• Sep 21, 2009
2010 Hyundai Elantra Blue - Click above for a high-res image gallery

The 2010 Hyundai Elanta comes in a trim called "Blue" that's all about fuel economy. The little sedan from the Flying H matches or beats the economy numbers from almost all of the competition, losing by just two mpg to the Cobalt XFE manual – but beating them all in price by a couple hundred dollars.

To reach its 35 mpg figure, the Blue gets a smart alternator, lower friction engine parts, different gear ratios, an ECU tweak, and a shift indicator. The rest of the line gets some of the Blue's features, meaning that every new 2010 Elantra ought to save you some money at the pump. The Blue clocks in at $14,145 (*plus $720 for freight), and you can read all about it and the other models in the 2010 line after the jump.



[Source: Hyundai]






PRESS RELEASE

ELANTRA BLUE MODEL LEADS HYUNDAI'S MOVE TOWARD FUEL EFFICIENCY LEADERSHIP

FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif., 09/17/2009

The award-winning Elantra enters 2010 an improved weapon against volatile gas prices with the all-new "Blue" model achieving a highway fuel economy rating of 35 miles per gallon.

Smart engineering enhancements to the rest of the 2010 Elantra lineup improve fuel efficiency by up to four percent. These new fuel economy numbers give Elantra an advantage in price-per-MPG ratio, making it an even stronger value for 2010.

Base MSRP w/o Freight

Hwy.

Fuel economy

$/MPG

2010 Elantra Blue

$14,145

35

$404

2010 Corolla M/T

$15,350

35

$438

2009 Civic M/T

$15,505

34

$456

2010 Focus M/T

$15,995

35

$457

2010 Cobalt XFE M/T

$14,990

37

$405

To make the Elantra Blue, engineers added a "smart" alternator management system, lower friction engine components, revised transmission gear ratios, engine calibration changes and a shift indicator to last year's Elantra GLS manual. This new high mileage Elantra will be indentified with unique "Blue" badging. From the "Blue" edition, the rest of the Elantra line receives its lower friction engine components, "smart" alternator management system and an improved lock-up torque converter to maximize fuel economy at highway speeds.

Model Fuel Economy (mpg) Percent Increase

City

'09 '10

Highway

'09 '10

Blue 24 26 33 35 8 percent in city, 6 percent on hwy. compared to '09 GLS M/T
GLS 25 26 33 34 4 percent in city, 3 percent on hwy.
SE 25 26 33 34 4 percent in city, 3 percent on hwy.

2010 Elantra Manufacturers Suggested Retail Pricing

Model

Engine

Transmission MSRP

Blue

2.0L

Five-Speed M/T $14,145

GLS

2.0L

Four-Speed A/T $16,895

GLS

2.0L PZEV

Four-Speed A/T $16,895

SE

2.0L

Four-Speed A/T $17,845

SE

2.0L PZEV

Four-Speed A/T $17,845

Note: All prices in this release do not contain a freight charge of $720

THREE TRIM LEVELS

The Elantra is now available in three distinctive trim levels with the addition of "Blue" to the lineup.

ELANTRA BLUE – THE PERFECT COMPACT CAR

The Elantra Blue edition delivers outstanding fuel economy without adding thousands of dollars to the price. In fact, Elantra Blue is the lowest priced Elantra in the lineup. The Elantra Blue also practices Hyundai's high-value approach to standard equipment. Elantra Blue has a remarkable array of desirable features for a model with an excellent price-per-MPG ratio. The Elantra delivers outstanding standard safety technologies in its segment, with six airbags, ABS, 4-wheel disc brakes, Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS), active front head restraints and adjustable head restraints for all seating positions. A partial list of other standard features includes: power heated mirrors, power door locks, power windows with driver's one-touch down, remote keyless entry with alarm and trunk release, variable intermittent windshield wipers, multiple storage areas, 60/40 split fold-down rear seatback, tachometer, tinted windows, two 12V outlets and tilt steering wheel. Air conditioning, 172-watt AM/FM/XM/CD/MP3 audio system with tweeters and in-glass antenna, iPod®/USB auxiliary inputs and cruise control are available options as part of the $1,700 Comfort Package.

ELANTRA GLS

The Elantra GLS takes all the equipment from the Elantra Blue equipped with the Comfort Package and adds a four-speed automatic transmission, dual front illuminated vanity mirrors with sunvisor extensions, fog lights and a windshield shade band. The only option is a $900 power sunroof.

