5 Fun Facts You Might Not Know About the 2021 Hyundai Elantra

Christian Wardlaw | May 18, 2021

Hyundai has completely redesigned the 2021 Elantra, and it takes enormous leaps forward in terms of design, technology, safety, efficiency, and driving dynamics. In most ways, it sets new standards in the compact sedan segment and lacks nothing more than an optional all-wheel-drive system to dominate the class definitively. For now.

Hyundai offers the new 2021 Elantra in popular standard, efficient hybrid, sporty N Line, and performance-tuned N model series. A variety of engines and transmissions are available, each calibrated to serve a specific purpose. Depending on the version, you can get Blue, SE, SEL, or Limited trim, and prices range from $19,650 to $28,100. When the Elantra N arrives, it will likely be priced well into the $30,000 range.

With that overview as background, here are five fun facts you might not know about the 2021 Hyundai Elantra.

Fun Fact 1: The Elantra Hybrid is as Efficient as a Toyota Prius - Find the best Hyundai deals!

2021 Hyundai Elantra Hybrid Limited Gray Front Quarter View

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When people think of fuel-efficient hybrid cars, they think of the Toyota Prius. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Prius gets between 52 mpg and 56 mpg in combined driving, depending on equipment.

With the 2021 Hyundai Elantra redesign, a new Hybrid model debuts. It comes in Blue and Limited trim levels and is rated to return between 50 mpg and 54 mpg in combined driving, according to the EPA. Granted, it doesn’t have the Prius’s handy hatchback design, but the 14.2 cubic-foot trunk is roomy.

If that doesn’t work for you, give the Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid a try. It follows the Prius recipe more closely, returns between 55 mpg and 59 mpg in combined driving, and accommodates 26.5 cubic feet of cargo behind its rear seat, which is more than most versions of the Prius. 

Fun Fact 2: Driving Enthusiasts Can Still Row Their Own Gears - Find the best Hyundai deals!

Are you the type of person who loves the added driving engagement required of a manual gearbox and a clutch pedal? If so, then the new 2021 Hyundai Elantra has a treat for you: a 6-speed manual transmission. It’s available with N Line and N versions of the car.

In the sport-tuned Elantra N Line, the row ’em yourself transmission is standard. If you’d rather not use a stick, a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission (DCT) with steering wheel paddle shifters is optional. Both bolt to a lively, turbocharged 1.6-liter 4-cylinder cranking out 201 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 195 pound-feet of torque between 1,500 rpm and 4,500 rpm. 

Either way, the Elantra N Line is a joy to drive. Until you’ve given the Elantra N a try.

Fun Fact 3: The Upcoming Hyundai Elantra N is Freakishly Fast - Find the best Hyundai deals!

2021 Hyundai Elantra N in Camo on Twisty Road

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Tuned to lap Germany’s Nurburgring as rapidly as possible, the Elantra N is stunningly good to drive. And drive one I did, this camouflaged pre-production car on the notorious but glorious Latigo Canyon Road in Malibu, California.

The Elantra N has a turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder whipping up 276 horsepower and 289 pound-feet of torque, a 6-speed manual or 8-speed wet DCT, an electronic limited-slip front differential, giant brakes, 19-inch wheels with summer performance tires, and a full roster of N-tuned hardware and software.

Take a Hyundai Elantra N down a road you know as intimately as the lines on your face, and you will be stunned by the amount of speed you can carry in this car.

Fun Fact 4: Every Hyundai Elantra Comes with a Bunch of Free Stuff - Find the best Hyundai deals!

At Hyundai, every day is like an Oprah Winfrey giveaway. But instead of “you get a car, and you get a car,” it’s what you get with your car that matters.

  • Don’t like what you picked out? You’ve got three days to perform an exchange (with certain limitations). 
  • Want roadside assistance for a good long time? You get five years of coverage standard, and with unlimited mileage. That’s in addition to one of the best powertrain and bumper-to-bumper warranties in the business.
  • Wish someone else would pay for maintenance? Buy a Hyundai Elantra, and scheduled maintenance is on the house for three years or 36,000 miles
  • Can’t justify paying extra for connected services? When equipped for Blue Link, the Elantra includes most of the subscription plans for free for three years. 

Yeah, the 2021 Elantra has got all that.

Fun Fact 5: You Can Unlock and Drive the Elantra Using Your Phone - Find the best Hyundai deals!

2021 Hyundai Elantra Hybrid Limited Interior Dashboard

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Take a peek into a loaded Elantra Limited, and prepare to be wowed by the technology. Digital instrumentation and a touchscreen infotainment system, each rendered with 10.25-inch displays, give the new Elantra a distinct Mercedes-Benz vibe. And the available advanced driving assistance systems (ADAS) are mighty impressive, especially the Level 2 Highway Driving Assist technology.

But the killer app, so to speak, is the available digital key technology. If you own an Android-based smartphone, you can use it to unlock the Elantra, start the engine, and drive the car. Upon arrival at your destination, you again use your smartphone to lock the Elantra. Talk about a technologically sophisticated compact car.

Hyundai is the source of information in this article. It was accurate as of May 18, 2021, but it may have changed since that date. Always confirm product details and availability with the automaker’s website or your local dealership.

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