Hyundai Elantra vs. Competitors for Sale in Springfield, MA

Overview

The 2020 Hyundai Elantra is practical in so many ways. It’s well-equipped (especially with connectivity and safety technology) yet affordable, it’s frugal on fuel, and it’s protected by some of the best warranty terms in the business. This four-door stands up well in a class full of well-established rivals, which include the Honda Civic, Kia Forte, Toyota Corolla, and Mazda3. Let’s compare these competing compact sedans in more detail.

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Pricing and Warranty Coverage

Value is the Hyundai Motor Company’s middle name, not only because its products pack in a lot of features at a relatively low cost, even on its lowest-priced version. That list includes active safety features (such as automated emergency braking and lane-keeping assistance) and dual-zone automatic climate control. But the Elantra is also a sweet buy because Hyundai covers it with the longest warranties in the business. Like Hyundai’s other vehicles, the 2020 Elantra receives a 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty, a 5-year/60,000-mile new vehicle limited warranty, and a 7-year (the mileage is unlimited) anti-perforation warranty. While the affiliated company Kia mostly matches these terms, the coverage from Honda, Toyota, and Mazda falls short, namely with the 5-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty terms that those three extend.


Mechanical Features and Fuel Economy

The base engine on the 2020 Hyundai Elantra (as well as its cousin, the Kia Forte) is a 2.0-liter, 147-horsepower four-cylinder with natural aspiration (meaning it’s not turbocharged), but the available upgrade is the one that makes a splash in this segment. It’s a 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that comes standard on the Elantra’s Sport trim (as well as the GT trims of the Forte) and makes 201 horsepower. In contrast, the 2020 Impreza offers 152 hp, the Civic tops out at 180 hp, the Mazda3 is limited to 186, and the Corolla peaks at 169.

The Korean products also reign in fuel efficiency, with the 2020 Hyundai Elantra’s Eco trim achieving 33 mpg city/41 mpg highway, as rated by the EPA (the other trims are close; for instance, the base is rated for 31 mpg city and 41 mpg highway. The next-closest rival, aside from the similar Kia Forte, is the Corolla (31 city/40 highway), followed by the Civic (30 city/38 highway). The Elantra owes this top efficiency to its improved “intelligent” Smartstream continuously variable transmission, which was updated for this model year and comes on most of its trims.


Safety and Technology

All of the automakers mentioned in this comparison do a fine job making their vehicles as safe as possible for occupants – but some simply do a little more. The 2020 Hyundai Elantra, for example, is packed at all levels with state-of-the-art active safety features at no added cost (some premium features are also available on higher trims). It also was designated a Top Safety Pick+ in the 2019 model year, a distinction that only the Kia Forte can match among these rivals. Hyundai, though, has outdone Kia in the amount of driver-assist technology that it includes on the base model. Hyundai is also the only manufacturer to offer a safe exit feature, which prevents doors on the traffic side of the vehicle from being opened when something is approaching.

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