2020 Hyundai Elantra

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MSRP $19,150 - $24,000
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2020 Hyundai Elantra Price, Review and Buying Guide

Updated on: July 23, 2020

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The sedan segment is dying a slow death and most of the manufacturers are moving away from it- especially the American ones. Cue in the 2020 Hyundai Elantra. A sedan that offers a stylish exterior design combined with smart, spacious, and tasteful interiors. It is loaded with tech and features up to the brim. At a time when SUVs and Crossovers have become the bread and butter for manufacturers, the Elantra aims at disrupting that notion.

With the 2020 Elantra, Hyundai aims at undermining the competition by offering more for less money. Yes! the new Elantra offers more features, practicality, and fuel economy at a price lower than the competition.  And one the fuel economy front, Hyundai has played another trump card by offering a better, more advanced, and more fuel-efficient transmission than before.

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Pros

Superior ride quality

Quiet cabin

Above-average fuel economy

Best in segment warranty

Cons

The engine feels stressed out at times

Cramped rear seats when compared to some rivals

Not the best transmission in the segment

What's New?

Upgraded Transmission

Additional Standard Safety Features and Driver Aids 

Dual Zone Climate Control becomes Standard


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Features

vehicle bio

base price

$19150

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

top speed

116 mph

drivetrain

FWD

engine type

displacement

122 cu.in.

horsepower

147 hp @ 6200 rpm

torque

132 lbs.-ft. @ 4500 rpm

transmission

1-speed cvt

chassis

frame type

Unibody

suspension front

Independent front strut suspension

suspension rear

Semi-independent rear torsion beam suspension

brake rotors (f/r)

44146

dimensions

wheelbase

106.3 in.

length

61.9 in.

width

70.9 in.

height

56.5 in.

curb weight

2844 lbs.

ground clearance

5.3 in.

capacity

passenger volume

95.8 cu ft.

cargo volume

14.4 cu ft.

payload capacity

1080 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

7.8 sec.

zero to 100 mph

9.5 sec.

standing ¼-mile

14.4 sec.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

26/36/29 mpg

highway range

504 mi.

warranty

basic warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

10 yr./ 100000 mi.

corrosion warranty

7 yr. /unlimited

roadside assistance

5 yr. /unlimited


Pictures & Videos

Videos
2020 Hyundai Elantra Detailed Review video
2020 Hyundai Elantra Exterior video

Colors and Styles

2020 Hyundai Elantra in Diffused Silver color 2020 Hyundai Elantra in Emerald Grey Metallic color 2020 Hyundai Elantra in Black color
Diffused Silver

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Features

7.6

Engine And Performance

8.0

Fuel Economy

8.0

Interior

7.2

Exterior

7.7

Safety

8.0

Final Verdict

8.0

7.4

OVERALL RATING

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Trims and Configurations

MSRP


2020 Hyundai Elantra SE

SE

power
147 hp @ 6200 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
29 combined

$19,150


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
SE 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl CVT) Starting at $19,150 MSRP (26/29/36) 147 hp @ 6200 rpm, 2 L, Inline 4, regular unleaded
1-speed cvt front wheel drive 5

2020 Hyundai Elantra SEL

SEL

power
147 hp @ 6200 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
29 combined

$19,900


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
SEL 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl CVT) Starting at $19,900 MSRP (26/29/36) 147 hp @ 6200 rpm, 2 L, Inline 4, regular unleaded
1-speed cvt front wheel drive 5

2020 Hyundai Elantra Value Edition

Value Edition

power
147 hp @ 6200 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
29 combined

$20,800


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Value Edition 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl CVT) Starting at $20,800 MSRP (26/29/36) 147 hp @ 6200 rpm, 2 L, Inline 4, regular unleaded
1-speed cvt front wheel drive 5

2020 Hyundai Elantra ECO

ECO

power
128 hp @ 5500 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
29 combined

$21,450


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Eco 4dr Sedan (1.4L 4cyl Turbo 7AM) Starting at $21,450 MSRP (26/29/36) 128 hp @ 5500 rpm, 1.4 L, Inline 4, regular unleaded
7-speed automated manual front wheel drive 5

2020 Hyundai Elantra Limited

Limited

power
147 hp @ 6200 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
29 combined

