2023 Hyundai Elantra N Review, Pricing, and Specs (2024)

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  • Highs Strong performance, rowdy exhaust note, tenacious grip.
  • Lows Polarizing nose design, interior reveals its econo-car roots, sunroof exclusive to automatic-equipped cars.
  • Verdict What's not to love about the boisterous Hyundai Elantra N's impressive athleticism, snorting exhaust, four-door convenience, and affordable price?
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Overview

The Hyundai Elantra N carves through curves and whips down straights with so much gusto that it's managed to win us over despite its polarizing angry-catfish front-end design. Its fun-loving driving dynamics are made all the more engaging by a standard six-speed manual transmission and a rowdy exhaust note that's artfully balanced between playful and obnoxious. This racy quality carries over into the cabin with its edgy dashboard, aggressively bolstered sports seats, and N badges, which serve as reminders that this isn't just some ordinary Elantra. As if we needed any reminders. But the Elantra N is more than just sporty; it's a roomy, comfortable, and practical four-door sedan. Such versatility is part of what makes this sport compact sedan a winner—literally—something it proved in a recent comparison test against two highly respected peers.

What's New for 2023?

The Hyundai Elantra N is a carryover from the 2022 model year, meaning it receives no changes. It does, however, become one of just two N-brand models along with the Kona N, as the automaker has discontinued the Veloster N and will not produce it for the 2023 model year.

Pricing and Which One to Buy

The price of the 2023 Hyundai Elantra N starts at $34,015.

The Elantra N comes only one way, and that's basically fully loaded. A host of performance, technology, and safety features are standard and help to carry on Hyundai's value-packed business model. The only choices offered are exterior colors and either the manual or automatic transmission. As lovers of stick shifts, our recommendation is the standard six-speed manual, but we won't judge you if you decide to spend an extra $1,500 for the eight-speed dual-clutch automatic. Okay, maybe we'll judge you a little.

Engine, Transmission, and Performance

The Hyundai Elantra N inherits its turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder from the Veloster N hatchback. That engine makes a stout 275-hp in the Veloster N, but thanks to an overboost feature the company calls N Grin Shift, the Elantra N boasts a 286-hp rating. That gives the Elantra N a big power advantage over the similarly priced Jetta GLI. An eight-speed automatic is available but we're happy to report a six-speed manual is standard. During our instrumented testing of an Elantra N with the eight-speed automatic, we observed sprints to 60 mph in 4.8 seconds and a 13.4-second quarter-mile run with a trap speed of 106 mph. The Elantra N offers sharp throttle response, crisp handling, and a sonorous exhaust note. We also found that the Elantra N's longer wheelbase gives it a more compliant ride than the Veloster N but it still delivers the surefootedness we look for in a sports sedan. In fact, the more time we spend with it the more the Elantra N confirms its position as a top player in the spicy sport compact segment. We also tested a 2023 Hyundai Elantra N as part of a 0-to-150-to-0 speed test where it returned to a stop in just 47.0 seconds, but the Honda Civic Type R did it in 52.7 seconds.

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Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG

The EPA rates the 2023 Elantra N at 22 mpg city and 31 mpg highway for models equipped with a manual transmission, and 20 mpg city and 30 mpg highway for automatics. When we put it through our 75-mph highway fuel economy route, the 2022 Elantra N manual-transmission model did slightly better than its EPA highway estimate, notching a 32 mpg result; the automatic-equipped model we tested delivered an impressive 37 mpg. For more information about the Elantra N's fuel economy, visit the EPA's website.

Interior, Comfort, and Cargo

The regular Elantra's dramatically restyled cabin has a decidedly co*ckpit-like look and feel which translates perfectly to the racier Elantra N. The sportier-looking ambiance is enhanced by sport seats with aggressive bolsters, metal-accented pedals, and a smattering of N badges. Rear seat passenger space is more generous here than in the Veloster N and the trunk offers more space for cargo. A sunroof is available, but only if you get the automatic transmission.

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Infotainment and Connectivity

The Elantra's all-digital dashboard carries over to the N model, with a large 10.3-inch digital gauge display sharing real estate with a 10.3-inch infotainment display that's angled slightly toward the driver. Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, in-dash navigation, and a Wi-Fi hotspot are all likely to be standard features.

