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2019 Hyundai Elantra

2019 Hyundai Elantra

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$11,342 — $27,642 NEW and USED
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Sedan
5 Seats
25-35 MPG
(Combined)
Key specs of the base trim
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Overview

Is this the car for you?

The Good

  • Fuel economy in Eco model
  • Handling
  • Apple CarPlay, Android Auto available

The Bad

  • Backseat headroom
  • Road noise
2019 Hyundai Elantra exterior side view

What to Know

about the 2019 Hyundai Elantra
  • Updated front, rear styling for 2019
  • Automatic emergency braking available
  • Five-seat compact sedan
  • Choice of three four-cylinder engines
  • Manual or automatic transmission

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2019 Hyundai Elantra Review

from the Cars.com expert editorial team

The updated 2019 Hyundai Elantra is pleasant, poised and primed to take on class rivals with fresh styling, a revised multimedia screen and new features. It's a solid choice for those looking for a compact sedan. Watch our video to learn more.

By Jennifer Geiger
The verdict:

As SUV sales soar, sedans seem about as uncool as my Hotmail email address, but for those still interested there are a lot of great options in the compact class, including the pleasant and poised 2019 Elantra.

 

Versus the competition:

The Elantra excels with its strong value and easy-peasy multimedia system but falls short in standard safety features.

 

For 2019, the Hyundai Elantra gets a significant refresh. Its powertrains carry over, but its exterior styling has gone from mild to wild. The new model also gets a revised multimedia screen as well as some new safety features; compare it with the 2018 version.

The Elantra competes in the bustling and busy compact sedan class against many vehicles that have been revised recently, including the Chevrolet Cruze, Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla; see them compared.

Not So Fast

If you’re expecting pep based on the Elantra’s slick new styling, lower your expectations. It’s just … fine — far from thrillingly fast, but miles away from annoyingly slow.

The uplevel Limited trim I drove uses the base engine — a 147-horsepower, 2.0-liter four-cylinder carried over from 2018, again mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. The lowest trim level, SE, comes standard with a six-speed manual. With the automatic, response from a stop is prompt, and shifts are well-timed and smooth. Eco and Sport models are also available and again use different powertrains for 2019: a 128-hp, turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder and a 201-hp, turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder, respectively.

On the highway, the Elantra feels planted and well-controlled. Its ride is firm and bumps are obvious, but neither of those is a big problem. What is a big problem is how loud it is; road and wind noise combine in an obnoxiously raucous symphony. Even the engine chimes in occasionally with a lou...

For 2019, the Hyundai Elantra gets a significant refresh. Its powertrains carry over, but its exterior styling has gone from mild to wild. The new model also gets a revised multimedia screen as well as some new safety features; compare it with the 2018 version.

The Elantra competes in the bustling and busy compact sedan class against many vehicles that have been revised recently, including the Chevrolet Cruze, Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla; see them compared.

Not So Fast

If you’re expecting pep based on the Elantra’s slick new styling, lower your expectations. It’s just … fine — far from thrillingly fast, but miles away from annoyingly slow.

The uplevel Limited trim I drove uses the base engine — a 147-horsepower, 2.0-liter four-cylinder carried over from 2018, again mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. The lowest trim level, SE, comes standard with a six-speed manual. With the automatic, response from a stop is prompt, and shifts are well-timed and smooth. Eco and Sport models are also available and again use different powertrains for 2019: a 128-hp, turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder and a 201-hp, turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder, respectively.

On the highway, the Elantra feels planted and well-controlled. Its ride is firm and bumps are obvious, but neither of those is a big problem. What is a big problem is how loud it is; road and wind noise combine in an obnoxiously raucous symphony. Even the engine chimes in occasionally with a loud, overtaxed-sounding note.

By the numbers, the Elantra’s fuel economy is mid-pack. With the base engine and automatic transmission, the Elantra is EPA-rated 29/38/33 mpg city/highway/combined — similar to base, automatic sedan versions of the Chevrolet Cruze (28/38/32 mpg), Honda Civic (30/38/33 mpg) and Toyota Corolla (30/38/33 mpg). The Elantra Eco adds 2 mpg combined, while the Sport loses 4 mpg combined with the automatic transmission; it’s rated as low as 25 mpg combined with the six-speed manual.

