If you’re in the automotive market and are looking for a new car, Hyundai can offer you many exciting models that provide exceptional comfort and performance.
Hyundai has recently introduced the 2020 model in their Elantra series. This vehicle is part of the sixth generation of Elantra models, and is an updated version of the 2019 Elantra.
The new five-seat sedan contains numerous new features and improvements over its predecessor, while still retaining many of the qualities that made the 2019 so successful.
The 6th generation Elantra series
The 6th generation Elantra was unveiled in 2015 and featured a revamped appearance in comparison to the 5th generation.
The 6th generation Elantra stands out due to their sloping roofs that extend from the windshield to the rear of the vehicle. They are also 20mm longer and 25mm wider than the 5th generation models.
The 6th generation features straight side panels and bumpers, which are in contrast to previous generations that had a more curved appearance. This less-curved form factor extends to other components of 6th generation Elantra models, such as their pentagonal headlights and tail lights.
The grille on these models is also angled hexagonal in shape in contrast to the curved trapezoid shape of the fifth generation’s grille.
The windshield of the 6th generation Elantras are farther drawn back than previous generations. This gives the vehicle a more Sedan-like appearance than earlier iterations.
The interior dashboard of 6th generation Elantras are angled at approximately 7 degrees towards the driver. This layout was chosen due to it’s driver-centric design that enables easier dashboard access.
The 6th generation Elantras feature wide design instrument panels that are spread out for a more spacious layout. Some earlier 6th generation models also came with a 4.2-inch TFT LCD instrument display that assists with driver visibility, and contains a range of other features.
The 2020 Hyundai Elantra
The 2020 Hyundai Elantra still possesses most of the aforementioned characteristics of its predecessors in the 6th generation.
The 2020 model comes in six trim levels: SE, SEL, Value, Eco, Limited and Sport
- The SE, SEL, Value and Limited trims, have a 2.0 liter four-cylinder engine that produces 147 horsepower.
- The Eco trim’s engine is a 1.4 liter four-cylinder that produces 128 horsepower.
- The Sport trim’s engine is a 1.6 liter four-cylinder that produces 201 horsepower.
Both the Eco and Sport trims come with seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, while the 2.0 liter Base trim comes with a two-speed continuously variable automatic transmission.
Similarities between 2019 and 2020 models
The 2020 Elantra has many similarities to the 2019 model. If you’re looking for a Hyundai Elantra for sale, the 2019 and 2020 models are both great options.
The similarities between the two models include:
The 2019 Elantra received a huge makeover compared to its earlier models. These new changes were seen as great improvements over previous designs, which is why Hyundai chose to keep the same dimensions for the 2020 Elantra.
Both these models feature a black grille with chrome accents, tinted windows, and 15-inch wheels with vibrant paint clearcoats
The external dimensions for both the 2019 and 2020 Elantras are as follows:
- Length: 181.9”
- Width: 70.9”
- Height: 56.5”
- Wheelbase: 106.3”
- Front track: 61.5”
- Rear track: 61.9”
- Turning radius: 8.7’
- Passenger volume: 96 cubic feet
- Front legroom: 42.2”
- Front headroom: 40.3”
- Front hip room: 53.4”
- Front shoulder room: 56.2”
- Rear legroom: 35.7”
- Rear headroom: 37.3”
- Rear hip room: 51.9”
- Rear shoulder room: 55.3”
- Interior cargo volume: 14.4 cubic feet
- 147 horsepower at 6,200 rpm
- 132 torque at 4,500 rpm
- Fuel tank size: 14.0 gallon
- Drag coefficient: 0.27
- LED headlights and taillights
- Heated front seats
- 8-speaker audio system by Infinity® and Clari-Fi™
- Entertainment systems with 5, 7, or 8 inch touch displays
- Collision warning systems for blind spots
- Automatic smart trunk release
- Power tilt-and-slide sunroof
Improvements between 2019 and 2020 Elantra models
Despite its many similarities with the 2019 model, the 2020 Elantra still differs numerous improvements over its previous iteration. These include:
The 2020 Elantra is significantly more fuel efficient than the 2019 model. The 2020 gets 34 mpg compared to the 2019s 29 mpg. This remarkable improvement was achieved without altering the shape or external dimensions of the vehicle.
The engine of the 2020 model is still the same as the 2019 model; however, the added fuel efficiency can be attributed to the new intelligent variable transmission on the 2020 model. By contrast, the 2019 model featured an ordinary six-speed automatic transmission which was far less fuel efficient.
The 2020 Elantra is also slightly heavier than the 2019 model. The 2020 model weighs approximately 2,844 lbs, while the older one comes in at 2,822 lbs.
However, despite this heavier weight, the 2020 model is still more fuel efficient thanks to its intelligent variable transmission system.
Many of the features that were add-ons for the 2019 Elantra have become standard features for the 2020 model. These include:
- Dual automatic temperature control.
- 5-inch mono TFT cluster display.
- Forward collision avoidance
- Driver attention warnings
- Lane departure warning system
The 2019 Hyundai Elantra was offered in 6 models that ranged in price from $17,200 to $22,700. The 2020 Hyundai Elantra is marginally more expensive than the older model, with prices ranging between $19,300 and $24,150 among its 6 models.
This price difference is incredibly small when you take the much higher fuel efficiency of the 2020 model into account. If you’re looking for a 2019 Hyundai Elantra for sale, consider getting the new 2020 model instead, as the enhanced fuel efficiency could lead to long term savings.
If you’re browsing through showrooms and searching online for new cars for sale, the 2020 Hyundai Elantra should definitely be on your list of considerations.
Brett Bentley Maxey is an Executive Manager for the Bentley Automotive Group. She is currently managing Bentley Hyundai, new and used car dealers in Huntsville. She is the 5th generation of Bentley’s to manage the Auto Group and leads the company’s marketing and sales initiatives. When Brett’s not at work, she’s spending time with her husband, Nate, and 4 kids.