Safety and Driver-Assistance Features

A host of driver-assistance technologies will likely be on the menu as standard features. For more information about the Elantra N's crash-test results, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) websites. Key safety features are likely to include:

  • Standard automated emergency braking with pedestrian detection
  • Standard lane-departure warning with lane-keeping assist
  • Available adaptive cruise control with lane-centering feature

Warranty and Maintenance Coverage

The Elantra N offers Hyundai's now-legendary 10-year/100,000 mile warranty. The only other brand to offer such a warranty is Kia, but Hyundai's models come with three years of complimentary maintenance as an added perk.

  • Limited warranty covers 5 years or 60,000 miles
  • Powertrain warranty covers 10 years or 100,000 miles
  • Complimentary maintenance is covered for 3 years or 36,000 miles

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Specifications

2023 Hyundai Elantra N Automatic
Vehicle Type: front-engine, front-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 4-door sedan

PRICE
Base/As Tested: $35,515/$35,515
Options: none

ENGINE
turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 16-valve inline-4, aluminum block and head, direct fuel injection
Displacement: 122 in3, 1998 cm3
Power: 286 hp @ 6000 rpm
Torque: 289 lb-ft @ 2100 rpm

TRANSMISSION
8-speed dual-clutch automatic

CHASSIS
Suspension, F/R: struts/multilink
Brakes, F/R: 14.2-in vented disc/12.4-in vented disc
Tires: Michelin Pilot Sport 4S
245/35ZR-19 (93Y) HN

DIMENSIONS
Wheelbase: 107.1 in
Length: 184.1 in
Width: 71.9 in
Height: 55.7 in
Passenger Volume, F/R: 56/46 ft3
Trunk Volume: 14 ft3
Curb Weight: 3313 lb

C/D TEST RESULTS
60 mph: 4.8 sec
100 mph: 11.7 sec
1/4-Mile: 13.4 sec @ 106 mph
130 mph: 22.1 sec
Results above omit 1-ft rollout of 0.3 sec.
Rolling Start, 5–60 mph: 5.4 sec
Top Gear, 30–50 mph: 3.1 sec
Top Gear, 50–70 mph: 3.8 sec
Top Speed (C/D est): 155 mph
Braking, 70–0 mph: 161 ft
Braking, 100–0 mph: 324 ft
Roadholding, 300-ft Skidpad: 0.96 g

C/D FUEL ECONOMY
Observed: 21 mpg
75-mph Highway Driving: 37 mpg
75-mph Highway Range: 450 mi

EPA FUEL ECONOMY
Combined/City/Highway: 23/20/30 mpg

2022 Hyundai Elantra N Manual
Vehicle Type: front-engine, front-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 4-door sedan

PRICE
Base/As Tested: $33,245/$33,245
Options: none

ENGINE
Turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 16-valve inline-4, aluminum block and head, direct fuel injection
Displacement: 122 in3, 1998 cm3
Power: 276 hp @ 6000 rpm
Torque: 289 lb-ft @ 2100 rpm

TRANSMISSION
6-speed manual

CHASSIS
Suspension, F/R: struts/multilink
Brakes, F/R: 14.2-in vented disc/12.4-in vented disc
Tires: Michelin Pilot Sport 4S
245/35ZR-19 (93Y) Extra Load HN

DIMENSIONS
Wheelbase: 107.1 in
Length: 184.1 in
Width: 71.9 in
Height: 55.7 in
Passenger Volume: 99 ft3
Trunk Volume: 14 ft3
Curb Weight: 3199 lb

C/D TEST RESULTS
60 mph: 5.1 sec
100 mph: 12.9 sec
1/4-Mile: 13.8 sec @ 103 mph
130 mph: 24.0 sec
Results above omit 1-ft rollout of 0.3 sec.
Rolling Start, 5–60 mph: 5.9 sec
Top Gear, 30–50 mph: 10.3 sec
Top Gear, 50–70 mph: 7.1 sec
Top Speed (C/D est): 155 mph
Braking, 70–0 mph: 156 ft
Braking, 100–0 mph: 318 ft
Roadholding, 300-ft Skidpad: 0.99 g

C/D FUEL ECONOMY
Observed: 21 mpg
75-mph Highway Driving: 32 mpg
75-mph Highway Range: 390 mi

EPA FUEL ECONOMY
Combined/City/Highway: 25/22/31 mpg

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