Hyundai has just announced Canadian pricing for the completely redesigned 2021 Elantra and there are some great news for customers.
Once again equipped with a standard six-speed manual gearbox in base trim, the popular Korean compact sedan will now start at $17,899, an increase of just $800 from the outgoing model. If you opt for the continuously variable transmission, you’ll pay $19,799. As previously reported, the five-door Elantra GT is not coming back.
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The Hyundai Elantra remains one of the rare cars under $20,000 in Canada. It features an eight-inch infotainment display with wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility—a first in the segment. A wide 10.25-inch HD screen with navigation is optional along with a customizable 10.25-inch HD digital instrument cluster.
The engine under the hood is the familiar 2.0-litre four-cylinder that generates 147 horsepower and 132 pound-feet of torque. Additional Hyundai SmartSense safety and convenience technologies are part of the lineup, too, including Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist with Pedestrian/Cyclist/Junction-Turning Detection, Rear Occupant Alert and Safe Exit Warning, plus semi-autonomous Highway Driving Assist with Auto Curve Slowdown.
The top-line Elantra Ultimate Tech, which boasts premium amenities like ventilated front seats and wireless smartphone charging, is priced at $28,299.
First-ever Elantra Hybrid
One of the biggest changes for 2021 is the introduction of the first-ever Elantra Hybrid. This one starts at $24,699, barely undercutting its most direct competitor, the Toyota Corolla Hybrid ($24,990). We’re just waiting for the official fuel ratings from Natural Resources Canada to validate the Hyundai-estimated figure of 4.7 L/100 km.
The Elantra Hybrid’s system combines a 1.6-litre gasoline engine with a 32-kW electric motor and a 1.32-kWh battery mounted under the rear seat. The CVT is replaced by a six-speed dual-clutch transmission, here.
Sporty Elantra N Line
The 2021 Hyundai Elantra lineup is completed by the new Elantra N Line (formerly known as Elantra Sport) starting at $27,599. For that kind of money, you get racier styling, an upgraded chassis featuring a multilink rear suspension and revised steering, as well as a driver-focused cockpit highlighted by unique sport seats, among other things.
Of course, the main draw is the turbocharged 1.6-litre engine producing 201 horsepower and 195 pound-feet of torque through a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. Unlike our neighbours in the south, we Canadians don’t get the six-speed manual with this model, which doesn’t make much sense if you ask us. Anyway, there’s a Sport mode that can take the thrills a bit higher with more aggressive shift points and the ability to hold gears longer.
The standard 2021 Hyundai Elantra goes on sale late this fall. Hybrid and N Line variants will follow in the first months of 2021.