2022 Hyundai Elantra

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2022 Hyundai Elantra Review: Premium Value On A Budget

The 2022 Hyundai Elantra is just a year into its latest generation and the Korean automaker must be pretty confident since the car is completely unchanged for the new model year. We certainly aren't complaining, as it is an excellently packaged compact sedan. Though the traditional three-box may be going out of style in the USA, the smaller models still sell, with the Toyota Corolla, Honda Civic, and Mazda 3 being among the Elantra's biggest competitors. Along with its much more modern styling, the Hyundai Elantra sedan also brings loads of value to the table in the form of a long list of standard features and a very low starting price. For those with long-term ownership agendas, there is even a hybrid model boasting significantly improved gas mileage figures. True, the new Elantra sedan won't wow driving enthusiasts with either of its four-cylinder power plants, even the 201-horsepower engine in the Elantra N, but that's what the all-new Elantra N is for. The regular Elantra is a car made for the everyday driver, and it fits the role perfectly. However, will it continue to impress as just another carry-over model?

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2022 Hyundai Elantra Changes: What’s The Difference vs The 2021 Elantra?

Having been released as a brand-new car in 2021, the Hyundai Elantra enters the new model year completely unchanged. Between the gas and hybrid powertrains, it is presented in several trim levels and continues to offer excellent value for its very low asking price. A new Elantra N will be released at a later date and will be reviewed separately.

Pros and Cons

  • Handsome, athletic styling
  • Highly frugal hybrid powertrain
  • Enjoyable turbo four-pot in N-Line
  • Loads of standard tech
  • Impeccable safety and reliability ratings
  • Base engine is only adequate
  • Some desirables are limited to top trims
  • IVT transmission lacks feeling
  • No AWD options

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2022 Hyundai Elantra Trims

See trim levels and configurations:

Trim Engine Transmission Drivetrain Price (MSRP)
2.0L Inline-4 Gas
Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
Front-Wheel Drive
2.0L Inline-4 Gas
Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
Front-Wheel Drive
Hybrid Blue
1.6L Inline-4 Hybrid
6-Speed Automatic
Front-Wheel Drive
N Line
1.6L Turbo Inline-4 Gas
6-Speed Manual
7-Speed Automatic
Front-Wheel Drive
2.0L Inline-4 Gas
Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
Front-Wheel Drive
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2022 Elantra Exterior

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  • Length 184.1 in
  • Wheelbase 107.1 in
  • Height 55.7 in
  • Max Width 71.9 in
  • Front Width 62.7 in
  • Rear Width 63.1 in
  • Curb Weight 2,868.0 lbs

Exterior Colors

  • Quartz White +$400
  • Calypso Red +$400
  • Electric Shadow
  • Phantom Black
  • Scarlet Red Pearl
  • Fluid Metal
  • Intense Blue
  • Ceramic White
  • Shimmering Silver Pearl
  • Lava Orange
  • Portofino Gray

2022 Elantra Performance

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Engine and Transmission

  • Engines
    1.6L Inline-4 Hybrid, 1.6L Turbo Inline-4 Gas, 2.0L Inline-4 Gas
  • Transmissions
    6-Speed Automatic, 6-Speed Manual, 7-Speed Automatic, Continuously Variable Automatic (CVT)
  • Drivetrain

Handling and Driving Impressions

Whether you opt for a gas or hybrid model, the Elantra is a remarkably well-rounded vehicle. True, it won't thrill you to any extent, but that doesn't mean it is clumsy. In fact, its precise handling makes it feel sure-footed and even a little playful around corners, even if doesn't have the acceleration to catapult out of a turn. The Hybrid feels surprisingly good in this area and the dual-clutch gearbox is almost certainly to thank for this.

However, this is a comfortable commuter at its core, and the Elantra shines when treated as such. It remains comfortable and poised on the road, no matter the speed, and the light and direct steering helps you feel safe and in control at all times. The Hybrid, with its independent rear suspension, is even more comfortable and controlled. The N Line also has a multi-link setup at the back, replacing the coupled torsion beam axle of other gas-only models. There really is nothing to complain about in this department, so long as you see the Hyundai Elantra for what it is and not what it might lead you to believe with its subtle sporty aesthetics.

2022 Elantra Interior

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Seating and Interior Space

  • Seating capacity
  • Front Leg Room 42.3 in
  • Front Head Room 40.6 in
  • Rear Leg Room 38.0 in
  • Rear Head Room 37.3 in

2022 Elantra Trunk and Cargo Space

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  • Trunk Volume
    14.2 ft³

2022 Elantra Safety and Reliability


  • Basic:
    5 Years \ 60,000 Miles
  • Drivetrain:
    10 Years \ 100,000 Miles
  • Corrosion:
    7 Years \ Unlimited Miles
  • Roadside Assistance:
    5 Years \ Unlimited Miles
  • Maintenance:
    3 Years \ 36,000 Miles

US NHTSA Crash Test Result

  • Overall Rating
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating
  • Side Crash Rating
  • Rollover Rating

Verdict: Is the 2022 Hyundai Elantra A Good car?

This is definitely a resounding yes, and the answer would remain the same even if the price of the Hyundai Elantra were much higher. The amount of value packed into such a small and budget-friendly sedan is incredible. Starting at less than $20k, the compact sedan comes equipped with as many, if not more, standard driver assists as much more premium vehicles. In fact, many cars that cost three times as much expect you to pay extra for some of the basics found here. Of course, the comforts and conveniences are minimal unless you opt for an upper trim level, but you get all essentials. At this point, the variety of powertrains is just icing on the cake. You can have a frugal gas engine, a very thrifty hybrid setup, or trade some of those savings for fun with a turbo-four. There really is something for everyone here at just about every price point. Add to that a comfortable ride, high safety ratings, and a great warranty, and Hyundai may have the perfect recipe when it comes to the compact segment.

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2022 Hyundai Elantra Comparisons

Hyundai Sonata
Kia Forte KIA
CompetitorHorsepowerMPGPrice (MSRP)
Hyundai Elantra147 hp33/42 mpg$20,650
Hyundai Sonata 191 hp28/38 mpg$25,100
Kia Forte 147 hp28/39 mpg$19,690

2022 Hyundai Elantra vs Hyundai Sonata

A size category above the Elantra, the Hyundai Sonata is the largest sedan from the Korean automaker. That said, it's still an extremely affordable option at around the mid-$25k mark. The standard four-cylinder engine is nothing special, much like the base engine in the Elantra. However, the N Line is a truly enjoyable driver with its 290-hp engine. However, the Sonata is also restricted to front-wheel drive, which hurts it when it comes to hooning around, and the frugal hybrid powertrain is a bit of a letdown in terms of performance. Where it does win out is interior space. Its tech is on par with the Elantra as you move through the trim levels, so unless you really need the space, we'd say go for the cheaper yet equally high-value Elantra.

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2022 Hyundai Elantra vs Kia Forte

The Kia Forte is a corporate cousin to the Elantra and therefore shares quite a few characteristics with it. Both get the same powertrain, for a start, with the Forte GT equalling the Elantra N Line in terms of outputs. The Hyundai is a smidge lighter on fuel, but the Kia has a lower starting price. This means that they are, arguably, equal in terms of value. The Elantra is a bit more modern-looking, though, and that can't be discounted as a moot point. Both sedans come equipped with a decent amount of standard tech, and safety expectations are practically identical. Picking a clear winner here is nigh-impossible and will mostly come down to personal taste or brand loyalty.

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