Efficiency has been one of the biggest priorities for carmakers in the last few decades.
In their search for efficiency, manufacturers have been going for technologies like turbochargers, combined with incredibly small engines. Hyundai is the latest to adopt this policy with the Hyundai Elantra Eco. Hyundai Motor America has just announced that the Hyundai Elantra Eco will be going on sale in the United States for $20,650.
Being a vehicle with eco-tag to its name, the Hyundai Elantra Eco has to offer something radical and it comes in the form of fuel economy. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) sees the Hyundai Elantra Eco delivering a cool 40 mpg on the highway. The fuel economy reduces to 32 mpg in the city, thus giving the new model a combined figure of 35 mpg in both cycles. Compared with the regular version – or even the top end variant – this figure translates into a fuel saving of almost $900 annually.
Incidentally, the Hyundai Elantra Eco does not manage much more than its main rivals like the 2016 Toyota Corolla LE Eco, the 2016 Honda Civic, and the 2016 Chevrolet Cruze. They all have been backed by automatic transmissions and they provide around 35 mpg in the combined cycle.
As ever, Hyundai offers a plethora of features on its executive sedans. The Hyundai Elantra Eco comes with LED daytime running lights, blindspot monitoring, Android auto and Apple CarPlay support through a 7-inch infotainment system. These are the primary differences compared to other variants of the vehicle.
As standard, the Hyundai Elantra Eco comes equipped with cruise control, leather wrapped shift lever, keyless entry with pushbutton start, heated front seats, dual zone automatic climate control, and steering mounted controls to name a few. Aside from the luxury elements safety aspects like lane change assist is also provided.
One of the biggest changes between the Hyundai Elantra Eco and other variants is the use of a 1.4 liter four cylinder, which has been boosted by turbochargers to produce 128 bhp and 156 lb.-ft. torque. Sadly, there is no manual on offer in this variant and one has to go with the seven-speed automatic transmission. It is a dual clutch gearbox with incredibly fast shifting speeds.
The $20,650 starting price, which is $1500 cheaper than the top end variant, but $3000 pricier than the base version, for the vehicle does not include the $850 shipping charges.