ELANTRA SE – ADDING A SPORTY FLAVOR

The sport-oriented SE adds all the equipment in the GLS plus ESC with Traction Control and Brake Assist, 16-inch alloy wheels with 205/55R16 tires, sport-tuned steering and suspension, leather shift knob, telescoping leather-wrapped steering wheel, steering wheel audio controls and trip computer. The $1,150 SE Premium Package adds a power sunroof and heated front seats.

WARRANTY

The all-new Hyundai Elantra lineup is protected by the Hyundai Advantage, America's Best Warranty™. Coverage includes five-year/60,000-mile bumper-to-bumper protection, 10-year/100,000-mile limited powertrain warranty, and seven-year/unlimited mileage anti-perforation coverage. In addition, Elantra buyers receive 24-hour roadside assistance coverage at no extra charge for five years (no mileage limit), which includes emergency towing, lockout service and limited coverage for trip-interruption expenses. There is no deductible on any of this coverage.

HYUNDAI MOTOR AMERICA

Hyundai Motor America, headquartered in Fountain Valley, Calif., is a subsidiary of Hyundai Motor Co. of Korea. Hyundai vehicles are distributed throughout the United States by Hyundai Motor America and are sold and serviced by more than 780 dealerships nationwide.


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      • 5 Years Ago
      @Alex

      If you seriously have not sat in an Elantra then your comment is null and void. If you have actually sat and test drove an Elantra you would be laughing at the idea of even comparing it to a Cobalt because a Cobalt is a joke in comparison when you compare the quality of build between the two cars. In fact the only other car that is comparably mediocre in quality to the Cobalt is the new Nissan Sentra.

      Here is a post I did a few months back on a post about the Sentra when someone who has never seen the Elantra outside of the internet and on the roads commented about:

      "I would definitely beg to differ, being that my wife currently owns the 2007 Hyundai Elantra Limited. The Sentra in comparison is much worse. My wife and I have test driven both of them completely and the Sentra just does not have quite as rigid as a cabin as the Elantra, not to mention the back seat felt rather cramped, the seating position is almost downright punishing to a passenger on a long drive. In other words the rear seats are quite uncomfortable. Unlike the Elantra the Sentra also lacks a true independent suspension. The Sentra has a torsion bar in the rear which almost takes away all of the "fun to drive" feeling. The Sentra, even as a 6 speed manual, has rather pokey get up and go, or acceleration. The Elantra will completely surprise you if you opted for the manual like I did. This (as I have stated in an earlier comment) is nothing like the previous generation Sentra, which I enjoyed driving as a rental at the airports. I don't think I need to tell you how happy my wife and I are at making our decision, as you may have probably have read in my past previous posts about the Elantra. Feel free to scroll back through my past comments to see the killer deal we got on this car as well as the customer service.

      I'm sorry about your bad experience with a Hyundai in the past, however one thing to keep in mind is that they have learned a lot from their past mistakes and are really changing the way companies perceive them. Toyota has admitted that they are getting rather nervous of Hyundai because of their unstoppable rapid quality improvements and a killer design team.

      Now if you were to say the same about a Cobalt I would agree with you because when I have tested and was unfortunately stuck with renting a few times, the drive was no better than the previous Cavaliers which, at most, were just..ok. Nothing special or all that great."
      • 5 Years Ago
      Why are there still 4-speed autos out there?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Nissan has CVTs on almost all their cars now, and they're not shabby at all.

        In fact, on the one car where you can get a 6-speed manual, a 4-speed slush box, and a CVT, the Versa, the CVT is fastest and most fuel efficient.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Meh. The Cobalt XFE gets much better fuel economy than its non-XFE brother. The Elantra Blue's fuel economy isn't much more than its non-Blue counterpart, thus removing justification for its existence.
      I think this was just a case of Hyundai jumping on the conventional gasoline-powered fuel economy trim level bandwagon without showing any real results.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I just don't get why someone would want an Elantra over the new 2010 Kia Forte.
        • 5 Years Ago
        The Forte is a very disappointing car for a company that's supposed to be on a roll. It looks nice, but the interior quality is lacking -- below either the Elantra's or the Spectra's -- and the driving dynamics are nothing special. Except when it's discounted dirt-cheap, there's little reason but the styling to buy one.

