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2024 Hyundai Elantra N Keeps LA Auto Show Rocking With 276 HP, Stupid-Good Value for Money

2024 Hyundai Elantra N on display at AutoMobility LA 24 photos
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Set to land at dealerships nationwide in January of 2024, the updated Hyundai Elantra N is looking to keep driving enthusiasts engaged using its enhanced drivetrain, sharper aesthetics, improved interior and better safety tech.
The Elantra N was announced back in 2021 as the performance variant of the Elantra range, powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine. Since this was a Hyundai N brand car, it also came with better brakes, better tires (Michelin Pilot Sport 4S), bucket seats as standard, plus a choice of either a six-speed manual gearbox or an eight-speed DCT automatic.

On paper, this looked like an interesting car right off the bat, and the price has always been attractive. Even today, you can get the 2023 model year Elantra N for upwards of $34,000, which isn’t bad at all considering how that 2.0L turbo-4 makes 276 horsepower and 289 lb-ft of torque. It can get you from zero to 60 mph in roughly 5 seconds, so it’s quick.

This updated version, which is currently on display at the 2023 LA Auto Show, will likely have a higher starting MSRP, but not by a lot. Official pricing has yet to be announced, but we can see it costing you an extra $1,500 or maybe $2,000.

Is that necessarily a problem? Yes and no. No, because it’s still reasonably priced. Plus, it looks good, youthful, and it’s quick in a straight line. On the other hand, it’s not like this is a rear-wheel drive vehicle, so don’t expect to be grinning all the way to the store while behind the wheel.

Also, something like a 2024 Audi A4 45 TFSI quattro only costs $43,000, and for that price you get all-wheel drive to go with its 261 hp and 273 lb-ft of torque. It’s just as fast as the Elantra N to 60 mph but doesn’t look like something you’d buy your kid when they turn 18. Just a little perspective, that’s all.

Now, as for what makes the updated 2024 Elantra N stand out, we can start with the redesigned front fascia and grille, the new dual-projector LED headlights, new 19-inch alloy wheels (you still get Pilot Sport 4S rubber), a new rear fascia, enhanced steering and gearbox, improved cooling, upgraded ESC software, and that’s about it, really.

2024 Hyundai Elantra N
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Visually, we should also mention the N-specific red trim found on the front and rear bumpers, and on the side sill mouldings, plus the black-anodized emblem that works really well with a white exterior. Truth be told, this car looks really sharp in white, both in pictures and in person, but again, it might not be to everyone’s liking.

Some people, while highly appreciative of straight-line performance, will almost always choose to spend an extra few grand on something that’s more comfortable and a little more stylish, like an Audi A4 or a BMW 3 Series. Heck, even something like the 2 Series Gran Coupe can be in the conversation, seeing as how size-wise, the Elantra N is sort of a tweener – bigger than the 2 GC, not quite as big as the 3er.
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About the author: Sergiu Tudose
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Sergiu got to experience both American and European car "scenes" at an early age (his father drove a Ford Fiesta XR2 supermini in the 80s). After spending over 15 years at local and international auto publications, he's starting to appreciate comfort behind the wheel more than raw power and acceleration.
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