With new car prices continuing to grow with insatiable greed for consumer dollars, it’s getting harder to find attainable new cars. Thankfully, Hyundai hasn’t lost the faith, updating its popular Elantra sedan for 2024. We’ve already written about its styling, but let’s delve deeper into the American-spec 2024 Hyundai Elantra. Available with two-liter naturally-aspirated, 1.6-liter turbocharged, two-liter turbocharged, or 1.6-liter hybrid four-cylinder power, the Elantra should continue to offer something for everyone, and it’s received some thoughtful tweaks to keep up with the pack.
While the shark-like front end with standard LED daytime running lights looks leagues more refined than the fascia of the outgoing model, the base model 2024 Hyundai Elantra comes with new 15-inch wheels, a blessing from the gods of cheap tires and bountiful sidewall. You just don’t see a whole lot of 15-inch wheels anymore, so their presence here is much appreciated. In addition to revised styling, several new colors and shades join the docket. Ecotronic Gray and Amazon Gray should keep fans of concrete happy, while Ultimate Red really pops and Exotic Green is exclusive to the warm N-Line model.
With the exterior sorted, Hyundai then spent some time beefing up safety on the 2024 Elantra. All trims get rear seatbelt reminders to let you know if everyone’s buckled in, along with new rear seat side airbags for added passive safety. Those are reasonable measures, and here’s another that’s actually brilliant: Tying steering wheel haptic feedback in with blind spot monitoring. Although Hyundai uses a rather vivid shade of red-orange for its visual blind spot monitoring indicators, an extra nudge could prevent unsafe lane changes.
When Hyundai last redesigned the Elantra for 2021, the step up in cabin tech was nice, but some materials like the door cards felt cheap. Well, Hyundai has taken some those complaints to heart because every 2024 Hyundai Elantra will feature soft-touch front door panel components, a solid method of sprucing up the interior without altering expensive molded components. We’d still like a passenger side grab handle that doesn’t feel like it’s on the verge of breaking, but Hyundai may have sneakily revised the mounting clips without telling anyone, so we’ll wait until we get our hands on a 2024 model before passing final judgement. Speaking of interior revisions, the instrument cluster has been redesigned on more affordable trims, and a whole host of USB-C power points join the party. Rear seat occupants can share up to two USB-C jacks, while an extra USB-C port appears up front.
While some automakers seem content to strip features away as years go on, Hyundai seems intent on downloading content at various points on the 2024 Elantra range. The Bose stereo previously available exclusively on the Limited and N models now appears on the N-Line trim, and the base model now gets a six-speaker stereo, up from four. A 10.25-inch infotainment screen is now standard on the SEL trim instead of optional, and various trims get fresh interior color choices. The Limited trim even comes with nice pleating on its front seat upper bolsters, a relatively inexpensive way to jazz up a cabin.
Sensible, affordable transportation is great, but what if you want something to light a fire in your dungarees? Well, you’re in luck. The ASBO-spec Elantra N also gets a refresh, and it could be even better to drive than before. Underneath the fresh fascias and forged alloy wheels, the 2024 Hyundai Elantra N’s chassis has been subtly revised with stiffer engine mounts to mitigate wheel hop, stiffer bushings for improved agility, and revised electronically-controlled dampers. The steering rack gains a new yoke that Hyundai claims “improves steering connection and precision.” Friction in the steering shaft U-joint has been reduced, and the electronic power steering has been re-tuned to match. Oh, and best of all, the manual is still available. Hell yeah.
Pricing for the 2024 Hyundai Elantra hasn’t been announced yet, but with an arrival in showrooms this autumn, expect that to change quickly. We wouldn’t be surprised to see a slight bump in pricing to reflect extra feature content, but the Elantra should continue to be one affordable sedan. In times like these, it’s exactly the sort of car we need.
(Photo credits: Hyundai)
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