Advantages and Disadvantages of 2020 Hyundai Elantra


The 2020 Hyundai Elantra is a classic, well-priced compact sedan that pays homage to its manufacturer's history. The Elantra comes with an impressive lineup of standard features, making it incredibly affordable and practical. Despite the basic interior materials, this car remains easy to use due in part to the user-friendly touchscreen interface which integrates Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity options.

If you're looking for something above-average, look no further than the turbocharged models. The Elantra Eco delivers an impressive 41 mpg on the highway while the Elantra Sport boasts a powerful 201 horsepower engine – perfect if you want more oomph. Otherwise, considering opting for the 2.0-liter inline-four; it's competent and reliable but nothing overly exciting.

Engine, Transmission, and Performance

Elantra models feature the traditional 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, which provides performance that is mediocre by class standards - however if you rev it up to higher RPMs, this sluggishness vanishes and instead offers a truly impressive experience.

The Eco model's turbocharged engine, which offers more power at a lower rev range, teams up with the dual-clutch automatic transmission to make for an even more responsive ride around town. Although the Eco has duller throttle response due to its distinct transmission type, you just need to press down on the accelerator further and it will accelerate quickly and powerfully.

The Elantra's suspension tuning is an ideal blend of firmness and comfort, with a steady ride that easily absorbs bumps without any excess vibrations. Although the Eco model lacks some grip due to its low-rolling-resistance tires compared to those on the Limited version, this difference in performance is barely perceptible during regular driving conditions.

The Elantra is a champion when it comes to braking performance, as it abates from 70 mph in only 168 feet. Its brake pedal feels secure and reliable should you require an emergency stop situation – the Eco model's tires may impact its halting abilities but does not affect the solidness of its brakes compared to that of the standard 2.0-liter version.

Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG

The Elantra stands out among other compact cars with its remarkable EPA fuel-economy rating, many of the trims reaching 40 mpg or above on the highway. We haven't tested any 2020 models yet, but in 2019 our 75 mph highway test yielded an impressive 43 mpg from the Eco version! Trust us when we say that this vehicle will save you a lot of money at the pump.

Safety and Driver-Assistance Features

The Elantra offers nearly all of the latest driver-assistance technologies and achieves good crash-test results from U.S. testing agencies. Basic features are standard across the line, while stepping up to the SEL model adds equipment such as blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert.