Comparing the 2023 Hyundai Elantra and Sonata: Which Is Right for You?

Comparing the 2023 Hyundai Elantra and Sonata: Which Is Right for You?

2023 Hyundai Elantra VS Hyundai Sonata

When it comes to sedans, Hyundai has a range of offerings that appeal to diverse audiences and that also happen to be some of the best-selling options in their respective segments. We are talking about the 2023 Hyundai Elantra compact sedan and 2023 Hyundai Sonata midsize sedan. Both offer a comfortable driving experience, packed with innovative features and reliable performance. In this article, we will compare the 2023 models of both these cars based on their key physical specifications, performance, and interior space to help you determine which is the best fit for your needs.

Comparison Summary

2023 Hyundai Sonata 2023 Hyundai Elantra
Engine Horsepower 147 191
Engine Torque 132 lb-ft 181 lb-ft
Fuel Economy (L/100 km) 6.4 7.7
Front Headroom (mm) 989 (1,030 with sunroof) 1,015
Rear Headroom (mm) 947 960
Front Legroom (mm) 1,074 1,170
Rear Legroom (mm) 964 885
Cargo Capacity (L) 402 453

Sonata front


Both the 2023 Elantra and Sonata feature a front-wheel drive (FWD) drivetrain. The Elantra's engine offers 147 horsepower and 132 lb-ft of torque. On the other hand, the Sonata's engine packs more power, delivering 191 horsepower and 181 lb-ft of torque for a smoother and more dynamic driving experience. However, the Sonata is bigger than the Elantra, so the difference in performance is not as significant as the numbers would make you think. The Sonata is definitely quicker, but the Elantra is pretty peppy in its own right.

Furthermore, both models offer a hybrid powertrain for those looking for greater fuel efficiency, as well as more powerful N-Line variants for those seeking higher performance.

Fuel Consumption

The 2023 Elantra comes out on top in terms of fuel efficiency, with a combined fuel consumption rate of 6.4 liters per 100 kilometers, compared to the Sonata's 7.7 liters per 100 kilometers. While the Sonata's higher power output does lead to slightly increased fuel consumption, it's still relatively fuel-efficient for its class.

Cargo and Interior Space

Interior space and cargo capacity are essential factors to consider when buying a sedan. The Sonata takes the lead here, offering a larger passenger compartment of 2,956 liters, and a cargo (trunk) capacity of 453 liters, compared to the Elantra's 2,814 liters of passenger space and 402 liters of cargo space.

However, both cars comfortably seat five people and offer ample legroom and headroom. The Sonata offers 1,015mm of front headroom and 1,170mm of front legroom, while the Elantra provides slightly more front legroom at 1,074mm but slightly less headroom at 989mm (1,030mm with sunroof). For rear passengers, the Sonata has 960mm of headroom and 885mm of legroom, while the Elantra offers 947mm and 964mm respectively. Interestingly, despite the difference in size, the Elantra is quite a bit more spacious for your legs in the second row. The Elantra also offers more front legroom, although the Sonata has the upper hand in terms of overall headroom.



Lastly, we do have to talk about price. The overall difference between the Sonata and Elantra is a little over $9,000 for the base models. If you are curious what this means in terms of a monthly payment on a lease or when financing, the difference per month is about $140. The difference in top trim pricing is less significant with the Sonata costing around $7,000 with a difference in monthly payment of around $115, give or take and not factoring in taxes.


Both the 2023 Hyundai Elantra and Sonata are well-equipped sedans with a lot to offer. If you prioritize fuel efficiency and legroom, the Elantra might be a good choice. However, if power, cargo space, and a larger passenger compartment overall are high on your list of needs, then the Sonata may be more suitable. Regardless of your choice, both models stand as testaments to Hyundai's commitment to delivering top-quality sedans that blend performance, comfort, and style.

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