Used 2019 Hyundai Elantra Sedan
Which Elantra does Edmunds recommend?
Edmunds' Expert Review
- Offers broad range of technology and safety features
- Comfortable ride
- Quiet cabin with simple, intuitive controls
- Offers one of the best warranties in its segment
- Lackluster performance from base 2.0-liter engine
- Seven-speed dual-clutch automatic can be clunky at low speeds
- Rear end feels skittish over broken pavement
- Back seat is smaller than some rivals
- Refreshed for 2019
- New exterior appearance
- More standard technology features and new infotainment system
- Active safety features standard on more trim levels
- Part of the sixth Elantra generation introduced for 2017
Overall rating6.9 / 10
Variety and value are the main ingredients in the 2019 Hyundai Elantra's appeal. Three available engines and six configurations mean it's easy to find an Elantra to suit your needs, whether that's you're focused on fuel economy or just something fun to drive. As for value, the Elantra doesn't deal in subtlety. The aptly named Value Edition, for example, comes standard with several desirable features, including a sunroof, keyless touch entry, hands-free trunk release, heated seats, and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone integration.
For 2019, the Elantra gets a significant new exterior look, with a reshaped hood, front end, fenders, rear bumper, and even a new wheel design. Interior changes are less drastic, but they include a revised center console with new controls, vents, storage tray and updated gauges. These changes come after a complete redesign two years earlier, an indication of just how quickly the compact sedan class evolves.
The new Elantra also comes with expanded convenience and safety tech, including a standard rearview camera with guidelines, a larger infotainment display and Bluetooth phone connectivity on base models. Moving up the trim ladder brings features such as wireless device charging and an 8-inch infotainment display. All trims except the SE base model receive driver aids including forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, blind-spot and rear cross-traffic alert, lane keeping assist, and a drowsy driver warning system.
Despite extensive changes, the Elantra remains the same under the hood. The 2.0-liter four-cylinder base engine carries over with its underwhelming 147 horsepower, but it returns a respectable 32 mpg combined. The turbocharged four-cylinder engines in the Eco and Sport trims are more satisfying but come saddled with clunky-shifting seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmissions.
Ultimately, the Elantra's value isn't enough to vault it to a podium finish in its class. Alternatives such as the Honda Civic, Mazda 3 and Volkswagen Golf simply drive better and offer nice interiors. But the Elantra remains a solid pick behind the front-runners, offering a lot of features for less money. If you're open to getting a hatchback, the Elantra GT (reviewed separately) is worth consideration. Essentially the European version of the Elantra, the GT is livelier than its sedan counterpart.
2019 Hyundai Elantra models
The 2019 Hyundai Elantra comes in six trim levels, with three engines and three transmissions shared among them. The base SE offers a pretty limited feature set, but moving up to the SEL, the Value Edition and finally the Limited nets many improvements. The Eco offers a more fuel-efficient engine with midlevel equipment, and the Sport comes with a strong turbocharged engine.
The base engine, and the only option for the SE, SEL, Value Edition and Limited trims, is a 2.0-liter four cylinder (147 horsepower, 132 pound-feet of torque). The SE trim comes standard with a six-speed manual transmission, but an upgrade to a six-speed automatic is offered.
The SE trim is somewhat minimally equipped, with 15-inch steel wheels, front disc and rear drum brakes, power mirrors, a rearview camera, height-adjustable front seats, air conditioning, a 60/40-split folding rear seat, Bluetooth, and a six-speaker sound system with a 5-inch display and a USB port. Adding the optional automatic transmission also adds cruise control and a selectable Sport driving mode.
Stepping up to the SEL trim adds 16-inch alloy wheels, rear disc brakes, automatic headlights and heated side mirrors. Rounding out the SEL's upgrades are a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment display, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone integration, and satellite radio. You also get a suite of driver safety aids including blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, lane keeping assist, and a drowsy driver alert system.
From there, the Value Edition adds a sunroof, LED daytime running lights, door-handle approach lights, keyless entry with push-button start, and hands-free trunk release. Inside are heated front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, rear-seat cupholders and — a special treasure for those who live in sunny climates — sun visor extensions.
Hyundai's Blue Link Connected Car system is also included, and it offers the ability to start the car, set the climate control, lock and unlock the doors, and perform several other functions from a smartphone app.
