2021 Hyundai Car Buyer’s Guide

Jessica Shea Choksey | Apr 07, 2021

Hyundai’s car lineup is remarkably diverse, meeting a range of buyer requirements from affordable basic transportation to high-performance thrill rides. The automaker also offers several hybrid models, as well as plug-in hybrid and electric vehicles. Best of all, every 2021 Hyundai comes with free maintenance for three years in addition to a best-in-the-business warranty and other generous perks of ownership.

2021 Hyundai Elantra Limited Silver Front Quarter View

The most significant changes for the 2021 Hyundai cars lineup include a redesigned Elantra and Elantra Hybrid sedan, as well as the addition of a new high-performance Elantra N coming later in the year. The Elantra GT hatchback is no longer available, but leftover 2020 models remain in dealership stock. The popular midsize Sonata also receives an N Line variant for an extra dose of sporting character, and Hyundai makes the Veloster N more appealing than before. 

2021 Hyundai Accent - Find the best Hyundai deals!

2021 Hyundai Accent Red Front Quarter Action

The Hyundai Accent subcompact sedan is the brand’s smallest and least expensive car. It is best for buyers who are shopping for an affordable commuter or city car for everyday driving. Available in SE, SEL, and Limited trim levels, the 5-passenger Accent has an efficient 120-horsepower 1.5-liter 4-cylinder engine paired with a manual gearbox. An automatic transmission is optional.

For the 2021 model year, Hyundai makes no changes to the Accent except for some paint color updates. As before, the interior looks and feels more refined than others in this segment. Available features include smartphone integration, heated front seats, and forward-collision warning with automatic emergency braking.

Small but roomy, the Accent offers 13.7 cubic feet of trunk space and 60/40 split-folding second-row seats. Learn more about the 2021 Hyundai Accent.

2021 Hyundai Elantra - Find the best Hyundai deals!

2021 Hyundai Elantra N Line Blue Front Quarter Action

Hyundai redesigns the compact Elantra for 2021, and the car is longer, wider, and bolder than ever. 

A 147-hp 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine powers the popular Elantra SE, SEL, and Limited trims. Performance-oriented Elantra N Line and Elantra N models have turbocharged 1.6-liter and 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engines, respectively, with the Elantra N boasting 275 hp. Elantra Hybrids come in Blue and Limited trim and return up to 54 mpg in combined driving.

The 5-passenger cabin offers greater legroom and more technology, headlined by an available dual digital display instrumentation and infotainment system. Standard safety features include forward-collision warning, automatic emergency braking, blind-spot warning, and rear cross-traffic warning.

Learn more about the 2021 Hyundai Elantra. You can also read our review of the redesigned Elantra.

2020 Hyundai Elantra GT - Find the best Hyundai deals!

2020 Hyundai Elantra GT Red Front Quarter Action

The Elantra GT is a sporty hatchback based on one of Hyundai’s European models. Discontinued for 2021, the Elantra GT remains in stock at dealerships for buyers who prefer a 5-door hatch but not for much longer.

Delivering an extra shot of utility and performance over its sedan counterpart, the base Elantra GT has an efficient 161-hp 4-cylinder engine paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission. But for more driving excitement, the Elantra GT N Line brings a spirited 201-hp turbocharged 4-cylinder.

Inside, the Elantra GT touts a refined 5-passenger cabin, a long list of standard equipment, and 24.9 cubic feet of cargo space. The standard infotainment system features an 8-inch touchscreen display with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability.

In its last year of production, the Elantra GT was named a Top Safety Pick by the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety. Learn more about the 2020 Hyundai Elantra GT.

2021 Hyundai Ioniq - Find the best Hyundai deals!

2021 Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid Red Front Quarter Action

The 2021 Hyundai Ioniq is a stylish compact hatchback in three eco-friendly iterations: hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and all-electric

The Ioniq Hybrid achieves impressive highway fuel economy, allowing an interstate cruising range of almost 700 miles, while the plug-in hybrid version allows up to 29 miles of driving on battery-only power before switching to gas-electric hybrid operation. The Ioniq Electric gives close to 170 miles of driving range on a single charge and is currently available in 13 states.

With an abundance of standard and optional content, the Ioniq includes wireless charging and 17-inch alloy wheels with SE trim and a 10.25-inch touchscreen infotainment system with SEL trim. Cargo space measures 26.5 cubic feet. For 2021, the Ioniq Electric now includes 250 kilowatt-hours of free charging from Electrify America. 

Learn more about the 2021 Hyundai Ioniq. You can also read our review of the Ioniq Plug-in Hybrid

2021 Hyundai Sonata - Find the best Hyundai deals!

2021 Hyundai Sonata N Line White Front Quarter Action

Hyundai’s midsize sedan, the Sonata, comes in five well-equipped trim levels – SE, SEL, SEL Plus, Limited, and a newly-added 290-hp N Line variant. The base Sonata has a 191-hp 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine, while uplevel versions utilize a 1.6-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder. The Sonata also offers a fuel-efficient hybrid powertrain rated to get up to 52 mpg in combined driving.

Other new updates for 2021 include a 6-way power-adjustable front passenger seat for the SEL trim and available 19-inch wheels for the SEL Plus trim. Also, SEL, SEL Plus, and Limited trim levels receive Safe Exit Warning, which can warn occupants if it’s unsafe to open the door to exit the car.

The base Sonata continues to offer standard 8-inch touchscreen infotainment. A larger 10.25-inch screen is available. The Sonata line also provides an impressive list of standard and available advanced driving assistance systems (ADAS). 

Learn more about the 2021 Hyundai Sonata. You can also read our reviews of the Sonata and the Sonata Hybrid.

2021 Hyundai Veloster - Find the best Hyundai deals!

2021 Hyundai Veloster N Blue Front Quarter Action

Hyundai’s spunky 3-door speedster is known as the Veloster. Power for this unique 4-passenger hatchback comes from three engine choices ranging from a base 147-hp 2.0-liter 4-cylinder to the Veloster N’s 250-hp turbocharged unit. All versions offer an available manual transmission to enhance the driving fun factor, and for the 2021 model year, the Veloster N receives numerous upgrades to make it even more appealing.

The Veloster’s cockpit design is refined and comfortable, but the rear seats are relatively small. Standard features at the base level include touchscreen infotainment and 17-inch wheels. The more expensive models bring a larger touchscreen display, wireless charging pad, and Hyundai’s Blue Link connected services plan. The Veloster yields a deep cargo area that supplies 19.9 cubic feet.

Learn more about the 2021 Hyundai Veloster. You can also read our review of the performance-tuned Veloster N.

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