2021 Hyundai Elantra: First Drive Review

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2021 Elantra N Line
The Elantra N Line definitely has a “hot hatch” feel to it — even though it’s a sedan — and with 201 horsepower and 195 lb-ft of torque at a mere 1500 rpm, it’s sporty and quick. The stiff suspension may be a little rough and bouncy for everyday driving, but it’s responsive and fun on winding canyon roads. Kudos to Hyundai for saving the 6-speed manual transmission, although we did find it a little difficult to shift smoothly because the rpm hangs for a bit after releasing the accelerator — likely for emission reasons. Also, the brake and accelerator pedals are not positioned close enough for easy heal-and-toe downshifts — a driver’s foot can easily slip off the brake pedal when trying to reach the accelerator.

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