2020 Hyundai Elantra

MSRP $19,900 - $24,000

Ranked #17 in Midsize Sedan

2020 Hyundai Elantra Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: September 27, 2021

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Abhinandan Banerjee 

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The 2020 Hyundai Elantra comes with minor changes including more standard features, and an updated CVT while the manual transmission has been discontinued. The 2020 Elantra sedan with CVT starts at $18,950 and goes over $23,800 for the high-end Sports model. The 2020 Hyundai Elantra is really impressive for diversified buyer groups, thanks to a variety of trims and configurations. The sedan received an updated exterior styling last year, and Hyundai has added more value this year. The 2020 Elantra sedan is available in SE, SEL, Value Edition, Limited, Eco, and Sport trims, while the GT hatchback comes in base and N Line trim for 2020. 

The Elantra competes with table toppers like the Honda Civic and Mazda3. And to place itself against them, Elantra highlights luxury and safety technology, generous standard features, Audi-Esque styling along with an unbeatable 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty. The updated CVT replaces the 6-speed manual and automatic in SE, SEL, Value Edition, and Limited models powered by a 147-horsepower 2.0-liter engine. The fuel economy also sees an improvement by 2 mpg combined. The Sport and Eco model still uses a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.

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Extensive set of standard features

Good Cargo Space

Great Gas Mileage

Superior Ride Quality Great Interior Quality

Good Noise Insulation inside the Cabin


“Bleak” engine performance

Use of Cheap Plastics in some areas.

What's New?

More Standard Features including Standard safety equipment now includes forward-collision mitigation automatic emergency braking, lane-keeping assistance and driver-attention monitoring.

Updated CVT replaces the manual transmission.


vehicle bio

base price



4dr Sedan

passenger capacity


top speed

116 mph


front wheel drive

engine type


97 cu.in.


201 hp @ 6000 rpm


195 lbs.-ft. @ 1500 rpm


7 speed Automated Manual


suspension front

Independent front strut suspension

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension

brake rotors (f/r)

12/10.3 in.



106.3 in.


61.4 in.


70.9 in.


56.5 in.

curb weight

3131 lbs.

ground clearance

5.5 in.


passenger volume

95.8 cu ft.

cargo volume

14.4 cu ft.

payload capacity

926 lbs.


zero to 60 mph

7.3 sec.

zero to 100 mph

7.6 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

16 sec.

fuel economy


26/29/36 mpg

highway range

504.0 mi.


basic warranty

5 yr./ 60000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

10 yr./ 100,000 mi.

corrosion warranty

7 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance


Pictures & Videos


SEL$19,900 onwards

Value Edition$20,800 onwards

ECO$21,450 onwards

Limited$23,000 onwards

Sport$24,000 onwards

Colors and Styles

2020 Hyundai Elantra in Galactic Gray color
Galactic Gray

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.


Pricing and Feature




Engine and Performance


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Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide


Overall Rating

The 2020 Hyundai Elantra's major highlights include the value it offers and the variety of trims and configurations to choose from. With the sharp new looks, the current-generation Elantra comes with more standard safety and interior features this year. The pricing of the sedan starts lower than most of the rivals from Honda, Mazda, and Toyota. Buyers can choose from three available engines, depending on the requirement, be it fuel efficiency or power.


Engine and Performance

Fuel Economy





2020 Hyundai Elantra Features


The 2020 Elantra sedan has a base price starting from $18,950, which is below average in the compact car class. The sedan’s top-of-the-line Elantra Sport starts at $23,800, making it one of the most affordable higher trims among the rivals. With the 2020 version, Hyundai has upped its game. The 2020 Elantra features more standard safety technology and comfort features like dual-zone automatic climate control, an automatic transmission, forward-collision mitigation with automatic emergency braking, lane-keeping assistance and driver-attention monitoring,




