2019 Hyundai Elantra

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Key specs

Base trim shown


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Seating capacity

181.9” x 56.5”


Front-wheel drive



The good:

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

The bad:

  • Backseat headroom
  • Road noise

6 trims

Starting msrp listed lowest to highest price

Wondering which trim is right for you?

Our 2019 Hyundai Elantra trim comparison will help you decide.

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Notable features

  • Updated front, rear styling for 2019
  • Automatic emergency braking available
  • Five-seat compact sedan
  • Choice of three four-cylinder engines
  • Manual or automatic transmission
See also: How Do Car Seats Fit in a 2019 Hyundai Elantra?

2019 Hyundai Elantra review: Our expert's take

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 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.

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Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 4.6
  • Interior 4.6
  • Performance 4.6
  • Value 4.7
  • Exterior 4.7
  • Reliability 4.7

Most recent consumer reviews


Great Car For Price

Great car for the price! Really good city/hwy MPG, Very easy to drive and park. Back up camera comes in handy. After driving for a year, I'm still Very pleased with car.



DO NOT BUY this CAR USED Ever!! I bought it new and was good for about 2-4 years then nothing but issues starting happening. Also, the Tik Tok Kia Boys are stealing these left and right. These car have no push start, no alarm and no engine Immobilizer at all. So many major recalls on this car. The engine is now recalled on most of these cars. The engine is loud, the interior makes noises, the car rides harsh and no way do you ever get 38MPG. More like 26-30MPG. The MPG on the window sticker is wrong. No wonder why that have 28,800+ of these for sale as being used. Trust me, DO NOT BUY a USED one. You will regret and your warranty is up after 5 years/60,000 for a USED car. Make sure you ask them if you decide to buy a USED one. I traded in mine before it crapped out. I am glad to unload this car. I feel sorry for the new owner whoever buys it. Sad.


Worst car I've ever owned!

This is literally the worst car I've ever owned. I actually wish someone would steal it. That's how bad it is. I've had nothing but problems with it. As soon as it hit 40,000 miles it was done. They had to replace the engine which was still under warranty but as soon as that happened shortly after the warranty was done and literally everything attached to the engine went wrong. That's what happens when you put in a new engine but don't replace any of the other parts around it. Hyundai doesn't care and will take no responsibility for it either. I tried to get the card declared a lemon but no luck. The worst decision I ever made was buying this car. It's actually made me go broke.

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Based on the 2019 Hyundai Elantra base trim.
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New car and Certified Pre-Owned programs by Hyundai
New car program benefits
60 months/60,000 miles
84 months/unlimited distance
120 months/100,000 miles
Roadside assistance
60 months/unlimited distance
Certified Pre-Owned program benefits
Maximum age/mileage
Less than 80,000 miles; less than 7 years old (currently MY18- MY24)
Basic warranty terms
Remainder of the 5-Year/60,000-Mile New Vehicle Limited Warranty. From original in-service date and zero (0) miles.
10-Yr/100K-Mile Powertrain Limited Warranty. From original in-service date and zero (0) miles.
Dealer certification required
173-point inspection
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