Hyundai Elantra vs Sonata in Temecula, CA

You've Seen Them in Competition with Their Temecula, CA Rivals, But How Do the Hyundai Elantra and Hyundai Sonata Compare?

You've come to rely on the "New Thinking, New Possibilities" aficionados here at Temecula Hyundai when it comes to seeing how compact sedans like Elantra and mid-size models like Sonata fare against their segment counterparts. But what about when your mind's made up on our automaker, and you're exploring your options among its new sedan offerings? Not to worry - we're here to help on that front, too. Check out how Hyundai Elantra and Hyundai Sonata stack up when it comes down to the details of your drive-time needs, tastes, and preferences.


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 Hyundai Elantra    Hyundai Sonata 


  • Right out of the driveway from Carlsbad or Escondido and headed for adventure, both Hyundai Elantra SE and Hyundai Sonata SE are paragons of fuel economy to go the distance. Elantra takes a lap on Sonata, however, up to 29 mpg in the city to the latter's 25 mpg and up to 38 mpg on the highway to Sonata's 36 mpg. That's even with a 14.0-gallon fuel capacity versus that of Sonata at 18.5 gallons. Sonata fans, take heart, however - the mid-size sedan's numbers, compared to the segment, demonstrate its continuing commitment to the long haul.

Size and Capacity

  • When it comes to the finer details of front and second-row headroom, front legroom, front and second-row shoulder room, and front and second-row hip room, Hyundai Sonata takes point on Hyundai Elantra. Its turn into victory lane continues in the areas of EPA cargo volume, 16 cubic feet of trunk space to Elantra's 14, and total passenger volume, a burgeoning 106 cubic feet to Elantra's still-sizable 96.


  • No trip can take off without a suite of interior tech at one's fingertips. Both Elantra SE and Sonata SE deliver on this count. The Elantra base makes standard a 6-speaker AM/FM/MP3 audio system with voice recognition and Bluetooth for hands-free calling and wireless streaming. Ascend to higher trims and you can take advantage of Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility for smartphone interface as well as 7- and 8-inch display audio systems, the latter with built-in navigation, SiriusXM support, and more.
  • The Hyundai Sonata base showcases a few one-ups on its sibling, a 7-inch color display audio touchscreen infotainment system with Bluetooth presenting standard. Moreover, it graduates to 8-inch touchscreen navigation in upper trims. Unlike Elantra, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay come standard. Opt once more for a higher level, and avail yourself of HD Radio and wireless device charging, among numerous other top-tier accouterments.

Price and Warranty

  • Hyundai Elantra kicks off at an MSRP of around $17,950, compared to Hyundai Sonata at about $22,050. Comparably equipped, you can find an Elantra for around $18,835 base to Sonata, which weighs in at approximately $22,935. Whence comes the difference? Investment in the capacious interior and array of step-up features native to the larger of the two sedans, Hyundai Sonata SE.
  • No matter which you choose, however, Hyundai offers one of the most competitive warranties in the industry to back up its expert craftsmanship. At 60 months/60,000 miles of basic coverage, 120 months and 100,000 miles of powertrain coverage, and 84 months/unlimited miles worth of corrosion perforation coverage, it's plain to see out automaker stands behind its work.


  • No matter which Hyundai model you prefer, you can count on our automaker to help keep your drive-time secure, wherever life and the open road may take you. Both models incorporate Electronic Stability Control, the weather-commanding credentials of a Traction Control System, and the controlled halts of four-wheel anti-lock braking with Brake Assist, topped off by the added layers of protection afforded by an advanced airbag system.

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