The newest generation of the Hyundai Elantra stands out both in the Hyundai lineup and among other compact sedans in its class. This redesign for the 2021 model year has given the Elantra upgraded convenience and safety features and a sporty exterior that hints at the improved driving experience.

Available in four trim levels, there’s an Elantra for everyone. The SE and SEL trims offer cost-conscious drivers amazing standard features with incredible optional upgrades. Didn’t know the new Elantra could actually be as sporty as it looks? It can be with the N-Line trim. And drive near or far in luxury in the Elantra Limited.

Why make the Elantra your next new vehicle? Let’s take a closer look at the 2021 North American Car of the Year.

A Big Upgrade

With this redesign, the Hyundai Elantra is 2.2 inches longer with a longer wheelbase as well. It’s also 1 inch wider than its predecessors, the roof is 1 inch lower for a sleeker appearance. While you may not notice these size changes from the exterior, you’ll certainly experience the difference when buckled in. The 2021 Elantra accommodates taller drivers easily with its spacious legroom and headroom. Passengers can stretch out just a bit more, making this vehicle perfect for daily family driving, road trips, and so much more.

Bold & Beautiful

The most noticeable changes with the 2021 makeover of the Hyundai Elantra are the sleek new sporty exterior and completely redesigned cockpit. This new Elantra looks like no other that came before it, and while some very obvious design elements will catch your eye, we think you should take some time to appreciate the small details as well.


Hyundai’s designers made some big changes in the Elantra’s appearance that some critics may see as a calculated risk, and such a massive transformation may have turned away potential new buyers. However, the redesign seems to have done the opposite, as younger buyers enjoy the affordable sporty look, and parents don’t have to give up on style to accommodate their family.

The new Elantra’s front grille and headlights fuse into a stylish wrap-around look, and its thin taillights connect across the width of the car to create bumper-to-bumper elegance. Unique body lines give this car its unique and modern presence. If you’re looking to get noticed, people will recognize a 2021 Hyundai Elantra when they see one.


The new Elantra has a much more spacious cabin than previous generations of the Elantra and even some competitors’ compact sedan models. Even though the roof of the vehicle is an inch lower, you wouldn’t know it when seated inside. Designed first for comfort, the revamped interior is just as sleek and innovative as the exterior, with plenty of new and modern features.

The Elantra’s 8-inch touch screen infotainment center is compatible with both Apple and Android devices. This feature can be upgraded to a 10.25-inch screen with a convenience package that also includes a 10.25-inch digital dash screen. The two screens are placed so close together that they appear to be one larger, longer touch screen. Bluetooth can connect to two devices at the same time for added convenience.

Standard Safety Features, and More

Voice control for the rear window defroster, heated seats and steering wheel, climate control, and more keep your eyes on the road instead of finding manual controls in the dash or console. However, the Elantra’s standard safety features don’t stop there, even for the base SE model. While many new vehicles include driver assist safety features with upgrade packages or higher trim levels, the 2021 Elantra includes several of them standard on all trims. This list of standard safety features includes:

  • Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist w/ Pedestrian Detection
  • Safe Exit Warning
  • Lane Keeping Assist
  • Lane Following Assist
  • Driver Awareness Warning
  • Automatic braking
  • Blind spot collision warnings
  • Rear Cross-Traffic Collision-Avoidance Assist

With its comprehensive list of standard safety features, the Elantra is a popular choice for both families and young drivers. Other driver-assist features are available with upgrade packages and trim levels.

Incredible Driving Experience

The 2021 redesign of the Elantra doesn’t just improve its appearances. This model has gotten an upgrade in driving performance as well, including handling and horsepower.

The Elantra’s gas-powered 2.0-liter engine is paired with the Smartstream Intelligent Variable Transmission on all trim models except the N-Line, which comes with the six-speed manual transmission. This transmission can be upgraded to the optional seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.

Idle Stop & Go technology comes standard on the base SE model only and improves fuel economy for the already very economical compact sedan. The Elantra is also available as a hybrid model which boasts 50+ mpg.

Convenience & Premium Packages

The new Elantra’s many standard features that make it stand out from its competitors, like the Toyota Corolla and Honda Civic. However, there are even more features available with the optional convenience or premium package. Idle Stop & Go, standard on the SE, and an electronic parking brake are both available as upgrades for the SEL. If you’re opting for the SEL and premium package, enjoy a heated steering wheel and seats, wireless charging, and more that come standard on the N-Line and Limited trim models.

Premium features include exterior appearance upgrades like 17-inch alloy wheels, chrome trim, and LED taillights. Enjoy a Bose sound system, power sunroof, and power driver seat with lumbar support as well as several other can’t-miss extras. Nearly all premium upgrades come standard with the Limited trim but the premium package upgrade offers these features for the SEL and N-Line trims as well.

A Whole New Elantra

Hyundai designers may have taken a risk when going so bold with their redesign, but choosing an Elantra as your next car isn’t one. If you’re in the McKinney area, stop by or call Huffines Hyundai today to set up your test drive. We work to exceed our customers’ expectations, and we think the new Elantra will, too.  

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