Now before I dive into this, let me preface this post by saying that I am a big Hyundai fan. My wife (now ex) has a 2017 Hyundai Sonata 2.0T Sport. I myself have been looking for a 2018 Hyundai Elantra Sport. I’ve recommended their cars to countless people in my social circle, many of which went on to buy them.
But a few years ago, they started making some odd styling decisions that really had me scratching my head. When Hyundai gave the Elantra a mild facelift for the 2019 model year, I wasn’t a huge fan, but it wasn’t horrible either.
The 2020 Hyundai Sonata on the other hand.. Now that’s a hot mess. With a grille that resembles a catfish, a rear-end that I don’t even have words for, and the chrome strip that runs from the headlights to the rear of the car. Ewww. People seem to either love it or hate it, there’s no in between.
And now we’ve got the 2021 Hyundai Elantra, which debuted online last night, the real-life unveiling cancelled on account of the coronavirus pandemic. My first impressions, after slogging through the never-ending presentation? There’s a LOT going on here. Take a look at these photos yourself and see what you think.
So many hard, angular lines. In describing the car’s looks, Hyundai designers used lots of flowery language like “sensuous sportiness” and talking about the “feeling of tension” that the car delivers. But on social media, the public was singing a different tune entirely.
- 2017/2018 over the new body styles by a landslide.
- It’s too busy, too sharp, there’s no flow…your designers need to edit a bit.
- Love the inside but outside not so much.
- Grills just keep getting more ridiculous and ugly…
- I’m sorry but…. Its ugly.
- I love my Hyundai, but their designs lately are all just a little bit off. That rear window/accent looks horrible, and the angles on the new grills are terrible, like a gaping fish maw.
Yeah, so I’m not the only one who feels like Hyundai really missed the mark here. The side profile of the car is ridiculous looking, with “parametric-jewel body surfaces” that look like a series of angular dents in an otherwise flat plane.
Personally, if I were in the market, I’d go with the Kia Forte over this, as I think the design is a lot cleaner and sharper. The only thing the Elantra has going for it over the Forte is it’s updated interior, which looks pretty slick with the double screens, smart voice recognition system, and other premium features.. But that ridiculous steering wheel needs to go.
What do you think of the new 2021 Hyundai Elantra?
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