Hyundai has added a new Blue edition of the Elantra compact sedan for the 2010 model year that ups the highway mileage number to 35 mpg with 26 mpg in the city. All 2010 Elantras get engine updates that include lower friction internal components, calibration updates and a smart alternator management system to reduce the parasitic losses. The Blue adds a five-speed manual gearbox with revised ratios to reduce engine speeds on the highway.
All other Elantras get a four-speed automatic transmission with an updated torque converter. The lock up clutch is improved to increase the efficiency at highway speeds. The automatic Elantra is rated at 26 mpg city and 34 mpg highway. While most of the high efficiency variants of cars in Europe, like VW's Bluemotion models, usually carry a price premium, the Elantra Blue is actually the entry level model and starts at $14,145. Unfortunately, only the four-door sedan is available in the Blue edition. The five-door Elantra Touring doesn't get a Blue model.