Hyundai Elantra vs. Hyundai Sonata | Salem Ford Hyundai Review

The new and improved Hyundai Elantra was introduced this past year and impressed a lot of shoppers and critics with its redesign and competitive pricing. The Hyundai Sonata provides a great deal of value to consumers even though its look and features have not changed since 2016.

The Hyundai Elantra steals the show with its pricing. If you were to purchase a brand new Elantra with all the bells, whistles, turbo-charged, safety packages, and so on, you won’t be spending more than $27,000. As for the Sonata, its base package starts at $21,600. If you purchase a Sonata with all the extras, you’ll find yourself spending almost $35,000.

If you are working with a budget, the Hyundai Elantra may be the best pick for you.

Although the Elantra’s add-ons are less expensive, there aren’t as many available. The Elantra SE Tech Package ($1,300) gives you blind spot monitoring with rear cross traffic alert. The Limited Ultimate Package ($1,900) gives you adaptive headlights, automatic emergency braking with pedestrian protection, adaptive cruise control and lane keep assist. In comparison, the Sonata Limited Ultimate Package ($1,750) includes automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, automatic high beams, rear park assists and adaptive cruise control. For no extra cost, the Sonata Limited trim comes with blind spot monitoring and rear cross traffic alert.

If safety features are a priority, the Hyundai Sonata may have more options for you.

Both vehicles offer heated front seats, heated rear seats and a power driver’s seat. Critics noted the Elantra having a more spacious and comfortable cabin, similar to that of a midsize sedan. The Sonata is considered to be comfortable and similar to a full-size sedan.

Both vehicles are recognized for their comfort and well-sized cabins.

The Sonata comes standard with an infotainment system (in-car entertainment) and smartphone integration. This feature can be added onto your Elantra with the Popular Package ($800).

If you do not want to pay extra for Bluetooth, an infotainment system or smartphone integration, the Hyundai Sonata may be the best choice for you.

The Hyundai Sonata provides 16.3 cubic feet of trunk space while the Elantra has 14.4 cubic feet of trunk space available. The Elantra has a hands-free trunk release available but it will not spring open the trunk for you. The Sonata’s keyless automatic trunk feature will open the trunk for you.

If you prefer more trunk space and the hands-free feature, the Hyundai Sonata may be the best for you.

Because of its smaller and eco-efficient build, the Elantra takes the cake with fuel efficiency. The Elantra, when equipped with an automatic transmission, earns an EPA-estimated 28 mpg in the city and 37 mpg on highway. The Eco trim maintains 32 mpg in the city and 40 mpg on the highway. In comparison, the Sonata Eco model earns 28 mpg in the city and 36 mpg on the highway. The larger turbocharged engine gets 22 mpg in the city and 31 on the highway.

Think about your commute to work – which one sounds best to you?

If you’re a fan of impressive engines and horsepower, Hyundais are most likely not the car for you. Luckily for you, we have a beautiful Ford inventory that will tickle your fancy. The standard Elantra engine is a 147-horsepower 2.0 liter four cylinder. The Eco model comes with a turbocharged 1.4 liter four cylinder. Although there is less horsepower, the car makes up for its loss with its torque. The Sonata comes standard with the 2.4. liter four cylinder, with turbocharged 1.6 or 2.0 liter options available. Not exciting. Not too sexy. But the car gives you what’s important: safety, reliability and of course leg room!

Both vehicles come with Hyundai’s industry-leading five year/6,000 mile limited warranty and 10 year/100,000 mile powertrain warranty.

What Hyundai model do you consider to be the winner? Comment below and post a picture of the Hyundai you’re currently driving!


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