2020 Hyundai Elantra vs. 2020 Hyundai Sonata

June 22nd, 2020 by

Like other automakers in the modern market, Hyundai is increasing its production of Sport Utility Vehicles (SUVs) and crossovers. However, that does not necessarily mean that South Korean automaker is letting their luxury sedans fall to the wayside.

In recent years, to compete in the affordable car market, Hyundai has established a good market share following its manufacturing of quality and affordable vehicles. Moreover, the automaker has a variety of models that retail at competitive prices. However, of all the models in the market in 2020, the Hyundai Accent is the best with the least budget in all cars retailing from Hyundai. Hyundai recently introduced the latest versions of their compact Elantra and midsize Sonata to the competitive market. Likewise, the two models have received unprecedented updates to meet the imminent customers’ desires. In this regard, it may pose confusion for new buyers who enter any Hyundai dealership.

Notwithstanding the differences between Sonata and Elantra in terms of manufacturer’s suggested retailing price, size, and performance, the two cars have several features. Furthermore, the two sedans are value-packed options that embody both immense safety features and extensive warranties. The detailed exploration below offers comprehensive insights on both the 2020 Hyundai Elantra and the 2020 Hyundai Sonata sedans.

Major Difference between the 2020 Hyundai Sonata and the 2020 Hyundai Elantra?

Sedan Hyundai Elantra SE Hyundai Sonata SE
Standard Seating 5 5
Engine 2.0 L 4-cylinder 2.5 L 4-cylinder
Transmission Smartstream IVT 2-Speed CVT W/OD 8-Speed Shiftronic W/OD
Horsepower 147 hp 191 hp
Torque 132lb-ft @ 5,200 RPM 181 lb-ft @ 5,200 RPM
Fuel tank 14 gallons 15.9 gallons
Front headroom 40.0” 40.3”
Rear headroom 37.3” 38.4”
Front legroom 42.2” 46.1”
Rear legroom 35.7” 34.8”
Overall Height 56.5” 56.9”
Trunk door release Mechanical Power
Cargo volume 14.4 cu ft 16.3 ft³, 16 ft³ with seat area
Wheelbase 106.3” 111.8”
Wheels 15” 16”
MPG (non-hybrid) 30 city / 40 highway 20 city / 26 highway
MSRP From $19,300 From $23,600

Despite both models having symmetrical body styles, Elantra sedan depicts the compact design while the Sonata is a full-sized sedan. Likewise, the lightness of the Elantra makes it more fuel-efficient than the more substantial and well-powered Sonata. Moreover, the two cars’ safety features differ, in that, the sonata model embodies a blind spot detection system while Elantra has none.

New 2020 Hyundai Elantra Engine Options

The 2020 Hyundai Elantra now includes three engine options. If you are looking for a new car that lets you choose how much horsepower, torque and miles per gallon you can have, this might be the compact sedan for you!

Engine 2.0L/ 4-cylinder 1.4L Turbo/
1.6L Turbo/
Horsepower 147 hp 128 hp 201 hp
Torque 132lb-ft @ 5,200 RPM 156lb-ft @ 5,200 RPM 195lb-ft @ 5,200 RPM
MPG 30 city / 40 highway 33 city / 41 highway 26 city / 33 highway
Trim Available SE, SEL, Limited Eco Sport
MSRP From $19,300 / $20,050 / $23,150 From $21,600 From $24,150

Which Hyundai sedan has the highest ground clearance?

Before you buy a car, you may consider the height of the vehicle from the ground. For instance, Sonata has a ground clearance of 5.30”, with 16-inch standard wheels. Now, the Hyundai Elantra in fact has 6.58” of ground clearance, but does sit on 15-inch. Keep in mind, the Sonata may offer more leg room on the interior, but outside the vehicle the Elantra emerges as the visitor in ground clearance by a little more than an inch.

What are the safety ratings of both Hyundai Elantra and Hyundai Sonata?

Both cars earn Hyundai’s Seal of Approval earning top-ratings in many categories including frontal crash tests and side-impact crash tests. The latest 2020 Hyundai Sonata, however, is a paragon of safety and technology. The sedan features stability control, anti-lock brakes, pre-tensioners, security systems, and many different impact airbags in the dashboard and doors. In fact, just in April 2020, the 2020 Hyundai Sonata and Sonata Hybrid received an overall 5-Star safety rating from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Transportation Administration and was a recent recipient of a Top Safety Pick award by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

Dealership’s Choice: Elantra or Sonata?

In a bid to choose between the two versions of the sedan, it highly depends on personal preferences and budget. However, if you are looking for a suitable car for your daily use, with premium features to make commutes more enjoyable it is recommended that you pick the redesigned 2020 Hyundai Sonata. Sonata is a summary of stunning design integrated with modern technology to create a full-sized sedan. The sedan’s affordability adds up to the car’s elegance to suit the modern daily driving lifestyle. In our dealership’s overall opinion, the Hyundai Sonata is the best sedan for interested buyers.
Whether you decide on the new compact Hyundai Elantra or luxurious new Hyundai Sonata, be sure to contact us today to help get you in on the latest deals and approved financing!

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