The 2020 Hyundai Elantra costs $1,750 more than last year's model to start, but it comes standard with previously optional active safety tech and a new fuel-saving transmission that boosts fuel economy to as high as 35 mpg combined.
Hyundai said Thursday that 2020 Elantra shoppers will be met with a base price of $19,870 for a 2020 Elantra SE, which includes a mandatory $920 destination fee. The newly standard suite of active safety features includes automatic emergency braking and front collision warnings, and every Elantra model now features a 3.5-inch screen in the gauge cluster, dual-zone automatic climate control, and a new dual-shell horn. Models equipped with the 2.0-liter inline-4 engine also gain a more efficient temperature-coefficient electric heater, while Elantra Eco sedans now sport a stop/start system.
Power stays the same for thriftier 2.0-liter inline-4 with 147 horsepower on tap, but a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) replaces last year's 6-speed conventional automatic.
An Elantra SE with the automatic transmission was priced at $19,120 last year. The $750 price hike covers the active safety tech and other convenience features.
A 6-speed manual transmission is no longer part of the package. The stick shift option was previously offered on the Elantra SE and Sport trims.
The CVT will serve every Elantra model save for the Elantra Sport and Eco trims, which instead use a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. Hyundai said the Elantra is the first compact car to use a chain belt for its CVT, which helps improve fuel economy by 1.2 percent compared to a conventional belt.
2019 Hyundai Elantra
The Elantra Eco soldiers on with its 1.4-liter turbo-4 engine, while the Sport retains a 1.6-liter turbo-4 engine. Buyers will find 128 hp with the Eco model and 201 hp in the racier Sport variant. Prices for the Eco model start at $22,170 and $24,720 for the Sport model.
Outside of the special models, the popular SEL and Value trims start at $20,620 and $21,520, respectively. Selecting a range-topping Elantra Limited will show a price of $23,720 before any other options. Models with the CVT will see a fuel economy bump of 2 mpg combined compared to the 2019 model; each trim returns 34 mpg combined, except for the base SE, which nets 35 mpg combined.
Hyundai will begin shipping the 2020 Elantra to dealers this spring.