra vs. Toyota Corolla

It's a similar story with the popular Toyota Corolla. Like the Elantra, the Corolla nets great gas mileage, it's comfortable to drive, the cabin is sufficiently upscale and well-trimmed, and the infotainment system is easy to use. Both cars start at around $20,000, and they're packed with safety features. That said, the Elantra offers a bit more value than its rival, and it boasts a longer warranty and zippier engines.

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Elantra Interior: Fashion Forward

Elantra Interior Quality

The 2022 Hyundai Elantra has a sporty and cleanly styled cabin that complements its extroverted exterior design. The dashboard flows elegantly from door to door, and it's highlighted by bold chrome trim and a grab handle that extends to the center console. Most critics say it looks great, but it doesn't feel particularly upscale. The interior has many hard plastic surfaces, even on the door armrests, and there's a fair amount of wind and road noise at highway speeds.

Elantra Infotainment, Bluetooth, and Navigation

The Hyundai Elantra offers two user-friendly infotainment setups. Most trims come equipped with an 8-inch touch screen and an analog gauge cluster. This display responds quickly to inputs, it has straightforward menus, and it's complemented by a few physical buttons and knobs. It can also connect wirelessly to your phone to run Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Higher trims are available with a 10.2-inch touch screen and a matching digital gauge cluster. These displays have sharper graphics and a wider range of on-screen customization, but oddly, this system requires a wired connection to sync with your smartphone.

  • Standard infotainment features: an 8-inch touch screen, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, HD Radio, a four-speaker stereo, Bluetooth, and two USB ports
  • Available infotainment features: a 10.2-inch touch screen (with wired Apple CarPlay and Android Auto), a 10.2-inch digital gauge cluster, navigation, satellite radio, six- and eight-speaker stereos, and wireless device charging
  • Additional standard features: remote keyless entry
  • Other available features: dual-zone automatic climate control, proximity keyless entry, push-button start, a sunroof, a digital key app, and ambient lighting
Elantra Cargo Space

The Elantra has 14.2 cubic feet of trunk space, which is about average for the compact car class. The cargo area can fit a few carry-on bags or a large haul of groceries without issue, but the trunk's relatively small opening can make it tough to load bulkier suitcases. As a plus, the rear seats can fold down to fit longer items.

How Many People Does the Elantra Seat?

The Hyundai Elantra is a four-door sedan with five seats. The front seats are supportive and decently cushioned, and there's sufficient headroom and legroom for taller occupants. It's easy to find a comfy driving position, thanks to the range of seat and steering wheel adjustments. The rear seats aren't as spacious or supple, but there's still more than enough room for kids or smaller adults to sit comfortably. Outward visibility is good to the front and sides of the Elantra, but the car's fastback roofline obscures the view to the rear.

Cloth upholstery and manually adjustable front seats are standard. Synthetic and genuine leather upholstery is available, as are heated front seats and a power-adjustable driver's seat.

Elantra and Child Car Seats

There are two complete sets of LATCH connectors for the rear outboard seats and a tether anchor for the rear middle seat. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gave this LATCH system the second-highest rating of Acceptable for its ease of use. The lower anchors are positioned deep within the seat cushions, but the setup is otherwise user-friendly.

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Elantra Performance: Bases Covered

Elantra Engine

The 2022 Hyundai Elantra is available with three engine options: a 2.0-liter four-cylinder with 147 horsepower (SE, SEL, and Limited), a 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with 201 horsepower (N Line), and a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with 276 horsepower (N).

The base engine does a fine job of zipping the Elantra around in day-to-day driving, and it's paired with a well-mannered continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). Acceleration is reasonably brisk, and there's sufficient passing power at highway speeds. The CVT shifts quickly and smoothly, and it does a convincing impression of a traditional automatic.

The N Line's turbocharged engine is noticeably peppier, especially at higher rpm, and it gives the Elantra some real get-up-and-go, as well as a sportier exhaust note. The engine revs happily and shuttles the Elantra to 60 mph in around 6.5 seconds. A six-speed manual transmission comes standard and impresses with its crisp action and smooth clutch engagement. A seven-speed dual-clutch automatic is optional. It fires off quick and mostly smooth gear changes.

The Elantra N takes things a step further. Its 2.0-liter turbo-four can blitz the car from zero to 60 mph in just over five seconds. This configuration is available with a six-speed manual or an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic.

Elantra Gas Mileage

The Hyundai Elantra gets excellent fuel economy for a compact car. Models with the base 2.0-liter engine return an EPA-rated 33 mpg in the city and 43 mpg on the highway. The N Line gets a respectable 28/36 mpg city/highway when paired with the dual-clutch automatic transmission and 25/34 mpg with the six-speed manual. The Elantra N is rated at 22 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway with the manual transmission and 20/30 mpg city/highway with the automatic.

For even better gas mileage, opt for the Hyundai Elantra Hybrid, which we review separately.

Elantra Ride and Handling

The Hyundai Elantra delivers a great overall driving experience. The steering is responsive and lightly weighted, making the Elantra easy to maneuver and park in tight areas. It exhibits minimal body lean when navigating through turns, and the suspension yields a cushioned and controlled ride. The brakes provide good stopping power as well.

The N variants push the car toward sports sedan territory. The N Line benefits from larger front brakes and a more sophisticated rear suspension setup, while the Elantra N gets bigger brakes all-around and adaptive shock absorbers. These tweaks help the Elantra stop harder and carry more speed into turns, and they liven up the steering.

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Elantra Reliability

Is the Hyundai Elantra Reliable?

The 2022 Elantra has a predicted reliability score of 80 out of 100. A J.D. Power predicted reliability score of 91-100 is considered the Best, 81-90 is Great, 70-80 is Average, and 0-69 is Fair and considered below average.

