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Jeffrey N. Ross | Dec 23, 2020

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Hyundai has come a long way since its days when it focused primarily on low-cost models with lengthy warranty coverage. While the value and warranty are still in place, today's Hyundai products are known more for their style and quality. To help buyers navigate the diverse offerings, we've broken down all the differences in Hyundai's trim levels offered for the 2021 model year. Be sure to stop by your local AutoNation Hyundai dealership to check out the extensive lineup of Hyundai cars and SUVs.

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Hyundai SE Trim

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Hyundai's entry-level trim is the SE, which is offered on the Accent, Elantra, Sonata, Venue, Kona, Santa Fe, Tucson and Palisade for the 2021 model year. With a starting price of $15,395, the Accent SE is one of the lowest-priced cars on the market, but it comes with a respectable amount of standard content, including power windows, cruise control, Bluetooth audio streaming, remote keyless entry, a five-inch touchscreen infotainment system, and a 60/40 split rear bench seat.

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Hyundai SEL Trim

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Stepping up from the base model, Hyundai's SEL trim level adds a lengthy list of standard equipment, which on the 2021 Santa Fe includes LED headlights, an eight-way power driver's seat, heated front seats, an eight-inch touchscreen infotainment system with SiriusXM satellite radio, smart cruise control, a a proximity key with remote start. For the 2021 model year, the Accent, Elantra, Sonata, Venue, Kona, Tucson, Santa Fe and Palisade are all offered with the SEL trim level.

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Hyundai Sport Trim

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Bridging the gap between the well-equipped SEL and the luxurious Limited trim level, the 2021 Hyundai Tucson offers the Sport trim level. The Tucson Sport features a bolder style with LED headlights and taillights, 19-inch wheels, and standard fog lights. But with the hands-free liftgate, leather-wrapped steering wheel, wireless smartphone charging, and eight-speaker Infinity audio system, the interior also gets a more upscale feel. 

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Hyundai Limited Trim

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For most Hyundai cars and SUVs, the Limited trim represents the highest level of luxury, technology and convenience features. On the 2021 Sonata Limited, that includes standard equipment such as leather seats, heated and cooled front seats, heads-up display, a 12-speaker Bose audio system, and a 10.25-inch touchscreen navigation system. For the 2021 model year, the Kona, Tucson, Palisade, Accent, Elantra and Sonata are all offered with the Limited trim level.

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Hyundai Ultimate Trim

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On the 2021 Hyundai Kona and Tucson, the Ultimate trim level takes luxury and technology up a notch. Adding to its sporty design, the Kona Ultimate comes standard with head-up display, eight-inch touchscreen navigation system, smart cruise control, rain-sensing wipers, high-beam assist and forward collision avoidance with pedestrian detection.

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Hyundai Calligraphy Trim

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New for 2021, the Santa Fe and Hyundai Palisade SUVs dip into the luxury segment with the Calligraphy trim, which represents the pinnacle of style and comfort. Standing out from the lower trim levels, the 2021 Hyundai Palisade Calligraphy reveals a unique grille design and rear spoiler, puddle lights and a high-quality perforated leather on the steering wheel.

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Hyundai Ioniq Trim

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The 2021 Hyundai Ioniq lineup includes the Hybrid, Plug-In Hybrid and Electric models. Aside from the various powertrain differences, all three versions of the Ioniq hatchback come well equipped with features like an eight-inch touchscreen display, Bluetooth audio streaming, and heated front seats.

The Plug-In Hybrid upgrades to LED headlights and taillights, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, and radar-based cruise control. The Ioniq Electric gets a seven-inch LCD instrument gauge cluster, an electronic parking brake, and a power sunroof.

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Hyundai Veloster Trim

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Hyundai's halo vehicle is the Veloster hatchback, and this sport compact is broken up into a variety of trim levels based on features and performance, which includes the Veloster 2.0, 2.0 Premium, Turbo, Turbo R-Spec, Turbo Ultimate and Veloster N.

The base Veloster 2.0 backs up its exciting style with a list of standard features like projector headlights with LED daytime running lights, a seven-inch display with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, and 17-inch wheels. The Premium trim upgrades to heated front seats, wireless smartphone charging, eight-inch touchscreen display, an eight-speaker Infinity audio system, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. The Ultimate adds a two-tone paint job, heads-up display, leather seats, and added safety content like forward collision warning and smart cruise control.

At the top of the Veloster food chain is the Veloster N. This car comes loaded with content, including a 275-horsepower engine tune and a host of performance upgrades.

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What are trim level options?

A trim level is how a manufacturer identifies a vehicle's level of equipment and special features, including luxe interiors and premium sound systems. The trim level you choose can determine how much you spend, and the more features you add, the higher your sticker price can get.

How can I determine which Hyundai trim package is right for me?

The best way to choose a trim package is to visit your local AutoNation Hyundai dealership and take a few Hyundai vehicles for a spin. When you can't get to the dealership, our digital showroom offers test drive reviews of popular Hyundai models and a variety of trim packages. You can check out some popular posts here:

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Where can I find cars, trucks, or SUVS at different trim levels?

For starters, you can enjoy our Hyundai trim levels guide above to discover all of the eleven different Hyundai trim level options. Then you can head over to our Hyundai inventory to see the Hyundai vehicles available near you. When you're ready, you can stop by your local AutoNation Hyundai dealership for a test drive.

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