Just after the 2019 mid-model year updates, Hyundai adds a new AT that handily improves efficiency across most of the Elantra lineup. Wayne Gerdes – CleanMPG – May 15, 2019 2020 Hyundai Elantra The almost perfect first time buyer, Rideshare, and low TCO compact is even better. 2020 Elantra Pricing vs 2019 (MSRP) SE w/ the 2.0L and IVT - $18,950, +$650 over the 2019 MY. SEL w/ the 2.0L and IVT - $19,700, +$200 over the 2019 MY. Value Edition w/ the 2.0L and IVT - $20,600, +$100 over the 2019 MY. Eco w/ the 1.4L GDI-T and 7-speed DCT - $21,250, +$200 over the 2019 MY. Sport w/ the 1.6L GDI-T and 7-speed DCT - $23,800, +$100 over the 2019 MY. Limited w/ the 2.0L and IVT - $22,800, +$100 over the 2019 MY. D&H for the 2020 MY Elantra's are $920, no change from the 2019 MY. For those following the Rideshare Total Cost of Ownership Study here at CleanMPG, the 2018 Elantra ECO has proven to be an excellent solution after 115,000 miles to date thanks in part to its ultra-low purchase price, low refueling costs vs competitors, low maintenance and repair, and possibly the lowest total cost of ownership of any vehicle you can purchase new today! The 2020 Hyundai Elantra, with its all-new and quite unexpected Intelligent Variable Transmission (IVT) transmission, is ready to move the efficiency bar yet again. Alone with better fuel economy, the hard charging brand adds Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA) as standard equipment to the Elantra lineups war chest. 2020 Hyundai Elantra Intelligent Variable Transmission (IVT) Hyundai’s new IVT provides improved efficiency and simulates gear shifts like a standard AT. This transmission performs continuous shifts by modulating pressure of the transmission’s pulley, depending on driving conditions and driver inputs. It utilizes a wide ratio pulley system, which provides a broader ratio of operation when compared with its competitors. This allows for improved fuel economy at higher gear ratios and improved performance at lower ratios. As opposed to a steel belt, the IVT uses a chain belt, a world’s first in the compact car segment. A chain improves fuel efficiency by an ~ 1.2 percent when compared with a conventional steel belt system. 2020 Elantra Trims Fuel Economy Improvement due to the IVT 2020 Combined MPG vs 2019 Combined MPG SE w/ 2.0L and IVT: 35 (+2) vs 33 SEL w/ 2.0L and IVT: 34 (+2) vs 32 Value Edition w/ 2.0L and IVT: 34 (+2) vs 32 Limited w/ the 2.0L and IVT: 34 (+2) vs 32 SE manual transmission and Sport MTs were discontinued. 2020 Hyundai Elantra Standard Features Intelligent Variable Transmission (new) Dual Automatic Temperature Control (now incl. with SE and SEL trims) 3.5-inch mono TFT cluster display Efficient Positive Temperature Coefficient Electric Heater (2.0L engine only) Engine Idle Stop & Go on Eco model (new) Dual Shell Horn (new) Hyundai SmartSense features Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (new) Lane Keeping Assist (new) Driver Attention Warning (new) 2020 Hyundai Elantra Interior Features Standard: 5-inch color audio system Standard: Bluetooth and steering wheel audio controls Blue Link Connected Car System with three years of complimentary Blue Link services on Value Edition and above Qi wireless charging on Limited trim Available AVN 5.0 with faster processor, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay and HERE HD Traffic 8-inch Multimedia Navigation System offered with higher level trims Infinity premium audio with 8 speakers including a center channel and subwoofer on the Limited trim Drive Mode Select is standard Standard: Rearview camera with dynamic guidelines 2020 Hyundai Elantra Engine Specs The Elantra SE, SEL, Value Edition and Limited offer the 2.0L MPI Atkinson Cycle engine with 147 horsepower, the Eco continues to offer the 1.4L GDI-T w/ 128 hp is now rated at an EPA estimated 36 mpg combined fuel economy rating, 1 mpg over the 2016 – 2019s 35 mpg thanks to a new Start/Stop system. 2020 Hyundai Elantra SmartSense Safety The 2020 Elantra offers a new list of standard advanced safety features. Forward Collision Assist (FCA) uses the car’s front-facing camera to help detect an imminent collision and avoid impact or minimize damage by braking Lane Keep Assist (LKA) helps prevent accidental lane departure by sensing road markings, automatically steering the car if necessary Driver Attention Warning (DAW) system monitors a spectrum of driver-related characteristics to help detect driver fatigue SmartSense features included on the Elantra Limited with Ultimate Package include: Smart Cruise Control (SCC) using a radar sensor mounted on the lower front grille maintains a set distance from the vehicle ahead in varied traffic conditions by automatically adjusting vehicle speed as necessary Safe Exit Assist may sound an alert when a vehicle approaches from behind, letting passengers know it may not be safe to open the door to exit the vehicle Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist with Pedestrian Detection utilizes both the front forward-facing radar and camera through sensor fusion to help detect a vehicle or pedestrian, and warn the driver of a potential collision. If the driver does not react to avoid the impact, the system may apply emergency braking in certain circumstances Blind-Spot Collision Warning with Rear Cross-Traffic Alert and Lane Change Assist is available all trims except SE. Early Conclusions The addition of Start/Stop to the 1.4L GDI-T mated to the 7-speed DCT equipped Eco trim is gimmicky as it provides little in fuel savings for the average driver when a possibly larger AGM battery cost replacement overwhelms the perceived or actual lower fuel costs. If the IVT mated to the same 2.0L I4 produces as indicated, the SE, SEL, and Value addition could be the new go to choice for a std. compact for high efficiency and low total cost of ownership. The 2020 Elantra arrives in dealer showrooms this month.