2022 Hyundai Elantra vs. 2022 Hyundai Sonata

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What’s the difference between the Hyundai Elantra and Hyundai Sonata?

At Vern Eide Hyundai Sioux City, one of our top goals is to provide the Hawkeye State with a seamless car-buying experience. However, we also want to be a resource for Sioux City, IA, community members as they explore different vehicle options.

With that in mind, we have created this head-to-head Hyundai car comparison of the 2022 Hyundai Elantra vs. 2022 Hyundai Sonata.

If you have been frantically searching the phrase “compare Hyundai cars” on your favorite search engine, only to come up with confusing results, then this guide should help. Our staff will take a look at the engines, MPG, interiors, amenities, and safety features of these two sedans to see how they match up. Let’s dive in!

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Hyundai Elantra vs. Hyundai Sonata: Engine Comparison

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2022 Hyundai Elantra Powertrain

The 2022 Hyundai Elantra is available in four different trim levels. The SE, SEL, and Limited trims all carry the same powertrain: a 2.0-liter, inline 4-cylinder engine mated to a Smartstream® Intelligent Variable Transmission (IVT), a configuration that can produce up to 147 horsepower.

The available 2022 Elantra N Line features a 1.6-liter, inline 4-cylinder that can either be paired with a 6-speed manual transmission (standard) or a 7-speed Dual Clutch Transmission with SHIFTRONIC® (available). The track-inspired Elantra N-Line is capable of generating up to 201 horsepower and 195 lb-ft of torque.

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2022 Hyundai Sonata Powertrain

The 2022 Hyundai Sonata is available in six different trim levels, which include the SE, SEL, SEL Plus, N Line, Limited, and N Line Night. Under the hood of SE and SEL models is a 2.5-liter, 4-cylinder engine paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission (AT) that can produce up to 191 horsepower and 181 lb-ft of torque.

The SEL Plus and Limited feature a 1.6-liter, turbocharged 4-cylinder that can produce up to 180 horsepower and 195 lb-ft of torque while sporting the same 8-speed AT.

Finally, the 2022 Sonata N Line and Sonata N Line Night feature a turbocharged 2.5-liter, 4-cylinder engine mated to an N 8-speed Wet Dual Clutch Transmission with paddle shifters. The Sonata N Line series of sedans are the most powerful vehicles in the Hyundai car lineup, capable of churning out 290 horsepower and 311 lb-ft of torque.

Hyundai Elantra vs. Hyundai Sonata: MPG Comparison

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2022 Hyundai Elantra MPG

While the SE trim for both Elantra and Sonata will provide the best fuel economy for Sioux City drivers, both sedans offer the perfect combination of power and efficiency. Refer to the list below for 2022 Hyundai Elantra MPG ratings.

2022 Elantra SE MPG

  • 33 City MPG / 43 Highway MPG / 37 Combined MPG*

2022 Elantra SEL and Limited MPG

  • 31 City MPG / 41 Highway MPG / 35 Combined MPG*

2022 Elantra N Line MPG

  • 25 City MPG / 34 Highway MPG / 28 Combined MPG*
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2022 Hyundai Sonata MPG

With multiple powertrain configurations in its lineup, fuel economy figures for the 2022 Sonata will vary depending on which trim level you choose. Refer to the list below for 2022 Hyundai Sonata MPG ratings.

2022 Sonata SE MPG

  • 28 City MPG / 38 Highway MPG / 32 Combined MPG*

2022 Sonata SEL, SEL Plus, and Limited MPG

  • 27 City MPG / 37 Highway MPG / 31 Combined MPG*

2022 Sonata N Line and N Line Night MPG

  • 23 City MPG / 33 Highway MPG / 27 Combined MPG*

Hyundai Elantra vs. Hyundai Sonata: Interior Comparison

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2022 Hyundai Elantra Interior Dimensions

The interior dimensions of the 2022 Hyundai Elantra are as follows:

  • Passenger Volume: 99.4 cubic feet
  • Front Legroom: 42.3 inches
  • Rear Legroom: 38.0 inches
  • Trunk Space: 14.2 cubic feet
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2022 Hyundai Sonata Interior Dimensions

Comparatively, the interior dimensions of the 2022 Hyundai Sonata are as follows:

  • Passenger Volume: 104.4 cubic feet
  • Front Legroom: 46.1 inches
  • Rear Legroom: 34.8 inches
  • Trunk Space: 16.0 cubic feet

Hyundai Elantra vs. Hyundai Sonata: Features Comparison

Both the 2022 Hyundai Elantra and the 2022 Hyundai Sonata are filled with the latest in automotive technology. Naturally, the higher trim levels have more to offer than the lower tier variants, but even still, the SE and SEL trims come loaded with plenty of features and amenities.

For instance, the 2022 Elantra SE and 2022 Sonata SE base models each include large touchscreen displays, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration, Bluetooth hands-free phone system, and a host of Hyundai SmartSense safety tech. Top trim levels up the ante with wireless device charging, Bluelink Connected Car System, sunroof, additional safety features, and Hyundai Digital Key.

Hyundai Elantra vs. Hyundai Sonata: Safety Comparison

As always, Hyundai is committed to protecting its drivers and passengers by including a wealth of safety features on every new vehicle. This couldn’t be more evident onboard these two sedans, as every 2022 Elantra and 2022 Sonata comes standard equipped with Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist, Driver Attention Warning, Blind-Spot Collision-Assist, and Lane Following Assist (just to name a few).

Moving up the trim ladder, you will find the following advanced safety technologies on both of these cars:

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Which Hyundai is better Sonata or Elantra?

While we would like to declare a winner between the 2022 Elantra and 2022 Sonata, we simply cannot. Both vehicles featured in our Hyundai car comparison offer several tremendous benefits, as you can tell by the attributes we highlighted, not to mention America’s Best Warranty. The best way to find out which vehicle is right for you is to test drive these two sedans in person at Vern Eide Hyundai Sioux City and draw your own conclusions. The truest answer usually comes from asking yourself, “What are my current driving needs and which vehicle will satisfy more of them?” In the meantime, if you have any questions about the 2022 Hyundai Elantra or 2022 Hyundai Sonata, please don’t hesitate to call our staff at (712) 587-9144 or use the contact form on our website.

[1] 2022 ELANTRA SE: 33 City/43 Hwy/37 Combined MPG. 2022 ELANTRA SEL/Limited: 31 City/41 Hwy/35 Combined MPG. 2022 ELANTRA N Line 6-speed M/T: 25 City/34 Hwy/28 Combined MPG. 2022 ELANTRA N Line 7-speed DCT: 28 City/36 Hwy/31 Combined MPG. All figures are EPA estimates and for comparison purposes only. Actual mileage may vary with options, driving conditions, driving habits and vehicle’s condition.

[2] 2022 SONATA SE: 28 City/38 Hwy/32 Combined MPG. 2022 SONATA SEL: 27 City/37 Hwy/31 Combined MPG. 2022 SONATA N Line/N Line Night Edition: 23 City/33 Highway/27 Combined MPG. 2022 SONATA SEL Plus/Limited: 27 City/37 Hwy/31 Combined MPG. All figures are EPA estimates and for comparison purposes only. Actual mileage may vary with options, driving conditions, driving habits and vehicle’s condition.

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