2023 Hyundai Elantra makes a statement and stands out in crowd due to its distinctive styling. But underneath the sharply beaten sheetmetal is a spacious and feasible compact car. Its cabin is decked out with a highly futuristic design and several high-end features are offered. Especially on the range-topping trims, that help with the drooling factor. The entry-level engine is a somewhat unhealthy 147-hp four-pot that is paired with a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT), but both a hybrid powertrain and a 201-hp turbocharged four are optional. The Elantra gives a tough competition to heavy hitters such as the Honda Civic, the Nissan Sentra, and the Toyota Corolla. However, its sense of styling and value-oriented packaging makes it a solid choice among compact cars.
Following a full design for the 2021 model year, the Elantra is largely unchanged for 2023. A racy Elantra N model is slated to launch this year too. To match its beautiful exterior, the cabin of the Elantra looks appropriately futuristic. The dashboard and center console stay around the driver while the passenger’s side takes a more subtle approach. A single LED strip follows the dashboard-spanning air vent across the width of the car from the steering column to the passenger’s-side door panel.
Engine & Performance
The base and standard nonhybrid powerhouse is a 147-hp four-pot engine with FWD and a CVT. The hybrid model uses a 1.6-liter four-pot paired with an electric motor to make 139 hp. Gear shifts in the hybrid are handled by a six-speed automatic. Neither of these choices offers thrilling acceleration, but the nonhybrid model delivers a nice ride quality and enough pep for normal city and highway driving. The most thrilling Elantra is the performance-oriented Elantra N, but those who can’t quite bear with that car’s price tag could consider the lee-wilder N Line model. It’s powered by a turbocharged 1.6-liter four-pot and mated to either a six-speed manual or a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic. After testing, the N Line’s perkier acceleration and its adept handling made make it more impressive. This ups the athleticism without compromising on a too-stiff ride.
|2023 Hyundai Elantra Mileage||City||Highway|
|2.0L||33 mpg||43 mpg|
|Turbocharged 1.6L||28 mpg||36 mpg|
|Hybrid||53 mpg||56 mpg|
The EPA estimates the 2023 Elantra with the 2.0-liter four-pot will earn up to 33 mpg in the city and 43 mpg on the highway. While models with the turbocharged 1.6-liter four have been estimated as high as 28 mpg city and 36 highway. The thriftiest hybrid Elantra is rated at 53 mpg city and 56 highway.
Dimensions & Airbags
|2023 Hyundai Elantra Dimensions|
|Cargo Volume||14 ft3|
An optional 10.3-inch digital gauge display is paired with a second 10.3-inch infotainment touchscreen that emerges from the top of the Elantra’s dashboard. The standard infotainment setup is an 8.0-inch center display and analog gauges for the instrument cluster. Hyundai’s latest infotainment interface takes the stage here. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are both standard, as is a Wi-Fi connection.
|2023 Hyundai Elantra Trims||Price (USD)|
The mid-ranger SEL model offers the best combination of price and features. We’d recommend also getting the available SEL Convenience package, which adds a 10.3-inch digital gauge display, adaptive cruise control, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, shift knob, a wireless smartphone charging pad, and heated front seats.
Specifications & Top-Speed
|2023 Hyundai Elantra Specifications||Specs|
|0-60 MPH||8.1 sec|
|0-100 MPH||22.1 sec|
|1/4 Mile||16.3 sec|
|Top Speed||124 mph|