Are you trying to decide between the 2021 Hyundai Elantra or Sonata? Both sedans are stylish, packed full of Hyundai technology, and deliver on performance. Both are great options for Redondo Beach drivers and offer different options to suit various needs.

The Hyundai Elantra is the company's compact sedan. It was redesigned to have a bold angular look that gives it plenty of personality and features to modernize the interior. The Hyundai Sonata is the next size up in the Hyundai sedan lineup . The midsize car has an upscale design – perfectly mixing a bold look in the front with a traditional yet modern body design.

Both sedans are great options to choose from. Learn more about what each model offers so you can feel confident in selecting the best option for you.

Compact or Midsize?

Deciding on a compact or midsize car all depends on your needs. Do you live in the city or spend much of your time downtown? Are tight streets and small parking spaces a constant battle? Then the Hyundai Elantra might be for you. Maybe the city isn't your daily battle, but instead, trying to pack your family, pet, and car seat into a car is more of your challenge. If so, the midsize Hyundai Sonata is a good pick for you.

The 2021 Hyundai Elantra is 184.1 inches long and 71.9 inches wide. It has comparable cargo space to the Sonata, but in different areas of the interior.

  • Front row headroom: 40.6 inches
  • Second row headroom 37.3 inches
  • Front row legroom: 42.3 inches
  • Back row legroom: 38.0 inches
  • Trunk: 14.2 cubic feet

The 2021 Hyundai Sonata is larger than the Elantra. It measures 192.9 inches long and 73.2 inches wide. Just like the Elantra, it offers extra room in different places.

  • Front row headroom: 40.0 inches
  • Second row headroom: 34.8 inches
  • Front row legroom: 46.1 inches
  • Back row legroom: 34.8 inches
  • Trunk: 16.0 cubic feet

How Do These Two Cars Compare in Performance?

The Elantra is available in six trim levels and three engine options to suit any driving style or preference. Choose from these three engine options: a 147-horsepower, 2.0-liter; a 201-horsepower, 1.6-liter turbo; and a hybrid engine. The Elantra offers an estimated 33 mpg in the city and 43 mpg on the highway.

The Sonata has four trim options and two engine options: a 191-horsepower, 2.5-liter engine, or a 180-horsepower, 1.6-liter gas engine. You can get an estimated 28 mpg in the city and 38 mpg on the highway.

Which Technology Features Are Included?

Both the Hyundai Elantra and Sonata offer many of the same high-tech features in the different trim levels.

  • 10.25-inch touchscreen display
  • Android Auto and Apple CarPlay
  • Heated seats
  • Bose premium audio

The Sonata does offer a few features that differ from the Elantra, including an auto-dimming rearview mirror with HomeLink, multiple device connection, and color heads-up display.

What Are the Included Safety Features?

You can find plenty of safety features in the Elantra and Sonata. Both models offer:

  • Lane Keeping Assist
  • Front Collision-Avoidance Assist with Pedestrian Detection
  • Driver Attention Warning
  • Smart Cruise Control with Stop & Go
  • Safe Exit Warning
  • Rear Occupant Alert

Still Can't Decide Which Model Is Right for You?

The 2021 Hyundai Elantra and Sonata are both great cars, and it can be hard to choose one over the other. We invite you to stop by South Bay Hyundai in Torrance. Our team knows all there is to know about the car and can explain each vehicle in more detail. Or schedule a test drive to get a feel for each model. Let us help you pick the perfect Hyundai for you.

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