$23,000


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Limited 4dr Sedan (2.0L 4cyl CVT) Starting at $23,000 MSRP (26/29/36) 147 hp @ 6200 rpm, 2 L, Inline 4, regular unleaded
1-speed cvt front wheel drive 5

2020 Hyundai Elantra Sport

Sport

power
201 hp @ 6000 rpm
fuel
Regular unleaded
mpg
29 combined

$24,000


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Sport 4dr Sedan (1.6L 4cyl Turbo 7AM) Starting at $24,000 MSRP (26/29/36) 201 hp @ 6000 rpm, 1.6 L, Inline 4, regular unleaded
7-speed automated manual front wheel drive 5

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

7.4

Overall Rating


For the 2020 model year, the Elantra is offered in six different trims. The base trim "SE" begins at $19,50 and the prices go up to $24,000 for the top of the line "Sport" trim. As for the engine choice, there are three to choose from. These options include a 1.4L turbocharged inline 4, a 2.0L inline 4 and a 1.6L turbo for the Sport trim. In addition to this, the Elantra is offered with a ton of safety features including both active and passive.

As for the competitors, the 2020 Hyundai Elantra faces the likes of the Toyota Corolla, Honda Civic, and Mazda 3. Yes, this segment is not as competitive as it once used to be. With the ever-increasing demand for SUVs and Crossovers, the sedans are left only for the enthusiasts and fleet operators and the Hyundai Elantra has something for both.

2020 Hyundai Elantra rear view

7.6/10
Features

8.0/10
Engine and Performance

8.0/10
Fuel Economy

7.2/10
Interior

7.7/10
Exterior

8.0/10
Safety

8.0/10
Final Verdict


2020 Hyundai Elantra Features

7.6/10

As the base trim level, the SE is inadequately prepared, particularly in the event that you get it with the standard six-speed manual transmission. Automatic-transmission SE models likewise offer a Popular Equipment bundle that includes a ton of alluring features, those additional items; LED daytime running lights, keyless start and passage, a sans hands trunk opener, blindside checking with rear cross-movement caution, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, heated front seats, and dual-zone automatic climate control.

In spite of the fact that the section level Elantra SE doesn't have a plenitude of standard gear, on the off chance that you include the Popular Equipment bundle you'll get some exceptionally alluring tech overhauls and you'll keep your regularly scheduled installments truly low. That is the Elantra we'd get.

Trim

SE

SEL

Value Edition

Eco

Limited

Sport

MSRP (IVT)

$19,150

$19,900

$20,800

21,450

$23,300

-
MSRP (DCT) - - - $21,250 - $24,000

Key

Features

Rearview Camera with Dynamic Guidelines

Adds these features from the SE Trims

Adds these features from the SEL Trim

Adds these features from Value Edition trim

Adds these features from the Eco Trim

Adds these features from the Limited trim
 

15” Wheels with Wheel Covers 

16” Alloy Wheels

Hands-Free Smart Trunk Release

15" Alloy Wheels

17” Alloy Wheels

18" Alloy Wheels
 

Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist

Blind Spot Collision Warning

Heated Front Seats

Dual Charging USB ports Leather Seating Surfaces Sport Front Seats with Red Contrast Stitching
 

Lane Keep assist

Automatic Headlights

Power Sunroof

LED Daytime Running Lamps Full LED headlights with Auto High Beam Assist Black headliner
 

Driver Attention Warning

7” Touchscreen Infotainment System

Blue Link Connected Car System

 

Infiniti Premium Audio with Clari-Fi

Sport Instrument Gauge Cluster
 

Bluetooth Hands-free telephony 

Apple Car Play and Android Auto

One-Touch Auto Up/Down Driver Power Windows

 

Wireless Device Charging

Sport Front Grille and Bumper Fascia
     

Leather Wrapped Steering Wheel and Gear Shift Knob

 

Auto-Dimming Rearview Mirror with Homelink

Sport Side Sill extensions with Rear Diffuser

Package Name

Ultimate Package for Limited Trim

Premium Package for Sport Trim

MSRP

$3,350

$2,050

Features

8” Touchscreen navigation system

8 Speaker Infinity Audio system with Clari-Fi
 

Safe Exit Assist

Auto-Dimming IRVM with Homelink, Compass
 

4.2” Color TFT Instrument Display

Blue Link connected package for 3 years
 

Smart Cruise Control 

 
 

Memory Setting for Driver’s Seat

 
 

Memory Setting for Exterior Rearview Mirror

 

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The Top of the line ‘Limited’ trim offers plenty of high tech equipment like Leather Seating, Premium Audio, Sunroof, and a lot more. What is surprising is the fact that this trim costs somewhat similar to the base trims of the Hyundai’s rivals and which is why it’s the trim to go for.

