The 2021 Hyundai Elantra’s base price is $17,899, an increase of $750 over the 2020 model. The Elantra Hybrid will retail for $24,699, and the N-Line has a starting price of $27,599.
Hyundai justifies the redesigned Elantra's higher base price by including a few new or augmented standard features. An 8.0-inch touchscreen replaces last year's 5.0-inch display, and that display hosts new wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functions. The entry-level Essential 6MT model also gains a rear occupant alert safety feature that's new to the Elantra.
Opt for Essential trim with the automatic continuously variable transmission for $19,799 and Hyundai adds engine idle start/stop, camera-based forward collision/pedestrian detection with automatic braking, lane keeping/lane following assists, automatic high beams, driver attention warning, and a safe exit alarm.
Also new to the Elantra for 2021 are options like a digital gauge cluster, ambient interior lighting, wireless smartphone charging, ventilated front seats, and a 10.25-inch infotainment display.
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Other newly available safety kit includes highway driving assist with auto curve slowdown, forward collision avoidance assist with pedestrian and cyclist detection, and intersection turning detection.
N-Line and Hybrid models get a multi-link rear suspension, and N-Line models get unique cosmetic additions, 18-inch wheels and tires, a turbocharged 1.6L engine, and stiffer suspension and engine mounts. The Elantra Hybrid will match its electric assist with a 1.6L non-turbo engine.
The base Elantra powertrain carries over from 2020 with a 2.0L engine that will come with the manual and continuously variable automatic transmissions mentioned above in Essential trim, with Preferred and Ultimate trim levels getting only the automatic.
Hyundai says the Elantra Hybrid will use a six-speed dual-clutch transmission and the N-Line will get a seven-speed, but hasn't revealed any other technical details. The company also doesn't say whether the N-Line will replace the current Sport trim as its competitor for other sporty compacts like the Honda Civic Si and Volkswagen Jetta GLI.
The 2021 Hyundai Elantra goes on sale in Canada this fall in 2.0L form, with Hybrid and N-Line versions to follow early next year.