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The official factory page for the Hyundai Elantra.


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North American Car of the year is voted on every year by a panel of automotive journalists from the US and Canada. This year the Elantra won 2021 North American Car of the Year. The other finalists were the Genesis G80 and the Nissan Sentra.


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And if you would rather just watch the video review, here it is.


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This article from MotorTrend draws a few comparisons to the Civic, Corolla, and Mazda3 to let you know how the Elantra compares on paper. 195 lb-ft of torque is crazy get-it-moving power for this size/weight of a car for the hybrid version. The hybrid version may actually be the sporty one to have with its 4-wheel-independent suspension. This article alsao includes the official video release of the 2021 Elantra.


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Car and Driver calls the new Elantra "more compelling than ever". It is no wonder given the longer wheelbase and longer length help to improve interior room, especailly back seat leg room. It offers several different powertrains, each of which offers solid handling characteristics and good steering feel. They point out that the design takes a bold step forward, and there is a host of standard and optional features (including wireless Android Auto / Apple CarPlay on even the base model).


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Car and Driver took the N Line for a spin (the more powerful 1,6L Turbo). They enjoyed the great balance between a daily-driver complient ride and body composure during spirited cornering. Honda may have discontinued the Civic Si but Hyundai is here to provide the fun-to-drive sporty compact.


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Automobile Magazine reviewed the Elantra N Line. The journalist spoke at length at the fun he had while driving this car. He argues that it makes for a nice commuter car that also offers loads of fun to drive.


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But if you have been waiting for news on the full N model Elantra, Car and Driver has the early word.


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Uh oh! Automobile Magazine drove the Elantra N Prototype for a 70-mile loop through twists and turns. Comments include "The 2022 Hyundai Elantra N is stellar", "the Elantra N was an animal, with claws that pierced the pavement and powerful haunches that launched it in any direction I wanted", "It changed direction quickly and accurately, and it screamed out of the corners", "We killed that road, the Elantra N and I" and "Overall, I loved the damned thing". After all the fun he had in it, he said that it wasn't until after he got out of the car, full of exhileration, and looked back at the car, that he even remembered that it is a family friendly car (he noted the generous proportions and the fact that the suspension and steering settings allow for a comfortable drive or a day at the track, and degrees in between). 


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