Hyundai Elantra Named 2021 North American Car of the Year

February 3rd, 2021 by

Hyundai has achieved the pinnacle of automotive acclaim. It’s 2021 Elantra sedan was recently named the 2021 North American Car of the Year (NACOTY) – generally regarded as the most important award handed out annually in the industry.


The folks who make the decision are 50 U.S. and Canada-based journalists who cover the auto industry, so you can bet their decision is unbiased and well thought out. “The automotive industry launched an unusually strong field of impressive new vehicles, including many with significant technological advances, which made our job as jurors even harder than usual this year,” said NACTOY President Gary Witzenburg. “We applaud these 2021 winners and congratulate the industry for continuing to serve its customers with highly desirable new products year after year.”


Stiff Competition

The 2021 Elantra beat out two other finalists: the Genesis G80 luxury sedan and the Nissan Sentra. As CNET reported, “The Elantra makes a particularly bold style statement and is available with many safety and convenience tech features that are hard to come by even in cars in higher price classes.” That’s newspeak for “a gorgeous bargain good value among passenger cars.” A new Hyundai Elantra is available for as little as $20,000.


In order for NACTOY consideration, a model has to be all-new or substantially redesigned. The Hyundai Elantra was redesigned from the ground up for 2021, and reviewers were quick to call it “a bold new look.” The jurors base their decisions on segment leadership, innovation, design, safety, handling, driver satisfaction and value. There are separate awards for North American Utility Vehicle and Truck of the Year.


At Hyundai, Sedans Still Matter

While many manufacturers are abandoning the humble sedan, Hyundai has forged ahead to make it better and more attractive. “It is refreshing to see an automaker so committed to the sedan segment that at launch they offer such a wide variety of models as is in the Hyundai Elantra family,” said Senior Executive Producer/Host at Maryland Public Television/MotorWeek and NACTOY juror John Davis. “Hyundai did not do the drip-drip of the model variants over a longer term as is typical for the class.”


The Elantra offers four trim levels: SE, SEL, Limited and sporty “N Line,” as well as a high-performance “N” version and a brand-new hybrid that the EPA rates at 50 mpg.


With so many different Elantra versions to choose from, there’s certainly one that will fit your budget and your lifestyle. They all come with Hyundai’s best in the industry warranty. Knowing the  2021 Elantra is an award winner just makes it that much more attractive. Come in or visit Schomp Hyundai on Havana and let us show you why Elantra is 2021’s North American Car of the Year.


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