        I've been a big fan of most recent Hyundai and Kia models, but the Forte did not live up to the high expectations those products have set.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I think the Elantra is due for replacement soon. Hopefully the new one will be better in all respects. The current Elantra is great in certain areas, but lacks in a few of them as well. Although they've tweaked this engine quite a bit for this release, it still a rather old engine and it getting a bit outpowered and outclassed. Plus they need to get rid of that bloated styling.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Some reasons I can think of:

        1. IRS
        2. Higher quality interior
        3. I could be wrong on this but: struts in the trunk (that's what I remember)
        4. WAGON AVAILABLE
        5. Style (subjective (Koup, Forte and Touring > Elantra Sedan, IMO))
        6. Kia vs. Hyundai in brand reputation (that's a public thing, I perceive them as equals).
      • 5 Years Ago
      The Elantra and the Forte are currently a bit flipped in relation to how Hyundai/Kia wants their brands to be perceived. Kia's supposed to be a little downmarket of Hyundai, but the Forte (especially in upmarket trims) seems to be outclassing the Elantra with its 132hp engine and 4-speed transmission. Not that there's anything wrong with that, given the Hyundai's market position - if the Elantra is designed to be a well put together box for people who don't care much about driving, then what it's set up for is perfect. It has economy and value beyond the Corolla, and lacks only in the proven long term reliability/durability.

      If Hyundai stays to its guns about wanting to be more upmarket than Kia, I'd expect the next Elantra to be benchmarking the Rabbit (or even the IS) in terms of driving feel and build quality, but sell at a Mazda3-ish price, which is similar to what they did with the Vera Cruz (benchmark the RX to compete with the Highlander).
        • 5 Years Ago
        Eh? The Elantra drives better than the Forte. IMO, it's a notch under the last generation Mazda 3 in terms of driving dynamics. It felt right in many areas.
        • 5 Years Ago
        In 2003, According to Consumer Reports, Hyundai’s reliability rankings tied Honda’s.

        http://www.usatoday.com/money/autos/2003-03-11-cr-picks_x.htm


        Their reliability already same level with Hondas 6 years ago.
        • 5 Years Ago
        True, the 2.4L isn't getting particularly positive reviews and a difference in ~15 hp isn't huge, but would you agree that in terms of the kind of perception that Hyundai/Kia want people to have is that the Forte is competing with the 'premium' half of the small car segment, while the Elantra is gets to carry the torch at the 'budget' end (at least for now)?
        • 5 Years Ago
        I'll admit to not having driven the Forte, but with its more powerful 2.0L, optional 2.4L, and fresher styling, it really looks like they're trying to make the Kia look good in relation to the current Elantra.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Hopefully the new Cruze will be far better than the Cobalt. GM needs to get it right this time.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I rather the Kia Forte EX w/ the Fuel Economy package, and haggle them down on the pricing. Then, I would have a better looking vehicle, better fuel mileage, a 5 speed auto (for city driving), better features, etc...
      • 5 Years Ago
      I don't care if it's beat by two MPG, it doesn't have the words low rolling resistance anywhere near it, and has a superior interior.

      Add low rolling resistance tires and gear the transmission more towards (or simply having more than 4 gears) fuel economy and I'm suuuuuuuuuuuure getting 38MPG would be easy.

      Also I don't know if it's the case for your guys, but here the auto and manual get the same mileage estimates, so if the auto can do 35 it has the XFE beat.
        • 5 Years Ago
        really? i've never sat in one, but from the pictures the interior looks like craptastic plastic. i mean it's not corolla bad, but i don't really see anything that puts it above the cobalt's interior.
        • 5 Years Ago
        The interior IS better in the Elantra - but I'm sure the Cruze will level the playing field or one-up the current Elantra. Now nobody knows for sure what's coming next from Hyundai in regards to the NEW Elantra - but I don't think there's going to be much of an advantage for Hyundai for long...

        Sal Collaziano
        http://www.hyundaikiaforums.com
        • 5 Years Ago
        Losing by "just 2 mpg" to Cobalt XFE?

        Two mpg is not a "just" matter. Two mpg is HUGE.

        Chevrolet is way out front here, surprise, surprise! I'm delighted, frankly.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Not a big fan of the Elantra's interior myself. One of the reasons is those trademark Korean plastics that give off that horrible smell. Quality of fit and assembly is good but hard plastics that easily scuff are common. Competitive in it's class but certainly no Audi.

        What pisses me off about the Elantra most is that you have to take a slushbox to get anything more than the low rent model. Even the supposed sport trim doesn't allow you to select your own gears.
        • 5 Years Ago
        "i've never sat in one, but from the pictures the interior looks like craptastic plastic."

