The Hyundai Elantra N is revving up its looks and performance for 2024. We just took a first drive in Northern California to reset our expectations for what a compact sport sedan should be.
and that starts with a standard six-speed manual transmission. For those who can’t master three pedals, an eight-speed paddle-shift dual clutch automatic is still available.

Both hook up to the same 276 max horsepower turbo 2-liter I-4 engine, with good throttle response, a snappy exhaust note and just enough kick-in-the-pants acceleration to keep most drivers smiling. To further aid with that, an N-grin shift button activates additional drive modes and even a brief power boost.

Our seat time was limited to a few autocross runs and a brief excursion around the access roads at Weathertech Raceway Laguna Seca, but it was enough to confirm that wearing the “N” is a badge of honor, not a decoration for the Elantra.

2024 Hyundai Elantra N 3/4 Front
2024 Hyundai Elantra N Front Detail
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2024 Hyundai Elantra N Rear Detail
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2024 Hyundai Elantra N Digital Instrument Cluster
2024 Hyundai Elantra N Grin Button
2024 Hyundai Elantra N Front Seat
2024 Hyundai Elantra N Engine
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Styling updates are limited to a new front fascia and grille, LED headlights, and a redesigned rear bumper and air diffuser, but the new bodywork sneaks in some improved cooling for the brakes too.

Inside, a driver-oriented cockpit features twin 10.25 inch displays with plenty of track and performance options to dial up, and a suite of driver assist and accident avoidance features to keep the fun from getting out of hand.

“This refresh is not just for looks. suspension bushings and engine mounts are reinforced for more precise steering and sharper cornering. wheels change from cast to forged, which saves 33 pounds of unsprung mass. The electronically controlled suspension has software updates which help better adapt to changing conditions like comfort or performance scenarios. All in all, the Elantra N is a smart, nimble little sport sedan that’s equally at home on the autocross course or your favorite canyon road.”

Pricing for the 2024 Hyundai Elantra N starts at $34,850 for the shift-it-yourself model, and $36,350 with the DCT automatic. they’re available on dealer lots now, and we’ll have a full test soon, right here on MotorWeek.