Only two years after completely redesigned, the 2019 Hyundai Elantra received a major change. The compact sedan segment is growing fast and Hyundai is decided to stay at the top of the competition. Facing established models such as the Honda Civic, Nissan Sentra and Mazda 3, the updated Elantra takes a more sophisticated approach, placing emphasis on style, safety, luxury, and its unbeatable 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty. Under its new skin, the 2019 Hyundai Elantra remains unchanged, offering the same engine, suspension and interior as before. Models range from entry-level SE to fuel-efficient Eco to the 201-horsepower Sport.
The 2019 Hyundai Elantra sedan comes in four trim levels: SE, SEL, the Value Edition, Eco, Sport and finally the Limited. The base SE trim includes niceties such as power locks, power windows, air conditioning, rearview monitor, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel, height-adjustable driver’s seat, a 5-inch color screen, Bluetooth, an AM/FM/CD stereo with USB and aux jacks. The SEL upgrades with SmartSense suite (driver attention alert, forward collision avoidance and lane keeping assist), 7-inch display audio, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility.
All 2019 Hyundai Elantra also include 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty and a 5-year/60,000-mile standard warranty covering just about everything else.
The 2019 Hyundai Elantra offers three engine options. The SE, SEL, Value Edition and Limited trims are powered by a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder producing 147 horsepower and 132 lb-ft of torque. The SE trim comes standard with a 6-speed manual transmission, while the SEL, Limited and Value Edition models come exclusively with the automatic. As its name suggests, the Eco gets a more fuel-efficient turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine making 128 hp and 156 lb-ft of torque. It paired with a seven-speed automatic transmission and achieves an estimated 40 mpg.
The 2019 Hyundai Elantra Sport boasts a more powerful 1.6-liter 4-cylinder engine good for 201 hp and 195 lb-ft of torque. The 6-speed manual transmission is standard and 7-speed dual-clutch automatic is optional. In testing, an Elantra Sport manual zipped to 60 mph in 6.6 seconds, which puts it on the quicker side of the compact sedan spectrum.
2.0-liter 4-cylinder (SE, SEL, Limited and Value Edition)
147 horsepower @ 6,200 rpm
132 lb-ft of torque @ 4,500 rpm
EPA fuel economy city/highway: 26/36 mpg (manual) and 29/38 mpg (automatic)
1.4-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder (Eco)
128 horsepower @ 5,500 rpm
156 lb-ft of torque @ 1,400-3,700 rpm
EPA fuel economy city/highway: 32/40 mpg
1.6-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder (Sport)
201 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm
195 lb-ft of torque @ 1,500-4,500 rpm
EPA fuel economy city/highway: 22/30 mpg (manual) and 26/33 mpg (automatic)
The 2019 Hyundai Elantra is on sale and arriving now at dealers nationwide. The base SE with manual transmission has a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) starting at $17,985 (all prices include the $885 destination fee). The six-speed automatic is an extra $1,000. The nicely equipped Elantra SEL starts at $20,285. The Value Edition starts at $21,285, while the Eco model will cost just under $21,900. The Elantra Sport models start at $23,300 and offer the potent 1.6-liter turbo. The range-topper Limited trim starts at $23,485, and if you check all the boxes, you’ll still be paying just $26,835.