Hyundai Elantra Warranty

Hyundai covers the 2022 Elantra with a 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty and a five-year/60,000-mile limited warranty.

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Elantra Safety

Elantra Crash Test Results

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gave the 2022 Hyundai Elantra an overall safety rating of five out of five stars. The Elantra received five stars in the side crash and rollover tests, as well as four stars in the frontal crash test.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety has not yet evaluated the 2022 Elantra, but the organization gave the nearly identical 2021 model a top score of Good in all six crash test categories.

Elantra Safety Features

Standard driver assistance features:

  • Rearview camera
  • Blind spot monitoring
  • Rear cross traffic alert
  • Forward collision warning
  • Forward automatic emergency braking
  • Pedestrian detection
  • Lane keep assist
  • Driver drowsiness monitoring
  • Rear seat alert (reminds you to check for children and pets before you exit the vehicle)
  • Safe exit warning (alerts exiting occupants of approaching vehicles)
  • Automatic high-beam headlights

Available driver assistance features:

  • Rear parking sensors
  • Rear collision warning
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Cyclist detection
  • Highway Driving Assist (adaptive cruise control with lane centering)

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Elantra Dimensions and Weight

The Hyundai Elantra is 15.3 feet long. Its curb weight ranges from 2,725 to 3,296 pounds.

Where Is the 2022 Hyundai Elantra Built?

Hyundai builds the Elantra in Alabama and South Korea.

Which Hyundai Elantra Model Is Right for Me?

The 2022 Hyundai Elantra comes in five trim levels: SE, SEL, N Line, Limited, and N. Each trim adds a few more standard features than the last, but the biggest difference is found under the hood. The SE, SEL, and Limited trims have a thrifty 147-horsepower engine, the N Line has a punchier 201-horsepower turbocharged engine, and the Elantra N has an even brawnier 276-horsepower turbo-four. All models are front-wheel-drive.

We think most shoppers will be pleased with the entry-level SE and SEL trims. These models are well-equipped, affordably priced, and fuel-efficient.

Hyundai Elantra SE

The base Elantra SE has a $19,850 starting price, and it's equipped with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). Standard features include an 8-inch touch screen, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Bluetooth, two USB ports, HD Radio, a four-speaker stereo, remote keyless entry, cloth upholstery, and 15-inch alloy wheels.

Standard safety features include forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, forward automatic emergency braking, driver drowsiness detection, lane keep assist, blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, a rearview camera, rear seat alert, safe exit assist, and automatic high-beam headlights.

Hyundai Elantra SEL

The Elantra SEL costs $21,100. It adds proximity keyless entry, push-button start, a six-speaker stereo, satellite radio, dual-zone automatic climate control, and 16-inch wheels.

Two option packages are available. The $900 Convenience package includes heated front seats, a 10.2-inch digital gauge cluster, a smartphone charging pad, adaptive cruise control, and cyclist detection. The $2,100 Premium package adds a digital key app, a power-adjustable driver's seat, a sunroof, an eight-speaker Bose stereo, dark chrome accents, and 17-inch wheels.

Hyundai Elantra Limited

The Elantra Limited is priced at $25,600. It includes all of the Convenience and Premium package features plus genuine leather upholstery, a 10.2-inch touch screen, navigation, ambient interior lighting, Highway Driving Assist, rear collision warning, and rear parking sensors.

Hyundai Elantra N Line

The sporty Elantra N Line costs $24,250 and features a 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine and a six-speed manual transmission. This trim includes all of the SEL features plus a restyled grille and front bumper, larger front brakes, a multilink rear suspension, 18-inch wheels, synthetic leather upholstery with cloth accents, heated front seats, a power-adjustable driver's seat, wireless device charging, a digital key, and a sunroof.

A dual-clutch automatic transmission is optional for $1,100.

Hyundai Elantra N

The racy Elantra N has a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine and the choice of either a six-speed manual or an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. This trim includes all of the N Line features plus an adaptive suspension, upgraded brakes, 19-inch wheels, a rear wing, a 10.2-inch touch screen and matching digital gauge cluster, navigation, a Bose stereo, rear parking sensors, and rear collision warning. Hyundai has not released pricing information for the Elantra N at the time of writing.

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The Final Call

Fresh off a redesign for 2021, the 2022 Hyundai Elantra continues to offer a mix of refinement and value that makes it a great choice in the competitive compact car segment. The Elantra has an affordable starting price, long warranty coverage, and many standard driver assistance features. It also boasts great fuel economy, solid engine performance, and buttoned-down handling. It's well worth a look.

Don't just take our word for it. Check out comments from some of the reviews that drive our rankings and analysis. 

  • "The 2022 Hyundai Elantra has shaken up the compact sedan class with bold styling, generous equipment, and affordable pricing. And it’s only in the second year of its current generation. This seventh-generation Elantra is also spacious, safe (top scores in crash tests), and cheap to own." -- Kelley Blue Book
  • "With the 2021 Elantra's new eye-catching wrapper, impressive feature count, and solid dynamics, Hyundai has smartly followed the playbook used by Honda when it introduced the current Civic–the most successful Civic generation on record and consistently Honda's best-selling car. Whether that formula works as well for the Elantra has yet to be seen, but it does make Hyundai's compact sedan more compelling than ever." -- Car and Driver (2021)
  • "Although the compact sedan segment is shrinking, it's still quite popular and competitive. Hyundai has been in the segment long enough to understand it, and the new Elantra is not looking back–its striking design, modern technology, and superb interior space will move it forward." -- Motor Trend (2021)

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