Hyundai announced base price for the 2017 Elantra Eco. $21,485 (including destination fee) gets you a sedan with a 1.4-liter turbo swapped in place of the Elanta's standard 1.8-liter or optional 2.0-liter four cylinder engines. EPA fuel economy figures of 40 highway, 32 city, 35 combined represent increases of 2, 4, and 3 over the 1.8-liter Elantra.
The Elantra Eco gets mixed scores compared to the competition but the figures are misleading. The Hyundai's numbers reflect the updated 2017 fuel economy numbers, which are generally lower than 2016. Starting next year, automakers will change the way they adjust test figures to come up with the window sticker numbers. Comparing 2017 Elantra Eco apples to the 2016 competition's oranges, the Elantra is close to even. The Honda Civic (both turbo and naturally aspirated engines), Chevrolet Cruze, and Toyota Corolla Eco rate the same 35 combined mpg. The Hyundai's city number is one to two better than the field, but the highway figure is the same difference behind.
In terms of pricing, the Elantra Eco costs around $1000 to $1500 more than base grade versions from the competition, but comes with a decent level of standard features. Keyless entry and ignition, blind-spot warning with cross traffic alert, dual-zone climate control, and heated seats are all included in the base price. A seven-speed dual clutch automatic is the only available transmission.
2017 Elantra Eco Pricing
MSRP (excluding freight): $20,650
MPG (City / Highway / Combined): 32 / 40 / 35
Annual Fuel Cost*: $900
Engine: 1.4-liter turbo GDI 4-cylinder
Transmission: Seven-speed EcoShift Dual Clutch Transmission with Shiftronic®
*Data from Fueleconomy.gov (4/21/2016)
Pricing above excludes $835 freight charge
Elantra Eco's LED daytime running lights flank a bold hexagonal grille. On the inside, there is a standard seven-inch Display Audio touchscreen with Android Auto™ and Apple CarPlay™ support. Additional 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 automatic temperature control and a leather wrapped shift knob and steering wheel with audio, cruise and Bluetooth controls. The all-new 1.4-liter Kappa engine produces 128-horsepower and 156 lb.-ft. torque at a low 1,400~3,700 rpms. The Kappa engine is a perfect match for the crisp shifting seven-speed EcoShift® dual-clutch transmission.
• 1.4L Turbo GDI 4-cylinder
• 7-speed EcoShift Dual Clutch Transmission w/ Shiftronic®
• LED Daytime Running Lights
• Blind Spot Detection w/ Rear Cross-traffic Alert & Lane Change Assist
• 3.5" TFT monochromatic cluster display
• Leather-wrapped steering wheel & shift knob
• Dual Automatic Temperature Control w/ auto defogger
• Proximity key w/ push button start, immobilizer, hands-free smart trunk & front door handle approach lights
• Heated front seats
• Sunvisor extensions
• Illuminated vanity mirrors
• Auto-up driver's window
• Sliding armrest
• Front passenger seatback pocket
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 through more than 830 dealerships nationwide. All Hyundai vehicles sold in the U.S. are covered by the Hyundai Assurance program, which includes the 5-year/60,000-mile fully transferable new vehicle limited warranty, Hyundai's 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain limited warranty and five years of complimentary Roadside Assistance. Hyundai Blue Link Connected Care provides owners of Hyundai models equipped with the Blue Link telematics system with proactive safety and car care services complimentary for one year with enrollment. These services include Automatic Collision Notification, Enhanced Roadside Assistance, Vehicle Diagnostic Alert, Monthly Vehicle Health Report and In-Vehicle Service Scheduling.