Dare to Compare: Hyundai Sonata vs. Hyundai Elantra | Cartersville, GA

The compact 2018 Hyundai Elantra and midsize 2018 Hyundai Sonata are two of the highest-ranking sedans in their respective classes. Both are backed by a class-leading warranty and have received top rankings in safety from IIHS, so let's look a little closer to find out which one is the right model for you.

Cargo space

Thanks to its midsize status, the Hyundai Sonata offers more room for its five passengers than the Hyundai Elantra - including more rear legroom. As the larger car, the Sonata also has a bit more trunk space than the Elantra: 16.3 cubic feet vs. 14.4 cubic feet. However, the Elantra GT hatchback offers far more cargo space than either sedan model: almost 25 cubic feet with the rear seats up, and 55 cubic feet when they're folded down.


Both the Hyundai Elantra and the Hyundai Sonata are affordable options within their segments. If overall cost is important to you, the Elantra is a smaller vehicle, meaning that its base price comes in at about $5,000 less than the Sonata. So the cost of even a higher-end Elantra trim will be comparable to that of a base Sonata model.


If power is your priority, the Hyundai Sonata's engine options have what you're looking for. The Sonata's base 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine puts out 185 horsepower. The Sonata is also available with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbo engine that delivers 245 horsepower or, with the Eco trim, a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 178 horsepower. In comparison, the Elantra's standard 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine delivers 147 horsepower. Its Eco trim features a 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 128 horsepower, and its Sport trim includes a 1.6-liter turbo engine that delivers 201 horsepower.

Fuel economy

If you're more focused on fuel economy, the smaller Hyundai Elantra is a worth a second look. Its standard engine can achieve up to 38 mpg on the highway, while the Eco trim's engine can get up to 40 highway mpg.* The Sonata's not far behind, as it's rated for up to 36 mpg on the highway. The Elantra also has the advantage if you prefer to drive stick - it's the only one of these two cars that offer a manual transmission option.

The Hyundai Sonata's advantages include cargo space and power, while the Elantra has the edge on pricing and fuel economy. The good news: You can't go wrong with either car. To learn more or to test-drive the Elantra and the Sonata, visit us at Terry Reid Hyundai.

*EPA estimates for comparison. Your actual mileage will vary with options, driving conditions, driving habits, and vehicle's condition.  


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