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Hyundai Elantra vs Hyundai Sonata

The Difference Between the Hyundai Elantra and the Hyundai Sonata

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When it comes to the Hyundai Elantra and Sonata, the bottom line is that you’re getting a standout choice no matter which one you choose. But, here at Bob Howard Hyundai, we know that plenty of people want to discover the difference between these two sedans, and which option is right for them. That’s why our team is here to help you, as we highlight the differences so you can made a smart and informed choice.

Compact vs. Mid-Size

The main difference between the Hyundai Elantra and the Sonata is that they are in a different class of sedan. The Elantra is considered a compact vehicle, and in terms of wheelbase, cargo volume, and size, it’s smaller than the Sonata. With the Sonata, you’re afforded some more room with a slightly bigger frame. There are also some design differences, as the front grilles of each vehicle while possessing the Hyundai trademark in front have little nuances that make them unique. The same goes for design lines inside and out, as Hyundai wants to ensure that these vehicles stand alone as separate entities, and are not merely a bigger or smaller version of one another.

Also, the Elantra comes in a five-door option too as the Elantra GT is available here in Oklahoma City, giving you a hot hatch option as well.

Power Under the Hood

As you might suspect with both the Elantra and Sonata being in different classes of vehicle, they have different engine options. The Elantra comes with a 2.0-liter option with 147 horsepower, or a 1.4-liter turbocharged option with 128 horsepower, and is topped off by an available 1.6-liter turbocharged option with 200 horsepower. Needless to say, you won’t be short of powertrain selection on the compact sedan.

The Sonata on the other hand also carries three different engine options, each boasting some bigger power numbers. That includes the standard 185-horsepower 2.4-liter four-cylinder option. There’s an efficient 1.6-liter, 178-horsepower option on the Sonata Eco trim, and rounding it out is the powerful 2.0-liter turbo engine with 245 horsepower.


When it comes to cost, both the Elantra and Sonata provide drivers in Oklahoma City with an affordable option. But, as you might suspect, the Elantra starts at a lower price point, being a compact vehicle. Not matter which one you choose, both provide you with standout savings, and you have access to a wide range of safety, entertainment, and technology features, certainly making each one worth it.

Learn More About the Hyundai Sonata and Elantra in OKC
If you want more information, feel free to stop in and see us today here at Bob Howard Hyundai. Our team would be happy to provide you with all the details on each vehicle, and set up a test drive at your convenience.


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