2022 Hyundai Elantra N: Big Power, Big Price

The Hyundai Elantra N has landed in the sporty compact sedan segment with a bang—it has 276 hp and, based on initial impressions, is very impressive to drive. Nothing else with four doors that’s this size has as much power. Honda’s new Civic Si brings 200 hp to the party; the Volkswagen Jetta GLI has 228 hp. Even among hot hatchbacks—forget sedans—the Elantra N sits near the top of the heap, beating out VW’s GTI and tying Hyundai’s own Veloster N while nearing the on-temporary-hiatus Honda Civic Type R’s 306 ponies. So, how much does Hyundai’s sedan muscle cost?

If you had guessed that more power equals higher price, then ding-ding-ding—you’re correct. The Elantra N will start at $32,925 with its standard six-speed manual and $34,425 with its available eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. Those prices actually undercut those of the smaller Veloster N hatchback with the same engine and transmissions, which starts at $33,525 (plus $1,500 for the available DCT automatic).

As for the Elantra N’s closer competitors, i.e., other turbocharged, sporty sedans, it’s a lot pricier. The 2022 Honda Civic Si runs $28,315; the only options on that model are extra-cost paint ($395) and high-performance summer tires ($200). A ’22 Volkswagen Jetta GLI is priced at $27,635 in base S form and $31,740 in nicer Autobahn trim.

Now is when we’ll steer you back to that horsepower figure, and the Elantra N’s generally more serious demeanor than either the Civic Si or the Jetta GLI. Next to its extra power, it also comes standard with Michelin Pilot 4S summer tires, an electronic limited-slip differential, an overboost feature (dubbed N Grin Shift, which affords an extra 10 hp for up to 20 seconds at a time), and electronically adjustable shocks.

So, if you’re looking for a small four-door sedan that brings big power, big grip, big brakes, and a little extra ability to put a smile on your face on a challenging road or at a track day, and you’re willing to pay a slight premium for it, the Elantra N is pretty much the only option for your consideration. At least until the all-wheel-drive, similarly powerful new Subaru WRX arrives.

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