The Hyundai Elantra has been substantially updated for 2020. Standard safety equipment now includes forward-collision mitigation with automatic emergency braking, lane-keeping assistance and driver-attention monitoring. The new Elantra also gains an upgraded CVT that Hyundai calls the Intelligent Variable Transmission. The automaker claims it improves efficiency up to 3 mpg.
The Hyundai Elantra is available in no fewer than five different trim levels for 2020. SE, SEL and Limited trims come with a 2.0L gasoline engine making 147 horsepower. Eco models get a smaller, more efficient 1.4L turbocharged engine making 128 hp but offering up a combined EPA rating of 35 mpg. Sport-trimmed Elantra's get a 1.6L turbocharged engine making 201 horsepower. Regardless of engine option, power is sent to the front wheels through a choice of three different transmissions. The standard transmission is an efficient Intelligent Variable CVT Transmission while sport models come standard with a 6-speed manual. The most interesting transmission option however, is likely the 7-speed dual-clutch transmission which is optional on the sport and standard on the Eco model. It offers all the efficiency of a standard manual gearbox combined with the ease of operation of an automatic. It's also capable of shifting faster than either of the other transmission options, so drivers who want the quickest Elantra around should opt for the Sport trim with the dual-clutch transmission.
Safety was a major point of emphasis for Hyundai when they were redesigning the Elantra. A large part of this push was accomplished by adding new technology to the car, rather than by simply adding more crash protection. Hyundai are taking a more preventative approach to accidents with the new car. Technologies now available on the Elantra include a Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist system which uses a forward mounted camera to read the road ahead and can, in an emergency, engage the brakes to prevent an accident.
A lane keep assist system is also available this year which will apply subtle steering corrections if it notices the car wandering out of its lane at speeds above 40 mph. A driver attention alert system monitors the driver and will warn them if they begin to display patterns consistent with someone who is drowsy. Other cool new safety technologies include a Safe Exit Assist system that can warn occupants trying to open the door if there is a vehicle approaching from behind, as well as a Pedestrian Detection system that utilizes radar to help prevent the Elantra from hitting any pedestrians.
Interior tech has also been improved. An 8-inch screen replaces last year's 7-inch model, while the processor behind the screen has also been replaced with a much more advanced one. The interface is now easier to use, for instance all radio functions including SiriusXM can now be accessed from a single screen. An Infinity 8-speaker surround sound system is available to take advantage of the new interface and of course Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are both available. A rearview camera is also standard.