As its name suggests, the Eco gets a more fuel-efficient engine: a turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder (128 hp, 156 lb-ft of torque) paired with a seven-speed automatic transmission. It's equipped similarly to the Value Edition and adds dual USB ports, but it doesn't get the sunroof. It also rolls on 15-inch alloy wheels.
Compared to the Value Edition, the Elantra Limited upgrades include 17-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights and automatic high beams. The cabin gets leather upholstery, a power-adjustable driver's seat, a sliding armrest, adjustable rear headrests, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, dual USB ports, a wireless charging pad, and an eight-speaker Infinity premium audio system.
The optional Limited Ultimate package adds further refinements with the sunroof, an 8-inch touchscreen, a navigation system, driver-seat memory settings, and additional safety features such as adaptive cruise control, pedestrian detection and Safe Exit Assist, which alerts exiting passengers of potential oncoming cars before they open the doors.
The Elantra Sport, whether you get it with an automatic or a manual, is equipped largely like the Limited. It loses the dual-zone automatic climate control, includes the sunroof, and offers several sport-oriented changes such as a turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine (201 hp and 195 lb-ft of torque, with either the six-speed manual or a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic), a more sophisticated rear suspension with firmer tuning, 18-inch alloy wheels with grippier tires, stronger brakes, and chrome exterior accents.
The sporty theme continues inside with a flat-bottomed steering wheel, unique gauge cluster, leather-upholstered front sport seats with heating, and a black headliner.
The optional Sport Premium package offers an 8-inch touchscreen, navigation, the Infinity audio system, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, dual-zone automatic climate control, and Blue Link Connected Car services.
|Overall||6.9 / 10|
Noise & vibration6.0
Ease of use8.0
Getting in/getting out6.5
Child safety seat accommodation7.0
Audio & navigation7.5
Most helpful consumer reviews
Features & Specs
Our experts like the Elantra models:
- Blind-Spot Monitoring
- Alerts the driver when vehicles are in the adjoining lanes and sounds a warning if a lane change might cause a collision.
- Safe Exit Assist
- Alerts passengers exiting the car of an oncoming vehicle approaching alongside from the rear.
- Hyundai Blue Link System
- Notifies emergency services in case of a collision and sends an alert to your phone if the car is crashed by another driver.
NHTSA Overall Rating4 out of 5 stars
- Frontal Barrier Crash RatingOverall4 / 5Driver4 / 5Passenger4 / 5
- Side Crash RatingOverall4 / 5
- Side Barrier RatingOverall4 / 5Driver5 / 5Passenger4 / 5
- Combined Side Barrier & Pole RatingsFront Seat5 / 5Back Seat4 / 5
- RolloverRollover4 / 5Dynamic Test ResultNo TipRisk Of Rollover10.7%
- Side Impact TestGood
- Roof Strength TestGood
- Rear Crash Protection / Head RestraintGood
- IIHS Small Overlap Front TestNot Tested
- Moderate Overlap Front TestGood
2019 Hyundai Elantra First Impressions
2019 Hyundai Elantra First Look
Get Audi here, that's a Hyundai?
The 2019 Hyundai Elantra gets a comprehensive freshening just two years into the current generation. Too soon? Maybe not. The compact car segment is packed with tough competitors, from the alluring Mazda 3 and sporty Honda Civic to the redesigned Volkswagen Jetta and its well-rounded hatchback stablemate, the Volkswagen Golf. Against such capable rivals, the Elantra needs every possible advantage. Enter the 2019 model, which aims to flip the script and set a new standard for the competition to match.
If Looks Could Thrill
Starting with the outside, the 2019 Elantra sees major revisions from stem to stern. It really is surprising to see so much plastic (and metal!) surgery a mere two years after a full redesign. The hood, fenders, front fascia, headlights, trunklid, rear bumper and taillights have all been reshaped. Basically only the doors, roof, and a few other panels are unchanged. Even the wheels have all been redesigned, and LED headlights are now standard on the Limited and Sport trims.
If you squint, there's a little Audi in this Elantra's nose, which is hardly a bad thing. It's certainly a more aggressive look.
Inside there are a handful of design changes. The center console has been changed up with new controls, different air vents, and a new storage tray. The instrument cluster has also gone under the knife, coming out with a fresh look that doesn't appear to sacrifice any user-friendliness.
