You’ll have two trim options with the ’23 Elantra Hybrid: Blue and Limited. Both have a hybrid powertrain made up of a 1.6-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine and a single 32kW electric motor. The two create a combined system output of 139 hp. A six-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission sets the front wheels in motion. Although the two trims share the same underpinnings, the Blue is slightly more efficient with its EPA-estimated 53 mpg in the city and 56 mpg on the highway. The Limited is close behind, though, returning 49 city/52 highway. What’s more, the Elantra Hybrid’s regenerative braking converts kinetic energy into electricity, which helps recharge the battery while you’re driving.
The ’23 Elantra Hybrid continues to impress with its slate of desirable amenities. The base Blue is well equipped with automatic headlights, LED daytime running lights, heated side mirrors, a hands-free trunk, keyless entry, push-button ignition, heated front seats, dual USB ports (one charging and one data), Bluelink connected car services, two-zone automatic climate control, and illuminated vanity mirrors. The Limited ups the ante with LED headlights and taillights, side mirrors with turn-signal indicators, leather upholstery, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, a power-adjustable driver’s seat with position memory, ventilated front seats, customizable ambient interior lighting, and a 60/40-split rear seatback with a folding center armrest and cupholders. What’s more, the Limited gets some signature tech in the form of Digital Key (which turns your smartphone into the key for the vehicle), a wireless phone charger, and a class-exclusive 10.25-inch digital gauge cluster.
Hyundai places a high priority on safety, which is why the 2023 Elantra Hybrid comes with several standard driving aids through the brand’s SmartSense technology suite. Both trims receive forward collision-avoidance assist with pedestrian detection, blind-spot collision-avoidance assist, rear cross-traffic collision-avoidance assist, lane keeping assist, lane following assist, driver attention warning, automatic high beams, and safe exit warning. The Limited, however, gets an even more substantial safety setup that includes an enhanced forward collision system with cyclist and junction turning detection, plus adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go, rear parking sensors, reverse parking collision-avoidance assist, and highway driving assist.
Infotainment is another strong point of the 2023 Elantra Hybrid. The Blue trim has an 8-inch touchscreen with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, voice recognition, HD and satellite radio (SiriusXM), and Bluetooth hands-free phone and audio streaming. Although the Limited trades wireless smartphone connectivity for plug-in, the rest of its multimedia system is elevated with a 10.25-inch touchscreen, integrated navigation, dynamic voice recognition, and a deluxe eight-speaker Bose audio system with a subwoofer.