2021 Subaru Impreza vs Hyundai Elantra Comparison in Huntington Beach, CA

Whether you're looking for a more efficient commute or an affordable way to upgrade your daily driver to a new, reliable car with a factory warranty, a compact sedan may be the best choice. This segment does feel a little crowded, and we want to help you sift through the noise to better know just what you can expect for your investment in a new small car. On this page, we compare the new 2021 Subaru Impreza to the Hyundai Elantra. After you preview what each car brings to the table, we invite you to experience all that a Subaru car has to offer without the hassle at our dealership in Huntington Beach. At McKenna Subaru, we're excited to show just how easy it is to drive home in a new Subaru.

Font dash of new Subaru Impreza

2021 Subaru Impreza vs Hyundai Elantra: Interior

Just because you're in the market for a compact sedan doesn't mean you must be uncomfortable, especially on long trips. Fortunately, both models deliver with nearly one hundred cubic feet of passenger space. When you'd like to carry a larger piece of cargo, every Subaru Impreza comes standard with folding rear seats, but you'll have to pay more for those in as an upgrade on the Hyundai Elantra, and that's only after you upgrade beyond the entry-level model. The convenience of one-touch front power windows is also standard on the new Subaru Impreza, but you'll have to upgrade trim levels before you start seeing this feature on the Elantra. Even then, all you get is auto-up for the driver's window. These are just a couple examples of how the small car from Subaru provides so much more value for your money.

Subaru Impreza touchscreen

2021 Subaru Impreza vs Hyundai Elantra: Technology

Most new cars now come standard with a touchscreen multimedia system, and these models are no exception. The Hyundai Elantra does start out with a slightly larger screen, but it's not really the size that matters here. Afterall, an overly complex interface in your next new car can be more than annoying, it can be dangerous. That's why the Subaru STARLINK® is focused on providing intuitive controls and information without being distracting.

Both models do come standard with much of the modern technology you'll expect from a new car, but there are a few distinctions to be aware of. For instance, the new Subaru Impreza is available with high-speed Wi-Fi connection for multiple devices where the Elantra is not. What's more, the BlueLink system found in the Hyundai is based on a cellular network where the Subaru STARLINK® telematics system in the Impreza is satellite-based, so you can get help even beyond the range of a cell signal.

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2021 Subaru Impreza vs Hyundai Elantra: Performance

There once was a time when you just couldn't expect much in the way of performance form a small car, but times have changed. These small cars from Subaru and Hyundai are good examples. However, that doesn't mean they're equal. On paper, they may look similar at first with the Subaru Impreza starting out with 152 horsepower while the Elantra enters the market with 147. But the difference is found in how each car makes and delivers the power.

You see, the Subaru Impreza is equipped with a flat BOXER® engine, which provides a lower center of gravity for improved handling. This engine design is also quieter and smoother than traditional engines like what's found in the Hyundai Elantra. Another huge performance difference is that every Subaru Impreza is equipped with Symmetrical All-Wheel Drive. That means a safer trip no matter what road conditions your journey finds.

Rearview camera display in new Subaru Impreza

2021 Subaru Impreza vs Hyundai Elantra: Safety

Just as small car performance has drastically improved over the years, so too has automotive safety. The new Impreza and Elantra are great examples of just how far car safety has come but consider a few important distinctions. We already mentioned the standard all-wheel drive traction that comes on every Subaru Impreza and isn't an option on the Hyundai Elantra. That's a significant safety advantage, but not the only one.

After extensive testing by the NHTSA, both cars did well enough to earn the top 5-star overall safety rating. However, a closer look reveals that the 2021 Hyundai Elantra only managed a 4-star rating for frontal crash safety compared to the top, 5-star rating earned by the 2021 Subaru Impreza. The flat BOXER® engine we mentioned above plays a role in this superior crash safety.

Red Subaru Impreza parked in a garage

2021 Subaru Impreza vs Hyundai Elantra: Driver Assistance

When equipped with an automatic transmission, both models come with standard driver assistance technology like pre-collision braking. That's about where the similarities end. This technology is part of the Subaru EyeSight® system in the new Impreza, and it provides other features including adaptive cruise control, which is a pricy upgrade on the new Hyundai Elantra. The small car from Subaru is also available with steering-responsive LED headlights that allow you to see around corners at night. It all adds up to better value and safety when you choose the Subaru Impreza over the Hyundai Elantra.

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Hyundai has certainly come a long way over the years, and their new Elantra is a respectable small car that enters the market with a starting MSRP of $19,650. However, when it comes to getting the absolute best value for your money, the new 2021 Subaru Impreza clearly holds the advantage with a starting MSRP of just $18,795. We invite you to come experience a new Subaru car firsthand at McKenna Subaru in Huntington Beach, CA.

2021 Subaru Impreza2021 Hyundai Elantra
$18,795Starting MSRP*$19,650
152Standard Horsepower147
145Standard Torque (lb-ft)132
All-Wheel DriveDrivetrainFront-Wheel Drive
Fully-Independent Double-WishboneRear SuspensionTorsion Beam
Standard16" WheelsAvailable Upgrade
Available UpgradeRoof RailsNot Available
Available UpgradePIN Code Vehicle AccessNot Available
Available UpgradeForward & Reverse Automatic Emergency BrakingAvailable Upgrade
Available UpgradeAdaptive Cruise ControlAvailable Upgrade

*Manufacturer's suggested retail price does not include destination and delivery charges, tax, title and registration fees. Destination and delivery includes handling and inland freight fees and may vary in some states. Prices, specifications, options, features and models subject to change without notice.