2021 Hyundai Elantra Limited

Offers best balance of price, performance and features
May 10, 2021 Updated: May 10, 2021

My Elantra was powered by a 2.0L 4-cylinder engine capable of producing up to 147 horsepower. It features Dual Continuous Variable Valve Timing (D-CVVT), and the power is regulated through Smartstream Intelligent Variable Transmission (IVT) which is Hyundai’s new implementation of CVT with simulated gear shifts.

The drivetrain will achieve up to 31 mpg in the city and 41 mpg on the highway for a combined average of 35 mpg.

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A sleek view from the back. (Courtesy of Hyundai)

Standard disc brakes at all four wheels, Lane Keeping Assist, Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist with Pedestrian Detection, and Blind-Spot Collision Avoidance Assist are just some of the two dozens or so advanced standard technology features available on the Elantra.

The re-styled interior cabin surrounds the driver with the dashboard and the center console, while keeping a minimum and stylish visual for the front passenger.

The 10.25-inch high-resolution touchscreen navigation system and the 10.25-inch fully digital TFT instrument cluster give you information quickly at a glance.

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10.25-inch digital instrument cluster. (Courtesy of Hyundai)

The Limited model has standard leather-trimmed interior. Front seats are heated for those really cold days. The driver’s seat is 6-way power adjustable with lumbar support. Backseats are 60/40 split-folding, providing flexibility in accommodating passengers and cargo.

There is a wireless charging pad to keep personal devices running. The infotainment system with Dynamic Voice Recognition supports both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smart-device integration. Two standard USB ports provide more charging and data connection conveniences.

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10.25-inch infotainment system touchscreen. (Courtesy of Hyundai)

This 5-passenger compact sedan is quite attractive with its black interior and soft, black seats.

Outside, the Portofino Gray paint lends it “good looks” and attractive attention.

Sunroof, chrome window surround, LED headlights, plus automatic heated side mirrors including turn signal indicators are additional ingredients for exterior quality. All this “good stuff” rests on 17-inch alloy wheels.

Standard features not generally found on many competitors include hands-free smart trunk release, rearview camera with dynamic guide line, and steering wheel mounted audio and climate controls. These features are all a part of this classy ensemble.

The manufacturer’s suggested retail price for the range-topping Limited model starts at $25,450.

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Melange with Gray interior. (Courtesy of Hyundai)

This price for the Limited model includes the entire contents of a $950 Convenience Package and a $2,100 Premium Package, featuring items like 10..25-inch digital gauge cluster, Bose Premium Audio with 8 speakers including subwoofer, Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist with Pedestrian, Cyclist and Junction-Turning Detection, wireless charging pad, Smart Cruise Control with Stop & Go,chrome windows trim, sower sunroof, and 17-inch alloy wheels.

The overall Hyundai strategy for the 2021 Elantra was to design and present a sharp, stylish vehicle with an attractive exterior and interior with sophistication and approved styling. I think Hyundai has succeeded with Elantra.

I would have preferred to see the center armrest with storage area moved back some to make accessibility easier. Currently the driver cannot open or use the storage bin with one hand.

Warranty
5 years/60,000 miles New Vehicle Limited Warranty
10 years/100,000 miles Powertrain Limited Warranty
3 years or 36,000-miles Complimentary Maintenance
7 years/unlimited miles Anti-perforation Warranty
5 years/unlimited miles 24/7Roadside Assist

Durhl Caussey writes a car column read around the world. He may be reached at this newspaper or durhlcaussey@gmail.com.