The 2019 Hyundai Elantra benefits from a redesign that gives it sportier styling, additional safety features, and a more fully-featured infotainment system. It continues to be affordable even with these new additions, which makes it an attractive choice for first-time buyers and those on a budget.
Available in a range of six trims, base models have a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine with 147 horsepower and 132 lb-ft of torque. There’s also the Eco with a 1.4-liter 4-cylinder with 128 horsepower and 156 lb-ft of torque. Those are the base engines, but if you’re looking for a more powerful ride, the top Sport gets a 1.6-liter 4-cylinder with 201 horsepower and 195 lb-ft of torque.
It’s a responsive engine that easily powers the Elantra into highway traffic and does a solid job of delivering extra power for passing. The 7-speed automatic transmission shifts smoothly even under aggressive acceleration. While it’s a competent powertrain, this is not a driver’s car. Those who are seeking a truly asporty drive experience won’t find it in the Elantra.
The interior is comfortable with room for five passengers. Those over six feet will find the rear seats tight, especially with the front seats pushed back. Three can fit in those rear seats, but they’re best reserved for two. If you happen to be carrying kids along for the ride, then they’ll be fine.
Keeping those passengers safe are new features that, for the most part, are standard on all but the base trim of the Elantra. These include forward collision avoidance assist, lane keep assist, and driver attention alert that issues an audible and visual warning if it detects you’re driving tired.
Additional available features include safe exit assist, forward collision avoidance assist with pedestrian detection, blind-spot collision warning with rear cross-traffic alert, and lane change assist. Although the most advanced features are reserved for top trims, the base offering is still impressive, especially considering the Elantra’s affordable price point.
The Elantra marks the debut of the latest Hyundai infotainment system. It’s more responsive and features a larger 8-inch touchscreen with standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. This system isn’t standard across the lineup, with a 5-inch screen on the base model and a 7-inch touchscreen for most of the range. The top system is only an option on two trims.
The 2019 Hyundai Elantra is a value-focused sedan with affordable pricing across the range. While some features are reserved only for select trims, a solid array of standard features help the Elantra keep its appeal. Pricing ranges from $17,200 to $23,700