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When seeking your next sedan from Great Lakes Hyundai, two models frequently arise as formidable contenders: the Hyundai Sonata and Hyundai Elantra. Deciphering the difference between the two can prove difficult for drivers less acquainted with automotive terminology - however, one factor remains the central difference between the two: size. The Hyundai Sonata is a midsized sedan, while the Hyundai Elantra is a compact sedan. To learn additional differences between these two sleek models, see the below comparison.

Drivetrain and Performance

The Hyundai Elantra features a standard inline four-cylinder 2.0-liter engine producing 147 horsepower and 132 pound-feet. Accompanied by a standard six-speed manual transmission, and available with an optional six-speed automatic with SHIFTRONIC® and Active ECO system, or a seven-speed EcoShift® Dual Clutch transmission with SHIFTRONIC® on other trim levels and engine options. The other two available engines are a turbocharged 1.4-liter and 1.6-liter engine, producing 128 horsepower and 156 pound-feet, and 201 horsepower and 195 pound-feet, respectively.

The Hyundai Sonata, conversely, boasts a larger 2.4-liter engine as standard, equipped with a six-speed automatic transmission with SHIFTRONIC® as opposed to the manual found on the Elantra. Available with a 1.6-liter twin-scroll turbocharged engine exerting 178 horsepower and 195 pound-feet, or a 2.0-liter twin-scroll turbocharged engine producing a massive 245 horsepower and 260 pound-feet, accompanied by either a seven-speed EcoShift® dual-clutch transmission with SHIFTRONIC® or an eight-speed automatic transmission with SHIFTRONIC®, the Sonata surges down city streets with confidence.

Interior, Technology and Capacity

The Hyundai Elantra comes equipped with available features such as front and rear heated seats, Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ integration, complimentary three-year Blue Link® compatibility, and an Infinity® premium audio system with Clari-Fi™ music restoration technology available. With six available trim levels (SE, SEL, Value Edition, Eco, Sport and Limited), drivers receive their preferred balance of affordability and comfort. Ranging from $16,950 to $22,100, the Elantra remains the more affordable of the two models.

The Hyundai Sonata, conversely, features optional heated and ventilated front seats, in addition to the dual-zone climate control. Available with a panoramic sunroof, wireless device charging, Blue Link® three-year complimentary subscription, and an array of available safety features, the Sonata provides a few additional degrees of technological integration than its smaller counterpart. However, its larger size is conducive to such embellishments. Available in six trim levels (SE, Eco, SEL, Sport+, Limited, and Limited 2.0T+), the Hyundai Sonata starts at $22,050 and extends up to $31,900.

Find Your Ideal Hyundai at Grate Lakes Hyundai

While both the Sonata and Elantra are exceptional sedans, drivers seeking additional space and convenience features will likely find their needs better matched by the Sonata than the Elantra. However, for drivers on a budget, the Elantra's more compact size and affordable pricing place it as a formidable contender for the budget-conscious commuter. Stop by Grate Lakes Hyundai to speak with a sales professional about the differences between the Hyundai Sonata and Elantra, or give us a call at your earliest convenience to schedule a test drive!