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The N Factor: The 2022 Hyundai Elantra N

2022 Hyundai Elantra N front 3/4 view

I am a child of the 60s and a teenager of the 70s. As such, I remember the days when Dodge thought a 275-horsepower 340 V8 in a compact Dart was a really great idea.

2022 Hyundai Elantra N rear 3/4 view

Dodge wasn't wrong, but the trend didn't last long. Rising insurance rates threatened the party early on and the early 70s oil shortage stopped it cold.

2022 Hyundai Elantra N hood up

2022 Hyundai Elantra N engine

Flash forward 50-plus years and Hyundai gets essentially the same idea. The Elantra, which is Hyundai's entry-level economy sedan now that the Accent has been discontinued, gets an N model (their in-house performance brand, which includes the Kona N and the recently discontinued Veloster N ). What does that mean? Well, for starters, a 2.0-liter twin-scroll turbocharged four-cylinder with 276 horsepower and 289 lb-ft of torque. Zero to 60 in five seconds flat. Those of you who think they don't make 'em like they used to are right---the Dart 340 needed 6.3 seconds to do that. Power without control is not a good idea, so the Elantra N also has an electronic limited-slip differential, a multi-link independent rear suspension, a rear chassis brace, 14.2-inch front and 12.4-inch rear ventilated brake rotors and 19-inch wheels on Michelin Pilot Sport 4S summer tires.

2022 Hyundai Elantra N rev matching button

You can get the Elantra N with an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, but there's also a six-speed manual with rev matching. EPA estimate? 22 city/31 highway.

2022 Hyundai Elantra N trunk open

Hyundai Elantra N trunk

2022 Hyundai Elantra N rear seat

2022 Hyundai Elantra N front seats

2022 Hyundai Elantra N front seat detail

2022 Hyundai Elantra N instrument panel

Base price of the 2022 Hyundai Elantra N is $32,150. That covers everything discussed above as well as standard LED headlights, taillights and daytime running lights, rear wing spoiler, large bore dual exhaust outlets, navigation, a Bose premium audio system with eight speakers including subwoofer, dual automatic temperature control, heated front seats, N-specific front seats, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, wireless charging, voice recognition, proximity key and remote start.

2022 Hyundai Elantra N steering wheel and gauge cluster

2022 Hyundai Elantra N center stack and console

Our tester had Ceramic White paint, a $400 option, but that's it. So with $1,095 freight, the as-tested price of the 2022 Hyundai Elantra N is $33,645.

2022 Hyundai Elantra N front view

2022 Hyundai Elantra N side view

2022 Hyundai Elantra N rear view

And that qualifies as one of the best performance bargains out there. There's a lot of great things to say about the Hyundai Elantra in any form. With this engine, suspension and transmission, it just gets better.


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