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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 2024 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.

2023 Hyundai Elantra Hybrid Limited

Vehicle Type: Small Hybrid
 overall score
Category Ranking: 8

Vehicle Price

Base Price: $29,000
Price as Tested: $30,240

Fuel Information

Fuel Type: Regular
Fuel Capacity (gal): 11
EPA City mpg49
EPA Highway mpg52
EPA Combined mpg50

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
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Overall Observations

The compact Elantra, redesigned in 2021, has a lot to offer. First and foremost, it's an undeniably good value, delivering plenty of desirable features at an affordable price. Part of that value, of course, is its excellent fuel economy: Its hybrid drivetrain delivers 50 mpg in combined driving. The Elantra also comes equipped with a full suite of standard ADAS features. Additional desirable features include wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration and LED headlights with auto high beams. Unfortunately, the Elantra Hybrid's driving dynamics are lacking. The drivetrain is underpowered and noisy, and the steering has a light and disconnected feel. The ride quality is satisfactory over smooth roads, but rough pavement sends jolts into the passenger compartment. Transmission shifts lag at low speeds, though gas-electric transitions are smooth. The Elantra's roomy cabin offers good legroom for all passengers, but the interior itself feels low-rent, with a poor-quality fit and finish. Rear visibility is compromised by the tall rear deck, sloping roofline, large rear roof pillars, and small rearview mirrors. Also, the HVAC system is underpowered and doesn’t sufficiently cool the cabin.

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Pros and Cons


  • Good value
  • Excellent fuel economy
  • Many standard ADAS features
  • Good legroom for all passengers


  • Cheap interior look and feel
  • Underpowered, noisy drivetrain
  • Limited rear visibility
  • Light, disconnected steering feel

Vehicle Specifications

Model year tested: 2023
Number of passengers (F/R): 2/3
Curb weight (lbs): 3069.0
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: Hankook Kinergy GT
Front and rear tire size: 225/45 R17
Max towing capacity (lbs): Not recommended
Headlight type: LED
Transmission type: Hybrid drive
Drivetrain type: Front wheel
Engine/motor: 1.6L I4 DOHC GDI
Engine horsepower @ RPM: 104 @ 5,700
Electric motor horsepower: 43
Combined system horsepower: 139

Test Data

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Handling: 5.74
Quality and Drivability: 6.50

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