A value leader shows its more efficient side. Wayne Gerdes – CleanMPG – May 11, 2016 2017 Hyundai Elantra Eco powered by direct injected and turbo charged 1.4L I4 mated to a wide ratio 7-speed Dual Clutch AT - $21,485 incl. $835 D&H to start provides owners a 32/40/35 mpgUS city/highway/combined rating. Hyundai’s all-new 2017 Elantra Eco finally arrives with the even more fuel-efficient 1.4L turbocharged powertrain plus all the advanced safety features and user-friendly technology of the all-new 6th generation 2017 Elantra from which it is based. Like the Elantra, the Elantra Eco’s wraparound headlamps, LED DRLs and hexagonal grille define the all-new model. In addition, the vertical fog lamps consist of an array of LEDs meant to stand out. What is different is Eco badging and 15” alloys. Door handle puddle lamps provide improved visibility at night. The hands-free Smart Trunk which opens the trunk when the owner approaches the rear of the vehicle is also included. This is pretty slick in practice. The outer grille openings create a passive air curtain around the wheels while a larger percentage of the underbody is covered by aero panels. Into the rear bumper, a bottom spoiler helps prevent separation until the actual edge of the bumper fascia. Together these additions create a Cd of just 0.27. 2017 Hyundai Elantra Eco Interior Inside, the Elantra Eco is equipped with a 7” high resolution Display Audio touchscreen with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay which includes app-based navigation, streaming audio, voice-controlled search capabilities, plus any approved smartphone apps. Other standard features include Blind Spot Detection with Rear Cross-traffic Alert and Lane Change Asist, proximity key with push-button start, heated front seats, dual auto climate, leather wrapped shift knob and steering wheel with audio, cruise and Bluetooth controls. 2017 Hyundai Elantra Eco Features 2017 Hyundai Elantra Eco Drivetrain The all-new 128 hp and 156 lb.-ft. torque 1.4L Kappa engine is mated to a hyper fast shifting 7-speed dual-clutch transmission (DCT). Although the 7-speed DCT ratios are not as wide as the std. 6-speed AT (5.31 vs 5.68) in the base Elantra, the taller 7th provides a lower RPM@60 mph (1,828 vs 1,914 to 1,921 depending on tire sizes) which in turn provides a bit more efficiency at highway speeds. The 7-speed should in theory also provide a slightly faster acceleration vs. a 6-speed mated to the same engine. Improving efficiency further, a DCT provides a direct connection between the engine, gearbox and wheels through a n external damper vs a std. ATs lockup torque converter. The gearbox consists of three shafts with a double input shaft with gear actuation handled electronically and an electric motor driven clutch. In ECO mode, the 7-speed DCT is mapped with earlier upshifts and delayed downshifts maximizing efficiency. An integrated cylinder head and exhaust manifold improve efficiency at higher engine speeds, while an optimized straight intake port increases tumble flow for fast combustion, suppressing knock tendency to further enhance efficiency. 2017 Hyundai Elantra Eco 1.4L GDI-T 2017 Hyundai Elantra Eco Safety Like all 2017 Elantra trims, the Eco is equipped with passive safety based front, side, side curtain and a driver’s knee airbag. Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) with individual tire pressure indicator is also standard. On the active front, Vehicle Stability Management (VSM), Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Traction Control System (TCS), Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist (BA) are also standard. The 2017 Hyundai Elantra Eco trim cannot yet be ordered with the Limited’s High Beam Assist, Forward Collision Warning (FCW), Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB) with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Departure Warning (LDW), Lane Keep Assist System (LKAS) or Radar Cruise Control (RCC) so it will not qualify for an IIHS Top Safety Pick+ rating in 2016. The IIHS and NHTSA have yet to complete their crash test regimen which should arrive at any time. 2017 Hyundai Elantra Eco The all-new 2017 Elantra Eco arrives in Hyundai dealerships nationwide this month.