Hyundai brought the Elantra Hybrid to the market in 2021 to compete with the Honda Insight Hybrid, the Toyota Corolla Hybrid, and the Toyota Prius. For the 2022 model year, the budget-friendly compact Elantra Hybrid sedan sees no changes or upgrades.
Important facts about the Elantra Hybrid:
• Starting MSRP is $23,750
• The hybrid’s MPG is excellent: 49 City/52 Highway/50 Combined
• The Hyundai Elantra was named the 2021 North American Car of the Year
• In 2021, Autotrader named the Hyundai Elantra one of the 10 Best Car Interiors Under $50,000
• In 2021, the IIHS awarded the Hyundai Elantra a Top Safety Pick with LED headlights
• Elantra Hybrid is best in its class for space, with 99.4 cubic feet of passenger volume, surpassing the Toyota Corolla Hybrid and the Honda Insight Hybrid
• The hybrid’s available 10.25-inch fully digital gauge cluster is not available on the Toyota Corolla Hybrid and the Honda Insight Hybrid
• Elantra Hybrid offers Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
• The hybrid uses Front Wheel Drive
Additionally, the Hyundai Elantra Hybrid comes standard with many features that the Toyota Corolla Hybrid does not include: a 6-speed Dual Clutch Transmission with SHIFTRONIC, a Hands-free smart trunk release, Heated front seats, Safe Exit Warning (SEW), Rear Cross-Traffic Collision-Avoidance Assist (RCCA), and a 10-Year/100,000-Mile Powertrain Limited Warranty.
The Elantra Hybrid employs a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine, a 32kW (43 hp) electric motor, and a 1.32kWh Lithium Ion polymer battery to provide a combined output of 139 hp and 195 lb-ft of torque. Power is routed through a six-speed EcoShift dual-clutch automatic transmission to the front wheels. Elantra Hybrid’s 0 to 60 acceleration occurs in 8.7 seconds.
The hybrid is a Unibody construction. It uses a MacPherson Strut with coil springs for its front suspension and a rear Multi-link Independent suspension.
The 2022 Elantra Hybrid comes in two trims: Blue (MSRP: $23,750), and Limited (MSRP: $28,250).
Elantra Hybrid’s biggest competitor is the Toyota Prius, a lower-priced entrant among hybrids and electrics with a base MSRP of $24,525, just slightly more than the Elantra Hybrid Blue. Both cars are Front Wheel Drive.
The Toyota Prius has slightly more cargo space and gets a 58/City MPG rating vs. Elantra Hybrid Blue’s 53/City MPG. However, a U.S. News & World Report ranking, which includes Critic’s Ratings, Performance, Interior, Safety and Reliability, gives the 2022 Elantra Hybrid an Overall Score of 8.5 vs. the 2022 Toyota Prius Overall Score of 7.8. And body-wise, there’s no comparison. Though the Prius has adopted a modern, forward thinking, aerodynamic silhouette, it’s a bit gawky-looking next to the suave, minimalist angles of the Elantra Hybrid.
Elantra’s sleek, avant-garde design with multifaceted streamlined angles and aerodynamically creased flanks makes it a standout in its class. The Honda Insight Hybrid and Toyota Corolla Hybrid exteriors can’t compete with Elantra Hybrid’s modern looks. The car’s eye-catching angular, futuristic exterior design carries over into its airy interior, with strong simple lines and a dashboard slanted towards the driver so all controls are easily accessible.
Here’s a list of additional major differences between the Hyundai Elantra Hybrid and Toyota Prius:
• Hyundai Elantra Hybrid has a back seat open door reminder; Prius doesn’t.
• Hyundai Elantra Hybrid has a Standard Blind Spot Waning System; Only the Prius LE/XLE/Limited offers a Blind Spot System.
• Elantra Hybrid has a standard Cross-path Warning System; Only the Prius LE/XLE/Limited has a cross-path warning system.
• The Elantra Hybrid comes with a full 5-year/60,000-mile basic warranty, which includes 24-hour roadside assistance. The Prius’ 3-year/36,000-mile basic warranty expires 2 years or 24,000 miles sooner.
• Hyundai’s powertrain warranty covers the Elantra Hybrid 5 years and 40,000 miles longer than Toyota covers the Prius. Any repair needed on the engine, transmission, axles, joints or driveshafts is fully covered for 10 years or 100,000 miles. Coverage on the Prius ends after only 5 years or 60,000 miles.
• The Elantra Hybrid’s corrosion warranty is 2 years longer than the Prius’ (7 vs. 5 years).
• Hyundai pays for scheduled maintenance on the Elantra Hybrid for 1 year and 11,000 miles longer than Toyota pays for maintenance for the Prius (3/36,000 vs. 2/25000).
Hyundai Elantra’s front seats are comfortable. They’re both heated and ventilated in the Limited model. Rear seating is excellent for a compact hybrid sedan, offering stretch-out legroom and plenty of headspace. Backrests are comfortable and there’s a fold-down center armrest.
Says edmunds.com: “The new Elantra stands out with its high fuel economy, impressive technology and safety features, and roomy cabin. It's also comfortable and strong on value. It's a great pick for a small sedan.”
Cnet.com/roadshow’s Craig Cole: “What really sets this car apart from the pack is its avant-garde design. With its intricate front end that recalls a multifaceted gemstone to its crisply creased flanks to that angular rump, this sedan has some serious style. No, its looks won't be for everyone, but the Elantra stands out from practically everything else on the road today. If maximizing fuel efficiency is as important to you as fashionable design, your chariot awaits. The Elantra Hybrid can stretch a gallon of gasoline like the best of 'em and it looks far better while doing so.”
WRITTEN DECEMBER 2021
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