Main theme: We discuss our first drive impressions of the all-new 2021 Hyundai Elantra. This seventh-generation of Hyundai’s compact sedan is longer, lower, and wider than before, and it has a more grown-up feel. We give our early findings about the powertrain, ride and handling, interior comfort and space, and the usability of the controls.

Audience Questions
• Because many cars today don’t have exposed bumpers, how much damage can be done to things like the grille and headlights during minor fender-benders?

• Are you considering adding side-impact testing to CR’s child-seat program?

• Is it true that you typically get a softer ride with a car that has smaller wheels compared with one that has larger-diameter wheels and tires?

• I'm thinking about buying a 2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid that spent most of its life in Alaska before ending up in Florida. What are the potential problems I should be aware of on a vehicle that spent so much time in freezing-cold weather?  

Talking Cars panelists Emily Thomas, Mike Monticello, and Ryan Pszczolkowski
Talking Cars panelists Emily Thomas, Mike Monticello, and Ryan Pszczolkowski.

As with other “Talking Cars” episodes, this one is available free through Apple Podcasts. (Subscribe to the audio or video.) You’ll also find the audio on Spotify (log-in required) and video on YouTube.

• Toyota RAV4 Prime, Apple Car, episode 290
• We Answer Your Questions, episode 289
• Favorite Cars of 2020, episode 288
• Tesla Model Y Test Results, episode 287
• BMW 4 Series and Electric Cadillacs, episode 286


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