Everybody Loves Techno
Technology is up all across the Elantra range. At the bottom of the lineup, the base SE now comes with a 5-inch color display for its infotainment system (that's an extra inch and a half), and the manual-transmission SE now matches the automatic version with standard Bluetooth phone connectivity, although there's still no Bluetooth streaming audio either way. A rearview camera with dynamic guidelines is newly standard across the board.
Move up through the trim levels and you'll find more features across more of the range. Hyundai's Blue Link telematics suite is now included from the midlevel Value Edition trim on up, and the Limited comes equipped with a Qi wireless charging pad and the formerly optional Infinity eight-speaker stereo. The 8-inch infotainment screen that's optional on the Sport and Limited trims is also upgraded with a more powerful processor.
Safer Than Ever
Advanced safety features are a central focus for the 2019 Elantra. Forward collision alert and automatic emergency braking are now standard starting on the SEL trim, along with lane keeping assist and a driver drowsiness monitor. These systems are joined by a blind-spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alert. The top-tier Limited also gets the option of Safe Exit Assist, a system that alerts occupants who are opening their doors to oncoming traffic that might pose a threat.
It makes sense for Hyundai to push the safety angle, as the current Elantra lags behind some competitors in crash test results. Systems that keep you from having an accident in the first place are always a plus.
Some Things Don't Change
The 2019 Hyundai Elantra's updates are pretty extensive, but they bypass one area where the Elantra could certainly have used a boost. The disappointing base 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine carries over, which means many Elantra drivers will continue to look at the taillights of more powerful rivals. The Eco trim's economical turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder is also a carryover unit, as is the Elantra Sport's much more satisfying 1.6-liter turbo-four.
Expect to see the 2019 Elantra in Hyundai showrooms soon, with the refreshed Elantra Sport following toward the end of the year.
Used 2019 Hyundai Elantra Sedan Overview
The Used 2019 Hyundai Elantra Sedan is offered in the following styles: SE 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 6A), Value Edition 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 6A), SEL 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 6A), SE 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 6M), Sport 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl Turbo 7AM), Eco 4dr Sedan (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 7AM), Limited 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 6A), Sport 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl Turbo 6M), SEL SULEV 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 6A), SE SULEV 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 6A), Limited SULEV 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 6A), and Value Edition SULEV 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl 6A). Pre-owned Hyundai Elantra Sedan models are available with a 2.0 L-liter gas engine, with output up to 147 hp, depending on engine type. The Used 2019 Hyundai Elantra Sedan comes with front wheel drive. Available transmissions include: 6-speed shiftable automatic. The Used 2019 Hyundai Elantra Sedan comes with a 5 yr./ 60000 mi. basic warranty, a 5 yr./ unlimited mi. roadside warranty, and a 10 yr./ 100000 mi. powertrain warranty.
What's a good price on a Used 2019 Hyundai Elantra Sedan?
Price comparisons for Used 2019 Hyundai Elantra Sedan trim styles:
- The Used 2019 Hyundai Elantra Sedan SEL is priced between $16,999 and$22,998 with odometer readings between 7004 and69086 miles.
- The Used 2019 Hyundai Elantra Sedan SE is priced between $16,499 and$22,499 with odometer readings between 11479 and65614 miles.
- The Used 2019 Hyundai Elantra Sedan Value Edition is priced between $19,499 and$22,998 with odometer readings between 5136 and43541 miles.
- The Used 2019 Hyundai Elantra Sedan Limited is priced between $22,998 and$25,998 with odometer readings between 4363 and32423 miles.
- The Used 2019 Hyundai Elantra Sedan SE SULEV is priced between $18,990 and$21,998 with odometer readings between 8306 and57959 miles.
- The Used 2019 Hyundai Elantra Sedan Value Edition SULEV is priced between $20,590 and$24,998 with odometer readings between 5001 and47805 miles.
- The Used 2019 Hyundai Elantra Sedan Sport is priced between $22,000 and$25,648 with odometer readings between 14931 and42501 miles.
- The Used 2019 Hyundai Elantra Sedan SEL SULEV is priced between $18,990 and$18,990 with odometer readings between 54606 and54606 miles.
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Should I lease or buy a 2019 Hyundai Elantra?
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