        Sit in one. It's easily one of the highest-quality interiors in the compact market. I am so sick of hearing people complain about plastic interiors of cars that aren't the Focus or the Caliber. The Elantra is like an Audi in comparison.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Wow! Is that the new Infinity M?...
        • 5 Years Ago
        JV2K: The Elantra's dash is soft to the touch, while the Cobalt's covered in hard plastic that cannot be pressed into. I'm sorry, but the Cavalier and Sunfire had hard plastic at the top and OVERLY soft (like what the f**k is that? kind of soft) on some... Panel corners. A proper vinyl-fitted car to *name* would be the Ford Escort of the time. "I mean if 90s GM could put it in jbodies without build quality issues" - okay, now you're bloody trolling.
        • 5 Years Ago
        "The Elantra's dash is soft to the touch,"
        I've never touched the inside of an elantra, but there is no way the plastic feels soft because by it's nature plastic is hard. It might feel more solid or higher grade but I can't see soft happening.

        "while the Cobalt's covered in hard plastic that cannot be pressed into. I'm sorry, but the Cavalier and Sunfire had hard plastic at the top and OVERLY soft (like what the f**k is that? kind of soft) on some... Panel corners."
        I found the plastic on those cars to feel the same all around. The problem with jbody interiors is the build quality and color scheme(as well as cabin room but that was a problem with the platform's age)

        "A proper vinyl-fitted car to *name* would be the Ford Escort of the time. "
        My point is was that even the infamous sunfires and cavaliers had vinyl dashboards. Why can't modern higher quality cars have it too?

        " okay, now you're bloody trolling."
        You ever drive a jbody? My first car was a sunfire. I feel that the criticism the car gets is both exaggerated and warranted. The plastic complaint isn't warranted, but it certainly was unrefined.

        The plastic body panels had gaps that trapped water that would eventually drip and leave streaks after every wash(and waxing the damn thing was a pain in the ass when the wax got into these same gaps) and I had to glue some lose parts of my interior to make the car quieter.
        • 5 Years Ago
        That's surprising that there is such a small improvement over the GLS auto - the manual-transmission Blue gets better mileage by 4% city 3% highway, basically not noticeable my most drivers. I wonder if a GLS manual would slim that to just about even.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @ Alex - I thought it was a better quality interior than the Cobalt. As for the plastics, iIt's about the texture and sheen of the dash, and how it feels to the touch. Besides - are you expecting a leather lines interior in it?
      • 5 Years Ago
      I got me an Elantra, and I've driven about eleven thousand miles in it. I feel as though I can comment about its interior quality.

      It's a subcompact car, I got mine for about 14k out the door with the a/c and fog lights. It's a 5 speed.

      The transmission is bulletproof, in Korea there's a truck with a 1.6 liter diesel engine and the same tranny.

      The engine is big for its class at 2.0 liters. It pulls nicely and has ample torque. You can pass in 5th gear on the freeways and you can shift at 2100-2400 rpm. I drive highway about 60 mph with minimal AC and my mileage ranges from 34-37 mpg. The lowest it's ever gotten was 30 mpg, in a Minnesota winter.

      The interior is as good as it gets in its class of cars. To some, it's great. To others, it's bad.

        • 5 Years Ago
        I sat in the Civic, Focus, Corolla, and Colbalt.

        The corolla, and cobalt were too small. I got in the back seat, and I decided to leave the dealer. Admittedly, I had unique critera: I was to configure the driver's seat for myself then I would sit behind my own settings. I'm 6'2, so my critera weeds out otherwise fine cars.

        The Focus had a kewl interior. I liked it enough but the focus is a bit expensive and it wasn't ZOMFG great.

        The civic had the really cool two-tier dash and everything felt very smooth. But the car is a bit on the small side.

        I got the Elantra because it's plushy and big and QUIET. It's proabably one of the quietest cars south of 30k . It's the greatest Buick never made.

        Side note: the four-speed is terrible. If the Hyundai dealer didn't have a manual Elantra, I wouldn't have gotten an Elantra. The four speed is a knock-off of mid-90s Japanese transmissions, it's slow, unresponsive, slow. However, it's smooth.

        And Hyundai won't replace the transmission because the new Elantra gets a new engine and powertrain. Expect to see a six-speed manual and a 5 speed a/t.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Quite a reasonable car.
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