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Testing the 2024 Hyundai Elantra Compact Sedan

by Randi

This year, Hyundai improved its competitiveness in the compact sedan segment by enhancing the 2024 Elantra’s performance, safety features, colors, and technology. After test-driving the 2024 Elantra for a week, I walked away with a few impressions.

Firstly, the new grille and updated LED headlights on the front gave it a sportier look, while upgraded interior materials inside felt more premium for a moderately priced economy car. Hyundai has been known for packing its vehicles with modern technology and value, usually in pricier vehicles. Hyundai also added premium class safety technology, including lane-keeping assist, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic, and rear side-impact airbags and a seatbelt

For a compact luxury sedan priced under $30,000, you get a standard 8-inch touchscreen with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Hyundai’s Blue Line connectivity, and Smartsense safety system with adaptive cruise and forward collision avoidance. Available options include a 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster and a Bose premium audio system.

Models/Price: The 2024 Elantra, with its several trims and unique features, offers a compelling value proposition. Starting at just $22,270 for the SE, it’s a testament to Hyundai’s commitment to providing luxury at an affordable price. The SEL ($24,690), Limited ($28,180), and Elantra N ($29,580) MSRP models offer even more features for your money. The Elantra also offers Hybrid models, further enhancing its appeal.

Power/Engines: The 2024 Elantra offers a range of engine options, each designed to give you the desired performance. The Base, SEL, and Limited are powered by a 2.0-liter inline-4, delivering a balanced 147 horsepower and 132 lb-ft of torque. For those seeking a bit more thrill, the N Line delivers 201 horsepower from a 1.6-liter turbocharged inline-4 with 195 lb-ft of torque. And for the ultimate power, the Elantra N generates a whopping 276 horses and 276 lb-ft of torque from a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four cylinder. The SE and SEL models are paired with a continuously variable transmission (CVT), while the N Line uses a dual-clutch transmission (DCT).

Fuel Economy: According to the EPA, the base engines average 32 city/41 highway MPG, the SEL gets 31 city/40 highway, and the N line produces 28 city/35 highway MPG.

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