The redesigned Hyundai Elantra is one of the latest cars to be overhauled in the hyper-competitive compact car segment. Other redesigns we’ve seen recently include the Honda Civic, Chevy Cruze, and the Nissan Sentra. As part of a sequential roll-out of information on the new Elantra, Hyundai has released pricing for the Eco trim level. The base price starts at $21,485 including $835 for freight and comes with a 1.4-liter turbo 4-cylinder engine paired to a 7-speed automatic dual clutch transmission.
The Elantra Eco’s engine makes 128 horsepower and 156 lb-ft of torque from 1,400 – 3,700 rpms. The EPA rates the car at 32/40/35 mpg city/highway/combined. According to fueleconomy.gov, those numbers should translate to about $950 in fuel costs per year. That’s based on driving 15,000 miles per year at today’s fuel prices with 45% highway and 55% city driving. For the sake of comparison, the $18,985 Elantra SE with a naturally aspirated 2.0-liter and a 6-speed automatic is EPA-rated at 29/38/33 mpg. The estimated annual fuel cost is $1,000 using the same criteria. The SE’s engine makes 147 horsepower and 132 lb-ft of torque, but it doesn’t peak until 4,500 rpm.
Standard equipment on the Elantra Eco includes LED daytime running lights, blind spot detection with rear cross-traffic alert and lane change assist, a 3.5” TFT monochromatic cluster display, leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, dual automatic temperature control with auto defogger, proximity key with push button start, immobilizer, hands-free smart trunk and front door handle approach lights, heated front seats, sunvisor extensions, illuminated vanity mirrors, auto-up driver’s window, sliding armrest, and a front passenger seatback pocket. That’s a long list for an affordable compact car.
Check out this “Everything” from our time with the new Elantra.