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2020 Hyundai Elantra Engine and Performance

8.0/10

The 2020 Hyundai Elantra is offered with multiple engine options. This translates to the fact that a potential buyer can choose a trim based on his performs demands as well. It is not very common to see especially at this price point. So, a buyer can go for the Sport trim with a 1.6L turbocharged inline-4 in he/she is looking to squeeze out performance from their compact sedan. For the ones planning to drip out more miles per gallon, the Eco trim offers a turbo 1.4L inline-4 which is good for 128 horses- still a respectable figure. Lastly, the balanced motor- the one that is offered with the rest of the 4 trims- a 2.0L naturally aspirated inline-4.

As for the engine themselves, all three of them are pretty decent. However, don't take the Elantra to be sporty in any way or form. Yes, with the latest design upgrade, the car surely looks a bit sporty from the outside, however, it's just the looks! continuing about the engines, the Eco's 1.4L feels peppy around towns. The turbo spools low in the rev range, however, you really need to get on the gas pedal in order to make the car move at highway speeds. The Sport trim's 1.6L turbo unit faces the same issue. The peak power of 201 horsepower is achieved high up in the rev range at 6,000 RPM. The standard 2.0L naturally-aspirated motor takes a while to gather its breath but once it does, it delivers decent acceleration performance as per the segment.

2020 Hyundai Elantra offers a 2.0L Engne

All the three engines translate pretty well to real-world performance- only if you are not one for crazy pulls on the Highway onramps. If you plan on getting thrilled by driving a car, the Hyundai Elantra is not the one for you. Even the 1.6L turbo Sport engine lacks the characteristics of having a decent performance. Yes, the 201 horses are enough for a car of this size, however, the power delivery isn't something to drool over. It's just there and that actually seems to the theme with the Elantra- it's just there! Talking about the 1.4 turbocharged motor offered with the Eco trim, it breathes in quickly but fails to exhale in time. The engine feels somewhat choked.

2020 Hyundai Elantra 1.6L dual-clutch transmission

As for the transmission duties, there are two options available- a DCT which is offered with the Sport and Eco trims. On the other hand, there is a Continuously Variable Transmission unit offered as standard with the rest of the trims. Yes, the 7 Speed Dual Clutch Automatic works as you would expect it to- quick and slick. However, the power delivery from the engine affects the transmission output as well. The CVT, well, it works, feels, and "rubberbands" like any other CVT, especially at this price point. You could have buried your right foot into the floor but the car barely moves. But if you want to haul your family around, both these units offer a smooth and jerk-free experience.

Models

Hyundai Elantra SE

Toyota Corolla L Sedan

Honda Civic LX Sedan

Mazda 3 Sedan

MSRP

$18,950

$19,500

$20,250

$20,240

Engine

2.0L Inline 4

1.8L Inline 4

2.0 L Inline 4

2.5 L Inline 4

Transmission

CVT

CVT

CVT

6-speed Auto

Horsepower

147hp @ 6200rpm

169hp @6600rpm

158hp @ 6500 rpm

186hp @ 6000 rpm

Torque

132 lbs.-ft. @ 4500rpm

151 lbs.-ft. @ 4800rpm

138 lb.-ft @ 4200 rpm

150 lb.-ft. @4000 rpm

As we can see here, the Elantra manages to surpass its competitors in terms of pricing with an insignificant compromise on power and performance. It's only the Mazda that offers an automatic unit as standard. All of these cars offer decent in terms of performance- exactly what is expected out of them. But if we had to pick one based on performance, the Mazda would be the one. It offers the most power output at the lowest RMP level. In addition to that, the 6-speed automatic transmission does a good job of translating the power into performance.

