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Need a daily: Elantra or Sonata?

stmitch

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The Sonata will be a better, more comfortable highway cruiser. It's got more interior space so you can get comfortable, and the longer wheelbase will improve ride quality vs something shorter.
The Elantra, being smaller will be easier to park in tight spots, etc if you do a lot of city driving. Stop/go driving will be more efficient than a regular Sonata, but worse than a hybrid.
I drive a hybrid mid-sized sedan (Fusion Energi) on my mostly highway commute and it's been supremely comfortable, reliable, and cheap to operate. For that reason (and with zero research on my part) I'd lean toward the Sonata hybrid. It will be the most efficient in both city and highway driving. It will be the most comfortable to spend time in.

Here's a little comparison of the models you're considering and their estimated running costs. Feel free to tweak the details to fit your specifics:

 


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