Value Edition













Rearview Camera with Dynamic Guidelines

Adds these features from the SE Trims

Adds these features from the SEL Trim

Adds these features from Value Edition trim

Adds these features from the Eco Trim

Adds these features from the Limited trim

15” Wheels with Wheel Covers 

16” Alloy Wheels

Hands-Free Smart Trunk Release

15" Alloy Wheels

17” Alloy Wheels

18" Alloy Wheels

Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist

Blind Spot Collision Warning

Heated Front Seats

Dual Charging USB ports Leather Seating Surfaces Sport Front Seats with Red Contrast Stitching

Lane Keep assist

Automatic Headlights

Power Sunroof

LED Daytime Running Lamps Full LED headlights with Auto High Beam Assist Black headliner

Driver Attention Warning

7” Touchscreen Infotainment System

Blue Link Connected Car System


Infiniti Premium Audio with Clari-Fi

Sport Instrument Gauge Cluster

Bluetooth Hands-free telephony 

Apple Car Play and Android Auto

One-Touch Auto Up/Down Driver Power Windows


Wireless Device Charging

Sport Front Grille and Bumper Fascia

Leather Wrapped Steering Wheel and Gear Shift Knob


Auto-Dimming Rearview Mirror with Homelink

Sport Side Sill extensions with Rear Diffuser

We Recommend:

Unless the “Eco-Friendly” Conscience in you suddenly awakens you to get the “Eco” Trim, we would suggest the “Value Edition” Trim as it suits the bill well. Of course, the Tech Savvy and Bling Friendly guys would go for the top-end Limited Variant with the LED treatment and those fancy features like Wireless Charging and Premium Audio but the "Value Edition" trim is a more VFM package.

2020 Hyundai Elantra Engine and Performance

"The 2020 Elantra impresses, blending comfort, efficiency and even some sportiness." –KBB.com

The 2020 Elantra sedan is available in three engine choices including base naturally-aspirated and two turbocharged units. The Elantra comes with a standard 2.0L Atkinson cycle-based Naturally Aspirated 4 Cylinder Multi-Point Injection motor mated to a continuously variable automatic transmission, that does duty on all trims except for the Eco Trim. This motor delivers 147 horsepower and 132-pound feet of torque. the manual transmission of older models has been discontinued. The Elantra Eco comes with a 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine that produces 128 horsepower and is mated to a seven-speed automatic. 

The top-spec Elantra Sport sedan has a turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine making 201 horsepower and is paired with a seven-speed automatic transmission. Whatsoever you choose, the Elantra is a capable car but can't expect it to be athletic. With the Standard 2.0L Engine, the front-wheel-drive Elantra goes from 0-60 mph in 9.5 seconds, which is an average performance for the compact class. The Elantra is quick off the line but feels underpowered as compared to the rivals. The lightweight and peppy engine of the Honda Civic leads to the overall 0-60 mph performance.


2020 Hyundai Elantra

2020 Toyota Corolla

2020 Honda Civic

2020 Mazda 3







2.0 L inline-four

1.8 L inline-four

2.0 L inline-four

2.0 L inline-four


6-speed Automatic



6-speed Auto


147hp @ 6200 RPM

132hp @ 6000 RPM

158hp @ 6500 RPM

155hp @ 6000 RPM


132 lb.-ft. @ 4500 RPM

128 lb-ft@4400 RPM

138 lb.-ft @ 4200 RPM

150 lb.-ft. @4000 RPM

0-60 MPH

9.5 sec

9.4 sec

8.2 sec

8.0 sec

Quarter mile

16.4 sec

17.2 sec

16.3 sec

16.2 sec

As we can see in the Spec table, the 2020 Elantra manages to outrun its competitors in terms of the pricing for the Automatic variants with not a big compromise on power and performance. Considering Hyundai’s of the past had a soft suspension tune for providing Super Ride Quality, they had a bad reputation of being a bad highway tourer or high-speed mile muncher owing to the wobbly and unstable rides at high speeds. Hyundai seems to have addressed this with the Current Generation Elantra. The new Elantra offers the same comfort as before but blends in sportiness with its stiffened suspension. The torsion beam rear suspension adds the stiffness in the suspension, that many owners were looking for and strikes a nice balance between ride comfort and stability.


