Hyundai extends a trio of trim-package choices with the ‘24 Elantra: SE, SEL, and Limited. A 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine (147 horsepower) joins a continuously variable transmission (CVT) to form its powertrain. A drive-mode selector allows the operator to choose from Normal, Smart, and Sport, depending on the situation. There’s also a more powerful Elantra N model, which earned a Car and Driver Editor’s Choice award (2023), but we only discuss the regular Elantra on this page.
The base trim, the SE, achieves an EPA-estimated rating of 32 mpg in the city and 41 mpg on the highway. The SEL and Limited carry a bit more standard equipment, increasing their weight while causing a slight dip in their fuel economy to 31 city/40 highway.
The SE has cloth upholstery, a 6-way adjustable driver’s seat, a 4-way adjustable passenger seat, a 4.2-inch driver information display, two front and two rear USB ports, a black front grille, dual fold-away power body-color side mirrors, LED headlights, and 15-inch alloy wheels.
The SEL adds dual-automatic climate control, proximity key with push-button start, a 10.25-inch driver information display, a hands-free smart trunk release, 16-inch alloy wheels, and a three-year subscription to the Bluelink+ Connected Care & Remote Package. Adding the Convenience Package puts in heated front seats, heated outside mirrors, wireless device charging, a 60/40 split-folding rear seatback with an armrest and a cupholder, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shifter, 17-inch alloy wheels, and additional safety and connectivity features.
The Limited gets the most amenities, including a power tilt-and-slide sunroof, heated front seats, customizable ambient lighting, leather-trimmed seats, a power driver’s seat with lumbar, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, a 60/40 split-folding rear seatback with an armrest and a cupholder, heated side mirrors with built-in turn-signal indicators, and a chrome front grille.
Hyundai puts the SmartSense suite of driver-assist technologies in every trim. For the base SE, that means forward collision avoidance, pedestrian detection, intelligent speed-limit assist, blind spot warning, lane keep assist, lane following assist, a driver attention monitor, automatic high beams, rear cross-traffic collision alert, and safe exit warning.
The optional SEL Convenience Package will add smart cruise control with stop-and-go, cyclist detection, intersection assist, and highway driving assist. The Limited gets those features standard, along with highway driving assist, rear collision warning, a blind-spot view monitor, front and rear parking sensors with reverse collision-avoidance assist, and a surround-view monitor.
The SE has an 8-inch infotainment touchscreen (the system can also be managed using voice recognition). Its main features are Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, a six-speaker sound system, Bluetooth, and HD Radio. The SEL moves up to a 10.25-inch display while adding a navigation system and SiriusXM satellite radio. The Limited assumes loaded status with a Wi-Fi hotspot and a premium Bose sound system with 8 speakers, a subwoofer, and a center channel.