2021 Hyundai Sonata vs. 2020 Hyundai Elantra

2021 Hyundai Sonata vs. 2020 Hyundai Elantra
2021 Hyundai Sonata


2020 Hyundai Elantra

Starting MSRP

Midsize Sedan


Compact Sedan
28 City/38 Hwy mpg

Fuel Economy

31 City/41 Hwy mpg
2.5L GDI 4-cylinder engine

Base Engine

2.0L 4-cylinder engine
191 hp

Maximum Horsepower

147 hp


16.0 cubic feet

Cargo Volume

14.4 cubic feet


Are you in the market for a new sedan to enhance your Lynn commutes? Many shoppers often end up between the 2021 Hyundai Sonata vs. 2020 Hyundai Elantra. Both sedans offer sizeable dimensions, affordable starting prices, and innovative technology features that will keep you connected no matter where you are. Learn more about these two class-topping sedans with the team at Pride Hyundai of Lynn as we compare the 2021 Sonata vs. 2020 Elantra.

Sonata vs. Elantra: Trims and Prices

The Hyundai Sonata offers four trims while the Hyundai Elantra gives Saugus drivers a few more options to choose from with six trims. When you compare the Sonata vs. Elantra in terms of price, the 2021 Hyundai Sonata does offer a slightly more expensive base trim with a starting price of $23,600, while the 2020 Hyundai Elantra’s base trim comes in at $19,300 MSRP. Take a look at this breakdown of Sonata vs. Elantra trims and prices:

2021 Hyundai Sonata

  • Hyundai Sonata SE: $23,600 MSRP
  • Hyundai Sonata SEL: $25,700 MSRP
  • Hyundai Sonata SEL Plus: $28,200 MSRP
  • Hyundai Sonata Limited: $33,850 MSRP

2020 Hyundai Elantra 

  • Hyundai Elantra SE: $19,300 MSRP
  • Hyundai Elantra SEL: $20,050 MSRP
  • Hyundai Elantra Value Edition: $20,950 MSRP
  • Hyundai Elantra Eco: $21,600 MSRP
  • Hyundai Elantra Limited: $23,150 MSRP
  • Hyundai Elantra Sport: $24,150 MSRP

Sonata vs. Elantra: Dimensions

As you decide between the Sonata or Elantra, size is going to be a major factor. The Sonata is classified as a midsize sedan, while the Elantra is classified as a compact sedan, offering slightly smaller dimensions. The Sonata beats out the Elantra in all dimensions, so if you’re looking for a sizeable vehicle for friends and family in Saugus, the Sonata is the way to go:

2021 Hyundai Sonata 

  • Total Interior Volume: 120.4 cubic feet
  • Head room (front/rear): 40.0 inches/38.4 inches
  • Leg room (front/rear): 46.1 inches/34.8 inches
  • Shoulder room (front/rear): 57.9 inches/56.1 inches
  • Hip room (front/rear): 54.6 inches/54.4 inches

2020 Hyundai Elantra 

  • Total Interior Volume: 110.2 cubic feet
  • Head room (front/rear): 40.3 inches/37.3 inches
  • Leg room (front/rear): 42.2 inches/35.7 inches
  • Shoulder room (front/rear): 56.2 inches/55.3 inches
  • Hip room (front/rear): 53.4 inches/51.6 inches

Sonata vs. Elantra: Interior Features

As you choose between the Sonata vs. Elantra, you’ll also want to decide what kind of driving experience you want. Are there certain kinds of amenities you expect in your next car? If you’re looking for a more driver-centric cabin, the Sonata and Elantra deliver. Check out some of the interior features you can look forward to in the Sonata and Elantra:

2021 Hyundai Sonata

  • 8-inch color touchscreen with HD Radio™
  • Android Auto™ & Apple CarPlay®
  • Bluetooth® hands-free with wireless audio streaming
  • Rear View Monitor with parking guidance
  • 6-way adjustable driver seat and 4-way passenger seat

2020 Hyundai Elantra 

  • Premium cloth seating
  • Steering-wheel-mounted audio, Bluetooth®
  • Remote keyless entry system with alarm
  • 5-inch display audio system with high-resolution touchscreen

Looking for information on the latest Elantra models? Our guide to the 2021 Elantra N Line and the Elantra N prototype can help you find out what to expect!

Shop for your Favorite Hyundai at Pride Hyundai of Lynn

Now that you’ve compared the Sonata vs. Elantra, which Hyundai will you be taking back home to Everett? Visit Pride Hyundai of Lynn to test drive your favorite Hyundai, browse our selection of used Hyundai Elantra, Hyundai Elantra lease deals, or contact us if you any more questions about either sedan. If you’re wondering how the Sonata fares against competing models, check out our comparison of the 2021 Hyundai Sonata vs. 2020 Toyota Camry. Learn more about the 2022 Hyundai Elantra gas mileage!

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