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To help members understand the latest automotive technology so they can purchase vehicles that best suit their needs, the Automobile Club of Southern California's Automotive Research Center (ARC) began testing and reviewing vehicles over a decade ago

For the 2022 edition, we include testing and ranking cars and light trucks with the latest technology, including having at least one advanced driver-assistance system (ADAS) feature. In addition to vehicle evaluation, the guide covers a number of pertinent automotive topics in detail—for example, the latest advanced safety features, how to properly maintain your vehicle, and new vehicles coming to market in the next few years.

2021 Hyundai Elantra Limited

Vehicle Type: Small Gasoline
 overall score
Category Ranking: 5

Vehicle Price

Base Price: $25,450
Price as Tested: $26,600

Fuel Information

Fuel Type: Regular
Fuel Capacity (gal): 12.4
EPA City mpg31
EPA Highway mpg41
EPA Combined mpg35

Advanced Safety Features

  • Adaptive Cruise Control [O]
  • Advanced Headlights [S]
  • Automatic Emergency Braking [S]
  • Blind-Spot Warning [S]
  • Driver Monitoring [S]
  • Forward-Collision Warning [S]
  • Lane-Departure Warning [S]
  • Lane-Keeping Assistance [S]
  • Rear Cross-Traffic Warning [S]
  • Reverse Automatic Emergency Braking [S]
  • [S] Standard, [O] Optional

Overall Observations

Hyundai’s compact Elantra sedan was completely redesigned for 2021. Its sleek exterior, with an abundance of sharp angles and creases, is a marked improvement over the previous version. The cabin is comfortable and sports a modern design, which is somewhat marred by the use of cheap-looking hard plastic. Noteworthy Elantra features include a full complement of standard advanced safety systems (including blind-spot warning and driver monitoring) and convenience features such as wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration. And, as with many Hyundai vehicles, the Elantra features a competitive price. The Elantra’s standard powertrain is a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine (147 hp) paired with a CVT. A new hybrid and 2 performance-oriented Elantras are also available. Unfortunately, the standard Elantra doesn’t provide an engaging driving experience—acceleration is slow, handling is lackluster, interior noise is high, and the firm ride turns bumpy on uneven pavement. On the upside, fuel economy is very good (35 mpg combined) and the trunk is equipped with a compact spare tire. The factory warranty (5 years/60,000 miles) and 3 years/36,000 miles of complimentary maintenance are added enticements.
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Strengths and Weaknesses

Strong Points

  • Good value
  • Very good fuel efficiency(35 mpg combined)
  • Comfortable interior

Weak Points

  • Cheap-looking interior
  • High level of interiornoise
  • Firm, bumpy ride
  • Difficult to enter and exitthe backseat

Vehicle Specifications

Model year tested: 2021
Number of passengers (F/R): 2/3
Curb weight (lbs): 2900.0
Exterior L / W / H (in): 184.1 / 71.9 / 55.7
Wheelbase (in): 107.1
Number of air bags: 7
Warranty (months/miles): 60/60,000
Tire manufacturer and model: Kumho Majesty Solus
Front and rear tire size: 225/45 R17
Max towing capacity (lbs): Not recommended
Headlight type: LED
Transmission type: CVT
Drivetrain type: Front wheel
Engine/motor: 2.0L 4-Cyl. DOHC
Engine horsepower @ RPM: 147 @ 6200

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