Floating proudly above a sea of crowded compact sedans is the 2020 Hyundai Elantra. This popular four-door is offered in six trims, each loaded with technology and driving assist features. A rather peppy yet fuel efficient 2.0-liter supplies power to all Elantra trims and can be paired to a manual or automatic transmission. floats above most competitors. The Elantra is a great buy for singles or small families in search of a dependable and comfortable to drive commuter.
The 2020 Hyundai Elantra is mainly unchanged under the hood and on the outside. However, the addition of driver assist safety features is a primary change for 2020. Blind spot monitoring with rear, cross-traffic alert has been added to the SEL trim, as has a seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system that features Android Auto and Apply CarPlay integration, and a rearview camera. A standard sunroof and additional safety features have been added to the Sport trim.
When choosing an Elantra best suited for you, Hyundai makes it simply by offering six, unique trims. If technology is your thing, the SEL, SE, and Value trims should place higher on your chart. These three trims are powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that achieves 147-horsepower and 132 pound-feet of torque. When paired with the standard manual transmission, it will return a combined 29 miles per gallon. The automatic variant offered with the SEL, Limited and Value trims improves to 32 mpg. An Eco trim is engineered for efficiency and returns an EPA-estimated 35 mpg combined thanks to a fuel-sipping turbocharged 1.4-liter and seven-speed, dual-clutch automatic transmission. For the performance-minded consumer, the Elantra Sport should be considered – with it’s 201-horsepower producing turbocharged 1.6-liter engine. Surprisingly, fuel economy only drops slightly to 29 combined mpg.
The 2020 Hyundai Elantra SE is an impressive base. Featuring a cloth interior and 60/40-split folding rear seating, a tilt and telescoping steering wheel, and power door locks and windows, the SE offers consumers a great bang for their buck. Cruise control, and a six-speaker audio system with Bluetooth and USB connectivity is also packed into the SE. The SEL is the next step up and features a traction control system, electronic stability control, standard anti-lock brakes, and electronic brake assist. A blind-spot detection system with the rear cross traffic alert driver assist feature is also offered in this trim. A rearview camera is displayed via a seven-inch infotainment display screen with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay integration.
The Value is a surprisingly deceptive name for this Elantra, as it includes a power sunroof, LED running lights, heated exterior mirrors and front seats, dual-zone climate control and push-button starting with proximity key. It’s arguably the best “value” offered to Elantra shoppers. However, for those who commute daily, the Eco Elantra should be carefully considered. This one is nearly identical to the Value, besides the swap out in powerplants.
If fun-driving and nimble acceleration is important to you, it’s hard to beat the Sport. This trim will gain 18-inch wheels, a multiple link rear suspension that is toned and tuned for agility, sporty touches on the exterior, HID headlights, and bolstered front seats. The top-of-the-line Limited focuses on improving styling by adding LED lights inside and out, 17-inch wheels, and heated leather front seats. Dual USB ports, and a 3.5-inch dashboard display.
The 2020 Hyundai Elantra
is one of the better investments for consumers looking for an affordable sedan that returns great fuel economy and is fun to drive. The multiple trim levels, especially the rather impressive Value package give new car shoppers several options to find an Elantra perfect for their individual needs.