Handsome Cabin, Modern Tech

This is a value-minded compact car, so the cabin is nothing special to look at, but it’s well-made — materials quality is decent and the design is sharp. There are also some extra goodies on the Limited trim I tested, such as leather seats, wireless device charging and a premium audio system.

Not only does it all look good, but the controls are also fuss-free. The Elantra has had a refreshingly easy-to-use multimedia system for longer than many class rivals like the Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla, and the new model’s setup doesn’t disappoint. The screen is large enough and placed high on the dash for good visibility, and the touchscreen is responsive with a logical menu structure.

A 5-inch screen is standard on the base trim; all others get a larger 7-inch screen standard, with a newly available 8-inch screen option that includes navigation. I prefer to connect my smartphone and use Android Auto for maps; both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are standard with the 7- and 8-inch screens, and they’re easy to use.

Compact Room

The backseat doesn’t stand out in terms of headroom and legroom, but at 5-foot-6, I fit fine. Two child-safety seats had ample room in the backseat, and even with a space-hogging rear-facing car seat installed behind me, I had enough legroom in the front passenger seat. Check out our full Car Seat Check.

In terms of trunk space, the Elantra is again mid-pack. With 14.4 cubic feet of space, it trails the Civic and Cruze but offers a smidge more room than the Corolla.

Safety and Value

The 2019 Elantra starts at $18,120, up $285 over the outgoing model but still lower than the Civic, Cruze and Corolla. Prices can escalate quickly, however: My Limited model stickered for $26,960 with extras like navigation.

The added cost includes some safety features on most models. The 2018 Elantra was well behind the pack on safety equipment; forward automatic emergency braking, lane keep assist and adaptive cruise control were available only on the Limited trim level. That’s improved for 2019, when all Elantras except the base model get standard forward automatic emergency braking, lane keep assist, blind spot warning and a driver attention monitor. Adaptive cruise control and forward pedestrian detection, however, are still optional, offered only on the Limited.

This is a big step forward for the Elantra, but it still has some work to do to catch the class leaders in the safety department. All 2019 Honda Civics, for example, get the Honda Sensing suite of safety features standard, and Toyota has equipped every Corolla with forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking since the 2017 model year. However, other vehicles, like the 2019 Chevrolet Cruze, continue to make many such safety features optional — and only on top trim levels.

Although the Elantra will likely never find itself on the right side of cool, there’s a lot to like about it. Compact sedan shoppers face a large selection of comfortable and affordable options, and with the new Elantra, the list just got a bit longer.

Cars.com’s Editorial department is your source for automotive news and reviews. In line with Cars.com’s long-standing ethics policy, editors and reviewers don’t accept gifts or free trips from automakers. The Editorial department is independent of Cars.com’s advertising, sales and sponsored content departments.

Consumer Reviews

What drivers are saying

4.6
119 reviews — Read All reviews
Exterior Styling
(4.8)
Performance
(4.7)
Interior Design
(4.7)
Comfort
(4.8)
Reliability
(4.8)
Value For The Money
(4.6)

Read reviews that mention:

(5.0)

Beautiful & worth the money! Drives very nice!

by Jazzie from Bismarck, ND on July 1, 2020

This car is very smooth riding, has a lovely interior, beautiful exterior, love the backup camera which is FANTASTIC. Love the Sirius XM radio, the controls on the steering wheel! And all of the ... Read full review

(4.0)

great car, lots of options

by jesse f from San Francisco on June 1, 2020

reliable,good with gas, im happy with my purchase i had a wonderful buying experience. Thank u so much hanlees hyandai fremont auto mall l. Wonderful customer service Read full review

Safety

Recalls and crash tests

Recalls

The 2019 Hyundai Elantra currently has 0 recalls


Crash and Rollover Test Ratings

Based on 2019 Hyundai Elantra SE

IIHS rates vehicles good, acceptable, marginal, or poor.