Acceleration

The standard 2.0-liter engine is disappointing; with some of the slowest 0-60 mph times in the class as it takes 9.0 seconds to reach 60 mph while covering the quarter-mile in 16.8 seconds. The 1.6L unit manages to shave a few tenths of a second off this time- nothing significant. But do you really want to run your Hyundai Elantra down the dragstrip? It's meant to haul grocery from Trader Joe's to your house.

2020 Hyundai Elantra Covers 0-60 in 9 sec.

However, if on a fine Saturday afternoon, you find yourself lined up next to a Corolla, its always good to know what your car is capable of. These unimpressive acceleration figures lead to an impressive fuel economy- which probably is your goal while planning to buy a Hyundai Elantra. These figures also translate into a better emissions rating when compared to the rivals.

Models

Hyundai Elantra Sedan

Toyota Corolla Sedan

Honda Civic LX Sedan

Mazda 3 Sedan

0-60 MPH(sec)

9.0

7.8

8.2

7.0

Quarter mile(sec)

16.8

16.3

16.3

15.4

Emission 

(Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year) 

5.2

N/A

8.4

11.2

Curb Weight (lbs.)

2844

2840

2742

2899

The Mazda is the quickest to 60 in this segment. It takes 7 seconds to do the same while the quarter-mile is reached 15.4 seconds which is at par the Civic that takes 8.2 seconds to run from 0 to 60. The Mazda takes 8 seconds to do the 0-60 acceleration, it is the quickest down the quarter-mile with a timing of 16.2 seconds. This characteristic also makes the Mazda the most fun to drive in this segment.

Ride and Handling

The 2020 Hyundai Elantra has a firm suspension setup which gives a planted feel at high speeds. However the suspension is not stiff enough. The car feels wobbly around turns. The suspension is not harsh either and the car keeps the occupant pampered without transferring any reverberations to the car structure. This setup works under most of the conditions but fails through corners or turns.

The steering accuracy is average and you can place the car where you want even at high speed. At low speed, the steering lightens up and maneuvering tight parking spaces becomes a breeze. Hyundai has fine-tuned the suspension and steering for effortless everyday usability.

The 2020 Hyundai Elantra Sedan Handling

The steering, however, is devoid of any feedback and that makes the driving experience a bit numb – far behind the Civic and the Mazda. The Eco, Normal, and Sport mode only weighs the steering wheel and does not alter steering feel. The Eco trim has low rolling resistance tires and they further reduce the cornering ability.

Having said that, the driving dynamics of the car have come a long way when compared to the previous generation which literally handled like a boat. The suspension setup in that model was too soft which resulted in a massive body roll through corners. Some experts also labeled it as dangerous and disorienting as it gave the driver a false sense of how the car was handling.

Braking

The base SE trim and the Eco trim gets drum brakes at the rear. All other trims have disc brakes on all four wheels. The 2020 Elantra has a linear brake pedal feel and it has one of the shortest 70-0 braking distance – 168 feet. All this feels reassuring for emergency braking conditions. However, apart from compromising handling ability, the low resistance tires on Eco trim increase braking distance too.

2020 Hyundai Elantra Disc Brake

The disc/drum setup in the cheaper trims is there merely as a cost-saving measure, however, it does the effect the braking performance of the sedan. Active safety features such as ABS and EBD do help in certain cases especially on wet or slippery surfaces. That is what they are meant to do- get you out of tricky situations, however, with the Elantra, these systems tend to step in even if you decide to drive a little spirited.

Models

Hyundai Elantra Sedan

Toyota Corolla Sedan

Honda Civic Sedan

Mazda 3 Sedan

Brake Front (in.)

11

10.8

10.2

10.7

Brake Rear (in.)

10.3

10.2

9.8

9.5

70-0 MPH (ft.)

168

174

180

179

The braking feel is one of the few areas in which the Elantra trumps the people's favorite Honda Civic. The brakes are also very resistant to fade after repeated stopping, unlike the Civic. These could be barely down to the choice of materials for the manufacturers. Better heat dissipation comes in handy during track sessions or hill driving which will probably be the case with the Elantra. Unless you decide to set the tarmac on fire of course.

