2019 Hyundai Elantra vs 2019 Hyundai Sonata
2019 Hyundai Elantra 2019 Hyundai Sonata


2.0L I4 2.4L I4


147hp 185hp

  MPG (City/Highway)

26/36 * 26/35 *


6-Speed Manual 6-Speed Shiftable Automatic

2019 Hyundai Elantra vs 2019 Hyundai Sonata

Serving Memphis, TN

All sedans feature a basic plan that includes an enjoyable cabin devoted to people with a separate compartment for inanimate objects. There’s a lot of opportunity variation with this formula like spacious accommodations, lots of muscle, or nimble efficiency. The Hyundai Elantra and Sonata take complimentary positions with the Elantra offering a fuel-frugal ride while the Sonata moves towards bigger dimensions and engines, but this quick look shows they can happily cut into the other’s territory.


The Elantra and Sonata do offer a few distinctions in terms of powerplants. In most versions, the Elantra contains a 2-liter inline-4 creating 147 horsepower with 29 mpg city and 38 mpg highway. The Sonata utilizes a 2.4-liter straight-4 generating a huskier 185 horsepower at 25 mpg city and 33 mpg highway. Both sedans also supply more quickness through a 2-liter turbocharged-4 in the Elantra outputting 201 horsepower while a heftier 2-liter turbocharged-4 in the Sonata unleashes 245 horses. The Eco versions of each line knock fuel usage down to size with the 2019 Elantra Eco possessing a 1.4-liter turbocharged-4 that delivers 128 horses at 32 mpg city and 40 mpg highway. It’s a counterpart, a 1.6-liter turbo-4 in the Sonata Eco, goes to 178 horsepower with 28 mpg city and 37 mpg highway. Sitting at the more unique end of the sedan spectrum, the 2019 Sonata offers a more unique alternative in the form of a Sonata Hybrid that couples a 2-liter 4-cylinder block with a 38-kilowatt motor for a full 193 horses at up to 40 mpg city and 46 mpg highway.


The 2019 Elantra and Sonata go for a sporty sedan style with smart creasing along the hood and side panels for a sensation of briskness. In a side profile, both vehicles possess sleek looks best exemplified by a strongly arching roof line. Up front, the Elantra offers a sharper motif by outlining the grille with straight lines while forming the headlights into acute triangles that seemingly dart forward. The 2019 Sonata softens things a bit by adding curved lines to the grille and headlights, but a more complex design for the daytime running lights works with these features for a sense of swiftness that matches the Elantra.


A great illustration of how these two Hyundai sedans can overlap is in features like interior dimensions with the 2019 Sonata just edging out the Elantra in front headroom at 40.4 inches over 40.3 inches. In fact, the Elantra actually tops the Sonata in rear legroom at 35.7 inches over 35.6 inches. Likewise, cabin frills in the introductory SE model of each sedan show more commonality with air conditioning, six speakers delivering AM/FM/MP3 audio, a USB port, power locks, and windows, and Bluetooth compatibility. The noticeable differences here are the inclusion of Android Auto and Apple CarPlay in the Sonata along with a 7-inch touchscreen instead of the 5-inch screen in the Elantra SE. In higher models, both sedans furnish leather trim, motorized multi-positional front seating, additional USB ports, dual-zone climate control, and a power sunroof among other things. The Sonata does set itself apart, though, in supplying up to ten speakers instead of the eight possible in the Elantra.

Although the 2019 Elantra leans towards fuel economy, it’s hardly forgotten about a pleasurable interior. The 2019 Sonata might emphasize an opulent cabin, but it won’t take much gas to make it go. With so much in common between them, the only real way to decide on the best one for your needs is a test run of both at our dealership today.

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