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The redesigned 2021 Hyundai HYMTF, + 4.26% Elantra takes on the well-established 2021 Honda HMC, + 0.58% Civic in the compact car category. Let’s see how they stack up: the 2021 Hyundai Elantra
The Hyundai Elantra Hyundai
2021 Hyundai Elantra Starting Price: $ 19,650 Above Average: Low Starting Price; sports model N Line; impressive fuel economy; hybrid available; spacious interior; great guarantee.
Below Average: No hatchback body style. Consensus: The 2021 Hyundai Elantra sports a sharp new design that matches its high-tech interior. A range of engine options including a high-performance N version and a hybrid cater for enthusiasts and hypermilers alike. 2021 Honda Civic Starting Price 2021 Honda Civic: $ 22,005 Above Average: Sedan and Hatchback Body Styles; powerful and efficient 1.5 liter turbo engine; energetic handling; powerful Type R variant; spacious cabin. Below average: road noise; blind spot monitoring and rear cross traffic alert not available; without Android Auto
AAPL, + 2.58% CarPlay on base model; no hybrid option. Consensus: The 2021 Honda Civic is practical, reliable, and fun to drive. It
is still a model of the virtue of small cars. The lineup has shrunk this year, however, with the loss of the sporty Si and the 2-door coupe. Elantra vs. its attractive price. A hybrid model joins the lineup and its smooth powertrain yields up to 54 combined mpg. An N Line sports variant is also new and features a 201-hp 1.6-liter turbo with a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic or a 6-speed manual. The standard powertrain is now a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder with 147 horsepower and a CVT. That powertrain is good for up to 37 mpg combined. Slightly larger than before, the Elantra uses dramatically wrinkled sheet metal that stretches over a spacious interior. See also: The updated VW Arteon has miles of style and serious cargo space
Inside, tech features abound, including a digital instrument cluster, 8- or 10.25-inch touchscreen, wireless
smartphone mirror and wireless
device charging. You can even use your smartphone to lock, unlock, and start the car. All Elantras come with Forward Collision Warning with Pedestrian Detection and Automatic Emergency Braking. Other standard features include Lane Keeping Assist, Blind Spot Monitor, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, and Safe Exit Alert. The latter sounds a warning if passengers try to exit the vehicle when traffic is approaching from that side. Adaptive cruise control is available on higher models. The Honda Civic With its impeccable reliability, strong resale value, practical packaging, and fun-to-drive demeanor, the Honda Civic remains a standout small car. However, the Civic is in its final year before a redesign, and the range has been trimmed. The 2-door coupe and Si sports car cut from the 2021 team. Buyers can still choose between sedan or hatchback body styles, the former with a 15-cubic-foot trunk and the latter with 46-cubic feet of luggage space
. There are several trim levels too, including a spicy 302-horsepower Civic Type R. See also: Which is better, the 2021 Honda Accord or the 2021 Nissan Altima? A 156-horsepower 2.0-liter powers the two cheapest sedans. But we prefer the more powerful and more fuel-efficient 1.5-liter turbo, which can be paired with a CVT or (in the hatchback) a 6-speed manual. The Civic has a well-tuned chassis, firmer on the Sport and Sport Touring trims, and track-worthy on the Type R. Road noise is louder than we’d prefer. Forward Collision Warning with Pedestrian Detection and Automatic Emergency Braking, Lane Keeping Assist and Adaptive Cruise Control are standard. However, rear cross traffic alert and blind spot monitoring are not available Similarities Outgoing styling, choice of engines, spacious interior, available gear stick 2021 Hyundai Elantra Advantages Lower starting price, better fuel economy, hybrid Available, Feature Content, Excellent Warranty, Free Scheduled Maintenance 2021 Honda Civic Hatchback Advantages Available, Handling / Handling, Bulletproof Reliability, High Resale Value Final Recommendation The redesigned 2021 Hyundai Elantra is much improved and now outperforms the Civic in several lens categories, including the and interior space, although Honda maintains its reputation for reliability and long-earned resale value. However, Hyundai’s advantages may be short-lived versus a new Civic coming soon. This story was originally published on KBB.com.