First push review: 2021 Hyundai Elantra Hybrid is a 54-mpg tech and price standout

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by Brian Wong

The 2021 Hyundai Elantra’s redesign doesn’t just come with flashy new type and upgraded technology. It also provides the introduction of a new member into the brood, the Elantra Hybrid. 

We initially read some details about the 2021 Elantra Hybrid in March of this year—with Hyundai promising 50 mpg or additional. Now these numbers are in and confirmed by the EPA—at up to 53 mpg city, 56 highway, and 54 combined—and just after an afternoon driving the wheel, I can properly say that the Hybrid is tricky competitors for its economical-hybrid competitiveness, like the Toyota Corolla Hybrid and Honda Perception. 

Familiar powertrain, various benefits

The Elantra Hybrid’s hybrid powertrain is approximately similar to the just one discovered in the Ioniq Hybrid, combining a 1.6-liter Atkinson cycle inline-4 fuel motor with an electric motor and a 1.3-kwh lithium-ion battery pack. Total process output is 139 horsepower and 195 lbs-feet of torque. 

It bases this program all over a 6-speed dual-clutch transmission, even though non-hybrid variations get the constantly variable computerized transmission. In accordance to Hyundai, this is because the presence of the electrified drivetrain components lessen the need to decrease mechanical decline from the transmission. In essence, by utilizing the electric powered motor’s augmentation you get the very same minimization but without the need of the drivability annoyances of a CVT.

2021 Hyundai Elantra Hybrid

On the street, the dual-clutch basis presents the Hybrid a bit of a leg up in drivability. The CVT definitely retains the fuel version again from being a better auto and nevertheless the Elantra Hybrid’s 6-speed is not terrific and can however wait or hunt all over, it is nonetheless a better experience. Compared to in the Ioniq Hybrid, one welcome alter is frequently more quickly responsiveness to the accelerator pedal. 

The Elantra Hybrid almost never runs on electrical energy by itself at reduced speeds. Hyundai formerly indicated that there may possibly be an EV travel method, although I only observed Typical, Activity, and Wise, as in the Sonata Hybrid. Striving to speed up with any sense of normalcy kicks the fuel motor on almost promptly. The electric motor is truly made use of additional thoroughly when coasting or under light acceleration at about 35-50 mph. There is a bit of a shudder when the gas motor kicks back again on, but it is not intrusive to the driving expertise.

2021 Hyundai Elantra Hybrid

2021 Hyundai Elantra Hybrid

Elantra Hybrid products get a superior suspension than the gas-variations as properly, with a multi-link rear suspension set up versus a simplified torsion bar. This improve is not as obvious in working day-to-day driving, but when I took the Elantra Hybrid on the similar canyon roads as the Elantra I did come to feel a distinction. The again end feels more sorted and less like it’s being dragged as a result of the corners, furnishing superior feedback as nicely. 

Individuals outstanding gasoline economic system rankings of 53 mpg metropolis, 56 highway, and 54 blended are for the SEL. Ratings for the Confined variation land at 49/52/50 mpg—mostly due to the fact it is about100 lbs heavier thanks to added devices. 

New-school inside

The old-college hybrid powertrain is eclipsed by the Elantra Hybrid’s interior, which feels the most modern day of all of the non-luxurious compact sedans. The aspect-by-facet 10.3-inch screens observed in Hybrid Minimal models are a special attribute in this class, as Hyundai carries on to pull technological know-how from its larger and more high priced products down the lineup. This involves wi-fi Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone integration which is (all over again) a course-special element.

2021 Hyundai Elantra Hybrid

2021 Hyundai Elantra Hybrid

2021 Hyundai Elantra Hybrid

2021 Hyundai Elantra Hybrid

2021 Hyundai Elantra Hybrid

2021 Hyundai Elantra Hybrid

2021 Hyundai Elantra Hybrid

2021 Hyundai Elantra Hybrid

The Elantra Hybrid’s multimedia options do have some unusual quirks. If you want wi-fi smartphone connectivity, it only comes with the lesser 8.-inch multimedia screen located in the SEL trim. But that trim stage does not give a wi-fi charger, which is the place you’d want to spot your phone though it is linked. 

Soar up the Confined trim and you insert the larger display screen and wireless charger, but that method calls for a wired link. Unusual things. Also if you are an Android Auto consumer, it doesn’t use the full widescreen. There’s a black box on the ideal that requires up about a third of the display screen that you cannot get rid of, it truly would make Android Automobile truly feel larger on the smaller device. 

2021 Hyundai Elantra Hybrid

2021 Hyundai Elantra Hybrid

2021 Hyundai Elantra Hybrid

2021 Hyundai Elantra Hybrid

2021 Hyundai Elantra Hybrid

2021 Hyundai Elantra Hybrid

I continue being a admirer of the rest of the Elantra Hybrid’s inside, it has the exact same passenger volume (99.4 cubic ft) and cargo home (14.2 cubic toes) as gas variations. The Elantra has normally experienced a bigger inside than opponents and it is great to see that roominess has carried about to the Hybrid model as properly.

How it stacks up

The 2021 Elantra Hybrid faces level of competition from the outside the house and within just, starting up with the Ioniq with which it shares a powertrain. The SEL Hybrid begins at $24,545 (including a $995 place demand) and the Minimal Hybrid is priced at $29,095, representing a $2,650 high quality about the gasoline versions.

This is basically more cost-effective than the Ioniq Hybrid, its corresponding SEL ($29,395) and Limited ($32,195) actually price substantially far more than the Elantra Hybrid—a gap of practically $5,000 for the SEL and $2,000 for the Confined. The Ioniq Hybrid does have advantages in cargo home and a very slight gasoline financial system edge (58 mpg combined for Blue models, 55 mpg combined for the other trims), but that doesn’t make up for the cost hole and I assume the Elantra Hybrid isthe improved driving motor vehicle by a respectable margin.

2021 Hyundai Elantra Hybrid

2021 Hyundai Elantra Hybrid

Versus the Corolla Hybrid and the Perception it also holds up. The Corolla Hybrid’s 52 mpg put together splits the variance between the Elantra Hybrid’s trims and the Insight’s 52 mpg mixed and 48 mpg blended for its top rated Touring trim lag the Elantra Hybrid a little on each counts. 

Toyota even now insists on only selling the Corolla Hybrid in the LE trim amount (for motives unfamiliar) and starts at $24,495 and that car is not as very well geared up as the Elantra Hybrid. The Insight’s starting price tag of $23,885 does undercut a bit but that automobile is also below-showcased when compared to the Hyundai. 

At the major end, the Perception Touring sits at $29,795, more than the Elantra Hybrid Limited, and with a worse multimedia procedure and a lot less superior protection functions. The Perception Touring doesn’t have lane centering, adaptive cruise regulate down to a halt, or small-pace following—all characteristics built into the Elantra Hybrid (and the Corolla Hybrid for that make a difference).

2021 Hyundai Elantra Hybrid

2021 Hyundai Elantra Hybrid

2021 Hyundai Elantra Hybrid

2021 Hyundai Elantra Hybrid

2021 Hyundai Elantra Hybrid

2021 Hyundai Elantra Hybrid

After my time powering the wheel, I came absent from the 2021 Elantra Hybrid considering that it was a good automobile. But following that, as I dug into its worth proposition and the unique function established, its attraction grew and grew. It holds up very properly to the compact hybrid competitiveness both equally within of Hyundai and from other automakers on the toughness of its efficiency, technological know-how, and superb price. 

Hyundai supplied an Elantra Hybrid and lodging to convey you this firsthand travel report.

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