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2020 Hyundai Elantra Fuel Economy

8.0/10

The 2020 Hyundai Elantra returns 31/41/35 MPG respectively for city, highway, and combined usage respectively. For a car in this segment and at this price point, having an impressive fuel economy is a must. The Hyundai Elantra has always been designed in order to maximize the mpg figures. Even for the 2020 model, the performance has been kept in the back seat and more focus is given to efficiency. This number surely is impressive.

The 2020 Hyundai Elantra MPG combined.

The Eco trim with the turbocharged 1.4L motors returns 33 miles to the gallon at city speeds and 41 on the highway. This further proves the point that the 1.4L engine isn't all that comfortable at highway speeds. The Sport trim, on the other hand, with the 2.6L turbo engine returns 26/33 miles to the gallon at city and highway speeds respectively. Its poor MPG performance can be blamed on the higher power figures.

Models

Hyundai Elantra Sedan

Toyota Corolla Sedan

Honda Civic Sedan

Mazda 3 Sedan

MPG (city)

31

30

32

27

MPG (highway)

41

38

42

36

MPG (combined)

35

33

36

30

Fuel Tank Capacity(Gal.)

14

13.2

12.39

13.2

Certainly, there is a tough competition in this segment but Civic manages to get itself tagged as the most fuel-efficient car in the crowd. Honda's smart i-VTEC plays a vital role in making these impressive numbers possible. The Hyundai comes in second followed by the Toyota and then the Mazda. In terms of fuel tank capacity, the 2020 Hyundai Elantra has the largest in the bunch at 14 gallons. The impressive MPG figures combined with the impressive fuel capacity translates into fewer fuel stops along the journey.

2020 Hyundai Elantra Interior

7.2/10

The Elantra's interior is definitely one of its top-selling points. It's well made, appealing, and spacious. Also, the controls are ergonomically placed, and getting in and out is a breeze due to the apt ride height. This Hyundai's cabin is well spread out and simple to utilize. The gauges are splendid and straightforward too, so they are anything but difficult to peruse initially. The doors are large enough for you to easily slide inside. Overall, as per the quality and ease of use, the 2020 Hyundai Elantra's cabin scores well.

The 2020 Hyundai Elantra Infotainment display

Moving on to the front seats, the seats themselves are pretty comfortable. The electric adjustment makes it pretty easy to find the right position to sit and to add to that is the steering adjustment that allows you to find the ideal driving position within seconds. As for the space, the front seats offer a good amount of leg, shoulder, and headroom. The seats are also large enough to accommodate anyone and yet, they are bolstered enough to hold you in place through a corner- something that you would really need in this Hyundai.

2020 Hyundai Elantra Front Seat

The rear seats disappoint a little bit. They offer an okay amount of knee, leg, and shoulder room but suffer a bit when it comes to the headroom. This happens mainly due to the sloping roof design and this is something that all of the cars in this segment suffer from. In order to give the vehicle a sportier look, the manufacturers hamper the practicality. Apart from that, the rear seat is everything you would expect from a car at this price point in this segment. The seats are nice and comfortable with the front ones having a slight scoop out in order to offer the maximum knee room possible.

The 2020 Hyundai Elantra Rear Seat

As for the other creature comforts on offer, the air conditioning works pretty well for both the front and rear-seat passengers. The rear AC vents work perfectly, however, there have been a few complaints about the rear vent getting moist and wet. There is still no clarification from Hyundai so as to what might be causing this to happen, however, technicians claim it to be because of excessive moisture and condensation.

Models

Hyundai Elantra Sedan

Toyota Corolla Sedan

Honda Civic Sedan

Mazda 3 Sedan

Passenger capacity

5

5

5

5

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

40.3/56.2/42.2

38.3/54.8/42.3

39.3/57.0/37.1

38.3/54.8/42.3

Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

37.3/55.3/35.7

37.1/54.8/41.4

37.1/55.0/37.4

37.6/54.4/35.8

The Elantra is one of the most spacious front seats among the competition. The rear seats are comparatively claustrophobic. None of these vehicles are exactly "spacious" so as to say. a person above 6 feet might struggle in the rear seat of these cars. To add to that, none of them offer enough shoulder room to carry three abreast on longer journeys. In terms of the cabin quality as well, there's not a lot to differentiate them.

