2021 Hyundai Elantra Exterior Driver Side Front Profile

Which Hyundai vehicle won 2021 North American Car of the Year?

We were just talking about some Kelley Blue Book Best Buy Awards Winners last month, but our excitement over awards was mild then compared to now. Why is that? Because we are pleased to say that a Hyundai vehicle has officially won the 2021 North American Car of the Year award! Which vehicle earned perhaps the most prestigious award a sedan can win in the automotive industry? The all-new 2021 Hyundai Elantra of course!

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“Thank you to all of the jurors. I am honored to accept this award on behalf of the entire company, our Alabama and Ulsan plant employees who build Elantra and our dealers. Elantra is a symbol of our blend of dynamic design, advanced technology and great fuel economy. Elantra customers are going to experience all of the hard work and dedication that went into making this class-leading car.”

– José Muñoz, President & CEO, Hyundai Motor North America

How did the 2021 Hyundai Elantra earn the award?

This is officially the 28th year that the North American Car of the Year award has been around. Each year, it’s selected by an expansive panel of judges consisting of automotive journalists throughout the United States and Canada. The winner is selected after passing through a series of three different votes in which the jurors look at aspects like leadership within the vehicle’s segment, how innovative the vehicle is, its design, safety and handling, how satisfied existing drivers are with the vehicle as well as its value for the dollar.

2021 Hyundai Elantra Exterior Passenger Side Rear Profile
2021 Hyundai Elantra Interior Cabin Front Seating

This year, over 40 vehicles were evaluated, and in the end the 2021 Hyundai Elantra defeated its fellow finalists the Nissan Sentra and Genesis G80 – yes, this means technically the Hyundai Motor Company had two different finalists this year! We’re stoked to be able to offer the North American Car of the Year right here at Coastal Hyundai, so if you’re interested in bringing one home for yourself don’t hesitate to get in touch with us here at the sales desk!