Buyers of the Elantra Hybrid can choose from two trims, the entry-level Blue or the decked-out Limited. A 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine and a hybrid electric motor form the powertrain. The system produces 139 horsepower and 195 lb.-ft. of torque that’s delivered through front-wheel drive and a six-speed automatic transmission. The EPA has estimated fuel economy for the Blue at 53 mpg around town and 56 mpg on the open road. The Limited trim comes close at 49 mpg in the city and 52 mpg on the highway.
The Blue trim suits lower budgets, yet it’s well equipped with features for comfort and convenience. Its standard equipment includes projector-style headlights with automatic on/off, heated front seats, dual-zone automatic climate control, proximity keyless entry, push-button start, heated power side mirrors, solar glass (to reflect the sun’s rays), a hands-free trunk release, premium cloth upholstery, a six-way adjustable driver’s seat, a 4.2-inch color gauge cluster, and 16-inch alloy wheels.
Hyundai upgrades the Limited with a power sunroof, leather upholstery, a power driver’s seat, heated and ventilated front seats, and a driver’s position memory system. It also comes with a 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster, a 60/40-split folding rear seat, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, wireless device charging, Hyundai digital key (a smartphone app for keyless vehicle entry and operation), customizable ambient cabin lighting, and 17-inch alloy wheels.
All Elantra Hybrids come with Hyundai SmartSense, an extensive collection of the latest safety technology and driver aids. All trims get forward collision-avoidance assist with pedestrian detection, blind-spot collision-avoidance assist, rear cross-traffic collision-avoidance assist, lane keeping assist, lane following assist, driver attention warning, automatic high beams, and safe exit warning. Exclusive to the Limited is upgraded forward collision-avoidance assist (with cyclist and junction turning detection), adaptive cruise control, reverse parking sensors, reverse parking collision-avoidance assist, and highway driving assist.
An 8-inch touchscreen display is standard in the 2023 Hyundai Elantra Blue, which also comes with a multi-speaker audio system, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, SiriusXM satellite radio, Bluetooth connectivity, dual USB ports, and access to Hyundai Bluelink connect services. In the Limited, the touchscreen grows to a 10.25-inch system with navigation and wired Apple CarPlay and Android Auto (the larger display isn’t compatible with wireless integration). An eight-speaker Bose audio system is also included.