Interior Features:

  • Power sunroof
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Push-button start
  • Bluetooth
  • HD Radio
  • An eight-speaker Infinity audio system
  • Navigation
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Automatic emergency braking
  • Rearview camera

Cargo Capacity

The trunk, although not the most spacious, has a large opening making it more usable. Access to the trunk is great, the lift-over angle is also decent however, there is a bit of a load lip. As it is the case with most of the sedans, you need to lift the cargo up before taking it out. The plastic skid plates may look cheap however, they prevent you from scratching your paint or bodywork. The 14.4 cubic feet of capacity is close to the highest point of its class

2020 Hyundai Elantra cargo spaces

The rear seats can also be folded in a 60:40 split adding to the practicality. What this means is that the rear seat can be folded on one side to carry longer items while having a passenger on the other side of the seat. The seats do fold flat, however, there is nothing to clip the seatbelts to. To add to that, even though the seatbacks can be unlatched from the trunk, you need to either go around and fold the seats or push them through the trunk which can turn out to be quite tricky. The shape of the trunk also hinders the size of cargo that you can pass through into the cabin.

Models

Hyundai Elantra Sedan

Honda Civic Sedan

Mazda 3 Sedan

Toyota Corolla Sedan

Cargo Capacity (cu ft.)

14.4

15.2

12.4

13.0

The Honda Civic has the largest trunk at 15.2 cubic feet compared to Elantra`s 14.4 cubic feet. Mazda 3 sedan has the smallest cargo space with just 12.4 cubic-feet of space. The Corolla sedan lies somewhere in between with 13 cubic feet of cargo area. The Mazda really disappoints when it comes to the cargo-carrying capacity. However, all of these cars have a boot with a wide opening that makes it easy to load and unload the cargo.

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2020 Hyundai Elantra: Gallery

Infotainment System

The primary USP of the Hyundai Elantra is the availability of a full suite of infotainment features that you only expect in cars priced considerably higher. The base SE trim does not raise eyebrows but upgrades to even the SEL for just $1000 more at $18,850 and you get features like:

  • 7-Inch Touchscreen (But No CD Player)
  • Rearview Camera
  • Bluetooth Connectivity
  • Smartphone Integration With Android Auto and Apple Carplay

The infotainment system itself is pretty decent. It offers a wide variety of functions with a slick and smooth interface. The Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, both add to the ease of using this interface. It becomes pretty easy as all you have to do is connect your smartphone to the car via a cable and everything else happens on its own. This allows you to use popular apps such as Google Maps and Waze for navigation and Apple Music for your entertainment.

The screen is also good with a bright display that is visible even under direct sunlight. The colors, however, could have been a bit sharper. The physical knobs for volume and tuning make it easier to operate the system while the car is moving. The piano black trim under the cluster also adds to the visual appeal of the interior.

2020 Hyundai Elantra Android Auto.

The Elantra offers a substantial number of tech features, and the Apple CarPlay and Android Auto systems effectively integrate your cell phone into the vehicle's infotainment system. The entire thing is user-friendly, and there are various knobs and buttons that aid this whole experience.

Infotainment Features

Hyundai bundles a plethora of features inside all of their cars, and the Elantra is no different either. Here is a list of a few of the standout features on the inside of the 2020 Elantra.

  • Bluetooth Telephony with Voice Recognition
  • Android Auto and Apple Car Play connectivity
  • 8 Speaker HD audio system with Sub-woofer in the Top Trim
  • Rearview Camera with Dynamic guidelines
  • Power Tilt/Slide Sunroof
  • Dual Automatic Temperature Control with Auto Defogging System
  • Qi Wireless Charging Pad for compatible Phones
  • 8 Way Power Adjust driver seat and Lumbar support
  • Auto-Dimming RVM with HomeLink
2020 Hyundai Elantra cockpit area
2020 Hyundai Elantra cockpit area
2020 Hyundai Elantra front seat
2020 Hyundai Elantra front seat
2020 Hyundai Elantra center console
2020 Hyundai Elantra center console
2020 Hyundai Elantra rear seat
2020 Hyundai Elantra rear seat
2020 Hyundai Elantra seat folded
2020 Hyundai Elantra seat folded
2020 Hyundai Elantra touchscreen
2020 Hyundai Elantra touchscreen

2020 Hyundai Elantra Exterior

7.7/10

The Elantra follows the typical Hyundai fluidic design with sweeping lines and attractive proportions. The roof flows into the trunk almost like a Coupe and high taillights look rather sporty. The Elantra is smaller among its competitors making it easier to potter about in the town. Overall, it’s an attractive car to look at in the driveway every day when you wake up. The new sporty and edgy exterior design definitely increases the overall appeal of the car to a level where people would stop and look for a while. 