The Steering has been worked on as well and it now offers way more feedback on the highways than any previous Elantra ever did. The steering is light at low speeds but still doesn’t match the feel of the Honda Civic or the Mazda 3. We, however, feel that most consumers will be satisfied with the plush ride of the Elantra in the cities as that is where its strength lies.


Hyundai has been constantly emphasizing the effort it has put in improving the braking of the Elantra sedan. We have to say that the efforts have paid off. The lightweight of the 2020 Elantra and the improved brakes makes the sedan stop from 70 MPH in an astounding distance of 182 feet.


2020 Hyundai Elantra

2020 Toyota Corolla

2020 Honda Civic

2020 Mazda 3

Brake Front 





Brake Rear





Curb Weight

2767 lbs.

2840 lbs.

2742 lbs.

2899 lbs.

70-0 MPH

182 ft.

183 ft.

180 ft.

179 ft.

Talking of the brakes themselves, the SE and the Eco Trim get drum brakes at the rear while all other trims get discs on all wheels. There isn’t much difference between the braking performance of the SE trim and others (with all 4 discs ones) at City Speeds but all disc variants do offer a bit more confidence and stability when decelerating from high speeds.

2020 Hyundai Elantra Fuel Economy


With the base engine, the 2020 Elantra gets EPA estimated 31 MPG in the city and 41 MPG on the highway. Hyundai has upgraded continuously variable transmission (CVT), which results in an improvement in fuel efficiency by two or three miles per gallon, depending on trim. The Elantra Eco models with 1.4L turbo-four get even better fuel economy ratings of 33 mpg in the city, thanks to an engine stop/start function. The Sports model with the 1.6-liter turbocharged engine gets 26/33 mpg city/highway.


2020 Hyundai Elantra

2020 Toyota Corolla

2020 Honda Civic

2020 Mazda 3

MPG (city)





MPG (highway)





MPG (combined)





Fuel Tank Capacity

14 Gal.

13.2 Gal.

12.39 Gal.

13.2 Gal.

The Honda Civic still manages to be the mileage king of the segment. However, with a 448 Mile Range, the Hyundai isn’t in a bad spot at all as it ranks higher above all other Sedans in this comparison.

2020 Hyundai Elantra Interior

"The Interior is much more sensible. Not much has changed inside -- there's a new center stack with revised air vents and climate controls, in addition to a new storage tray. The instrument cluster and its surrounding trim received updates, as well. " –Cnet.com

The interior of the 2020 Elantra remains mostly unchanged from the previous year's model. The Elantra seats five people and at 96 cubic feet, the compact sedan has passenger space on a par with midsize sedans. However, it still doesn’t match the space offered in the Honda Civic. The seats themselves offer good support and enough bolstering to not tire you out on long drives. The legroom is generous in both rows, but headroom in the front row can be slightly restrictive for taller passengers. 

The base model comes with standard cloth upholstery while leather upholstery, heated front seats, and a power-adjustable driver’s seat are available. The center armrest further adds to the convenience of the cabin. One of the best aspects of the interiors of the Elantra has to be its driver-centric dash layout. The controls for the audio, climate, and the others are actual buttons unlike the touch screen systems used in the competition. This makes it easily accessible for the driver while on the go without offering much distraction from the road.


