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Monday, January 10, 2022

2022 Hyundai Elantra Sedan Turbo N Line: The Brand’s Peppy Compact Sedan

  

Highlight: The roomy compact is available with a manual transmission.

Test Vehicle's MSRP: $26,530 (Base SE)$20,875)

Seating Capacity: 5 (a tight fit)

Standard Safety Features: air bags; ABS; forward collision-avoidance assist with pedestrian detection; automatic high beam assist; an electronic blind-spot collision avoidance assist with a rear cross-traffic; traction control system; a hill start assist system; a lane keep assist system; a lane following assist system; a tire pressure monitoring system; and compact spare tire



Standard Equipment (SE): 15-inch wheels; LED Daytime Running Lights (DRL); projector headlights; automatic headlamp control; a chrome grille; a black window belt moldings; body color door handles; two-tone dual power mirrors; solar glass; premium cloth seats; manual adjustable front seats; fixed rear seat; a manual a/c system; an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system; a manual operated tilt/telescopic steering wheel; and a manual operated rearview mirror

Standard Equipment (N Line): 18-inch wheels; a sport tuned suspension, steering and revised powertrain mounts; multi-link independent independent rear suspension; larger front brake rotors; summer tires; LED rear taillights; glossy black grille; rear spoiler and diffuser; dual power, one-tone mirror; power sunroof; leather-like and cloth seats; heated front seats; power driver’s seat with lumbar support; 60/40 split front door rear seats; cup holders; a 6-speaker AM/FM/HD with SiriusXM; wireless charging; a Bluelink connected car service; a leather shift knob; a leather wrapped steering wheel; a dual automatic temperature control; a keyless entry system;  a keyless pushbutton ignition starter; and sports pedals

Options: floormats


Other Trim Levels:

SEL

Blue HEV

Limited

Limited HEV

N

Standard Audio On Test Vehicle: a 4-speaker AM/FM/HD

Bluetooth Connectivity: Standard

USB Connectivity: Standard

Apple/Android Connectivity: Standard

Bumper-to-Bumper Warranty: 5 years or 60,000 miles

Powertrain Warranty: 10 years or 100,000 miles

Standard Engine/Horsepower: 2.0-liter, 4-cylinder engine/147-hp

Recommended Fuel: Regular

Standard Fuel Mileage: 31-city/41-hwy (base Elantra)

What’s New:  A new Elantra N will be added later during the model offering 276-horsepower.

Pros (N Line):

1.6-liter turbo engine – produces 201-horsepower

18-inch wheels

A variety of driving modes

Fun-to-drive

Great for road trips or driving around town

Easy-to-use infotainment system

Roomy interior

Best in class warranty

High-level of standard equipment

Manual or automatic transmission available

Power moonroof (standard size)

Wireless charging

But (N Line): 

Controversial exterior styling

No Heads Up Display (HUD) system

No oversized panoramic roof available

No rear heated seats

No AWD availability



Verdict:  For compact buyers looking for an affordable peppy sedan, the Hyundai Elantra N Line is worth checking out. Like most Hyundais, the spunk car with the edgy design offers a lot of bang for the buck. Now while the Honda Civic SI and the Kia Forte GT are the closes to the Elantra N Line in terms of horsepower, the Kia Forte GT comes in at a lower price point than the Honda. Moreover, the Mazda3, with its turbo engine, offers significantly more horsepower and an upscale design both inside and out, but at a much higher price point that start out over $30,000.

So for buyers in the market for a compact with a little pizazz, there are a few alternatives available.

N Line Competition:  Honda Civic SI; Kia Forte GT; and Mazda3 2.5-liter turbo engine

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