More manufacturers are moving away from manual transmissions due to declining sales. The 2020 Hyundai Elantra is no exception. With its latest update, the Elantra drops the row-it-yourself shifter in place of the company's "intelligent" continuously variable transmission, or a seven-speed dual-clutch, depending on the trim.
Any version of the 2020 Elantra with the 2.0-liter Atkinson Cycle engine gets Hyundai's CVT. That includes trims like SE, SEL, Value Edition, and Limited. With the standard autobox withdrawn, the Elantra sees fuel economy increases across the board. The base SE model is the most efficient, returning 35 miles per gallon on the highway, while the SEL, Value, and Limited all get up to 34 mpg.
Eco and Sport models with the turbocharged 1.4- and 1.6-liter engines, meanwhile, get the seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. Hyundai hasn't released fuel economy figures for those models just yet. Whatever the trim or transmission, power transfers to the front wheels exclusively.
Minor upgrades, like automatic dual-zone climate control and a 3.5-inch screen within the instrument cluster, are now standard fare for 2020. Safety systems like forward collision warning and lane keep assist are also standard as part of Hyundai's SmartSense safety setup. Radar cruise control, safe exit assist – which alerts passengers of a vehicle approaching from behind – and forward collision avoidance with pedestrian detection, are available on the Elantra Limited with the Ultimate package equipped.
Gallery: 2020 Hyundai Elantra
The 2020 Hyundai Elantra SE starts at $18,950, which represents a $1,850 increase over the 2019 model. The Sport model is the most expensive trim, starting at $23,800. Here's how Hyundai's pricing structure breaks down in its entirety:
|Eco||Turbocharged 1.4L||7-Speed Dual-Clutch||$21,250|
|Sport||Turbocharged 1.6L||7-Speed Dual-Clutch||$23,800|
The 2020 Hyundai Elantra, with a new Intelligent Variable Transmission (IVT), improved fuel economy and standard Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA), once again is the standard in the compact sedan segment. Pricing throughout the lineup delivers consumers a compelling choice, starting at $18,950 for the Elantra SE. The 2020 Elantra arrives in dealer showrooms this spring.
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety data shows that Automatic Emergency Braking and Forward Collision Warning, which are both integrated into Elantra’s standard Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist, are associated with a 50-percent reduction in rear-end collisions. In addition, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 94 percent of serious vehicle crashes involve human error, which is why advanced safety technologies like Elantra’s standard Lane Keeping Assist (LKA) have the potential to save lives.
New standard features
- Intelligent Variable Transmission
- Dual Automatic Temperature Control
- 3.5-inch mono TFT cluster display
- Efficient Positive Temperature Coefficient Electric Heater (2.0L engine only)
- Engine Idle Stop & Go on Eco model
- Dual Shell Horn
- Hyundai SmartSense features
- Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist
- Lane Keeping Assist
- Driver Attention Warning
Intelligent Variable Transmission (IVT)
Hyundai’s new IVT provides superior efficiency and simulates gear shifts from an automatic transmission that customers like. This transmission performs continuous shifts by modulating pressure of the transmission’s pulley, depending on driving conditions and driver inputs. It utilizes a wide ratio pulley system, which provides a broader ratio of operation when compared with its competitors. This allows for improved fuel economy at higher gear ratios and improved performance at lower ratios.
As opposed to a more common push belt, the IVT takes advantage of a chain belt, a world’s first in the compact car segment. A chain improves fuel efficiency by an additional 1.2% when compared with conventional belt systems.
Hyundai’s new Shift Control Strategy used by the IVT improves linearity between driver inputs, vehicle behavior and acceleration. Shift response is enhanced, allowing it to closely replicate automatic transmission step shifts.
The 2020 Elantra offers a new array of standard advanced safety technologies.
- FCA uses the car’s front-facing camera to help detect an imminent collision and avoid impact or minimize damage by braking
- LKA helps prevent accidental lane departure by sensing road markings, automatically steering the car if necessary.
- Driver Attention Warning system monitors a spectrum of driver-related characteristics to help detect driver fatigue.
SmartSense features already included on the Elantra Limited with Ultimate Package include:
- Smart Cruise Control (SCC) makes highway and long distance driving more comfortable. Using a radar sensor mounted on the lower front grille, the SCC system maintains a set distance from the vehicle ahead in varied traffic conditions by automatically adjusting vehicle speed as needed.
- Safe Exit Assist that may sound an alert when a vehicle approaches from behind, letting passengers know it may not be safe to open the door to exit the vehicle.
- Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist with Pedestrian Detection is a technology that utilizes both the front forward-facing radar and camera through sensor fusion to help detect a vehicle or pedestrian, and warn the driver of a potential collision. If the driver does not react to avoid the impact, the system may apply emergency braking in certain circumstances.
The Elantra features two engine options that focus on fuel efficiency and a third engine option in the Elantra Sport model. The SE, SEL, Value Edition and Limited offer the 2.0L MPI Atkinson Cycle engine with 147 horsepower @ 6,200 RPM and Eco offers the 1.4L Turbo-GDI with 128 horsepower @ 5,500 RPM. The Eco model achieves an EPA estimated 36 mpgcombined fuel economy rating thanks to a 7-speed dual clutch transmission.
The Elantra Sport trim features a 201 horsepower 1.6L Turbo-GDI engine and a 7-speed dual clutch transmission, a sporty interior and revised trim headliner, advanced technology and connectivity, paddle shifters, sport front seats with leather, flat-bottom, leather-wrapped steering wheel, a sport instrument cluster and door trim garnish. The Elantra Sport features multi-link independent rear suspension which improves the dynamic performance and allows for greater flexibility in tuning.