The front grille design of the 2020 Hyundai Elantra.

The front end of the car has a big chrome grille flanked by two angular and rather futuristic-looking headlights. The inside edges of the headlamps blend into the front grille giving the car a very mean look. The front fog lamps are also quite angular as well- triangle to be precise. In addition, there is a black piece of trim that runs across the lower bumper of the car. Moving on to the sides, the Elantra has a strong character line running to the rear end. Add that to the creases on the lower part of the door and the Elantra looks just as good from the sides as well. The base SE and the economy-oriented Eco trim look rather dull due to small wheels and lack of exterior garnishing. The Limited trim, however, looks more expensive than its price suggests with large wheels, chrome trimmings, and LED accent lights.

2020 Hyundai Elantra Side View

Talking about the rear, the 2020 Hyundai Elantra follows the design cues from the previous models. The taillight and the boot lid both are placed pretty high which helps in continuing the sloping roof design. However, the rear end seems a bit out of place. The whole design of the car is in a continuation and the rear end just breaks it. The taillights should have been connected somehow with more creases on the trunk lid. The spaced "ELANTRA" badging might have looked cool eight years ago but it just fails to cut it for 2020.

Rear design of the 2020 Hyundai Elantra.

The rear bumper, on the other hand, makes up slightly with the smart placement of the fog and reverse lamps. The fake diffuser also adds to the characteristic of the car. A lot of customers have also appreciated the blackened trim around the license plate area. The Elantra Sport gets a more aggressive alloy design with a lip spoiler on the trunk lid and an exposed exhaust.

Model

Hyundai Elantra Sedan

Toyota Corolla Sedan

Honda Civic Sedan

Mazda 3 Sedan

Curb weight (lbs.)

2844

2840

2724

2899

Length(in)

181.9

183.1

182.3

180.3

Width(in)

70.9

69.9

70.8

70.7

Height(in)

56.5

57.3

55.7

57.3

Ground clearance (in)

5.3

6.7

6.3

6.1

Wheelbase (in)

106.3

106.3

106.3

106.3

When compared to the competition the Hyundai offers the lowest ground clearance. However, the low ground clearance gives the Elantra an advantage in achieving better aerodynamic efficiency and lower drag than the others. This also helps the car in achieving better fuel efficiency numbers. Having said that, it hurts the scores in terms of practicality as it gets a bit harder to cross obstacles, potholes, curbs, and speed humps. Overall, the dimensions of all these are pretty much similar making them easier to take around towns and busy streets.

Exterior Features

There is an unlimited list of features on offer on the outside of the Hyundai but the standout ones include

  • Sharp, Triangle Design LED Headlamps
  • LED Tail Lamps
  • Redesigned Front Grill
  • Hands-Free Smart Trunk Release
  • New 17” Alloy Wheels
  • LED Daytime Running Lamps
  • Redesigned Rear Trunk
  • Shark Fin Antenna for Radio Connectivity
  • Triangular Design Front Fog Lamps
2020 Hyundai Elantra
2020 Hyundai Elantra
2020 Hyundai Elantra side view
2020 Hyundai Elantra side view
2020 Hyundai Elantra rear view
2020 Hyundai Elantra rear view
2020 Hyundai Elantra front view
2020 Hyundai Elantra front view
2020 Hyundai Elantra top view
2020 Hyundai Elantra top view
2020 Hyundai Elantra wheel
2020 Hyundai Elantra wheel

2020 Hyundai Elantra Safety

8.0/10

The Elantra gets a full array of active and passive safety features. However, some active safety features like automated emergency braking and lane departure warning are only available in top-spec Limited trim fitted with Ultimate Package. You have to spend almost $27,000 for this and Honda Civic is a better choice at this price range with its great interior and high resale value.

Blind-spot monitoring in the 2020 Hyundai Elantra.

