Trying to decide which of the two incredibly popular Hyundai sedans is right for you? We know that it’s a tough choice, but Thornton Road Hyundai has broken down the Sonata and Elantra side by side to help you find the perfect car for you.
With a starting MSRP of around $21K, the Sonata offers a powerful 2.4L engine that pairs with a 6-speed shiftable automatic transmission to get a fuel economy rating of 24/35 mpg. Powerful and responsive, it gets 190 hp and 179 ft-lb of torque.
The 2013 Hyundai Elantra
With a slightly lower price point, around $18K MSRP, the Elantra is a solid option next to its big sister Sonata. Powered by a 1.8L engine that gets 148 hp and 131 ft-lbs of torque, it has a 28/38 mpg fuel rating with the 6-speed shiftable automatic transmission.
Hyundai puts a premium on safety features, so both the Sonata and the Elantra enjoy a long list of standard features, including: electronic stability control, a traction control system, 4-wheel ABS brakes, brake assist, driver and front passenger airbags, front side- impact airbags, vehicle anti-theft alarm and childproof rear door locks.
In addition to the full list of standard features, the Sonata also enjoys active front head restraints that come totally standard.
Standard on both the Elantra and Sonata are power door locks, a tilt/telescopic steering wheel column, door mounted storage, an outside temperature gauge, front power outlet, cruise control, an audio system with CD/MP3/AM/FM and steering wheel mounted audio controls.
The Sonata benefits in some additional standard features, too, such as automatic headlights, speed sensitive wipers, valet lockout, illuminated vanity mirrors and a hands-free phone system.
If you’re looking for more in your Sonata, you have the option of adding turn signals in the exterior mirrors, a rear spoiler, a compass, universal garage door opener, front heated seats, driver multi-adjustable power seat, and a 4.3 inch color LCD touchscreen audio system with rearview camera.
The Elantra also has some fun add-ons, though not as extensive as on the Sonata. Optional features for the base level GLS include a sliding center armrest, heated front seats, Bluetooth hands free phone system with voice recognition control and illuminated ignition.
With two cars this good, it all comes down to what you’re looking for. Need extra space and more features? Stick with the Sonata. Looking to save a little and still get a solid array of standards? Maybe the Elantra is your best bet. The final test has to be how you feel in it, so stop in to Thornton Road Hyundai today and test drive both!