4.5 Overall Score
Performance 4.3 Comfort 4.2 Styling 4.2 Value 4.5

Editor's Overview

The 2019 Hyundai Elantra sedan and GT hatchback offer a remarkable list of standard and optional equipment and at an impressively low price. Features not even found on some luxury cars are available here, as well as a new range of driver-assist safety features. The sedan gets a complete makeover this year, while the GT remains the same.

You'll Like The 2019 Hyundai Elantra If...

If you’re seeking a compact sedan big on sophistication, quality and value, the 2019 Hyundai Elantra sedan is tough to beat. From its sleek body to its efficient engine range and high-tech features, everything about this sedan is designed to pull in buyers and never let go.

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The Elantra isn’t as youthful or fun to drive as a Honda Civic or Mazda3, and unlike the Toyota Corolla, not every model comes with advanced driver-assist features. The hatchback GT doesn’t get the sedan’s new exterior treatment, leaving it looking a bit out of place.

What's New

For 2019 the Hyundai Elantra sedan gets a major makeover, with a new front end, fenders, trunk and taillights. New driver-assist features are added to the SEL and higher trims, and the interior gets a number of upgrades including a rearview camera and, on Limited trims, Qi wireless charging.

Interior Features

Hyundai is proud to point out that the Elantra's interior is a size higher than its class. So while this is a compact car, its 110.2 cubic feet of interior room qualifies it as a midsize vehicle, according to the EPA. It may not be quite as roomy as the Honda Civic and Nissan Sentra, but it's still a testament to modern engineering that no longer means a small car has to be a "penalty box." We especially appreciate the driver-centric dash layout, and the fact that controls for audio, climate and the like are actually buttons and knobs vs. multi-step touch-based systems.

Exterior Features

Just two years into its cycle, the 2019 Hyundai Elantra sedan gets a complete makeover. The front grille, bumper and fenders impart a more sophisticated look on par with the larger Sonata sedan. A massive trapezoidal grille and sharp-angled headlights accentuate the new design, with Limited and Sport trims touting LED headlights. Around back, a similar remake of the trunk, taillights and rear fascia coincides with new wheel designs on every trim. Despite its new exterior, the Elantra remains a manageable size, measuring just 181.9 inches and riding on a long 106.3-inch wheelbase.

Driving Impressions

The 2019 Elantra impresses, blending comfort, efficiency and even some sportiness. The standard Elantra's 2.0-liter Atkinson-cycle 4-cylinder engine feels peppier than its 147 horsepower indicates, and its available 6-speed automatic transmission with Drive Mode Select is a willing partner. Whether romping around mountain 2-lanes enjoying the Sport mode's responsive steering and sportier shift patterns, or darting through city avenues where Normal mode provides smooth shifts and throttle response, we were impressed with the Elantra. For Green Party members, the Elantra Eco's gas-sipping 1.4-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder achieves a combined city/highway EPA figure of 35 mpg. And for party animals, the Elantra Sport rocks a 1.6-liter turbo delivering 201 horsepower and mated to either a 6-speed manual or a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. While the Elantra sedan and GT hatchback continue to use a torsion-beam rear suspension the Elantra Sport and GT Sport models raise the sport coefficient thanks in part to a multi-link rear suspension.

Pricing Notes

The 2019 Hyundai Elantra SE base sedan with manual transmission has a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) starting just under $18,000. Move up to the nicely equipped Elantra SEL, and you're still looking at a price below $20,300. The Value Edition starts just under $21,300, while the Elantra Eco model will cost just under $21,900. Elantra Sport models start at $23,300. If you check all the boxes and go with a leather-lined Elantra Limited ($23,485) with the Ultimate package ($3,350), you'll still be paying just $26,835 -- not bad for a mainstream car with more equipment than many entry-level luxury cars. Elantra pricing is close to that of the Honda Civic, Toyota Corolla, Mazda3 and Ford Focus. A Nissan Sentra starts below the Elantra, as does its own cousin, the Kia Forte. Check out KBB.com’s Fair Purchase Price to see what others in your area are paying for their new Elantra. The Elantra's resale value had traditionally trailed that of the market-leading Subaru Impreza and Honda Civic.

Notable Equipment

The entry-level SE trim includes such must-haves as power windows, power locks, air conditioning, height-adjustable driver’s seat, Bluetooth, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel plus an AM/FM/CD stereo with 5-inch color screen, rearview monitor, USB and aux jacks. The SEL elevates the game with SmartSense suite (Forward Collision Avoidance, Lane Keep Assist, Driver Attention Alert), 7-inch display audio, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. All new Elantras include Hyundai’s 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty and a 5-year/60,000-mile standard warranty covering just about everything else.

Notable Options

Aside from the automatic transmission, most major options for the 2019 Elantra are bundled into trim levels. When you select the high-line Limited trim, your Elantra includes a leather interior, power driver's seat with lumbar support, hands-free power trunk, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, heated front seats, Infinity audio, Qi wireless charging, high-beam assist and push-button start. Adding the Ultimate package to that trim includes navigation with an 8-inch screen, a power sunroof, safety exit warning, Forward Collision Assist with pedestrian detection and adaptive cruise control. The Sport includes many of the Limited’s features plus a multi-link rear suspension, a flat-bottom leather-wrapped steering wheel and 18-inch wheels.