The base SE trim lacks any noticeable safety feature. The SEL trim, however, offers great value and gets active safety features like blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, and a lane-change assist and this is the lowest trim you should get if you can. As far as the crash tests are concerned, the Elantra scored pretty well. Even if you are going through a busy city street, flick the lane-keeping assist and put some good tunes on the premium sound system on offer. These features make the Elantra a breeze to drive.

The Elantra comes with the unbelievable 10 years/100,000 miles powertrain warranty as standard – a definite USP. You also get the following as standard:

  • 5 years/60,000 miles new vehicle limited warranty
  • 7 years/unlimited miles anti-perforation warranty
  • 5 years/unlimited miles 25-hour roadside assistance

Safety Features :

  • Active Lane Control
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Auto Emergency Brake Assist and ABS with EBD
  • Cross-Traffic Alert
  • Rear View Camera with Adaptive guidelines
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System with Individual Tire Pressure Indicator
  • Vehicle Stability Management and Traction Control with Electronic Stability Control 
  • Dual Front, Driver Knee, Side Curtain, and Side-impact Airbags

2020 Hyundai Elantra Competition

Hyundai Elantra Sedan vs. Toyota Corolla Sedan

2020 Toyota Corolla Sedan

The Elantra and Toyota Corolla are similar cars that provide generous and comfortable interior space both cars earn great safety ratings. The Corolla doesn't feel as energetic to drive as the Elantra though, and with a starting price of $18,500, it costs more than the standard Elantra. Toyota does have one major trump card, however. Every Corolla is equipped with Toyota Safety Sense, which includes forward-collision warnings, automatic emergency braking, and lane departure alerts as standard. That's unheard of in the compact car class and it provides excellent value for money.

Hyundai Elantra Sedan vs. Honda Civic Sedan

2020 Honda Civic Sedan

The Elantra and Honda Civic are also similar in multiple ways. The Honda with its smart i-VTEC technology offers better performance and an option to seek better fuel economy from the same engine. The Hyundai still comes with buttons and knobs for most of its controls which make it easier for the driver to control the settings. The Elantra also looks sleeker and sharper in its current “Avatar” and also beats the Honda in terms of the Features it has to offer.     

Hyundai Elantra Sedan vs Mazda 3 Sedan

2020 Mazda 3 Sedan

Mazda 3 is a driving enthusiasts dream. The telepathic handling, spot-on driving position and interiors that are well built with great quality trim, it’s a perfect cockpit to strap in. Now, it also rides well and is genuinely practical. Get Mazda 3 if all this appeals to you, else Elantra is a more frugal choice. The Elantra manages to look better than the Mazda and has matched the driving dynamics of the Mazda, to some extent. The Hyundai also has a great looking interior and is packed with features that even the Mazda fails to provide the customers. 

2020 Hyundai Elantra Final Verdict

8.0/10

In case you're hoping to capture a bundle of impressive features without a sky-high price tag, the Hyundai Elantra is the right choice. It's very fuel-effective, and when outfitted with the Popular Equipment Package, you get a rearview camera, Bluetooth, and a 7-inch contact screen that offers Apple CarPlay and Android Auto (two feature the competitors might not offer) for just for under $19,000.This sedan's execution is close to the highest point of the class. The car attempts to inspire with what it has and is by all accounts fruitful at this point. Being less expensive than its adversaries, it offers what the rivals don't. In the event that you pick this as your first sedan, you won't be disappointed.

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FAQs

Is the 2020 Hyundai Elantra a good car?

Yes, for the price at which it is offered, the 2020 Hyundai Elantra is a very good car. It offers a lot of advanced tech and features that make it one of the best value for money propositions in the segment. Had it been a couple of thousand dollars extra, the case might have been otherwise.

Does the 2020 Hyundai Elantra come with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto?

With the 2020 Hyundai Elantra, every trim except for the base "SE" trim is offered with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard.

Is the Hyundai Elantra better than the Honda Civic?

There can be no definitive answer to this argument. The Elantra is slightly cheaper than the Civic. On the other hand, the Civic offers better performance, handling and the iVTEC allows the Civic to offer both efficiency and performance from the same engine. The Elantra is offered with two separate engine options for the two tasks.

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