Long credited with punching above its weight, the 2020 Hyundai Elantra continues to stand out among sedans by offering a long list of standard features. Consumers may be considering utility vehicles in greater numbers, but the five-passenger Elantra is certainly worth a closer look.
What's New for 2020
The Hyundai Elantra benefits from several updates this year. Leading the changes is improved fuel economy from models powered by the standard 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. The four affected trims (SE, SEL, Value Edition, and Limited) achieve a two mile per gallon improvement thanks to a new continuously variable transmission (CVT).
Other changes include expanded standard safety features, including forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, lane keeping assist, and driver attention warning. All models also now have dual-zone automatic climate control, a 3.5-inch digital cluster display, and a dual shell horn. As for the previously available six-speed manual gearbox, it's no longer offered.
Choosing Your Hyundai Elantra
The compact Hyundai Elantra sedan comes with front-wheel drive and offers three engine choices
Most trims have a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine with 147 horsepower and 132 pound-feet of torque paired with the new CVT. As equipped, it earns up to an EPA-estimated 31 miles per gallon city, 41 mpg highway, and 35 combined.
The Elantra Eco has a 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder motor making 128 hp and 156 lb-ft of torque. This engine works with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. The fuel economy numbers are the best among any Elantra model at 33/41/36 mpg (city/highway/combined).
Powering the Elantra Sport is a 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine generating 201 hp and 195 lb-ft of torque paired with the same seven-speed transmission. This setup achieves 26/33/29 mpg.
The list of standard features includes projector headlights, fold-away side mirrors, cloth seats, fully automatic accessories, drive mode select, and a six-speaker audio system.
The 2020 Hyundai Elantra is available in six trims, and there are no package upgrades on any but the Limited and the Sport. Instead, each trim bundles various equipment improvements.
True to its name, the Value Edition offers the best price advantage in the 2020 Hyundai Elantra lineup. Priced under $22,000 including destination, this trim adds popular amenities such as a sunroof, heated front seats, and push button start.