Sharp, new styling; abundance of safety features; fuel-efficient engine choices
The Hyundai Elantra has been substantially updated for 2020. Standard safety equipment now includes forward-collision mitigation with automatic emergency braking, lane-keeping assistance and driver-attention monitoring. The new Elantra also gains an upgraded CVT that Hyundai calls the Intelligent Variable Transmission. The automaker claims it improves efficiency up to 3 mpg.
The Hyundai Elantra continues to compete with other compact cars such as the Honda Civic, the Toyota Corolla and the Nissan Sentra. However, the 2020 Elantra offers a ton of features for the price and can be optioned up into something that some might call luxurious.
Hyundai's use of materials and stylish, modern design language create a premium car vibe, as does a strong standard equipment set that includes a Bluetooth, a large infotainment display, and a rearview camera.
The Hyundai Elantra is available in no fewer than five different trim levels for 2020. SE, SEL and Limited trims come with a 2.0L gasoline engine making 147 horsepower. Eco models get a smaller, more efficient 1.4L turbocharged engine making 128 hp but offering up a combined EPA rating of 35 mpg. Sport-trimmed Elantra's get a 1.6L turbocharged engine making 201 horsepower. Regardless of engine option, power is sent to the front wheels through a choice of three different transmissions. The standard transmission is an efficient Intelligent Variable CVT Transmission while sport models come standard with a 6-speed manual. The most interesting transmission option however, is likely the 7-speed dual-clutch transmission which is optional on the sport and standard on the Eco model. It offers all the efficiency of a standard manual gearbox combined with the ease of operation of an automatic. It's also capable of shifting faster than either of the other transmission options, so drivers who want the quickest Elantra around should opt for the Sport trim with the dual-clutch transmission.
The GT is a hatch version of the Elantra but with a liftback cargo area good for 24.9 cubic feet that expands to 55 cubic feet with the rear seats folded down. Three powertrain combinations and two trim levels are available.
The base GT gets the 2.0L engine 4-cylinder but tuned to make 161 horsepower. It's paired with a 6-speed automatic transmission. The sporty N trims get same 201-horse turbo 1.6L from the conventional Elantra, but offer a choice of either a 6-speed manual or a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic.
Entry-level GT models get 17" alloys wheels and subtle spoilers hint at its sporty character. Inside, a generous standard feature set includes all the usual suspects including remote keyless entry, a tilt/telescoping steering wheel and 6-way adjustable front seats as well as an 8-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto integration.
The Elantra GT N works hard to earn its compact sports-car credentials. In addition to the spirited turbocharged engine and available manual transmission, the N trims also features stiffened bushings and suspension, dual exhaust, 18" alloy wheels wearing performance rubber, a mesh grille. Inside heated front leather seats feature red accents that carry through the whole interior.
Safety was a major point of emphasis for Hyundai when they were redesigning the Elantra. A large part of this push was accomplished by adding new technology to the car, rather than by simply adding more crash protection. Hyundai are taking a more preventative approach to accidents with the new car. Technologies now available on the Elantra include a Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist system which uses a forward mounted camera to read the road ahead and can, in an emergency, engage the brakes to prevent an accident.
A lane keep assist system is also available this year which will apply subtle steering corrections if it notices the car wandering out of its lane at speeds above 40 mph. A driver attention alert system monitors the driver and will warn them if they begin to display patterns consistent with someone who is drowsy. Other cool new safety technologies include a Safe Exit Assist system that can warn occupants trying to open the door if there is a vehicle approaching from behind, as well as a Pedestrian Detection system that utilizes radar to help prevent the Elantra from hitting any pedestrians.
Interior tech has also been improved. An 8-inch screen replaces last year's 7-inch model, while the processor behind the screen has also been replaced with a much more advanced one. The interface is now easier to use, for instance all radio functions including SiriusXM can now be accessed from a single screen. An Infinity 8-speaker surround sound system is available to take advantage of the new interface and of course Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are both available. A rearview camera is also standard.
|Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year||6.6|
|EPA Greenhouse Gas Score||N/A|
|EPA Classification||Large Cars|
|Drivetrain||Front Wheel Drive|
|Trans Description Cont.||Automatic w/OD|
|First Gear Ratio (:1)||4.40|
|Second Gear Ratio (:1)||2.73|
|Third Gear Ratio (:1)||1.83|
|Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)||1.39|
|Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)||1.00|
|Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)||0.77|
|Reverse Ratio (:1)||3.44|
|Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)||3.27|
|EPA Fuel Economy Est - Hwy||32 MPG|
|Cruising Range - City||350.00 mi|
|EPA Fuel Economy Est - City||25 MPG|
|Fuel Economy Est-Combined||27 MPG|
|Cruising Range - Hwy||448.00 mi|
|EPA MPG Equivalent - City||N/A|
|EPA MPG Equivalent - Hwy||N/A|
|EPA MPG Equivalent - Combined||N/A|
|Engine Type||Regular Unleaded I-4|
|Fuel System||Gasoline Direct Injection|
|SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM||161 @ 6200|
|SAE Net Torque @ RPM||150 @ 4700|
|Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)||N/A|
|Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)||120|
|Total Cooling System Capacity||N/A|
|Passenger Volume||96.5 ft³|
|Front Head Room||39.1 in|
|Front Leg Room||42.2 in|
|Front Shoulder Room||56.2 in|
|Front Hip Room||N/A|
|Second Head Room||38.5 in|
|Second Leg Room||34.8 in|
|Second Shoulder Room||55.4 in|
|Second Hip Room||N/A|
|Length, Overall||170.9 in|
|Width, Max w/o mirrors||70.7 in|
|Height, Overall||57.7 in|
|Track Width, Front||61.1 in|
|Track Width, Rear||61.5 in|
|Min Ground Clearance||5.9 in|
|Cargo Area Dimensions|
|Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Up||24.9 ft³|
|Cargo Volume with Rear Seat Down||55.1 ft³|
|Base Curb Weight||2943 lbs|
|Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt.||750 lbs|
|Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt.||75 lbs|
|Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt.||750 lbs|
|Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt.||75 lbs|
|Suspension Type - Front||Strut|
|Suspension Type - Rear||Torsion Beam|
|Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)||Strut|
|Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)||Torsion Beam|
|Shock Absorber Diameter - Front||N/A|
|Shock Absorber Diameter - Rear||N/A|
|Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Front||N/A|
|Stabilizer Bar Diameter - Rear||N/A|
|Front Tire Size||P225/45HR17|
|Rear Tire Size||P225/45HR17|
|Spare Tire Size||Compact|
|Front Wheel Size||17 X 7 in|
|Rear Wheel Size||17 X 7 in|
|Spare Wheel Size||Compact in|
|Front Wheel Material||Aluminum|
|Rear Wheel Material||Aluminum|
|Spare Wheel Material||Steel|
|Steering Ratio (:1), Overall||N/A|
|Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)||N/A|
|Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb||17.4 ft|
|Turning Diameter - Wall to Wall||N/A|
|Brake Type||4-Wheel Disc|
|Brake ABS System||4-Wheel|
|Brake ABS System (Second Line)||N/A|
|Disc - Front (Yes or )||Yes|
|Disc - Rear (Yes or )||Yes|
|Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness||11 in|
|Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness||10.3 in|
|Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx||14 gal|
|Aux Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx||N/A|
5 Years/60,000 Miles
10 Years/100,000 Miles
7 Years/Unlimited Miles
5 Years/Unlimited Miles
3 Years/36,000 Miles
US NHTSA CRASH TEST RESULTS:
Overall Rating: * * * *
Overall Frontal Barrier Crash Rating: * * * *
Driver: * * * * Passenger: * * * *
Overall Side Crash Rating: * * * *
Side Barrier Rating: * * * *
Driver: * * * * * Rear Passenger: * * * *
Side Barrier Rating Note: The rear passenger's thoracic and abdominal rib deflections were elevated.
Side Pole Rating Driver Front Seat: * * * * *
Combined Side Barrier and Pole Ratings:
Front Seat Rating: * * * * * Rear Seat Rating: * * * *
Overall Rollover Rating: * * * *
Dynamic Test Result: No Tip
Risk of Rollover: 10.70%
Note Regarding Driver Rating:
Male: Average sized adult male dummy in 35-MPH crash into fixed barrier. Rating is evaluation of injury to head, neck, chest, legs. Female: Small-sized adult female dummy in 35-mph crash into fixed barrier. Rating is evaluation of injury to head, neck, chest, legs.
Rollover Note: Dynamic (moving) test results (Tip or No Tip) and measured rollover-related properties determine vehicle's risk of rollover in single vehicle crash and its rollover rating. The Rollover Resistance Rating utilizes a "fishhook" maneuver which is a series of abrupt turns at varying speeds to see how "top-heavy" a vehicle is.
One of the following incentives may apply to this vehicle. Regional incentives may vary.
Cash Incentive: $1000 or financing
Financing Incentive: 0.0% to 1.9%
Expiration Date: 06/01/2020
Resource: hyundaiusa.com 05/07/2020