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2021 Hyundai Elantra SEL: Take a Drive in Such a Smart Car!

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The 2021 Hyundai Elantra is an exceptionally Smart Car. I drove one last week that told me what to do even before it occurred to me. While sitting at a red light with a vehicle in front of me, I was taken by surprise when my Elantra informed me, “the lead car has left.” In other words, the light has turned green, “so why are you still sitting here?”

It was cold out the next morning, but I had an early morning errand to run. Upon starting the engine, my Elantra was eager to warn that “icy conditions are possible.” Thankfully that didn’t happen, but I really appreciated the heated driver’s seat that helped take the chill off so quickly.

Hyundai Elantra Features

2021 Hyundai Elantra SEL: Take a Drive in Such a Smart Car!

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The Elantra is powered by a Smartstream 2.0 liter DOHC 4-cylinder engine producing 147 HP. It features dual continuous variable valve timing with intelligent variable transmission. My Elantra proved easy to drive and boasted so many convenience and technology upgrades it was difficult to believe its low starting price.

The MSRP for the 2021 Hyundai Elantra SEL is only $20,900!

The five-passenger compact sedan is distinctively designed and quite attractive. I really loved the color of my test vehicle, which came coated in an intense blue paint with black interior. But stepping into the comfortable cabin brings the real revelation. The easy to operate controls and detailed instrument display with a 10.25 inch touch screen look like something you’d find in a much more expensive vehicle.

Optional Packages

2021 Hyundai Elantra SEL: Take a Drive in Such a Smart Car!

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Standard technology features include hands-free smart trunk release, rearview camera with dynamic guidelines, and steering wheel-mounted audio and climate controls. Hyundai Blue Link® connected care and remote package are included as standard features. Apparently, I’m not the only car writer to be impressed by the new Elantra. It has been named as Car of the Year by the North American Car, Utility and Truck of the Year media jury.

Hyundai added a Convenience Package ($950) that included forward collision-avoidance assist with pedestrian and cyclist detection, plus smart cruise control with stop and go system. A leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter, wireless charging pad, and heated front seats and outside mirror were also added.

A Premium Package ($2,100) added 17” alloy wheels, power sunroof, and dark chrome exterior accents. LED+ Taillights, Bose premium audio with speakers, and a digital key were also featured. The total price for the test vehicle was still a very reasonable $25,100 after destination charges.

Fuel economy is estimated at 31 mpg in town and 41 mpg on the highway, for an average of 35 mpg.