2020 Hyundai Elantra

2020 Toyota Corolla

2020 Honda Civic

2020 Mazda 3

Passenger capacity





Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)





Second (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)





Cargo Capacity 

14.4 cu ft

13.0 cu ft

15.2 cu ft

12.4 cu ft

With 14.4 cubic feet of trunk space, the Hyundai Elantra has one of the best cargo spaces in the segment. The Honda Civic again leads the segment with a bigger trunk, however, the Hyundai has enough space for handling your weekly shopping luggage or your short weekend drive needs. To stand out, the Hyundai Elantra is the only car in the segment to offer Hands-Free Trunk Release that opens the trunk automatically when the proximity key is sensed by the trunk for 3 seconds, 

Interior Features

  • Leather Wrapped "N" Steering
  • Red Accented Stitching in the Seats
  • N Line Sport Seats
  • Ventilated Seats
  • Power Driver's Seat with Lumbar Seat
  • Smart Cruise Control with Start/Stop
  • Driver Attention Warning
  • Auto-Dimming RVM with Blue Link

Perhaps, one of the biggest changes done to the 2020 Elantra has to be in its Infotainment System and the features offered. The 2020 Elantra now gets Hyundai’s State of the Art AVN System with an upgraded processor that enhances the speed of the System. The base SE trim gets a 5” Screen for the infotainment while the higher trims have a massive 8” System.

Other Interior features include

  • Bluetooth Telephony with Voice Recognition
  • Android Auto and Apple Car Play connectivity
  • 8 Speaker HD audio system with Sub-woofer in the Top Trim
  • Rearview Camera with Dynamic guidelines
  • Dual Automatic Temperature Control with Auto Defogging System
  • Qi Wireless Charging Pad for compatible Phones

2020 Hyundai Elantra Exterior

The 2020 Elantra is, frankly, a wild departure from the more demure 2019 model. The front end is a menagerie of triangles, from the headlights to the heavily sculpted lower fascia. A strong character line extends rearward toward slightly more sensible taillights, which are still more heavily styled than before. At the absolute minimum, it will help differentiate the Elantra from the rest of the compact-sedan crowd –CNET.com

After the 2019 styling update, the Hyundai Elantra has completely changed the exterior look, which looks sharper and edgier than before. With the geometric-themed design, the revised styling looks similar to the bigger Sonata but adds more personality. The headlights are now of a Triangular pattern and house LED inserts which to some minds may resemble a certain “Japanese” brand. The Fog Lamps have also being given the Triangular Treatment while the Front Grill, called the Cascading Grill is now reminiscent of the design being followed by Hyundai’s all over the world. Buyers have a choice of alloy wheels and the Limited trim’s larger 17-inch aluminum wheels add to the personality.

The Exterior Dimensions and Weights of the 2020 Elantra have been tweaked from its previous year model. The overall length has been increased to 181.9 inches from the 179.9 inches, we saw in the 2019 Model. The Elantra also has one of the lowest weights in the segments owing to the use of Aluminum in the chassis. This has in return given the Elantra a higher fuel economy figure and a better performance as compared to its previous generation “avatar”.Other dimensions still remain the same which makes the Elantra one of the most Manageable Cars to drive in the city.


2020 Hyundai Elantra

2020 Toyota Corolla

2020 Honda Civic

2020 Mazda 3

Curb weight

2844 lbs.

2840 lbs.

2724 lbs.

2899 lbs.
















Ground clearance










The Elantra has the lowest ground clearance in the Segment and this means that you will have to be extra careful while taking the car over speed bumps. However, the low ground clearance gives the Elantra an advantage in achieving better aerodynamic efficiency and lower drag than the others.

Exterior Features

  • Sharp, Triangle Design LED Headlamps
  • LED Tail Lamps
  • Redesigned Front Grill
  • Hands-Free Smart Trunk Release
  • New 17” Alloy Wheels
  • LED Daytime Running Lamps
  • Redesigned Rear Trunk
  • Shark Fin Antenna for Radio Connectivity
  • Triangular Design Front Fog Lamps

2020 Hyundai Elantra Safety


The NHTSA gave the 2020 Elantra an overall safety rating of four out of five stars. The sedan earned four stars in the frontal crash, side crash, and rollover tests. The 2019 Hyundai Elantra was an IIHS Top Safety Pick. Picking up from there, Hyundai has added some active safety features as standard for the 2020 model. The entry-level Elantra SE trim now comes equipped with a forward collision warning with brake assist, lane keep assist, a driver attention monitor, and a rearview camera. The bodyshell has an Energy Absorbing column which absorbs a lot of impact in case of a collision.

