The South Korean-based manufacturers Hyundai has officially revealed the 2020 Elantra compact sedan with significant fuel economy improvements compared to the previous generation models. Hyundai claims that the CVT has helped the new Elantra to get better EPA ratings. For now, the 2020 Hyundai Elantra will be equipped with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine under its hood, which is paired to a New Continuously Variable Automatic Transmission (CVT).
Based on EPA’s official website claims, the entry-level 2020 Hyundai Elantra SE with a CVT and 2.0-liter inline-four engine now has an EPA fuel economy rating of 31 mpg in the city, 41 mpg on the highway, and 35 mpg combined. Hyundai has previously offered the base Elantra model with a six-speed automatic transmission, but it can only return 29 mpg in the city, 38 mpg on the highway, and 33 mpg combined. That means there is an increase in EPA rating of 2 mpg in the city, 3 mpg on the highway, and 2 mpg combined. Obviously, this is a huge fuel economy improvement for this new compact sedan.
Hyundai has previously been involved in the EPA ranking forgery scandal with its fifth-generation Elantra a few years ago, which ultimately made the South Korean manufacturer (including Hyundai and Kia) have to pay a fine of $41.2 million to 33 states. At that time Hyundai faked the EPA rating for Elantra, where they claimed that this compact sedan had an EPA-fuel economy rating of 40 mpg on the highway. However, Hyundai then launched the sixth-generation 2017 Elantra sedan with the addition of the Eco trim level. It’s available with a turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder engine mated to a dual-clutch automatic gearbox, which gives a real EPA highway rating of 40 mpg.
Redesign and Changes
Hyundai has provided significant changes and comprehensive redesign on its Elantra compact sedan since the 2019 model years. It now has an all-new dynamic looks with a fresh sharper headlights and taillights designs, a new redesigned hood, a revised front grille design, and new front and rear fascias. Overall, the sixth-generation 2020 Hyundai Elantra is far more handsome with a sharper exterior design compared to its predecessor. The Korean car manufacturers also put a new LED headlights and new wheel design options on the Elantra Sport and Limited models.
Moving on to the interior, the 2020 Hyundai Elantra has also received a significant upgrade to the interior and it’s now equipped with a new instrument panel, new center stack, air vents, and gauge clusters. However, the standard features are relatively unchanged on this new compact sedan, including a 5-inch touchscreen, 15-inch steel wheels with hub caps, Bluetooth connectivity, power door locks and power windows. It’s all available as a standard feature for the base Elantra SE model. While Hyundai also still offers optional safety features for the 2020 Elantra sedan such as a blind-spot monitoring system, automatic emergency braking, lane-keep assist, and driver-attention alerts.
Powertrain Options and Technical Specs
The 2020 Hyundai Elantra is available in several powertrain and transmission options, depending on the selected trim level. But the powertrain option is relatively unchanged from the previous model. The base Elantra SE is powered by a naturally-aspirated 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that can be fitted to a CVT (for the 2020 model), which is capable of delivering at least 147 horsepower and 132 lb-ft of torque. Hyundai also still offers Eco trim levels with a turbocharged 1.4-liter inline-four engine rated at 128 horsepower and 156 lb-ft of torque. As for buyers who want more power, they can make a choice on the Elantra Sport which is equipped with a turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine capable of cranks out 201 horsepower and 195 lb-ft of torque.
The transmission options are more or less the same for the 2020 model years, but there’s an additional new CVT for Elantra SE. Both the SE and Sport trim levels are equipped with a standard six-speed manual transmission, while the Eco trim level offers a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox. However, a six-speed automatic transmission is only available as optional.
Pricing and Release Date
The automaker hasn’t revealed its official release date for the 2020 Hyundai Elantra, but the new compact sedan is expected to reach U.S. showrooms around this fall. While the price tag for the all-new Elantra sedan is expected to not change much from the current model’s MSRP which starts at $18,985 for the entry-level model and $23,485 for the top trim levels, including destination charge. However, please look for official pricing details when the car arrives at the dealerships. Key competitors for the 2020 Hyundai Elantra include the Honda Civic, Toyota Corolla, and Kia Forte.
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