Hyundai is on a roll with a well-liked SUV within the Palisade and a sizzling EV within the Ioniq 5. Nevertheless it hasn’t forgotten its sedans, including new hybrid and gasoline powertrains to its most inexpensive car within the seventh-generation Elantra sedan. New sporty variants additionally joined within the N-Line and N fashions. For 2023 the Elantra obtained minor updates and bundle modifications, however the worth hasn’t modified.
The most recent Elantra (debuting in 2021) is 2.2 inches longer and one inch wider than the earlier mannequin although the general peak dropped an inch. Hyundai moved the entrance cowl level again nearly 2 inches, lengthening the hood, however most cargo and passenger dimensions are improved.
The brand new look is named Parametric Dynamics and options jewel-like patterns and sharper angles than the final Elantra. The cascading grille is flanked by new headlights and triangular fog lights whereas three bodyside creases meet on the entrance door. In again a brand new full-width gentle bar stretches between new taillights.
Engine choices embrace a 1.6-liter four-cylinder with a 32-kW electrical motor and a 1.32-kWh battery within the Elantra Hybrid. That returns up greater than 50 miles per gallon mixed. The SE, SEL and Restricted include a conventional 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine delivering 147 horsepower (hp).
The Elantra N-Line has a 201-hp turbocharged four-cylinder engine whereas the full-blown Elantra N comes with 276 hp. SE, SEL and Restricted fashions like this tester include a brand new Clever Variable Transmission that works like a constantly variable transmission however with the step-change feeling of an automated transmission.
Commonplace inside options consists of an 8-inch touchscreen with wi-fi Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. It additionally comes with HD Radio options, Bluetooth and steering wheel audio controls. Wi-fi charging is non-obligatory as is an infotainment system with a ten.25-inch touchscreen linked to a ten.25-inch digital driver instrument cluster and a Bose premium sound system.
The 2023 Elantra comes with a brand new voice assistant to manage the local weather, heated seats and extra capabilities. It could actually additionally reply requests like “Discover me a Starbucks”, or “Who gained the L.A. Kings sport final evening?”
Patrons may pay for a smartphone-based Hyundai Digital Key, which makes use of Close to Subject Communication (NFC) and Bluetooth to permit a brand new Elantra to be unlocked, began and pushed with no bodily key solely with relevant Android smartphones. Elantra’s Digital Key additionally permits safe sharing of digital keys with household and associates.
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2023 Hyundai Elantra Restricted
The Restricted trim provides choices together with a Bose audio system adaptive cruise management, leather-trimmed seats and reverse park help. It additionally has each 10.25-inch screens for the infotainment and digital cluster and the wi-fi smartphone integration.
The 2 screens seemed linked within the 2023 Elantra, with the identical piano black look to the left of the steering wheel for the looks of 1 big display, particularly when the ignition is turned off. Bodily controls for menu modes, quantity and tuning are positioned across the bezel for straightforward use. The leather-wrapped steering wheel provides extra.
There are bodily controls temperature as nicely, with lengthy vents throughout the dashboard pumping out heat air quietly. There are spots for 2 massive cups within the armrest and house for 2 narrower drinks within the doorways.
That is nonetheless fundamental transportation a lot of the inside is totally different textures of black plastic, however all of it blended nicely. The driving force’s seat is comfy for narrower pilots, wider ones ought to speak a take a look at drive first.
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The rear is spacious with room for 2 automotive seats and the trunk is on par with the Honda Civic and Volkswagen Jetta with simply over 14 cubic toes. The Toyota Corolla has one much less sq. foot.
With simply 147 horsepower, the 2023 Elantra is not fast from a standstill, however with the sportier driving modes giving the throttle extra sensitivity, it’s extra enjoyable to drive than anticipated. In Sport mode the transmission will preserve the rpms excessive for max energy if the motive force’s foot stays on the ground. At these larger rpms the engine does get loud within the cabin, however at this car’s value level, it is anticipated.
The steering is power-assisted however correct and the 17-inch wheels with non-performance tires are completely comfy on any street floor. The brakes are a spotlight with the proper quantity of sensitivity and pedal journey for assured stops.
Security options embrace emergency braking, lane maintaining, lane centering, excessive beam help, blind-spot avoidance and rear-cross visitors alert. It additionally has secure exit warning that will sound an alert when a car approaches from behind, letting passengers realize it might not be secure to open the door to exit the car.
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Along with Sensible Cruise Management, Freeway Driving Help can be out there, which is a hands-on system that assists drivers in sustaining the middle of the lane and at an applicable pace whereas maintaining a secure distance from the automotive in entrance.
The Hyundai Elantra is in a shrinking compact sedan section that’s nonetheless dominated by the Toyota Corolla and Honda Civic. The 2023 Elantra is the least costly of the bunch with a base value of $20,500. The Corolla comes a bit above at $21,550 and the brand new Honda Civic is the most costly at $24,650. The Elantra Restricted take a look at automotive totals $28,055 with choices and vacation spot.
The Honda Civic delivers 158 hp with the identical kind of automated transmission, in contrast with the Elantra’s 147 hp. The Corolla has essentially the most with 169 hp; all three are solely supplied in front-wheel drive.
For the fanatic, the Civic is essentially the most enjoyable to drive, although its new inside is easier than the Elantra’s, however helpful simply the identical. The Toyota is the quickest of the bunch, however the least thrilling inside. The Hyundai Elantra does a bit little bit of every part. Its new design is eye catching, its tech is expectedly nicely thought out, and although it is the least highly effective of a low-power bunch, it would return 40 miles per gallon on the freeway.
There are a variety of new, sizzling merchandise in Hyundai’s lineup, the Elantra must do every part it will probably to face out.