 Some other safety features present in the Elantra include

  • Forward Collision Warning
  • Active Lane Control
  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Auto Emergency Brake Assist and ABS with EBD
  • Cross-Traffic Alert
  • Rear View Camera with Adaptive guidelines
  • Tire Pressure Monitoring System with Individual Tire Pressure Indicator
  • Vehicle Stability Management and Traction Control with Electronic Stability Control
  • Dual Front, Driver Knee, Side Curtain, and Side-impact Airbags

2020 Hyundai Elantra Competition


2020 Hyundai Elantra vs. 2020 Toyota Corolla

The Japanese are good at making Reliable and Dependable Cars. The Toyota Corolla is a Testimony of the same with its record-breaking sales figures. The Corolla has been a segment champ in terms of Reliability, Cost of Maintenance, and Resale value. However, the Corolla isn’t a Lively Car and certainly not one, which makes you feel enthusiastic when you drive.

The Elantra has some amazing features on its sleeves and is certainly one of the best Handling Cars in the segment. The Engine in the Elantra has more power than the Corolla and the “Eco” trim in the Elantra offers something, for the Environment-friendly guys as well.

2020 Hyundai Elantra vs. 2020 Honda Civic

The Honda Civic is another one of the best-selling cars in the segment as it offers a mix of great handling and superb practicality. The Civic has the Elantra licking its feet when it comes to the Space offered inside the Cabin and in the Cargo. The Honda, however, has an all-touch interface for the AC and other controls.

The Hyundai still comes with Buttons and Knobs for most of its controls which make it easier for the driver to control the settings. The Elantra also looks Sleeker and sharper in its current “Avatar” and also beats the Honda in terms of the Features it has to offer.


2020 Hyundai Elantra Final Verdict

Hyundai has added some much-needed freshness and life in the compact sedan segment with the new 2020 Elantra. The current-gen Elantra looks much edgier and sharper than its previous edition with its Triangular Headlamps, Bold New Grill and a New Trunk and Tail lamp design.It also incorporates some fantastic equipment on board and a whole plethora of Safety Tech to match the latest safety norms.

To add to the growing demands of the Environmentalists, an Eco Trim in the 2020 Elantra quenches the needs for those demanding a more Fuel Efficient motor and lower emissions.To sum up then, Hyundai has done its bit to “WOW” buyers with the new Elantra. It’s got a “Love it or hate it” design which certainly can’t be ignored. It also has a good engine and with the amount of Features inside the Verna, we certainly feel that the Hyundai Verna does present a strong case for itself.

2020 Hyundai Elantra FAQs

What is the Warranty Coverage with the 2020 Hyundai Elantra?

Hyundai offers the best warranty coverage in the US. The 2020 Elantra comes with the best-in-class warranty including 10 years/10,000 miles powertrain protection, 5 years/60,000 miles new vehicle limited warranty.

Does the 2020 Hyundai Elantra have a turbocharged engine?

Yes, Hyundai offers two turbocharged engine options with the 2020 Elantra lineup. The Elantra sedan comes standard with a 147-horsepower 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine paired with a continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT). The Elantra Eco has a 128 hp 1.4-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine mated to a seven-speed automatic. The Sport sedan comes with a turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine making 201 horsepower.

What are the alternative cars of the 2020 Hyundai Elantra?

In the compact car segment, the top-ranking competitors of the Hyundai Elantra include Honda Civic, Toyota Corolla, Volkswagen Jetta, Nissan Sentra, Mazda 3 sedan, and more.

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