Hyundai Elantra
Hyundai Elantra
Hyundai Elantra

2020 Hyundai Elantra

Pros: Generous level of features for the money; simple, logical control interface; refined ride; nimble handling of Sport

Cons: Cramped rear seat; cabin trim trails best in class; engine grows noisy when accelerating

CG Says: The 2020 Hyundai Elantra sedan gains standard safety features and there is a new transmission available.  All models now have standard forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, lane-keep assist, and attention monitor. Elantras with the base 2.0-liter engine are now available with a new continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) that replaces the previous 6-speed automatic transmission. Elantra is a compact sedan that was redesigned for 2017. Elantra is also available in a 4-door hatchback bodystyle that is badged Elantra GT (see separate report). The SE, SEL, Value Edition, and Limited models have a 147-horsepower 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine that is paired with a 6-speed manual transmission or the previously mentioned CVT automatic. The fuel-miser Eco is powered by a turbocharged 128-hp 1.4-liter four that is paired with a 7-speed automated-manual transmission. The Sport model has a 201-hp turbocharged 1.6-liter 4-cylinder that is mated to a 7-speed automated-manual transmission. Elantra offers many safety and convenience features that are unusual for the class. Among the available features are steering-linked xenon headlights, hands-free trunk opening, heated rear seats, wireless cell-phone charging, adaptive cruise control, blind-spot alert, cross-traffic alert, and Safe Exit Assist, a system that detects vehicles approaching from the rear and warns that it may not be safe to open a door. The Elantra doesn’t stand out in any one area. However, it has generous amount of features for the dollar and offers wide range of available equipment. The Sport model is entertaining to drive with crisp handling and sprightly acceleration.

The Facts
Class Compact Car
Body Style(s) 4-door sedan
Passenger Count 5
Drive Wheels front-wheel drive
Manufacturer Hyundai
Nation of Manufacture USA
Base Prices SE: $19,880
SEL: $20,630
Value Edition: $21,530
Eco: $22,180
Limited: $23,730
Sport: $24,730

Base Engine
2.0-liter 4-cylinder (SE, SEL, Value Edition, Limited)
Horsepower
147
Std. Transmission
6-speed manual
Avail. Transmission
CVT
EPA City Range (mpg)
26-31
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
37-41

Optional Engine
turbocharged 1.4-liter 4-cylinder (Eco)
Horsepower
128
Std. Transmission
7-speed automated-manual
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
33
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
41

Optional Engine
turbocharged 1.6-liter 4-cylinder (Sport)
Horsepower
201
Std. Transmission
7-speed automated-manual
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
26
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
33