Compare 2018 Hyundai Elantra vs 2018 Hyundai Sonata

2018 Hyundai Elantra vs 2018 Hyundai Sonata

Hyundai Elantra

  • Standard Engine2.0L Inline-4
  • Horsepower147 hp
  • MPG (city/hwy) *26 / 36
  • Seats5

Hyundai Sonata

  • Standard Engine2.4L Inline-4
  • Horsepower185 hp
  • MPG (city/hwy) *25 / 36
  • Seats5

Specs at a Glance


Hyundai has long been renowned for producing value-packed, reliable cars with the latest tech features and style to spare. Two of the most popular Hyundai choices are the Elantra, a peppy compact with a redesigned hatchback version for 2018, and the Sonata, a sophisticated mid-size sedan with a new suspension and upgraded Limited transmission this year. Here's how these two outstanding Hyundai cars, each of which was named the best car for the money in its class, compare with one another.

Both vehicles have several engines to choose from and offer above-average fuel economy. In the Elantra, you have your choice of a 147-hp four-cylinder in the base model, a 128-hp turbo-four in the Elantra Eco, a 161-hp four-cylinder in the Elantra GT, and a 201-hp turbo-four in the Elantra Sport. You'll get 28/37 city/highway mpg* with the base engine and 32/40 with the Eco.

Sonata drivers can select between a 185-hp engine in the base model, a 178-hp turbo-four in the Eco trim, and a 248-hp powertrain in the top trim. You'll get 25/35 city/highway mpg* with the base engine and 28/37 with the Eco.


The Elantra is available as either a sedan or a hatchback, while the Sonata is strictly a sedan. Both offer comfortable, spacious seating for up to five people, though the Sonata has more headroom and legroom and can accommodate even the tallest adults. The cars share a simple cabin design with high-quality materials and good insulation from road noise.

Both vehicles feature above-average cargo space: 15 feet for the Elantra sedan and 16 feet for the Sonata, along with 25 cubic feet in the redesigned Elantra GT hatchback. The cargo hold of the latter expands to more than 55 cubic feet with the rear seats folded flat.


The base model of the Elantra is equipped with a six-speaker stereo system that offers wireless phone and USB connectivity. The entry-level Sonata features a full-fledged 7-inch infotainment touchscreen with smartphone integration through the Apple CarPlay and Android Auto apps.

All models of the Sonata have been upgraded with standard driver assistance features for 2018 that includes blind spot monitoring, lane change assist, and rear cross-traffic alert. These systems are optional in the Elantra.

Come see us at Camelback Hyundai today to experience both the 2018 Sonata and Elantra in person. Our sales staff will be happy to help your family find the ideal Hyundai vehicle.

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All prices are Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP). MSRP excludes destination and handling charges, tax, title, license, and options. Dealer sets actual price.

* Based on 2018 EPA mileage ratings. Use for comparison purposes only. Your mileage will vary depending on how you drive and maintain your vehicle.

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