Child Seat Anchors (Latch)

Ease of Use
acceptable

Crash Avoidance and Mitigation

Front Crash Prevention
superior

Head Restraints and Seats

Dynamic Rating
good
Overall Rear
good
Seat Head/Restraint Geometry
good

Headlights

Overall Rating
good

Moderate overlap front

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Left Leg/Foot
good
Overall Front
good
Restraints
good
Right Leg/Foot
good
Structure/safety cage
good

Other

Roof Strength
good

Side

Driver Head Protection
good
Driver Head and Neck
good
Driver Pelvis/Leg
good
Driver Torso
good
Overall Side
good
Rear Passenger Head Protection
good
Rear Passenger Head and Neck
good
Rear Passenger Pelvis/Leg
good
Rear Passenger Torso
acceptable
Structure/safety cage
good

Small Overlap Front - Driver Side

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Hip/Thigh
good
Lower Leg/Foot
acceptable
Overall Evaluation
good
Restraints and Dummy Kinematics
good
Structure and Safety Cage
good

Small Overlap Front - Passenger Side

Overall Evaluation
good
Structure and Safety Cage
good

Small Overlap Front - Passenger Side - Driver Injury Measures

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Hip/Thigh
good
Lower Leg/Foot
good
Restraints and Dummy Kinematics
good

Small Overlap Front - Passenger Side - Passenger Injury Measures

Chest
good
Head/Neck
good
Hip/Thigh
good
Lower Leg/Foot
good
Restraints and Dummy Kinematics
acceptable
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) is a nonprofit research and communications organization funded by auto insurers.

Warranty

New car and certified pre-owned programs by Hyundai

New Car Program Benefits

  • Bumper-to-Bumper

    60 months / 60,000 miles

  • Roadside Assistance

    60 months / unlimited distance

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Cars.com Car Seat Check

Certified child passenger safety technicians conduct hands-on tests of a car’s Latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. The Elantra received the following grades on a scale of A-F.*

Latch or Latch system

B

Infant seat

B

Forward-facing convertible

(second row)

B

Rear-facing convertible

B

Booster

(second row)

B
* This score may not apply to all trims, especially for vehicles with multiple body styles that affect the space and design of the seating.
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Warranty FAQs

What is a Bumper-to-Bumper warranty?

Often called a basic warranty or new-vehicle warranty, a bumper-to-bumper policy covers components like air conditioning, audio systems, vehicle sensors, fuel systems and major electrical components. Most policies exclude regular maintenance like fluid top offs and oil changes, but a few brands have separate free-maintenance provisions, and those that do offer them is slowly rising. Bumper-to-bumper warranties typically expire faster than powertrain warranties.

What is a Powertrain warranty?

Don't be misled a 10-year or 100,000-mile powertrain warranty doesn't promise a decade of free repairs for your car. It typically covers just the engine and transmission, along with any other moving parts that lead to the wheels, like the driveshaft and constant velocity joints. Some automakers also bundle seat belts and airbags into their powertrain warranties. With a few exceptions, powertrain warranties don't cover regular maintenance like engine tuneups and tire rotations.

What is included in Roadside Assistance?

Some automakers include roadside assistance with their bumper-to-bumper or powertrain warranties, while others have separate policies. These programs cover anything from flat-tire changes and locksmith services to jump-starts and towing. Few reimburse incidental costs like motel rooms (if you have to wait for repairs).

What other services could be included in a warranty?

Some automakers include free scheduled maintenance for items such as oil changes, air filters and tire rotations. Some include consumables including brake pads and windshield wipers; others do not. They are typically for the first couple of years of ownership of a new car.

What does CPO mean?

A certified pre-owned or CPO car has been inspected to meet minimum quality standards and typically includes some type of warranty. While dealers and third parties certify cars, the gold standard is an automaker-certified vehicle that provides a factory-backed warranty, often extending the original coverage. Vehicles must be in excellent condition and have low miles and wear to be certified, which is why off-lease vehicles feed many CPO programs.

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