Hyundai’s 2019 Elantra: Stylish, Small, But Not Skimpy

The 2019 Hyundai Elantra offers a bit of sophistication in a compact sedan. Yet it’s also a budget-friendly vehicle with a laundry list of available features and safety aids, as well as the full benefits of Hyundai’s 10-year, 100,000-mile warranty.

Is the 2019 Hyundai Elantra a contender for your next vehicle? Check out the model’s features below, and see if this compact sedan is the right choice for you.  

Performance Specifications

Potential buyers can choose from the following colors on their new 2019 Hyundai Elantra:

  • Black
  • Silver
  • White
  • Red
  • Blue
  • Gray

There are 4 powertrains to choose from on the 2019 Hyundai Elantra. First is a 1.4-liter turbo inline-4-cylinder capable of 128 horsepower and 156 lb-ft of torque. There are 2 versions of the 2.0-liter inline-4, one making 147 horsepower and 132 lb-ft of torque, the other jumping up to 162 horsepower and 150 lb-ft of torque. Finally, there’s the 1.6-liter turbo inline-4-cylinder, which makes 201 horsepower and 195 lb-ft of torque.

Depending on which engine you choose, you’ll be shifting gears with a 6-speed automatic, a 6-speed manual, or a 7-speed dual clutch automatic transmission. All 2019 Hyundai Elantra models are front-wheel drive only.

Entertainment

Hyundai offers the 2019 Elantra in 6 trim levels: SE, SEL, Value Edition, Eco, Sport, and Limited. Base SE models and those models through the Value Edition are powered by the 147-horsepower 2.0-liter shifted by a 6-speed manual transmission. This model rides on 15-inch wheels and features a rearview camera, Bluetooth, and a 5-inch infotainment screen. SEL models up the ante with 16-inch wheels, a 7-inch touchscreen, and Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. 

Choose the Value Edition if you’re looking for a sunroof, keyless entry, push-button start, heated front seats, a hands-free trunk release, and sun visor extensions. Hyundai offers their Blue Link system as standard equipment on this trim level as well. If you can afford the Eco model, you’ll enjoy the turbo 1.4-liter engine and the fuel efficiency that goes with it. However, it does take a step back in terms of trim features. While you’ll get most of what the Value Edition offers, you won’t receive the sunroof. 

Sport models, however, do have a sunroof, along with many other sporty cues inside and outside. The turbo 1.6-liter provides a jauntier feeling as you drive, adding to the feedback you get from the 18-inch wheels wrapped in safer, flashier components.

The Limited model will satisfy most customers who want just a bit more than the basics but don’t want to spend a lot on the finer features. For example, the model rides on 17-inch wheels and sees via LED headlights. Leather seating and an 8-speaker Infinity audio system provide nice touches to the interior. Choose the Ultimate model if you’re looking for all the stops, from the sunroof to an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system. You’ll also receive the navigation system, along with additional safety aids.

Safety

The 2019 Elantra’s safety features include blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, lane keeping assist, and a driver alert system.The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) chose the 2019 Hyundai Elantra as one of the 2019 Top Safety Picks, having rated it “Good” in all testing categories. However, while the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) gave it a 4 out of 5 star overall safety rating, there is an advisory potential buyers should be aware of.

“Due to the intrusion of the left rear door during the side impact test,” states the NHTSA, “the interior door panel struck the torso of the rear passenger dummy, causing a high lower spine acceleration.” In plain terms, an accident similar to this could result in “a higher likelihood of thoracic injury.” Please consider this before purchasing a 2019 Elantra, especially if you will be carrying (smaller) passengers in the rear seat.

Fuel Efficiency

It’s nearly a requirement these days for manufacturers to include a hybrid powertrain in their sedan lineup—if they have one, that is. The 2019 Hyundai Elantra posts a variety of fuel efficiency numbers, so let’s get into those digits.

The 1.4-liter turbo engine sips fuel to the tune of 32 city and 40 highway EPA-estimated miles-per-gallon (MPG). The slightly-larger 1.6-liter turbo engine only achieves 28 city and 38 highway MPG.

When it comes to the 2.0-liter, however, things get a little complicated. Choose the manual transmission-equipped SE model for 26 city and 36 highway MPG but go with the automatic transmission if you prefer the sound of 29 city and 38 highway MPG. SEL, Limited, and Value trims should see around 28 city and 37 highway MPG with this lower-output 4-cylinder. Variants with the more powerful 2.0-liter will see 23 city and 31 highway MPG when equipped with manual transmissions and 24 city and 32 highway MPG for the automatic transmission models.

How Hyundai’s 2019 Elantra Compares

If Kelley Blue Book (KBB) experts had to pick 3 words describing the 2019 Elantra, they would choose “sophistication, quality, and value.” Consumer Reports experts recommend the SEL trim but did notice a bit of road noise at high speeds. Edmunds, however, liked the Value Edition better. Among the mid-range trim options, the Value Edition packages the most perks in an affordable price range.

Pros

  • Hyundai’s hard-to-beat 10-year, 100,000-mile warranty
  • Easy-to-use infotainment and climate controls
  • Wide array of available features

Cons

  • Not necessarily a sporty car
  • Hatchback versions don’t match the styling of the sedan

Hyundai has come a long way in offering a solid package featuring style, comfort, and safety on the 2019 Elantra. Though it’s hard to beat the stellar resale value Hondas and Toyotas enjoy, Hyundai is inching closer with each passing model year. Check out the 2019 Elantra at your nearest Hyundai dealership to find out more about this compact sedan.

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