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2021 Hyundai Elantra vs. 2021 Hyundai Sonata: What's the Difference?

2021 Hyundai Elantra vs. 2021 Hyundai Sonata

2021 Hyundai Elantra


2021 Hyundai Sonata

$19,650* MSRP

Starting Price

$23,700* MSRP
35 mpg

Combined MPG

32 mpg
2.0L 147-hp I4 Engine


2.5L 191-hp GDI Engine
6-speed automatic


8-speed automatic

LED Headlights

Premium Cloth

Seating Surfaces

Premium Cloth

If you’re interested in buying or leasing a new car to enhance your commute from Roseville to the Rocklin area, drivers may find themselves interested in either the 2021 Hyundai Elantra or Sonata. Both new Hyundai sedans are easy to drive and offer advanced technologies, sure to take your drives to the next level. Learn the difference between the 2021 Hyundai Elantra and 2021 Hyundai Sonata as Roseville Hyundai compares the two sedans in terms of price, engine specs, interior dimensions, and features. Then, explore our virtual inventory to find the new Elantra or new Sonata configuration that’s right for your driving needs and budget.

2021 Hyundai Elantra or Sonata: Starting Price

No matter which Hyundai sedan you choose, they both come at affordable price points. Compare the 2021 Hyundai Elantra and 2021 Hyundai Sonata entry-level starting prices:

  • 2021 Hyundai Elantra SE Price: Starting MSRP from $19,650*
  • 2021 Hyundai Sonata SE Price: Starting MSRP from $23,950*

For a car that safely gets you to and from work near Citrus Heights, the new Hyundai Elantra has you covered! However, if you have a longer commute and want amenities that keep you comfortable and entertained, the new Hyundai Sonata is worth the extra price.

2021 Hyundai Elantra or Sonata: Performance Specs

Both of these new Hyundai sedans deliver impressive performance. Explore the performances differences between the 2021 Elantra and Sonata below:

  • Engine: The 2021 Elantra comes equipped with a strong 2.0L 147-hp I4 engine delivering 132 lb-ft of torque. The 2021 Sonata features a stronger 2.5L 191-hp GDI engine that produces 182 lb-ft of torque.
  • Transmissions: The Sonata is equipped with an eight-speed automatic transmission, the Elantra has a six-speed automatic transmission.
  • Sonata vs. Elantra MPG Ratings: The new Elantra has earned an EPA-estimated combined fuel rating of 35 mpg, while the Sonata received an EPA-estimated combined fuel economy of 32 mpg.

2021 Hyundai Elantra or Sonata: Interior Space

Wondering which is bigger: the Hyundai Elantra or Sonata? The new Elantra provides 110.2 cubic feet of interior volume, and the Sonata offers 122.4 cubic feet. Compare the 2021 Hyundai Elantra vs. Sonata interior dimensions for the entry-level configurations below:

2021 Hyundai Elantra Dimensions

  • Headroom (front/rear): 40.6/37.3 inches
  • Legroom (front/rear): 42.3/38 inches
  • Hiproom (front/rear): 53.4/50.5 inches
  • Shoulder room (front/rear): 56.5/55.6 inches
  • Cargo space: 14.2 cubic feet
  • Passenger volume: 99.4 cubic feet
  • Total interior volume: 113.6 cubic feet

2021 Hyundai Sonata Dimensions

  • Headroom (front/rear): 40/38.4 inches
  • Legroom (front/rear): 46.1/34/8 inches
  • Hiproom (front/rear): 54.6/54.4 inches
  • Shoulder room (front/rear): 57.9/56.1 inches
  • Cargo Space: 16 cubic feet
  • Passenger volume: 104.4 cubic feet
  • Total interior volume: 120.4 cubic feet

2021 Hyundai Elantra or Sonata: Interior Features

While both new Hyundai sedans offer a wealth of features, one reason the 2021 Sonata costs more is because it also offers more interior features:

  • 2021 Hyundai Elantra: The 2021 Elantra comes with a six-speaker audio system, 8-inch touchscreen system, split-folding rear seat, Bluetooth®-capable phone system, premium cloth seating, and a rearview camera.
  • 2021 Hyundai Sonata: The 2021 Sonata has all of the above standard features, as well as a 7-inch color touchscreen display, blind spot detection system, metal grain interior accents, and Apple CarPlay® and Android Auto™. It also comes with a suite of safety features.

Find Your New Hyundai Sedan in Roseville Today

Now that you know the difference between the 2021 Hyundai Elantra and 2021 Hyundai Sonata, it’s time to experience firsthand what these affordable vehicles have to offer. At Roseville Hyundai, we’ll take you for a test drive and create a financial package that fits within your budget. It’s time you find a new Hyundai vehicle that you’re excited about, so contact us today! If you want to bring your Hyundai sedan home for a great price, be sure to also check our used Sonata inventory.

*MSRP excludes destination charges, tax, title, and license fees. Destination charges and actual dealer prices may vary. Vehicles displayed may contain optional equipment at additional cost.

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