2018 Hyundai Elantra vs. 2018 Hyundai Sonata, Compare At Your Preferred Hyundai Dealership

2018 Hyundai Elantra vs. 2018 Hyundai Sonata, Compare At Your Preferred Hyundai Dealership

Hyundai Elantra vs Hyundai Sonata

The 2018 Hyundai Elantra is available at our Hyundai dealership near Philadelphia, PA.

Compare The Hyundai Elantra To The Hyundai Sonata In Springfield, PA





Horsepower (hp @ rpm)

Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)



EPA-Estimated Fuel Economy

Price (USD)

Hyundai Elantra SE

Hyundai Elantra SE

CAPACITY Seating 5 Adults

4 Doors

ENGINE Liters/Type
2.0L inline-4

Horsepower (hp @ rpm) 147 @6200

Torque (lb-ft @ rpm) 132 @4500

6-Speed Manual

Front-Wheel Drive

FUEL CONSUMPTION EPA-Estimate Fuel Economy


Hyundai Sonata SE

Hyundai Sonata SE

CAPACITY Seating 5 Adults

4 Doors

ENGINE Liters/Type
2.4 L inline-4

Horsepower (hp @ rpm) 185 @6000

Torque (lb-ft @ rpm) 178 @ 4000

6-Speed Auto

Front-Wheel Drive

FUEL CONSUMPTION Estimated Fuel Economy (city / hwy)


What’s The Real Difference Between The 2 Hyundai Sedans?

The 2018 Hyundai Elantra and the 2018 Hyundai Sonata are 2 of the most popular models available at Springfield Hyundai. We often get asked by customers to point out the advantages and disadvantages of choosing one over the other. If you are in a similar situation, and not sure which of these 2 Hyundai models to choose, allow us to help.

You can also stop by our dealership and test-drive the 2018 Hyundai Elantra and the 2018 Hyundai Sonata to see which one you like best. Our Philadelphia dealership proudly serves drivers from Wilmington, Springfield and the surrounding areas.

Size, Space & Price

Before you decide on one over the other, take a moment to ask yourself these 2 important questions:

  • Are you looking for a sedan that is more spacious or one that is more fuel efficient?
  • Do you have a specific price point where you want to stay around or under?

These are important things to consider when deciding because when you are doing a side-by-side comparison between these 2 sedans, it’s easy to see that the Hyundai Elantra is smaller and less costly starting at $16,950. While the Hyundai Sonata is larger with a slightly higher price tag to match, starting at $19,050.

Sometimes one thing, outweighs the other when you consider the benefits of each. Let’s look at a detailed description of both.

Exterior of the 2018 Hyundai Sonata - available at our Hyundai dealership near Philadelphia, PA.

Performance & Fuel-Efficiency

At 11.2 inches smaller in length, 2.5 inches smaller in width and 1.6 inches smaller in height than the 2018 Sonata, the 2018 Elantra has the advantage of having overall better gas mileage!

The Hyundai Elantra SE, SEL, Value Edition and Elantra Limited all come standard with a 2.0 L inline 4-cylinder engine that can produce up to 147 horsepower and up to 132 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,500 RPM. This engine is paired with a 6-speed manual transmission but can be upgraded to a manual for an additional $1,000. Springing for the 6-speed automatic transmission on the SE will give you a huge boost in fuel efficiency with an EPA-estimated 29 MPG city and 38 MPG highway.

For even more fuel-efficiency choose the ECO trim and you’ll get your Hyundai Elantra with a 1.4L turbo inline-4 that can produce up to 128 horsepower and up to 156 lb.-ft. of torque at 1,400 RPM while delivering an EPA-estimated 40 MPG highway. The 2018 Sonata also has an ECO trim, that comes close to these numbers. Equipped with its 178-horsepower 1.6L inline 4-cylinder twin scroll turbo, the Elantra ECO can get an EPA-estimated 37 MPG highway and up to 28 MPG city.

However, if you are looking for a new Hyundai that has a little more power, one of the non-ECO Hyundai Sonata models might be better for you. The 2018 Sonata SE, SEL, Sport+, and Limited all come equipped with a 185-horsepower 2.4L inline 4-cylinder engine. The max EPA-estimated on the base SE trim is 36 MPG highway and 25 MPG city.

But don’t discount the Elantra sedan out just yet. In its Sport trim, the 2018 Elantra gives you more power than most Sonatas with its 201 hp 1.6 L turbo inline-4 while still maintaining a surprisingly impressive 33 MPG highway.

Lastly, there’s the Sonata Limited 2.0T+ equipped with a 2.0 L inline 4-cylinder twin-scroll turbo that can deliver up to 245 horsepower and up to an EPA-estimated 32 MPG on Pennsylvania highways.

Top Tech & Safety Features

Now that you’ve seen the differences between these 2 in performance, let’s take a look at their interior features and safety specs.

While the 2018 Sonata comes standard with blind spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert and lane change assist on all trims, the 2018 Elantra does not.

Both vehicles come standard with steering-wheel-mounted audio, Bluetooth® and cruise controls, remote keyless entry, brake assist, vehicle stability management and more.

The 2018 Hyundai Sonata and Hyundai Elantra available heated steering wheel, heated front and rear seats, Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™!

Safety features and interior of the 2018 Hyundai Sonata - available at our Hyundai dealership near Philadelphia, PA.

Test-Drive Them Both At Springfield Hyundai Today

Still not sure which Hyundai model to choose? Stop by Springfield Hyundai today and let us help you choose between the compact 2018 Elantra or the mid-size 2018 Sonata. Whichever one you choose you’ll be glad you bought it or leased it from Springfield Hyundai, your preferred Hyundai dealer serving the Philadelphia area and beyond!

Our Hyundai dealership is known for an extensive selection of new Hyundai vehicles always available at our best price. Stop by today and see why drivers from Philadelphia, Springfield, Wilmington, DE, and the surrounding areas choose us for big savings!