Favorite Features

POWER TRUNK, WITH A TRICK

The Elantra’s trunk isn’t just power-operated; it’s smart enough to open itself. All that is required is you have the key fob somewhere on your person while standing behind the Elantra and after a few seconds, the trunk will open.

QI WIRELESS CHARGING

Given how much our smartphones are now integrated with our cars, a wireless charging pad should be standard on every model. For now, you’ll have to settle for the plushness of the Limited trim to get a Qi charging pad, but you can say goodbye to that tangle of wires.

Under the Hood

The 2019 Elantra offers a choice of 4-cylinder engines. The standard powerplant is a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder. In the Elantra SE and Elantra GT, that engine is mated to a 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic transmission, while the SEL, Limited and Value Edition models all come exclusively with the automatic. The 2019 Elantra Sport models are equipped with a more powerful 1.6-liter turbo engine and the choice of a standard 6-speed manual or optional 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. The frugal might look toward the Eco model offering a 1.4-liter turbocharged engine with a 7-speed automatic transmission, and achieves an estimated 40 mpg.

1.4-liter turbocharged inline-4 (Eco)

128 horsepower @ 5,500 rpm

156 lb-ft of torque @ 1,400-3,700 rpm

EPA city/highway fuel economy: 32/40 mpg

2.0-liter inline-4 (SE, SEL, Limited and Value Edition)

147 horsepower @ 6,200 rpm

132 lb-ft of torque @ 4,500 rpm

EPA city/highway fuel economy:

SE: 26/36 mpg (manual), 29/38 mpg (automatic)

SEL, Limited and Value Edition: 28/37 mpg

2.0-liter inline-4 (GT)

162 horsepower @ 6,200 rpm

150 lb-ft of torque @ 4,700 rpm

EPA city/highway fuel economy: 23/31 mpg (manual), 24/32 mpg (automatic)

1.6-liter turbocharged inline-4 (Sport, GT)

201 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm

195 lb-ft of torque @ 1,500-4,500 rpm

EPA city/highway fuel economy: 22/30 mpg (Manual Sport), 26/33 mpg (Automatic Sport), 23/30 mpg (Manual GT), 25/32 mpg (Automatic GT)

Editors' Notes

Just two years after launching an all-new model, the 2019 Hyundai Elantra gets an extensive makeover. The compact-sedan market changes quickly and Hyundai is determined to stay on top of the competition. Flying in the face of such radical designs as the Honda Civic, Mazda3 and Nissan Sentra, the updated Elantra takes a more sophisticated approach, placing an emphasis on style, luxury, safety and as always, an unbeatable 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty. Beneath its seductive new skin, the Elantra remains unchanged, offering the same roomy interior, engines and suspension as before. Models range from the entry-level SE to the fuel-efficient Eco to the 201-horsepower Sport. The hatchback Elantra GT carries over with no changes, but likely will get an update in 2020.

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Nimble good driving car

2019 Hyundai Elantra SEL

I recently had the pleasure of leasing a 2019 Elantra for 2 weeks. It had driver seat power adjustment, auto-dimming headlights, sunroof, lane assist, blind spot monitoring, leather seats and a navigation system. I do not know what trim line it was but I must say I was overall impressed. I drove it both city and highway for 2300 KMS so I got a good indication of what this car is all about. it was great on fuel avering around 7.0 litres per 100 KMS. I loved the blind spot monitoring on highways and the backup camera view was impressive. So was the ease of use navigation system which I relied on heavilky during my trip. Points of interest pretty much covers it all and it was impeccable in its' visual and audio instructions. What also impressed me was the quality of the LED head lights. They were absolutely perfect and far better than my own 29013 Honda CRV for more safe sight at night. if you know of the 2013 CRV Honda and its' almost unsafe headlights for night driving, you will know of what I speak. I did not like the braking action of front discs and rear drums but it still stopped the car adequately but found they needed some foot pressure more than my CRV to stop...unusual given that the car is smaller and lighter than my 2013 CRV. I also did not like the sport/normal and smart (eco) mode transmission button mounted flush on the automatic console. It could be pushed too easily accidentally and would have preferred to see the switch indented so as not to accidentally push it too easily. And the ride wasn't impressive and the road noise was too much. But given it came with cheap Nexen tires on it when new, I am sure didn't help with road noise. Overall, I'd buy one of them in a minute for an impressive price of under 25K. A great car for the money.

- Wayne Lewis

Mid-Sized, Keyless Entry, Safety Features

2019 Hyundai Elantra SE

The Elantra is an excellent automobile. First and foremost, it has incredible gas mileage. A car with great gas mileage enables you to drive long distances without having to constantly fill up at a gas station. In addition, the Elantra is an extremely safe car. It has features which warn you if another car or pedestrian is behind you. While driving the Elantra, there is a safety feature that allows you to determine if it is safe to change lanes. The Elantra is also a comfortable car for a small family. It is built to be safe yet it has a modern sleek appearance. I highly recommend taking a closer look at the Elantra.

- Tara G

One of the best cars I've owned

2019 Hyundai Elantra SE

I have only had this car for approximately 3 months. I have yet to have any problems with it. The vehicle handles extremely well for being new and is a comfortable ride even on the horrible highways here in Pennsylvania. Both the front and back is spacious for seating. The trunk is large enough to accommodate anything I would need it for. I get extremely well gas mileage, I average anywhere from 40-50 mpg on the highway and the lowest in town is around 35. I took a thousand mile trip to Massachusetts and back and didn't have any problems. Definitely love this car.

- Christopher A

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